Woodstock Wednesdays | Holly Near | Online Concerts | August 19, 7pm/CDT

Art work by Mary Sherman

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for Woodstock Wednesdays. We are excited to bring high quality music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years. If you are not on our maiing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website.

The Video premieres HERE at 7pm/CDT Wednesday, August 19. It will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share with friends and family. Holly’s video is part of our celebration of the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S.

Featured Performer: Holly Near

Photo by Steve Underhill

Holly Near received the Fifth Annual Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006. Holly was featured in the All-Sing Finale of the Woodstock Folk Festival – Reimagined. She is the third artist in our series celebrating the 100th anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S. She has been singing for a more equitable world for well over 50 creative years. She is an insightful storyteller through her music, committed to keeping the work rooted in contemporary activism.

Respected around the world for her music and activism, Holly released her 31st album in 2018.

One of the most powerful, consistent, and outspoken singers of our time, her concerts elevate spirits and inspire activism. A skilled performer, Holly is an outspoken ambassador for peace who brings to the stage a unique integration of world consciousness, spiritual discovery, and theatricality.

Holly’s joy and passion continue to inspire people to join in her celebration of the human spirit. Equally compelling at her shows and through recordings, Holly’s music fully engages listeners in the world around them—speaking to anyone who believes in peace, justice, and feminism; a wonderful spectrum of humanity.

Born in Ukiah, CA in 1949, Holly began singing in high school, including work with a local folk group. She built on her performing career with acting parts on seminal ‘70s television shows like Mod SquadRoom 222, and The Partridge Family. In 1970 she was a cast member of the Broadway musical Hair. Following the Kent State University shootings in May of that same year the entire cast staged a silent vigil in protest. The song, “It Could’ve Been Me” (which was released on A Live Album, 1974) was Holly’s heartfelt response to the shootings. In 1971, she joined the “Free The Army” tour, an anti-Vietnam War road show of music, comedy, and plays organized by antiwar activist Fred Gardner and actors Jane Fonda and Donald Sutherland.

In 1972, Holly was one of the first women to create an independent record company, paving the way for women like Ani DiFranco and others. Her goal was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission that Redwood Records fulfilled for nearly 20 years. Often cited as one of the founders of the Women’s Music movement, Holly not only led the way for outspoken women in the music world, but also worked for peace and multicultural consciousness. Throughout her long career Holly has worked with a wide array of musicians including Pete Seeger, Ronnie Gilbert, Arlo Guthrie, Mercedes Sosa, Bernice Johnson Reason, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, Phil Ochs, Harry Belafonte, and many others.

Holly Near has been recognized many times for her work for social change, including honors from the ACLU, the National Lawyers Guild, the National Organization for Women, and the National Academy of Recording arts and Sciences. Holly was also named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year and received the Legends of Women’s Music Award. During her travels in the Pacific with the Free The Army show, Holly became a globally conscious feminist, linking international feminism and anti-war activism. She was an active participant and coalition builder in what she refers to as the “heady days” of 1970s activism, when so many movements were gestating and jostling one another.

Another significant arena of Holly’s activism is the LGBTQ community. Her interest was both personal and political. She was one of the first celebrities to discuss her sexual orientation during a pioneering 1976 interview with People magazine. A staunch advocate for LGBTQ rights, Holly is comfortable with her own sexuality and has a clear understanding of the fluidity of sexual orientation.

Holly is also a teacher, presenting master classes in performance craft and songwriting to diverse audiences. Building on this role, her historic papers are housed at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library and are regarded as an informed look at the last 50 years of social change movements.

She has also become a spokesperson within the social change music movement. During her time on the road, luminaries in the folk world have noted how her presence sets the tone for each event she joins. As Holly has observed, “Music can influence choices for better or for worse. A lullaby can put a troubled child to sleep, but Muzak can put a whole nation to sleep. A marching band can send our children off to war. It can also have everyone laughing, dancing, and loving as the lead off to a gay pride parade”.

Holly finds herself in a role that her amazing journey has uniquely prepared her to fill as the significance of her work over time has crystallized her iconic status. At once flattered, amazed, and centered, she graciously assumes the honoring that comes with time, proud to represent—through her voice and her music—the movements that are so fundamental to her spirit.

Photo by Irene Young

“I do not separate my music from my heart nor do I separate my ideas from my daily life. I open myself up to learning as much as I can about humanity and this mysterious life experience, but I do not relate to political work as a series of ’causes.’ Moment by moment, I integrate what I learn into my personal life, personalizing my politics. It is from this personal place that I write my songs.” – Holly Near

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Holly Near for the creating this Woodstock Wednesdays video! https://hollynear.com/

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

We know you’ll enjoy the show!

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Woodstock Wednesdays | Online Concerts | Natalia Zukerman | August 5, 7pm/CDT

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for great music. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in Folk music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years. If you are not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website.

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CDT Wednesday, August 5. It will remain in our Gallery after the show if you would like to see it again or share with friends and family.

Featured Performer: Natalia Zukerman

Natalia performed at our Woodstock Folk Festival in 2009 and is very involved in Women’s Music. She is kicking off our month-long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage, the third and final anniversary from our “Power of Song” concert.

Musician, painter and educator Natalia Zukerman grew up in New York City, studied art at Oberlin, started her mural business Off The Wall in San Francisco, began her songwriting career in Boston, and now resides, writes, plays, teaches and paints in Brooklyn, NY. Having released seven independent albums on Weasel Records and her own label Talisman Records, Zukerman has toured internationally as a solo performer since 2005.

Her music can be heard on the soundtrack of several seasons of The L Word and ABC Family’s Chasing Life. She also created the score for The Arch of Titus, an independent film created for Yeshiva University and a Harvard online course called Poetry in America.

Throughout her career as a touring musician, she has accompanied and opened for some of acoustic music’s greats such as Janis Ian, Willy PorterSusan WernerErin McKeownShawn ColvinAni DiFrancoRichard ThompsonTom Paxton, Garnet Rogers and many others.

Alongside her touring career, Zukerman continues to paint private and public murals as well as illustrate children’s books, design and paint sets for plays in New York City and paint private portrait commissions. In February, 2017, Natalia became a Cultural Diplomat for the US Department of State, playing concerts and conducting workshops with her group The Northern Lights throughout Africa.

Natalia teaches private songwriting lessons and has taught at Rocky Mountain Song School, Sisters Song SchoolRed Rocks Womens Music FestivalWinnipeg Folk FestivalInterlochen Summer Music Program and other festivals and locations throughout the US and in Canada. In May 2018, she was the artist in residence at the cell theatre in New York City where she developed her multimedia one woman show, The Women Who Rode Away. She has since released the soundtrack and accompanying book of the show and has toured throughout North America in support of that project.

“…this is simply one of the most compelling and riveting events we have ever hosted on The Extended Play Sessions. It speaks of empowerment, struggle, tolerance, perseverance and history and the timeliness of this project could not be more poignant. A woman, seated alone on a stage, paying tribute to women…with beauty, style, grace and a boatload of talent!” ~ Bill Hurley, Producer, The Extended Play Sessions

To watch two promo videos for The Women Who Rode Away go to nataliazukerman.com. Natalia’s poignant personal reflections, music, and art will move you!

“Natalia’s voice could send an orchid into bloom while her guitar playing can open a beer bottle with its teeth.” ~ New Yorker

“… a wise mix of rootsy styles from torch blues to country swing. If you’re a fan of Madeleine Peyroux, Bonnie Raitt or even Amy Winehouse, you’ll find stuff to connect with here.” ~ Philadelphia Daily News

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Natalia Zukerman for creating this Woodstock Wednesday’s video! –nataliazukerman.com. You can purchase books and art work including pet paintings on Natalia’s site.

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

We hope you’ll enjoy the show!

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Thank You For Being Part Of The 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival — Reimagined

By Carol Obertubbesing, Board President, Woodstock Folk Festival

Thanks so much for joining us for the 35th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival — Reimagined. We greatly appreciated your participation and support. If you missed the Festival or want to watch some or all of it again or share it with friends, just go to our website, woodstockfolkfestival.org. You can click on the green button on the upper right of any page, find it in the Video Gallery, or go directly to it on this Gallery page.  There’s also the option of watching just the All-Sing Finale again. 

Donations

The Woodstock Folk Festival is grateful for your donations. If you haven’t yet donated, please consider a donation to help us cover expenses for this year’s Festival and help us bring you next year’s Festival. You can use the “Donate” button at the top right of every page on our website. 

We hope you will also support the performers directly by going to their websites, all listed on the Festival’s Gallery page, and buying their CDs, joining their Patreon or other platforms, and donating to them. 

Upcoming Programs

Please watch our Woodstock Wednesdays each week, tune in for special posts and music during our celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S. next month, and continue to check News and the Calendar on our website for updates on future events.  To get current information delivered straight to you each week, sign up for the email list on our website via the subscription box on the upper right of the home page.

Looking Forward to the 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival

Mark your calendars now for the 36th Annual Woodstock Folk Festival on Sunday, July 18, 2021, Noon to 6pm, back on Woodstock Square. We hope the following performers will be able to join us on the Main Stage next year:  Meghan Cary, Cielito Lindo Family Band, Fendrick & Peck, Joe Jencks, Megon McDonough, Pete Morton, Katherine Rondeau, and Jon Shain and FJ Ventre, along with Ashley & Simpson at the Open Mic Stage and a Blues Workshop with Jon Shain. We’ll present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Megon McDonough and our “Woody” Awards to Ray Beth, Lilli Kuzma, and Chuck VanderVennet. 

And remember, keep the “Power of Song” in your heart and take it with you wherever you go.

Stay safe and be well.

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Woodstock Wednesdays | Online Folk Music Concerts | Jack Williams | July 29, 7pm/CDT

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for great music. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years.

The video premieres HERE at 7pm/CDT Wednesday, July 29. It will remain in our Gallery after the show.

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to see the show. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

Featured Performer: Jack Williams

Jack Williams will perform at the virtual Fox Valley Folk Festival over Labor Day weekend. You can find more information at foxvalleyfolk.com.

Jack played at the July 16, 2000 Woodstock Folk Festival. He was so popular that he was invited back to do a guitar workshop and concert. Off Square Music booked Jack to perform in August, 2018. We look forward to a time when we can see and hear Jack in person.

Jack Williams, a South Carolina-born artist, is celebrated by the contemporary U.S. folk community as a singer/songwriter of national stature and an uncommonly unique guitarist whom Sing Out! Magazine describes as “one of the strongest guitarists in contemporary folk.” 

Until COVID-19, Jack had continued to tour the U.S. constantly out of the sheer love of music and performing. Williams has added extremely successful tours of England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Liechtenstein, France and Austria to his list of recent performances at festivals, house concerts and major folk venues. A featured performer on the Philadelphia and Kerrville (TX) main stages, Jack has also appeared on the New Bedford (MA) Summerfest and Boston Folk Festival stages.

In addition to his successful solo career, Jack’s credits include guitar work with legendary singer/songwriters Mickey Newbury, Harry Nilsson, Tom Paxton, Peter Yarrow, and Steve Gillette, among others. He currently has a DVD (High Cotton) and seven CDs of original songs on Wind River / Folk Era Records: “Bound for Glory – Live,” “Laughing in the Face of the Blues,” “WALKIN’ DREAMS,” LIVE & In Good Company,” “Eternity & Main,” “Across the Winterline,” and “Dreams of the Song Dog.” His CD “Don’t Let Go” is a collection of cover songs reflecting the major influences on his musical development.

Williams’ music is born at the meeting ground of the traditional and the contemporary – original Southern-American songwriting and performance at its best, drawing deeply from the eclectic well of our musical heritage. Jack’s fusion of guitar, voice and songs – which are loaded with delightful influences from his career in jazz, classical, rock, blues, country and folk – should not be missed.

“…[Jack Williams’] artistry… is nothing short of amazing. Dazzling picking, expressive voice, unique and interesting songs.” ~ Rich Warren, WFMT “Midnight Special”

“…soulful singer and a superb guitarist…” ~ Dick Weissman, Folk Musician, in his book “Which Side Are You On”

And legendary singer/songwriter, Mickey Newbury added,
“Jack and his music are an American treasure.

For further information, please see Jack’s website at JackWilliamsMusic.com

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Jack Williams for creating this Woodstock Wednesdays video! JackWilliamsMusic.com. You can also go directly to Jack’s donation sites: 

“Become a Patron at www.patreon.com/jackwilliams. You can make a recurring donation of any amount you choose, down to $1 per month, to help Jack continue to make music. Thank you, your help is greatly appreciated.

“If you are struggling through this time, please don’t feel pressured to donate – your friendship and support are all we need. But if you are able and would like to help out, you can also donate through PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/jackwilliamsmusic. If that link doesn’t work for you, go to your account at paypal.com and send money to jack@jackwilliamsmusic.com.

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

We hope you’ll enjoy the show!

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News from our Friends at Windborne

We’re gettin’ the band back together!

Ok, we never broke up, but it has been a loooong four months since we’ve seen each other in person, and we are SO thrilled to reconvene at the end of July for a week of singing, swimming, eating, and livestreaming!

Livestream Concert Coming Soon To A Screen Near You

Saturday, Aug 1 on Facebook Live
TWO shows: 1:30 and 6:30pm/CDT
Facebook.com/WindborneSingers/live

On Saturday, August 1 we’ll present TWO shows with different set lists, one at 1:30pm/CDT so our friends in the UK and Europe don’t have to stay up all night, and one at 6:30pm/CDT for our US fans. You can watch either one, of course, or come to both!

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Off Square Music Hosts A New Concert Series

Off Square Music is hosting a new concert series beginning July 26 on the Historic Woodstock Square. The concerts will be held from 5 to 7pm/CDT every Sunday evening for the next 8 weeks. Local bands will be featured, and the event is free.

If you would like to leave a donation for the artists, it would be appreciated. We will practice social distancing, and this is a chance to hear some good live music outside.

Most of the bands are lined up, and the first five weeks are listed below. These are all great bands, offering a wide range of music. The first evening is split between Big Fish and Cheryl & the Downhome Boys.

Off Square Music Schedule — On the Woodstock Square

  • 7/26 – Cheryl & Downhome Boys | Big Fish
  • 8/2 – Sessions Jazz with Al Skaronea
  • 8/9 – LeftOvers
  • 8/16 – Bad Penny
  • 8/23 – Cassandra & Ken Johnson

These are trying times, but good music will help us through!

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Woodstock Wednesdays | Online Folk Music Concerts | Meghan Cary | July 22, 7pm/CDT

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for great music. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years.

Here’s the link for the video: https://woodstockfolkfestival.org/aiovg_videos/meghan-cary-woodstock-wednesdays-premieres-july-22-2020-7pm-cdt/. The video will remain in our Gallery after the show.

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to see the show. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

Featuring Meghan Cary

With masterful storytelling and award-winning songs, Cary engages audiences on a powerfully personal level, inviting them in and leading them through an experience that has been called healing, inspiring and outrageously joyful. A frequent performer at such venerable festivals as Philadelphia Folk Festival, Spring Gulch, Huntington, DelMarVa Folk Festival, and music venues around the country, Cary’s message of unity and the power of raising our voices together infuses every show, and her song, “Sing Louder”, has become an anthem for the music-loving community. Her smoky voice, emotional singing, and vulnerable writing garner favorable comparisons to Melissa Etheridge, Brandi Carlisle, and even Bruce Springsteen. 

Also, be sure to check out the River Rock Project, an independent project by singer/songwriter activist Meghan Cary. Fueled by the desire to film and share Cary’s empowerment anthem, River Rock, and inspired by the compelling story of the Justice Bell and the women who employed this powerful symbol in the fight for women’s right to vote, The River Rock Project shines a spotlight on women who fought for equality throughout history and gives voice to women who are continuing that fight today. Meghan’s engagement with the history of women’s suffrage makes her a perfect lead-in to our month long celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in the U.S. next month.

Meghan Cary will open the 2021 Woodstock Folk Festival

What people are saying about Meghan.

“These times require songs of compassion and commitment which inspire us to reach our higher selves and Meghan sings them with such infectious joy you can’t resist joining in.”

— John Platt, WFUV 90.7 FM

“Can the world stand one more storytelling troubadour? If the artist in question is Cary, the answer is resounding yes. Seek this one out.”

— Billboard Magazine

“Meghan Cary, with indefatigable energy, molds every song with sophisticated melodies and intriguing lyrics. “Sing Louder” delivers hard-won, uplifting realizations from life’s struggles. ” – Richard Cuccaro

— Acoustic Live NYC

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Meghan Cary for creating this Woodstock Wednesdays video! https://meghancary.com/

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

We know you’ll enjoy the show!

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Woodstock Wednesdays | Online Folk Music Concerts | Joann & Lee Murdock | July 15, 7pm/CDT

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for great music, fun and friends. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years.

Here’s where to enjoy the show when it premieres at 7pm/CDT: https://woodstockfolkfestival.org/aiovg_videos/joann-and-lee-murdock/. The video will remain in our Gallery after the show.

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to see the show. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

Featuring Lee Murdock

Lee Murdock has uncovered a boundless body of music and stories in the Great Lakes. Taking snapshots from history, his songs summon the listener to take a front-row seat, to look through the eyes and into the hearts of individuals who have shaped our heritage on and around the Great Lakes. His concerts invoke a sense of place, but it is a universal place, and a timeless repertoire that celebrates the North American people, their triumphs and tragedies, work songs and pastimes.

Noted as a fluent instrumentalist on six and twelve string guitars, Murdock combines ragtime, Irish, blues and folk styles with this flair for storytelling in songs. His musical influences span fifteen generations, and combine original compositions with traditional music.

There is an amazing timelessness in this music. Great Lakes songs are made of hard word, hard living, ships that go down and ships that come in.

“I’m interested in trying to find the life in these songs; in making music that’s exciting to people today. I am looking for the songs and the interesting stories, not only for the people who already enjoy folk music, but for those who think they don’t like folk music.” Lee Murdock

Lee and Joann Murdock were the recipients of the 2011 Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joann Murdock founded the booking agency, Artists of Note, in 1984, and for more than three decades she has been a dedicated and full-time supporter of the folk arts. In addition to the agency, Joann is a founding member and former Treasurer/Board Member of the Folk Alliance International, and she volunteers her time for many other organizations dedicated to folk music. Not a music maker, Joann plays the computer keyboards and in her spare time she works at fiber arts.

What people are saying about Lee.

“ … bringing a fresh musical sound to the Great Lakes. Not only is he a recording artist, he’s a historian … he has given the Great Lakes the limelight using authentic Great Lakes source material, of the past and the present, as the basis for his music.”— Richard Palmer, in Inland Seas, the Quarterly Journal of the Great Lakes Historical Society (Toledo OH)

“The premier interpreter of songs and tales about the Great Lakes … Murdock’s regionalist approach does the area proud.”— Paul-Emile Comeau, Dirty Linen Magazine

“Your program was our highest attended program or event to date. Our patrons have been raving about your concert! Songs of the great Lakes was entertaining, educational and pure joy!”— St Charles IL Public Library

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Lee and Joann for creating this Woodstock Wednesdays video! http://leemurdock.com/

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

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Woodstock Wednesdays: Amy Beth – July 8, 7pm/CDT

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival weekly for great music, fun and friends. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy and support performers who have worked with us over the years.

Click here to enjoy the concert. The video will remain in our Gallery after the show.

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to see the show. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

Featuring Amy Beth

Woodstock’s own lady of story and song, Amy Beth, is always doing something to bring people together to share music or reflect on life’s meaning and purpose. An accomplished instrumentalist, singer, teacher, and storyteller, Amy will make you feel good about being alive.

In 1986 Amy Beth founded the annual Woodstock Folk Festival and was the President of the Board of Directors and served as Artistic Director until she retired in 2002. In 2005 she was presented with its fourth annual Lifetime Achievement Award.

Over the years she has learned to play violin/fiddle, clawhammer style 5-string banjo, autoharp, fretless banjo, cello, ukulele, flute, and mandolin. Her repertoire has grown to an impressive number of songs—both serious and humorous—and tunes.

Amy plays violin in the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra, and has served on its Board of Directors from 2008 to the present. Amy is a member of the Kishwaukee Ramblers, a trio that plays traditional American and Celtic folk music, children’s songs, and instrumentals. She also performs with the Merrie UkuLadies group.

What people are saying about Amy.

“Amy’s music and stories have graced McHenry County for years. Her humor, environmental consciousness and talent are sure to entertain you.” ~ Jerry Paulson, McHenry County Defenders

“Amy has a clear vocal style and presents a wide variety of music including folk, country, old timey and contemporary humor. She plays guitar, clawhammer banjo, autoharp, fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, mandolin, bones and percussion. Amy provides individual instruction on many of these instruments.” ~ Woodstock Folk Festival

“She makes it look easy. That takes hard work, …but that’s Amy for you.” ~ Christopher Shaw

More About Amy Beth’s Activities

Amy holds a regular monthly event on the 3rd Friday of every month. To find out more about Amy Beth’s many musical activities and check out her schedule including Amy Beth and Friends, be sure to visit her website – (http://woodstockfolkmusic.com/amybeth/)

We look forward to having you join us at this week’s Woodstock Wednesdays show.

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

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Woodstock Wednesdays This Week: Joe Jencks — July 1, 7pm/CDT

Click here to enjoy the show. The video will remain available in our Video Gallery for a time following the premiere.

Donations

Please visit performer websites to purchase their CDs and other merchandise and to donate to them. With all their gigs cancelled, they need your support. Your donations and purchases are a great way to thank Joe for creating this wonderful video! joejencks.com

You may also donate to the Festival via the Donate Button at the top of the right column on every page of this website.

Woodstock Wednesdays

Join the Woodstock Folk Festival for great music, fun and friends. We are excited to present Woodstock Wednesdays, a way to bring the best in folk music to our community and to enjoy performers who have worked with us over the years.

Woodstock Wednesdays will offer weekly performances throughout the year, not just at the Festival and concerts. We’ll have a way to build a closer bond with you, our fans — and we can all support our performers.

A great way to support our performers is to go to their websites, buy CDs and other merchandise, become a Patreon or whatever member platform they use, and donate to them.  With so many gigs cancelled, they need and deserve your support!

Of course, the Festival also appreciates your support, and you can make a donation at any time by using the Donate button on this website or by sending a check made payable to Woodstock Folk Festival to P.O. Box 1628, Woodstock, IL 60098.

Each Wednesday, we’ll host a Facebook Watch Party and launch the video in our website Gallery, where it will also be available after the event. Performances launch at 7pm/CDT every Wednesday. 

We know you’ll want to get all the information about who’s performing and how to join the party. If you’re not on our mailing list, please sign up using the Mailing List signup in the right column of our website. 

JOE JENCKS PERFORMING THIS WEEK, JULY 1, 7pm/CDT

Joe Jencks is an international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist, known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. You can learn much more about Joe’s current work to promote justice on his website joejencks.com.

Joe Jencks

A 21-year veteran of the international Folk circuit, Joe has released 14 CDs in that time. Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove and grit.

Joe performed solo at our Woodstock Folk Festival and with Brother Sun and is scheduled to perform at our 2021 Woodstock Folk Festival. He’s done excellent concerts online as well as a segment on Lilli Kuzma’s show. He periodically does a show online where he features other artists. 

Here are things Joe’s fans have said about him:

The key to the future is people joining in. The music of Joe Jencks captures this essential spirit. Joe is a fantastic singer who carries on the traditions. ~ Pete Seeger

Poets, Philosophers, Workers & Wanderers is absolutely Joe Jencks’ finest effort thus far. Jencks’ captivating tenor voice, lofted by flawless production, demonstrates music of conscience and provides a feast for the ear as well as nourishment for the soul. ~ Rich Warren, The Midnight Special – WFMT, Chicago, IL

I find that Joe embodies the spirit of Pete Seeger, who was at the forefront of social struggles in his generation. In much the same way, Joe has his finger on the pulse of our grass-roots social conscience and passes it on for us to scrutinize. He wraps his messages in beautiful melodies and sings them with an outstanding tenor voice. Every generation needs a voice for social justice. Joe Jencks is one of those very important voices.” ~ Judy Matzen, Off Square Concerts, Woodstock, IL

We look forward to seeing you at our first Woodstock Wednesdays performance featuring Joe Jencks, July 1, 7pm on Facebook or in the Video Gallery on our website. Invitations will follow via email. Feel free to invite friends who are not on our email list.

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