Folk fest returns with biggest event

By LEANN BURKE
lburke@dcherald.com

FERDINAND — Folk music fans, artists and environmentally-minded people will have a local outlet for their passions Saturday at the 10th annual Ferdinand Folk Festival.

The festival will take place at Ferdinand’s 18th Street Park with a day full of live music performances and activities for the whole family. The music performances focus on the folk genre: music originating among the common people of a nation or a region.

The fest got its start as a local house concert series and grew from the committee’s desire to share singer-songwriter-musicians with a broader audience.

The event also includes a market space for artisans, local businesses and companies that want to showcase earth-friendly products. It’s a day all about promoting health and wellness within the community through music, art and environmental education.

It’s also the biggest folk fest to date, with Canadian folk musician Bruce Cockburn headlining.

“We’re pretty excited about it,” said Chris James, the fest chairperson and Ferdinand town manager. “We’ve tried to add a little here and a little there at every event. We’ve pretty much maxed out the space at 18th Street [Park].”

Some of the new activities include IndyFringe, a comedy and magic act, and a fully solar-powered main stage thanks to Whole Sun Designs. The solar power grid for the stage is already set up and gathering energy in anticipation for Saturday, James said.

The fest will also bring back a tiny house exhibit, which James said people have asked for.

Several musicians will also return to the stage. The Way Down Wanderers performed in 2015 and are returning to the NextEra Energy Main Stage this year. Dubois County native Beau Troesch will also perform on the main stage. He kicked off the first folk fest in 2010.

Also returning are the Burch Brothers, a brother duo of Eddie and Rick Burch. This will be their third time performing at the event.

“It’s fantastic,” Eddie said of the folk fest. “We love it. Just getting to perform on stage.”

Eddie and Rick are based in Louisville, Kentucky, but Eddie also has a home in Dubois.

The Burch Brothers are part of this year’s Ferdinand Folk Fest Singer-Songewriter Showcase and will perform on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage.

The Burch Brothers have been playing together since the 1970s in several bands throughout the years, and most recently decided to perform as a duo. They frequently play smaller venues in the Louisville area. The folk fest gives them the chance to perform in front of a larger crowd, Eddie said.

“It’s an unusual thing for people to get to perform in front of a big crowd like that,” Eddie said.

James said the committee expects 7,000 people to attend the festival, though he said it’s hard to get a solid count since it’s a free, non-ticketed event.

Ferdinand Folk Festival Schedule

Saturday

10 a.m. Morning Flow Yoga on the hillside above the main stage

11 a.m. Regional Singer-Songwriter Showcase on the main stage

11:30 a.m. Booths open

11:45 a.m. The BurmaShaver(s) on Market Stage

Noon The Strings of Indian Creek on the main stage

Noon Strings, Inc. concert at the lower shelter house

12:30 p.m. Laura Rose and the Briars on Market Stage

12:30 p.m. Yoga for Children on the hillside above the main stage

12:45 p.m. Beau Troesch on the main stage

12:45 p.m. Bonzer Productions: Bizzo and Bindi at the lower shelter house

1 p.m. Carpenter Owl Tiny House “Concert Car” tent talk at the south tent

1 p.m. Turners’ Circus Aerial Dancers near the merchandise tent

1 p.m. Why Didn’t I Play the Ukulele Before Now? workshop at the upper shelter house

1 p.m. IndyFringe Comedic Storyteller in the market area

1 p.m. My Experience on a Canadian Organic Farm tent talk at the north tent

1:30 p.m. Jacob McDaniel on Market Stage

1:45 p.m. Amber Rubarth on the main stage

2 p.m. Homegrown Folk tent talk at the north tent

2 p.m. Ukulele Surge in Popularity tent talk at the Mainland Uke tent

2 p.m. The Hammer and Hatchet concert at the lower shelter house

2 p.m. Meet and Greet the Talon Trust Live Birds of Prey at the green tent

2 p.m. IndyFringe Magician in the market area

2:30 p.m. The Juggling Dragon Workshop on the lawn behind right field fence

2:45 p.m. The Burch Brothers on Market Stage

2:45 p.m. T-Bone’s Party Time! for children ages 2-5 at the lower shelter house

3 p.m. Honeysuckle on the main stage

3 p.m. Creating Comedy tent talk at the north tent

3 p.m. Learning to Fly: Rescue, Rehab and Release of Raptors tent talk at the green tent

3 p.m. IndyFringe Comedic Storyteller in the market area

3:30 p.m. Bonzer Productions: Bizzo and Bindi at the lower shelter house

4 p.m. Redwood Preservation Society on Market Stage

4 p.m. Producing Hoosier Hometown Live Radio Show tent talk at the north tent

4 p.m. IndyFringe Magician in the market area

4 p.m. Songwriting workshop with Amber Rubarth at the upper shelter house

4 p.m. Movement, Healing and Wellness tent talk at the south tent

4:15 p.m. The Way Down Wanderers on the main stage

5:15 p.m. Songwriters’ Circle with Clayton N. Schroeder at the upper shelter house

5:30 p.m. Katie Didit on Market Stage

5:45 p.m. Chastity Brown with band on the main stage

7 p.m. Clayton N. Schroeder on Market Stage

7:30 p.m. Bruce Cockburn on the main stage




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