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Folk-related Festivals in the Greater Northeast, October and November

Posted on the 03 October 2012 by Notlobmusic @notlobmusic
Summer may be over, but there are plenty of October folk, bluegrass, Celtic in the northeast USA and adjacent Canadian provinces.
The database, updated 2-3x/ month, lists close to 200 NE festivals and camps. Please send comments and corrections by email to [email protected]
All festivals/camps with dates contain current year information; "99" in the day field indicates either no information could be found or the producer has yet to submit to NEFolk current year information. Please encourage festival and camp producers/publicists to share information via email to [email protected]; one of the moderators will update the database. The table was developed over several years by J. Boudreau and cannot be used for commercial or other purposes without permission. NEFolk's Festival and Camp Database

Start Date vEnd DateFestival / Camp NameURLGenreCity & StateMore info at wall post #'s () = pastStatus / Comments

10/05/1210/08/12The Big Squeezehttp://bigsqueezeorg/Bluegrass and old-timeBarre, MA(12018) 13418Confirmed / http://tomspockcom/Big%20Squeeze/Invite%2012/index.html

10/05/1210/07/12Banjo Burke Festivaljoebanjoburke.orgCelticEast Durham, NY13578Confirmed.

10/05/1210/13/12Celtic Colours International Festivalhttp://www.celtic-colours.com/CelticCape Breton() Producer is welcome to post current year info via email to [email protected] / "For nine days in October, Cape Breton Island is home to a unique celebration of music and culture as the Celtic Colours International Festival presents dozens of concerts all over the island, an extensive line-up of community events, and a nightly Festival Club. Over the years, artists have traveled from Scotland, Ireland, England, Wales, Brittany, Spain, Denmark, Norway, Germany, and Cuba as well as from across the United States and Canada to join the finest of Cape Breton’s musicians, singers, dancers, storytellers and tradition-bearers for the annual Autumn celebration..."

10/06/1210/06/12New England Bloody Roots Festivalhttps://wwwfacebook.com/pages/New-England-Bloody-Roots-Festival/214969061874401heavy roots, country, folk and deep bluesWorcester, MA(12235) The promoter is free to post info to the message area.Confirmed

10/06/1210/08/12FSSGB weekend get-awaywww.fssgb.orgTraditional folkCharlton, MA13293Confirmed / Each fall, FSSGB sponsors a weekend in a tranquil setting within easy driving distance of Boston. The weekend is filled with music -- song swaps, workshops and mini-concerts led by professional staff and campers on Saturday and Sunday. The Fall Getaway gives campers a chance to meet each other, trade songs and tunes, and enjoy a relaxing weekend away from the city.

10/08/1210/14/12JACK KEROUAC LITERARY FESTIVAL,http://www.lowellcelebrateskerouac.org/festivalProseLowell(12280) 13593Confirmed.

10/20/1210/21/12Johnny Cake Harvest Festivalhttp://www.johnnycakefestival.com/Index.htmlTraditional craftsWest Kingston(12526) Producer is welcome to post current year info via email to [email protected]

10/99/1210/99/12Irish Heritage Festivalhttp://www.irishheritagefestival.com/index.htmlCelticDorchester, MA(12391)On hiatus / Statement from co-organizer John O'Toole posted on the festival's Facebook page: For 3 years the Irish Heritage Festival has been the host to thousands of people who have enjoyed the best in Irish Entertainment and Culture. We have been blessed with spectacular weather and wonderful crowds. It highlights the best that Dorchester has to offer to people all over New England. The Festival is a free event that is an enormous undertaking that costs upwards of $40,000.00 to pay for entertainment, 3 stages, lighting ,police details, permits, etc,etc.. The work is done by a very small group of volunteers. As you know, economically, it has been a very difficult year for many families and businesses, and we depend on the generosity of our donors to make the Festival a success. We are extremely grateful to those folks, businesses and our trade unions who helped make it a huge success for the past 3 years. The Festival Committee has decided to give a financial break to those who make the Festival possible and have already planning next years Festival. Many, many, thanks to all those who have volunteered in the past and I look forward to welcoming new volunteers for next years Festival! Thanks John OToole

10/99/1210/99/12Taunton River Folk Festivalhttp://www.tauntonfest.org/Traditional and revival folk and blues.Taunton, MA(3892, 5545, 7528, 8392)Defunct? Last presented in 2008. @ 8/20/12 "Oops! Google Chrome could not findwww.tauntonfestorg"Edit  Delete

11/02/1211/04/12Eisteddfod - NYhttp://www.eisteddfod-ny.orgtraditional folkKerhonkson, NY13592Confirmed. "Eisteddfod-NY is proud to host traditional music and song from Brittany, England, Hawaii, Ireland, Macedonia, Scotland, Serbia, and of course America — Appalachia, New York State, and more — along with contemporary songs, sea shanties, Gospel and Sacred Harp, and blues. There will be a contra dance, and as always there are plenty of opportunities for everyone to play and/or sing in the participatory workshops and informal jams. Come listen, come play and sing, come learn."

11/02/1211/04/12Fiddle Hell Massachusettshttp://www.reinerfamilyband.com/introduction.htmlNew England, Irish, Scottish, Southern, bluegrass, swing, Texas, Scandinavian, blues, and French-Canadian stylesConcord, MA(10926, 11116, 12202, 12553) 13725Confirmed / Hello Fiddlers- I'd like to invite you to our 8th Annual Fiddle Hell Gathering at the Colonial Inn and Masonic Lodge in Concord, MA, Nov 2-4. An overview of Fiddle Hell 2012 is athttp://www.reinerfamilyband.com/introduction.html There's a full schedule of over 150 hands-on workshops and jams at http://www.reinerfamilyband.com/fiddlehellmassac/fiddle-hell-schedule.html Our fiddle staff includes 20 excellent players who are also great teachers: Alan Kaufman, Andy Reiner, Anne Hooper, Becky Tracy, Bob Alessio, Clayton March, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Ellen Carlson, George Keith, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Julie Metcalf, Mark Simos, Matt Glaser, Matt McConeghy, Michelle Kaminsky, Stacy Phillips, and Terri LukaÄ�ko. There will be various fiddle styles represented, including New England, Irish, bluegrass, Southern oldtime, Scottish, Cape Breton, French Canadian, Swedish, swing, gypsy, Cajun, Texas and Western Swing. The Friday Night Concert is on Nov. 2nd, 7:30-9:30PM, at the Masonic Lodge across the street (free if you're at Fiddle Hell; walk-ins $10), featuring Andy Reiner, Becky Tracy, Dave Reiner, David Kaynor, Hanneke Cassel, Jason Anick, Matt Glaser, and Stacy Phillips. Our 52 Fiddle Hell Common Tunes are listed at http://www.reinerfamilyband.com/common-tune-list.html , and we have recorded them on a 2-CD set, played both fast and slow. This 2-CD set is just $15 postpaid athttp://www.reinerfamilyband.com/store.html . It's a great way to prepare for the jams at Fiddle Hell, to improve your learning by ear, to practice your fiddle tune backup if you're not a fiddler. Or you can just listen. I really hope to see you at Fiddle Hell this year! Dave Reiner

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