The Adirondack Folk Music Festival will return to the Schroon Lake Town Park on Sunday, Aug. 14, and will feature five acts for an afternoon filled with mountain music.
The Schroon Lake Arts Council has organized a five-hour lineup of folk musicians from around the region for the 22nd annual Adirondack Folk Music Festival. All performances will be held at the outdoor stage from noon to 5 p.m. with picturesque Schroon Lake and the hills of the Pharoah Lake Wilderness as a backdrop.
“It’s a long-standing, well-known folk festival,” said Schroon Lake Arts Council President Jack Osborne, adding that the event usually draws about 400 people to the hamlet. “It brings a lot of people in to Schroon Lake from just outside the local area, and the town is active that day.”
Visitors are asked to bring their own folding chairs or blankets to sit on the park lawn or under the spectator tent to watch the following acts: Roy Hurd & Frank Orsini; Chris & Meredith Thompson; Atwater-Donnelly; The Sky Blue Boys; and the Michele Fay Band. Admission is free.
While this is one of the Adirondack Park’s longest-running music festivals, it has not been immune to the financial turbulence of the nation. The economic downturn has dried up arts funding from the state and caused sponsors to reduce the amount of money they usually contribute.
“We’re all facing a little insecurity,” Osborne said.
Still, arts council board members are grateful for the support they have, and hope it continues, especially since they’ve found it important to keep the Adirondack Folk Music Festival a free event, according to Osborne.
The festival could not be held without the ongoing support of the Glens Falls National Bank, the town of Schroon, Stewart’s Shops and the Schroon Lake Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to the music, there will be vendors selling food, arts and crafts at the park. Rest rooms are located nearby at the Boathouse.
For more information, visit online at www.schroonlakearts.com.
ROY HURD & FRANK ORSINI
Based in Saranac Lake, Roy Hurd is a dynamic performer and a world-class singer/songwriter. He has played his brand of mountain music nationally and has developed a following unparalleled in the Adirondack Mountains.
Frank Orsini is an upstate New York solo and ensemble acoustic musician, playing violin, viola, mandolin, and Celtic harp. His plays a broad spectrum of musical styles, including Celtic, bluegrass, country, blues, Appalachian dance tunes, American swing, Cajun, and Elizabethan music.
CHRIS & MEREDITH THOMPSON
Chris & Meredith Thompson — twins from Rhode Island — are best known for the unique blend of their nearly identical voices. They weave vocals, flute, guitar and percussion together creating a sound that is genuine, beautiful, and moving.
Based in Rhode Island, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly perform a unique and thrilling blend of traditional American and Celtic folk music and dance, along with original songs and poetry. The highly praised husband-wife duo blends gorgeous vocals with an astonishing array of instruments including the mountain dulcimer, old-time banjo, tin whistle, guitar, limberjack, mandolin, harmonica, feet and more.
THE SKY BLUE BOYS
Based in Vermont, brothers Dan and Willy Lindner — The Sky Blue Boys — have built up a large repertoire of wonderful old ballads, parlor songs, heart songs and sacred numbers. Heeding their own musical instincts, they have expanded the instrumentation to include a variety of acoustic instruments and added some newer songs including their own compositions. They formed the celebrated Vermont bluegrass band Banjo Dan and the Mid-nite Plowboys in 1972 and have toured and recorded extensively in that context.
MICHELE FAY BAND
The Michele Fay Band — based in Ripton, Vt. — is a mix of traditional, swing and bluegrass influenced music with rich female harmonies. Michele sings with acoustic guitar and banjo. Her husband Tim Price embellishes on mandolin, acoustic guitar and electric guitar. Lausanne Allen adds fiddle, whistle, and vocal harmonies. And Mike Santosusso drives the beat on upright bass.