The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Revisited in a One-Hour Sampler

A Message from Board President and Festival Producer Carol Obertubbesing

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival returned to our historic and beloved Woodstock Town Square in 2022!

After delighting music lovers on Sunday, July 17, 2022, from noon to 6 pm, the music in this one-hour sampler will now become part of the music archive on our website. We hope you enjoy these great memories of a wonderful day.

Did you miss this year’s Woodstock Folk Festival?  Would you like to see your favorite performers again or recapture the spirit of that day?  If so, then watch highlights of the Festival right here (above) or go to the Video Gallery.

To read more about this year’s Festival, visit THIS POST. To read the long list of folks who made this year’s event possible, many participating year after year, visit THIS POST.

Please Consider a Donation to the Festival. If you enjoy this video, please donate via the “Donate” button on our website or send a check to Woodstock Folk Festival, P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098. 

The Festival is an Illinois 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  Your donations are ESSENTIAL to keep the Festival going.  If you already gave at the Festival, we thank you for your support.  All proceeds will go toward next year’s Festival on Sunday, July 16, 2023.  We need your support to bring you more great music next year. 

Mark your calendars now and join us IN PERSON on beautiful historic Woodstock Square next year. Third Sunday in July — see you there.

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The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival — Thank You, Thank You!

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival RETURNED TO THE HISTORIC WOODSTOCK SQUARE on the third Sunday in July. The All-Sing resounded across the Square. Rich Prezioso & Jacquie Manning in front.

A Message from Board President and Festival Producer Carol Obertubbesing

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival RETURNED TO WOODSTOCK SQUARE on Sunday, July 17, 2022 from Noon to 6:00 p.m. What a day it was!

We are very glad that we presented two virtual Festivals, a virtual concert, a virtual tribute to Bill Staines, and 10 months of our weekly short performance series Woodstock Wednesdays. BUT it was a thrill to be back in person and see so many smiling faces! Your presence made organizing this Festival worthwhile.

Your ongoing donations allow us to continue to provide the extraordinary performers you heard on July 17. We appreciate your generosity. It will help fund next yearʼs Festival.

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival — did you miss it? Or want more?

You can check out who was there and the schedule of events HERE. You will also find links to all the performers’ own websites.

And watch for news of a one-hour sampler that will soon be available in the Video Gallery on our website.

And now…many thanks to all those who helped with the 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Thank you to Amy Beth and the late Melodee Ladd for co-founding this Festival in 1986 and to all who have served on its Board over the years.

Thank you to our current hard-working board members:

  • Dorothy Biris
  • Julie Roberts
  • Jim Young 

Thank you to these former Board members for their ongoing assistance:

  • Andy Andrick
  • Betsy Ducote
  • Mary Lewis
  • Sandra South
  • Kathy Wentz

Thank you to all our performers who gave us such a memorable afternoon of music. Review the complete list with program and additional information HERE:

Thank you to our Performer Coordinator, Bekah Levin.

We’re especially thankful to Jim Gary, who did a CD featuring the songs of Michael Peter Smith, for joining us to lead “The Dutchman” today. 

A special thank you to Tricia Alexander who did such a marvelous job organizing and coordinating the All-Sing, hallmark of our Festival. She also introduced each song and the musicians who led them. There is no one I know who brings together music, healing, community, and love as well as Tricia Alexander. Tricia, thank you for all you have do for the Festival and what you do throughout the year for our music community. You are one of Woodstock’s treasures.

Thank you to The City of Woodstock for allowing us to use this beautiful Square and for a City grant that helped us advertise the Festival and the other weekend events.

  • Mayor Turner, City Manager
  • Roscoe Stelford III
  • Members of the City Council, and City Hall staff including 
    • Jane Howie
    • Betsy Cosgray
    • Terry Willcockson 

Thank you to so many for your roles in producing this wonderful day of music:

  • Everyone at the Woodstock Opera House (Daniel Campbell, Joe McCormack, Betsy Cosgray and other Opera House staff)
  • Stage Left Cafe
  • Real Woodstock
  • The City of Woodstock
  • The Arts & Culture for Woodstock Fund
  • Read Between the Lynes bookstore for inviting Tia McGraff to do a reading and book signing yesterday
  • Off Square Music (Andy Andrick, Kent Fishburn, Don Humbertson, Keith Johnson, Laurel Palma, Joe Pesz, Rich Prezioso, and Jeremy Simon) for sound, video, and other assistance in producing the Festival and other activities through the year
  • Chuck Vandervennet and Rich Warren for co-hosting at the Main Stage
  • Mark Lyons and Gloria Burchfield for co-hosting the Stage Left Open Mic Stage and the volunteers there
  • Kathy and Patrick Wentz for managing CD sales

Thank you to those who helped promote the Festival in various ways:

  • Denice Beck for designing our Festival flyers and postcards
  • Sonia Callas Mesa for managing our monthly emails
  • Chuck and Rich
  • Radio Partners
    • Lilli Kuzma at WDCB/ 90.9FM
    • Marilyn Rea Beyer and Rich Warren at WFMT/98.7FM
    • Sue Kessell, Ron Lewis, and Kathy Kelly at WNUR/ 89.3
    • WNIJ
    • Folk Music Notebook
  • The Woodstock Independent for their coverage throughout the year
  • Copy Express for their assistance throughout the year

Thank you to these artisans for their contributions:

  • Kim Brix for creating our glass Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Tom Mark for creating the wooden plaque for our “Woody” Award

Thank you to all our supporters, especially:

  • Sponsors 
    • Steve and Margaret Mikus 
  • Friends of the Festival 
    • Gloria Anderson
    • David Child and Carol Ganzer
    • Nancy Clark
    • Antonia Faia
    • Joan and Parker Foley
    • Judith Freeman
    • Lilli Kuzma
    • Barbara Lewis
    • Sandra Ligh
    • Bruce Rosenberg
    • Debbie Solomon
    • Annemarie Serra
    • Jeremy Simon 
    • The Lake County Folk Club
  • All others who donated at the Festival or online. Your ongoing contributions are important for funding next year’s Festival.

Thank you also to those who helped out during the 2020 and 2021 years:

  • Mike Breen
  • Leslie Cook
  • Steve Mikus
  • Rich Prezioso
  • Mary Sherman
  • Joel Simpson

Thank you to these restaurants and other businesses that remained open today:

  • Expressly Leslie Vegetarian Specialities
  • Double Yolk
  • La Placita
  • Millie’s Michoacana
  • Ethereal Confections
  • DC Cobbs
  • Read Between the Lynes Bookstore
  • Warp Corps
  • Artisans on Main (the Old Court House Art Gallery is closed during building renovation)
  • Material Things Artisan and Gift Shop

Last but definitely not least, thanks to Pitel Brothers for supplying the portapotty.

We remembered these…

This year we dedicated the All-Sing to some of the members of our music community who passed since our last in-person Festival in 2019. This list is by no means comprehensive. 

First and foremost, two of our previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients:

  • Michael Peter Smith
  • Bill Staines. 

Also, those who were part of our Illinois folk community or had strong ties to it:

  • Barbara Barrow
  • Dennis Cahill
  • Karl Matzen
  • Mighty Joe
  • Ethel Polk
  • John Prine
  • Jim Schwall
  • Chris Strong
  • Ed Trickett

We honored these…

Woody Award

First, a thank you to Tom Mark of Rockford Woodcrafts for making the plaque for our “Woody” Award.

The Woody Award, awarded this year to Keith Johnson. The Woody Award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the music community outside the performance area. In some cases, such as this year, they are also musicians, but their major contributions have been outside the performance area.

Keith also served as Director of the Woodstock Farmers Market, and in that capacity ,he greatly expanded the size, variety, and reputation of this award-winning Market. He initiated Music at the Market, and on the day before the Festival, we were treated to performances by Suzy Schwartz and Cheryl & the Down Home Boys. Former WFF Board member Mike Breen, Sharon Arnold who has performed at Festival concerts, and Dave Martin were there the following Tuesday morning. The Saturday after the Festival featured Mark & Jean (Mark Lyons co-hosted the Festival Open Mic) as well as the Kishwaukee Ramblers.

Through Off Square Music, Keith also was involved with starting the Sunday evening concerts on the Square. He is also a major force behind Woodstock’s Harvest Fest, particularly the music contests and performances.

Whether it’s organizing events, doing sound, speaking out on behalf of the arts in our community, or encouraging both new and seasoned performers, Keith is truly “THE man about town.” We recognized Keith’s wife Nancy Johnson, also at the Festival.

19th Annual Lifetime Achievement Award

Again, first a thank you to Kim Brix for creating a beautiful glass award.

The Annual Lifetime Achievement Award, given this year to Megon McDonough, was to have gone to her first in 2020, then in 2021. Now we can finally do this in person today.

Megon was part of our 2020 virtual Festival and participated in the Zoom part of last year’s Festival. The first time I heard Megon was at a concert at the Chicago Cultural Center, and I knew we needed to present her here. She has performed at the Festival and the Opera House several times since then.

Of course, Megon is known across the country as a founding member of the Four Bitchin’ Babes and as a solo artist. She grew up in Crystal Lake and has even written a song about her travel between there and Woodstock.

Her eclectic repertoire includes folk, country, cabaret, and jazz. She also starred in the play, Always, Patsy Cline, and this past week she did a musical memoir at the Skokie Theatre.

The 30th Anniversary of Small Potatoes

Small Potatoes is the duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso. From Celtic to Cowboy, these singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists have taken us on a musical journey as they too have traveled in this country and overseas. Rich is also active as a solo performer and performed with The Leftovers for many years. He has edited our virtual Festivals, 2020 concert, and Bill Staines virtual tribute. In addition to honoring Bill in that video, he and Jacquie will lead us in Bill Staines’ song “River” during the All-Sing Finale.

Because their garden is a source of joy for them, we have a gift certificate from Countryside Nursery for Rich and Jacquie.

Music, a path to healing and community

Music is a way of healing, and with so much divisiveness and strife in our own country and around the world, we hope it is also a way to build community.

In spite of our differences, singing brings us together and can be a very powerful force in building bridges among people, cultures, and countries.

Again, our heartfelt thanks to each and every person who helped to make the 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival such a beautiful return to the Woodstock Square.

Thanks for coming and for your continued support!

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The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Returns to Woodstock Square in 2022!

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival RETURNS TO THE HISTORIC WOODSTOCK SQUARE!
The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival RETURNS TO THE HISTORIC WOODSTOCK SQUARE!

A Message from Board President and Festival Producer Carol Obertubbesing

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival RETURNS TO WOODSTOCK SQUARE! After virtual Festivals in 2020 and 2021, the Woodstock Folk Festival will return to the historic Square in Woodstock, Illinois on Sunday, July 17, 2022, from Noon to 6 p.m.

We hope to have a one-hour sampler available on the Gallery Page of our website afterward, but our main focus will be on the in-person Festival. We look forward to seeing your many smiling faces!

Read on to check out Performers and The Schedule.

How can you help make this one the BEST Festival ever?

The suggested donation for the all-day Sunday Festival is $25 for individuals and $35 for families. There is no pre-registration.

Donations to the Festival are welcome at any time. Please use the Donations tab in the right column of every page of this website to contribute to the success of this year’s Festival. You can also contribute by sending a check made out to Woodstock Folk Festival to P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098.

To volunteer to help with the Festival, contact us at info@woodstockfolkfestival.org.

We can use your help promoting the Festival!

You can also help by joining us in promoting the Festival. Please direct others who may be interested to woodstockfolkfestival.org, and spread the word on social media.

Here’s one more thing you can do to make this year’s Festival the best ever:

Click on this link or on the picture at the left for a .pdf flyer you can print and distribute to organizations and people near you — libraries, religious organizations, businesses, friends.

We greatly appreciate your interest and support!

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival…here’s what’s up

Once again the Festival will feature local, national, and international artists performing in a
variety of musical styles. Long-time Festival MC Chuck VanderVennet and award-winning radio host Rich Warren will co-host the Festival.

Performers include Rod Abernethy, Tricia Alexander accompanied by Alpha Stewart Jr., Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham, Katie Oates accompanied by Parker Foley, South for Winter, Cassandra Vohs-Demann on the Main Stage, and the Rene Avila Quartet.

The Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Megan McDonough and its “Woody Award” to Keith Johnson. Tricia Alexander will open the Festival and lead the All-Sing Finale. Wattle & Daub will be the Featured Performers at the Open Mic at Stage Left Cafe.

In case of rain, the Festival will move across the street to the historic 1889 Woodstock Opera House.

Due to continued uncertainty and concern about Covid, there will not be a Workshop or Children’s Area this year, but the Festival hopes to bring them back next year.

A little about our stellar group of performers

North Carolina-based Rod Abernethy is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, professor, and composer whose music has been used by Universal, Paramount, Disney, and others. He is known for his Southern folk and frenetic guitar instrumentals.

Woodstock-based Tricia Alexander (accompanied by Alpha Stewart Jr.), Woodstock Folk Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award winner, is a healing artist, singer-songwriter, guitarist, percussionist, and harmonica player. She presents jazz, blues, folk, and spoken word in her performances. Because of her skill in bringing people together and encouraging them to sing, Tricia will lead the All-Sing Finale.

Ontario, Canada-based Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham are known for Americana and country music and have been described as “the modern day Johnny and June” (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash).

Tia is an inspirational singer and children’s book author and is accompanied by her life and musical partner Colorado native Tommy Parham, whom she met in Nashville. Tia’s Scottish and Transylvanian roots shine through in her songs.

North Carolina-based Katie Oates (accompanied by Parker Foley) is classically trained in opera and now performs classical, folk, blues, jazz, and Americana. In addition to her original songs, she has also arranged songs by her mentor Si Kahn.

The trio South for Winter includes Dani Cichon from Colorado, Nick Stone from New Zealand, and Alex Stradal from Michigan. Now based in Nashville, they perform folk, blues, and jazz with delicate harmonies and music on guitar, cello, mandolin, tambourine, and stomp box.

Woodstock-based Cassandra Vohs-Demann is a musician, performer, coach, composer, and producer who also founded and serves as Artistic Director of the Woodstock Community Choir. From folk to country to rock, she offers music that brings people together.

Rene Avila QuartetRene Avila is a Chicago-area-based educator, basketball coach,
bass player, host of WDCB’s “Mambo Inn,” and band leader. The Quartet plays Afro-Cuban music.

Wattle & Daub will be the Featured Performers at the Open Mic at Stage Left Cafe. Grayslake, Illinois-based Tim and Susan Mocarski have toured the East Coast and are “Gold Star Open Stage Members” and official buskers at the Newport Folk Festival. Their well-chosen interpretations of songs by others along with their original songs have made them crowd favorites in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

And our award-winners…

The Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to Megon McDonough and its “Woody” Award to Keith Johnson.

There will also be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Cary-based, internationally touring duo Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso, known as Small Potatoes.

Megon and Small Potatoes will perform after the Awards presentation. Illinois- and Minnesota-based Megon McDonough is a folk/cabaret singer-songwriter who grew up in Crystal Lake, Illinois. She has performed solo and was a founding member of Four Bitchin’ Babes; her eclectic repertoire includes folk, country, cabaret, and jazz. She also starred in the play, Always, Patsy Cline.

Keith Johnson will be honored for his many contributions to the Woodstock music community and beyond. As co-founder and director of Off Square Music, Keith hosts concerts and open mics where he champions both seasoned and new performers. He also serves as the Director of the Woodstock Farmers Market.

While building the Market into one of Illinois’ best, he initiated Music at the Market. He runs Harvest Fest as well and is a singer and guitarist.

The Cary, Illinois-based Small Potatoes received the WFF Lifetime Achievement Award and performed at the Festival numerous times. Singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso celebrate 30 years of a touring career that includes
performances across North America and in Ireland featuring an eclectic mix of musical styles described as “Celtic to Cowboy.”

The 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival – Schedule for the Day

Featuring local, national, and international artists performing in a variety of styles: Afro-Cuban, Americana, blues, cabaret, contemporary and traditional folk, country, and jazz.

ON THE MAIN STAGE

Co-Hosted by Chuck VanderVennet and WFMT’s Rich Warren

12:00pmTricia Alexander accompanied by Alpha Stewart, Jr.
12:30pm Rene Avila Quartet
1:15pmCassandra Vohs-Demann
2:00pmSouth for Winter (Dani Cichon, Nick Stone, and Alex Stradal)
2:45pmKatie Oates accompanied by Parker Foley
3:30pmTia McGraff and Tommy Parham
4:15pmRod Abernethy
5:00pmPresentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Megon McDonough and “Woody” Award to Keith Johnson, celebration of 30th anniversary of Small Potatoes, performances by Megon McDonough and Small Potatoes 
5:40pmAll-Sing Finale – Led by Tricia Alexander

MORE FESTIVAL FAVORITES

12:05pmStage Left Cafe Open Mic Stage Sign-up starts
1:30-2:00pmFeatured Performer at Open Mic Stage – Wattle & Daub (Susan and Tim Mocarski)

How to find the 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Located about 50 miles northwest of Chicago, Woodstock is easily accessible via
Routes i-90, 14, and 120, as well as by the Union Pacific/Northwest Metra train line that
runs between Chicago and Harvard with many stops in between.

The Woodstock train station is only one block from Woodstock Square. Handicapped accessible facilities are available.

A few tips to make your Festival visit a great success

Pets are not allowed in the Park, only on the streets on the periphery. Please do not leave pets in hot cars. Festivalgoers should bring a chair or blanket to sit on.

Festival merchandise and performer CDs, books, and other merchandise can be
purchased at the Festival.

We encourage you to come for the weekend so you can enjoy music and food at
the Woodstock Farmers Market on Saturday morning and a performance by
Wishbone Ash at the Woodstock Opera House on Saturday night. Lodging
information is on this website
.

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A Virtual Tribute to Bill Staines | Hosted by the Woodstock Folk Festival | Premieres Sunday, February 6, 1 pm/CST

Virtual Tribute to Bill Staines hosted by Woodstock Folk Festival, Sunday, February 6,1pm/CST
Virtual Tribute to Bill Staines hosted by Woodstock Folk Festival, Sunday, February 6,1pm/CST

A Virtual Tribute to Bill Staines hosted by the Woodstock Folk Festival premieres Sunday afternoon, February 6, at 1pm/CST. February 6 would have been Bill’s 75th birthday.

You can view the premiere ON THIS VIDEO GALLERY PAGE when it becomes available at 1pm on February 6 — or you can use the button in the right column of this page.

Bill Staines, America’s Quintessential Troubador

Through words and music, our virtual tribute honors America’s quintessential troubadour, Bill Staines, who passed away on December 5, 2021.

Bill Staines received the Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 and also performed at a couple of Festival concerts. His songs have been sung by many others and are often used in schools, camps, and song manuals. His children’s book received a Parents’ Choice Award.

From his early years playing at coffeehouses in the Boston-Cambridge area in the 1960s to his millions of miles touring and playing at venues throughout the country, Bill wrote and sang songs about the places he visited, the people he met, and the things he encountered. He sang about the diversity of our natural and human worlds, always with appreciation and respect, through songs such as “River,” “A Place in the Choir/All God’s Critters,” “Sweet Wyoming Home,” “Old Pen,” “Rodeo Rose,” and “Roseville Fair.”

Bill’s Final Concert Was At Club Passim with the Passim All-Stars

Among those you will hear at this Tribute is the Passim All-Stars, a “supergroup” of some of the most popular performers at the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts. These Massachusetts-based artists all began performing at Club Passim in the 1970s, and their November 21, 2021 concert at Club Passim was Bill’s final concert.

The All-Stars include Mason Daring and Jeanie Stahl, who perform throughout New England. Mason is a musician and composer who has written many scores for tv and film, including the music for most of John Sayles’ films. Jeanie’s vocals are featured on the soundtrack of many films and tv shows. Their song “Marblehead Morning,” which Mason wrote, is a classic. – www.jeaniestahl.com, www.daringandstahl.com, masondaring.com

Following the Video – Enjoy “Bridges” (Bill Staines) Performed by Judi Jaeger & Bob Reid and Friends

The Woodstock Folk Festival thanks Judi Jaeger and Bob Reid (Jaeger & Reid) for inviting us to share their presentation of Bill Staines’ “Bridges” in conjunction with our Tribute to Bill Staines.

Other Performers for this Tribute to Bill Staines

Billy Novick is a well-known sax and clarinet player who is on the soundtrack to numerous films. He composed a piece specifically for this tribute. In addition to his own playing and composition, he often performs with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band and with Guy Van Duser. – billynovick.com

Guy Van Duser is known for his finger-style guitar playing and frequent appearances on “A Prairie Home Companion”; he teaches at Berklee College of Music.

Stuart Schulman plays numerous instruments in a variety of styles and often accompanied Bill on violin on his albums and with the All-Stars; he also plays with Jonathan Edwards and is on the soundtrack to John Sayles’ Passion Fish.

New York-based Priscilla Herdman is best known for her compelling interpretations of songs by other songwriters including Bill Staines. She was also part of the Herdman, Hills, and Mangsen Trio, which included Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen. – priscillaherdman.com

Illinois-based award-winning singer-songwriter Joe Jencks performs throughout the United States and overseas. His songs such as “Lady of the Harbor” are now part of the folk music lexicon. He was also a founding member of the Brother Sun trio and has performed at the Festival several times. – joejencks.com

New Jersey-based Mara Levine, an outstanding interpreter of songs including those of Bill Staines will be joined by Long Island, New York-based Gathering Time (Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong). Since 2006 Gathering Time has been performing originals and songs by others at festivals and other folk venues around the country. They all performed at the 2018 Woodstock Folk Festival. Mara is also a jewelry designer. – maralevine.com, gathering-time.com

Portland, Oregon-based Tom May is the founder and host of the nationally syndicated radio show “River City Folk.” For over 35 years he has interviewed and performed with his guests, including Bill Staines. He also writes songs, performs around the world, and runs a benefit concert for Sisters of the Road in Portland. – tommayfolk.com

Illinois-based but internationally touring singer-songwriters Small Potatoes (Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso) celebrate 30 years of playing and singing together this year. They play a variety of instruments in styles ranging from Celtic to Cowboy. They have traveled and performed with Bill Staines, including at the 2016 Festival. Rich is also editing this tribute. – smallpotatoesmusic.com

Please consider a donation in honor of Bill Staines

Donations in honor of Bill Staines may be made to The Staines Family Trust; these funds will be used to cover final expenses and any additional monies will be used to re-press Bill’s out-of-stock CDs.  Please send checks to The Staines Family Trust, Box 292, Dover, NH 03821 or use PayPal to Karen Staines or Venmo@Karen-Staines.  

Donations may also be sent to Learning Skills Academy, 1247 Washington Rd #3, Rye, NH 03870.  

Show your support to our performers

The Festival also encourages you to support the performers who gave their time and talent in this tribute. Please visit their websites for information about their upcoming concerts, CDs, and Patreon or other platforms for donations.

Watch the Virtual Tribute, Read the Festival’s Tribute, Get More Donation Information

A Tribute to Bill Staines, information about where to send donations in Bill’s honor, and links to performer websites are posted with the video on this site. Use the button in the right column to access the video and the information posted with it, or go to the Video Gallery (menu tab, top of the page) and select the Concerts album.

Mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Mark your calendars for the 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival on Sunday, July 17,
2022. The All-Sing Finale will include a tribute to Bill Staines.

The Festival is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) Illinois non-profit organization, made possible in part by Radio Partners WDCB, WFMT, and WNUR, the City of Woodstock, and Real Woodstock (www.realwoodstock.com).

For more information about this year’s Festival and future events

  • Visit our website regularly, www.woodstockfolkfestival.org
  • Follow us on Twitter, @woodstockfolk
  • Like us on Facebook, @woodstockfolkfestival
  • And be sure to sign up for our emails if you haven’t already with the short form in the right column of every page of this site.
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See the Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 — with Bonus Videos!

See the Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 HERE or click on the picture below. Share with your friends and family. Have a watch party!

Donations are welcome any time. Just use the Donate Button on the right, or send a check to Woodstock Folk Festival, P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098. Your support is essential for us to bring you next year’s Festival.

See the Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 HERE by clicking on the picture.
See the Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 HERE by clicking on the picture.

What a great event — this year’s Virtual Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

This year’s Virtual Woodstock Folk Festival was extraordinary. Performers (links are to their Woodstock Wednesdays performances on this site) included:

This year, the Festival presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Megan McDonoughIts “Woody Award” went to Ray BethLilli Kuzma and Chuck VanderVennet.

Something new in the Woodstock Folk Festival 2021

This year’s Woodstock Folk Festival featured some new segments that were entertaining, thought-provoking and informative. The Walking Tour of Woodstock was accompanied by a historical narrative that showcased the charming Woodstock Square as well as Woodstock’s deep musical roots. A Performers’ Question & Answer brought out thoughtful, sometimes humorous, sometimes moving or revealing responses from the performers.

So if you missed the Festival this year, no problem! Visit our Video Gallery on the site at any time or CLICK HERE

Here are your BONUS three videos

You’ll find in the Gallery three additional videos, excerpts from the Festival. They are integral to the Festival, but you can also enjoy them as stand-alone performances. We hope you’ll enjoy this popular new tradition.

  1. All-Sing Intro: “Raise Your Voice” by Meghan Cary
  2. All-Sing Finale: Somos el Barco by Lorre Wyatt
  3. Performers’ Q & A (raw videos – great stuff!)

A post-Festival message from Carol Obertubbesing, Woodstock Folk Festival President

The Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 thanks all who participated in, watched, and supported this wonderful annual event. We greatly appreciate your interest and continued support.

If you haven’t yet enjoyed this year’s memorable event, we hope you will see it now and support next year’s Festival.

Thank you to our wonderful performers, mentioned above.

And thank you to our amazing editor Rich Prezioso

Thanks to Meghan Cary for coordinating our All-Sing opening song “Raise Your Voice” and Joe Jencks for coordinating “Somos El Barco.”  

Meghan Cary wrote the rousing opening song and Lorre Wyatt wrote the beautiful closing song.  We thank them for allowing us to use those songs. 

We appreciated the performers’ answers – sometimes humorous, sometimes moving, sometimes profound – to the questions we posed to them.  You heard some of the responses during the Festival, but we couldn’t include all of their remarks, so those too are now a stand-alone in the Video Gallery. 

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Post-Festival Zoom conversation, including our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Megon McDonough, who sang her most recent song and a couple others, and to David Roth, who also sang us one of his songs. 

We’re glad Christine Lavin joined us to celebrate her friend and collaborator Megon. These surprises capped off an afternoon of musical delights.  

Congratulations to Megon on her Lifetime Achievement Award and to Ray Beth, Lilli Kuzma, and Chuck VanderVennet on their “Woody” Awards.  If you have suggestions for next year’s awards, please email info@woodstockfolkfestival.org.  A complete list of past recipients is on the website.  

Thanks to current and former Board members and to our volunteers Sonia Calles Mesa, Leslie Cook, Paul Klonowski, Steve Mikus, Annemarie Serra, Joel Simpson, and Kathy Wentz.  Thanks also to the City of Woodstock, the Woodstock Opera House, and Real Woodstock.  

Other ways to support the Festival and our musicians

Festival masks ($15 each) are available for purchase at WarpCorps and Read Between the Lynes, both located on Woodstock Square; contact us at info@woodstockfolkfestival.org if you want us to ship one to you ($15 + shipping and handling).  Proceeds bring you next year’s Festival.

Be sure to mark your calendar now for next year’s 37th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival on Sunday, July 17, 2022.  Check out this website periodically and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Remember to support performers by purchasing tickets to their live and virtual concerts, donating to them via their websites, buying their CDs, and joining their Patreon platforms.

Katherine Rondeau couldn’t participate in this year’s Festival for health reasons. She is featured in one of our Woodstock Wednesdays, though. She is scheduled to perform at St. Tim’s Coffeehouse (Skokie) virtual concert on October 9.  We will try to update you on other performers as we hear of their activities.

Keep the music coming

In the meantime, be sure to check out the folk music programs offered by our Radio Partners WDCB, WFMT, and WNUR and 24/7 online music services Acoustic Outpost and Folk Music Notebook.  

Watch virtual and/or live concerts from our fellow folk music organizations Acoustic Renaissance (acousticren.com), Fox Valley Folk Festival (FVFS.org), Lake County Folk Club (thelakecountyfolkclub.org), Off Square Music (offsquaremusic.org), St. Tim’s Coffeehouse (sttimothyskokie.org), and Two Way Street Coffee House (twowaystreet.org).  

Most of all, remember that music is a source of joy, healing, and community; keep the power of song in your heart and take it with you wherever you go.

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36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival | Sunday, July 18, 2021

The 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival, 2021 is HERE (or click on the picture below)!

Presented by Woodstock Folk Festival, this virtual event will delight folk music lovers everywhere. The video will remain in the Gallery afterward, so if you missed it, stop in any time — and share with your friends and family:

The 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival - Sunday, July 18, 1pm/CDT.
The 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival – Sunday, July 18, 1pm/CDT. The video will remain in the Gallery afterward, so if you missed it, stop in any time — and share with your friends and family

Please Consider a Donation to the Festival

There is a suggested donation of $25 for the Festival. No reservations are necessary for the Festival itself, just the post-Festival Zoom Conversation. To reserve your space and receive a link, email info@woodstockfolkfestival.org.

The proceeds from this year’s Festival benefit this year’s performers AND enable us to present next year’s Festival. To donate at any time in any amount, just press the Donate Button above the email subscription form.

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Sunday, July 18, 2021, 1pm/CDT

For the Premiere of this Virtual 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival, click on the link below or the picture:

THE 2021 36TH ANNUAL WOODSTOCK FOLK FESTIVAL

The 2021 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival comes to you Sunday, July 18, 2021, 1pm/CDT.
The 2021 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival video will remain in the Gallery after our July 18 event, so if you missed it, come later — and share with your friends and family

There’s More After the Main Event!

Enjoy THREE more Festival videos in the Gallery. They are in the Festival folder in the Video Gallery — https://woodstockfolkfestival.org/video-category/festival/. You can also use the menu tab for the Video Gallery to check out these and many other wonderful videos — or you can use the direct links below:

  1. All-Sing Intro: “Raise Your Voice” by Meghan Cary
  2. Somos el Barco by Lorre Wyatt
  3. Performers’ Q & A (raw videos – great stuff!)

Who’s Performing for the 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival 2021?

Performers (with links to their Woodstock Wednesdays performances on this site) include:

This year, the Festival presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to Megan McDonough. Its “Woody Award” goes to Ray Beth, Lilli Kuzma and Chuck VanderVennet.

Our 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival 2021 Program

The program also includes a Virtual Walking Tour of Woodstock and All-Sing opening and closing songs.

Join the conversation! At 4pm/CDT, we will host a Zoom Conversation with audience members and some performers. If you would like to participate in the Zoom Conversation, then please reserve by July 15. Email info@woodstockfolkfestival.org with your reservation request. When we receive your email, we will send you the Zoom link.

More About This Year’s Performers

Illinois-based Ashley & Simpson (ashleyandsimpson.com), the duo of Jennifer Ashley and Joel Simpson, offers traditional and contemporary songs with beautiful vocal harmonies.

Pennsylvania-based singer-songwriter Meghan Cary (meghancary.com), accompanied by her husband Peter Farrell, engages the audience with songs that are healing, inspiring, and joyful.

Featured on Nickelodeon, WGN, Univision, and public tv, Illinois-based Cielito Lindo Family Band (cielitolindo.co) is a modern mariachi band featuring members of the Lucero family. They draw from their Mexican musical heritage.

Wisconsin-based Fendrick & Peck (fendrickandpeck.com), the duo of Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck, offers string, strum, and song as they muse on connection, compassion, and personal growth.

Illinois-based Joe Jencks (joejencks.com) is an award-winning international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. He was also a co-founder of the trio Brother Sun.

UK-based singer-songwriter Pete Morton (petemorton.com) has been bringing his traditional and contemporary songs to audiences around the world for over 30 years.

North Carolina-based Jon Shain (jonshain.com) is a singer-songwriter, musician, producer, and teacher, who won the 2019 International Blues Challenge. FJ Ventre (reverbnation.com/fjventre) joins Jon on bass and vocals; he also has a studio and graphic design firm.

While You’re On the Festival Site . . .

Would you like to enjoy this year’s Festival again or share it with others? Then be sure to visit our Video Gallery anytime. While you’re there, check out our 2020 Woodstock Folk Festival or our gallery of Woodstock Wednesdays performers.

How about receiving email updates from us? Then Subscribe in the right column of any page of the Festival site (woodstockfolkfestival.org). 

We hope you will support our Annual Woodstock Folk Festival and more music online. To do that, just press the Donate Button above the email subscription form.

If you love what you hear in this year’s Festival or other videos on the site, watch our own Calendar of Folk Music Events for upcoming performances online and in real time for all our music friends. And remember: you can always browse our Video Gallery, a wonderful folk music community resource.

About Woodstock Folk Festival

The Festival is a 501(c)3 Illinois non-profit organization, made possible in part by Radio Partners WDCB, WFMT, and WNUR, the City of Woodstock, Real Woodstock (www.realwoodstock.com), sponsors, and donors. For more information about this year’s Festival and future events, return here to www.woodstockfolkfestival.org.

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Sones de México Ensemble Celebrates Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 7pm/CDT

Sones de México Ensemble premieres May 5, 7pm/CDT. Here’s your LINK to the show.

Sones de México Ensemble celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the Woodstock Folk Festival community at our May 5 Woodstock Wednesdays performance! Savor a carry-out meal from a local Mexican restaurant, and share it at home while you enjoy the concert.

Support our Performers

Performers greatly appreciate your support! Visit their websites, shop in their online stores, donate. Support Sones de Mexico with a Donation or by becoming a Sponsor. Visit their Music Store to purchase an album.

Our Featured Performers: Sones de Mexico

Sones de México Ensemble formed up in Chicago’s historic Pilsen neighborhood in 1994. Their purpose was to keep the tradition of Mexican ‘son’ alive in its many regional forms. As performers and recording artists, the ensemble developed and popularized many original arrangements of Mexican traditional tunes through touring the United States and internationally. Tours included such prestigious venues as the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

The organization offers a number of educational and outreach programs, including music lessons, elementary and college residencies, children’s programs, workshops, lectures and songwriting classes. The group interweaves Mexican culture and heritage into every performance and program.

Sones de México Ensemble Present Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico – Cinco de Mayo Edition

Sones de México Ensemble Present Beyond the Music: A Musical Geography of Mexico - Cinco de Mayo Edition

Sones de México Ensemble is the country’s premier folk music organization specializing in Mexican ‘son’, including the regional styles of huapango, gustos, chilenas, son jarocho, and more.

Join us for this Cinco de Mayo special edition of Sones de Mexico Ensemble’s guided musical tour of Mexico. Mexico’s folk music and dance styles are very diverse and largely unknown outside their local regions. There is son jarocho, son huasteco, gusto, son istmeño, chilenas, and over thirty other styles. Different regions of the country have unique instruments, repertoire and techniques rarely heard outside these regions.

Relax, and take a virtual musical tour of Mexico. Let the GRAMMY™ nominated Sones de México Ensemble, specialists in these regional styles, be your guide in this special demo of Mexico’s musical geography. They will speak about what to listen for in the major regional styles. Who knows? They may inspire your future travels!

This program is sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and by donations from people like you. Please support this group’s mission and make a tax deductible contribution at https://sonesdemexico.com/donate/

Explore Sones de México Ensemble’s Mexican Music School . . .

Sones de México Ensemble’s Mexican Music School offers 5 levels of guitar classes grounded in Mexican culture and Repertoire for all ages.

Music classes video DEMO : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1TsfeRWUdUEbh5tbssQtL895yk1rsF-Cv/view?usp=sharing

Outreach programs for schools: Sones de México Ensemble offers a diverse range of educational programs for children and adults that they bring to schools, community organizations, libraries, and cultural centers. Learn more here: https://sonesdemexico.com/outreach/

Sones de México Ensemble has been the winner of the Best Latin Entertainer in the Chicago Music Awards for four consecutive years: 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Their children’s album “Fiesta Mexicana” also won a Parents’ Choice™ Award.

While You’re On the Festival Site . . .

Would you like to enjoy the show again or share it with others? Then be sure to visit our Video Gallery anytime. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows.

How about receiving email updates each Monday from us? Then Subscribe in the right column of any page of the Festival site (woodstockfolkfestival.org). 

Would you like to support our Annual Woodstock Folk Festival and more music online? Great! Then press the Donate Button above the email subscription form.

If you love what you heard here this evening, watch our own Calendar of Folk Music Events for upcoming performances online and in real time for all our music friends. And remember: you can always browse our Video Gallery, a wonderful folk music community resource.

Enjoy Sones de México Ensemble and celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

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Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Jon Shain | Woodstock Wednesdays | Premieres April 28, 7pm/CDT

Veteran singer-songwriter Jon Shain specializes in improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Jon premieres April 28, 7pm/CDT for Woodstock Wednesdays.
Veteran singer-songwriter Jon Shain specializes in improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. Jon premieres April 28, 7pm/CDT for Woodstock Wednesdays.

Jon Shain premieres April 28 – HERE’s your LINK!

Veteran singer-songwriter Jon Shain has turned heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work, and his evolved musical style. He combines improvised piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing, and ragtime. 

Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018.
Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018.

The 2019 winner of the International Blues Challenge in the solo/duo category, Jon is scheduled to appear at the Woodstock Folk Festival this year. Shain’s most recent solo disc, Gettin’ Handy with the Blues: A Tribute to the Legacy of WC Handy, was released in January, 2018. Shain’s last release is the  gorgeous roots album, Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon,  recorded along with long-time collaborator FJ Ventre. They have a new album, Never Found  Way to Tame the Blues, due for release in 2021.

Want to explore more aabout Jon Shain? Then read the Featured Performer or More Resources sections below. 

Support Our Performers

Performers greatly appreciate your support! Visit their websites, shop in their online stores, donate.

Want to show your support and appreciation for this Woodstock Wednesdays performer? Then visit Jon at his website: www.jonshain.com. You can tip him via Paypal to flyinrex@jonshain.com or through Venmo to @Jon_Shain.

While You’re On the Site . . .

Would you like to enjoy the show again or share it with others? Then be sure to visit our Video Gallery anytime. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows.

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Jon Shain: Our Featured Performer for April 28

From Jon’s website, www.jonshain.com.

Jon grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a Merrimack River mill-town that had already seen its better days by the time he was a child in the 1970s. His family’s business was a small textile dyeing company, and he worked in the factory during the summers throughout his teens. At the same time, Shain began to discover his love of American roots music and songwriting, specifically drawn to the narratives about regular people and themes of social justice.

Shain headed south to North Carolina in 1986, to study American History at Duke University and to continue his musical journey, as well. In addition to studying with jazz professor Paul Jeffrey, he also had the good fortune to learn the piedmont blues tradition firsthand by playing in Big Boy Henry’s backing band. It was at this time that Shain also got to meet and play with John Dee Holeman and a number of the great older NC blues players. Shain’s classes in school were heavily concentrated in southern history, English, and world religions. That mixture of the academic environment and the real-world blues music is what has most informed his musical direction.

Jon’s First Band

Shain cut his touring teeth from 1989-1998 founding the Chapel Hill, NC folk-rock group, Flyin’ Mice and their spin-off group, WAKE. The band performed with acts such as David Grisman, Tony Rice Unit, Hot Tuna, and the Dixie Dregs, released four CDs, and played clubs, schools, and festivals up and down the East Coast, building a legion of fans. After his band’s breakup, Shain went solo, returning to his roots in the folk and blues circuit.

Albums, Guest Artist Performances, Instrumentals

In addition to the album with Joe Newberry and a live album with Jon Shain Trio, Jon has released eight studio albums, working with studio luminaries such as Dave Mattacks, Tom Dube, and Chris Stamey, along the way. As a guest artist, Jon has recorded with Jim Avett, Greg Humphreys, Dana Kletter, and many others. His instrumental music has been placed in several documentary films and commercials, as well as on shows on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Currently…

The last few years have seen Shain headlining listening rooms on the East Coast, in the Midwest, and in Europe, as well as opening shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others. When Shain is not recording, producing other artists, or performing, he stays busy giving private instruction in Piedmont blues fingerstyle guitar, and teaching group workshops in songwriting and blues guitar.

More Resources

FJ Ventre & Jon Shain

Visit HERE for information about “Jon’s musical buddies who perform with him frequently and are featured in his recordings.” These buddies include FJ Ventre, Allyn Love, and Joe Newberry.

FJ Ventre is scheduled to perform with Jon at the Woodstock Folk Festival on July 18, 2021.

Watch the video of Jon’s winning performance at 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, and read the News & Observer’s feature.

Read about Jon as a teacher. See rave reviews from those who learn from him, like this one: “A brilliant player, he is also an accomplished teacher who can unlock a student’s Rosetta Stone and give them the tools to be the musician they want to be.” ~ Joe Newberry, Raleigh, NC

You can also find Jon on Facebook and Twitter.

For more music, visit Jon’s YouTube page.

Enjoy Jon Shain’s Woodstock Wednesdays performance!

If you love what you heard here this evening, watch our own Calendar of Folk Music Events for upcoming performances online and in real time for all our music friends. And remember: you can always browse our Video Gallery, a wonderful folk music community resource.

Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Magpie Premieres April 21, 7pm/CDT | Woodstock Wednesdays

Magpie premieres HERE on April 21, 7pm/CDT

Magpie, the duo of Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, is “…simply, absolutely, unequivocally wonderful. They’ll thrill you to boots, melt your heart. The controlled beauty of Terry’s singing is what hits you first, but she also plays a mean harp. Greg’s relaxed accompaniment compliments her perfectly…” ~ (Colin Irwin, “Melody Maker,” Norwich Folk Festival, Norwich, England)

Want to explore more Magpie music and learn about their interests and special talents? Then read the Featured Performers or More Resources sections below. 

Support Our Performers

Performers greatly appreciate your support! Visit their websites, shop in their online stores, donate. Click HERE to find out how you can support Magpie with cash or item donations, become a sponsor or help fundraise for them.

While You’re On the Festival Site . . .

Would you like to enjoy the show again or share it with others? Then be sure to visit our Video Gallery anytime. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows.

How about receiving email updates each Monday from us? Then be sure to Subscribe in the right column of any page of the Festival site (woodstockfolkfestival.org). 

Would you like to support our Annual Woodstock Folk Festival and more music online? Great! Then press the Donate Button above the email subscription form.

Love folk music? The Woodstock Folk Festival brings you quality folk music and storytelling through the year. 

Magpie: Our Featured Performers for April 21

In celebration of Earth Day, Magpie’s songs will focus on our planet and the environment. This longer video continues the Woodstock Folk Festival’s tradition of a spring concert in a new way.

Terry and Greg started out in Kent, Ohio, in September of 1973. They moved to Washington, D.C., the following year. After spending 34 years as regular stalwarts of the folk music scene there, they moved to upstate New York where they live now.

With a career spanning more than 40 years, Magpie travels the globe, bringing its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. From traditional songs to vintage blues, swing and country to folk classics to contemporary and stirring original compositions, they cover a lot of musical ground.

With their powerful voices and harmonies and their excellent instrumental arrangements on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, dulcimer, and concertina, their sound is much bigger than just two people. Award-winning recording artists, songwriters, musical historians, and social activists, Terry and Greg always promise a presentation that is highly entertaining as well as provocative and deeply moving.

MAGPIE Presents EIGHT Great School Programs

https://magpiemusic.com/school-programs.html

Magpie brings eight different programs to audiences of all ages, including schools. Avid environmentalists, they developed these two programs:

  • Icthyomusicology, the study of music and songs about fish and marine life, and
  • Living Planet, featuring songs about the Earth.

Others include:

  • Battle Cry of Freedom about the Civil War era,
  • A Mighty Hard Road, the life and music of Woody Guthrie,
  • Put the Sun Back in the Sky, songs of the 1930s,
  • Spoon River, in which the unforgettable characters of Edgar Lee Masters’ poetic masterpiece come alive,
  • All the News That’s Fit to Sing, topic and political news of the 1960s,
  • Working My Life Away, which introduces students to songs about the struggles of working people, and
  • Harriet Was Here, an example of MAGPIE”S songwriting residency work. 

A Zoom Experiment

Last year was the seventh in a row Terry and Greg led a songwriting residency with fourth grade students at Genesee Elementary School in Auburn, NY. As Harriet Tubman’s hometown, it was the perfect spot for Harriet Was Here.

Because of COVID-19, they had to try something a little different. In prior years, the new song served as the closing performance in two concerts that were open to the public. Parents and community people always showed up as Auburn bcame a home-away-from-home for the duo.

In 2020, the residency was conducted through ZOOM meetings, two each day, Monday through Friday, for two weeks. The song was recorded on both video and audio with each of the kids recorded singing on their own as well as singing along with the video/audio of Terry and Greg singing it.

Although the final edited video showed up at a point in time, it wouldn’t have been ready for Juneteenth when they wanted to present it, so they performed it in another Zoom session attended by parents, teachers, school board members, community leaders, organizers of the project, and Terry and Greg’s friend, Kate Clifford Larsen, author of the excellent biography, Tubman, Bound for the Promised Land. In their words, “The kids sang it beautifully, and we think it’s a fine song.

“Hope you enjoy it, and feel free to share it with anyone.” ~ Terry and Greg, Magpie

A Year for Dedications: George Perry Floyd and All Front-Line Healthcare Workers

The students decided to dedicate their song that year to George Perry Floyd and to all the front-line healthcare workers. They wrote a letter to George Perry Floyd’s family, which you can read HERE.

“I was moved to tears when I read the letter that the students wrote to the family of George Floyd.” ~ Mary Sherman, former elementary teacher

Terry and Greg, Magpie, are available also to work with whomever to design programs that fit whatever they want to teach through music. For booking information contact: Terry Leonino, 245 Brooky Hollow Rd., Middleburgh, NY 12122 (301) 775-6043, gtmagpie@midtel.net

More Resources

You’ll find Magpie at https://magpiemusic.com/. Check out their Discography or their 45th Anniversary CD, pictured on the left.

And there are lots more videos HERE.

Visit and “Like” them on Facebook.

Enjoy the music of Magpie!

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Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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Windborne Premieres April 14 for Woodstock Wednesdays

Windborne performs for Woodstock Wednesdays, a program of the Woodstock Folk Festival, April 14, 7pm/CDT.
Windborne performs for Woodstock Wednesdays, a program of the Woodstock Folk Festival, April 14, 7pm/CDT.

Windborne premieres April 14 Click HERE for the show

Filled with the vocal agility and authentic sound for which they are known, Windborne concerts include songs from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Quebec, and Basque country, as well as traditional and original American folk music.

Want to explore more Windborne music and learn about their interests and special talents? Then read the Featured Performers or More Resources sections below. Find out about their upcoming album release? Special Projects and a New Album Alert.

Performers greatly appreciate your support! Visit their websites, shop in their online stores, donate. Support Windborne through their Patreon page, or purchase CDs and contribute to their Tip Jar at https://sott.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders.

While You’re On the Festival Site . . .

Would you like to enjoy the show again or share it with others? Then be sure to visit our Video Gallery anytime. While you’re there, check out past performers’ shows.

How about receiving email updates each Monday from us? Then Subscribe in the right column of any page of the Festival site (woodstockfolkfestival.org). 

Would you like to support our Annual Woodstock Folk Festival and more music online? Great! Then press the Donate Button above the email subscription form.

Love folk music? The Woodstock Folk Festival brings you quality folk music and storytelling through the year. 

Windborne: Our Featured Performers April 14

Special for National Dance Week, April 16-25, Windborne’s Woodstock Wednesdays performance features foot percussion.

Windborne at Green Note in Camden Town/London England
Windborne at Green Note in Camden Town/London England

“The best musical discovery of the year…Stunningly powerful vocal harmony…Windborne sets a new bar for folk harmony singing today” ~ Brian O’Donovan, NPR

Excited reviews like these are routine for Windborne, singers who grew up immersed in the traditional song and dance communities of New England. Read more reviews in the next section, What Folks Say.

Windborne crafted their unique style and honed their skills by seeking out and studying masters of traditional singing styles in the U.S. and around the world. Now they bring their authentic music and vocal agility not only to communities in their own New England area but to a global community, energized by a belief that music can change hearts. With each step, teaching, learning and experiencing the joy of music and dance. Specializing in close harmony singing, the quartet has a vibrant energy and a strong connection, evident in their engaging performance.

In addition to their vocal virtuosity, Windborne members are seasoned teachers and song-leaders, delighting groups of all ages and musical experience. Their instruction is ‘enthusiastic, clear, and nuanced.’ And Windborne brings more than musical instruction to their teaching. It’s not just about the notes of a song but about varied vocal styles, pronunciation and cultural contexts of musical styles.

Some Windborne History

This a cappella quartet based in Massachusetts performed at our 2019 Festival. They set a record for CD sales!
This a cappella quartet based in Massachusetts performed at our 2019 Festival. They set a record for CD sales!

During its 10+ year history, Windborne was first a duo, then a trio, and now a vocal quartet. Today Windborne is Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig and Jeremy Carter-Gordon.

The group in its various forms has traveled extensively in the U.S. and around the world, studying, performing and leading workshops. The music masters with whom they studied include:

Their collective five decades of performing and teaching experience perfected their ability to switch effortlessly between drastically different styles of singing within the same concert. Their performances delight audiences with carefully crafted arrangements and vocal energy.

As award-winning musicians, they have appeared at many festivals in the U.S. and taught master classes at Keene State College. In January 2014, AMA (American Music Association) sent Windborne on a month-long tour to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Angola performing and teaching as musical ambassadors for the U.S.!

Locally, they’ve been on the Woodstock Folk Festival stage, receiving an enthusiastic standing ovation from our audience.  Zoe Mulford appeared that year as well.  And not so surprisingly, Windborne has collaborated with Zoe. You’ll learn about that when you see their Woodstock Wednesdays video.

What Folks Say About Windborne

Specializing in close harmony singing, the quartet has a vibrant energy and a strong connection, evident in their engaging performance.
Specializing in close harmony singing, the quartet has a vibrant energy and a strong connection, evident in their engaging performance.

“A quartet the likes of which I’ve not seen since…Coope, Boyes and Simpson, the Watersons, or The Voice Squad. Just absolutely phenomenal!” ~ BBC Traveling Folk

Mary DesRosiers, folk musicologist for the Monadnock Folklore Society, acclaims Windborne for “the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements.”

“The singers of Windborne have a deep understanding, both musically and culturally, of the traditions from which they draw much of their repertoire. Their singing is a feast of a cappella harmony.” ~ Peter Amidonwww.amidonmusic.com

More Resources

Special Projects and a New Album Alert . . .

Not idled by the current situation, Windborne has looked for additional ways to express themselves. This includes recording and creatively adding to a 1640s protest anthem, The Diggers’ Song. Here are the last lines of the song, added and composed by them…

Against the hate and fear, stand up now, stand up now,
Against the hate and fear, stand up now.
The press have closed their eyes, they spread the tyrants’ lies
They’ll tell you with their cries, who to love and to despise
Stand up now, Diggers all.

And then there’s this, from Windborne: “NEW ALBUM ALERT! Friends, we are so excited to announce the launch of our next album, Of Hard Times & Harmony.

Support our Indiegogo fundraising campaign and pre-order your copy (IGG.me/at/WinborneHT). Thank you for believing in our music and message! In song and solidarity, Will, Lauren, Lynn, and Jeremy.”

Now go, enjoy the Windborne performance!

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If you love what you heard here this evening, watch our own Calendar of Folk Music Events for upcoming performances online and in real time for all our music friends. And remember: you can always browse our Video Gallery, a wonderful folk music community resource.

Views expressed by performers and others who appear at Woodstock Festival events or on the website are solely the views of these individuals and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Festival or its Board members.

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