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Outdoor Stage


On Saturday, from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, enjoy live entertainment at the Outdoor Stage located under the "Big Top" tent adjacent to the Craft Fair and the Food Court.  Performers play 50 minute sets in this oh so casual setting - some of the finest music of the weekend can be found on the Outdoor Stage.  Feel free to sing along, or dance a few steps with your favorite partner.  Many folks say the music and atmosphere here is a gem of the festival.  Seating is rustic using the Sap Bucket and Plank benches, or bring your own favorite lawn chair - many spread a blanket on the hillside overlooking the tent and enjoy the beautiful setting.

The entertainment at the Outdoor Stage is included with the Saturday Day Pass (Saturday Daytime Events), the Saturday All Access Pass (All Saturday events including evening dance and concert) or the Weekend Pass (Access to all events).

Note that all Peacham Acoustic Music Festival Venues are smoke and alcohol free! 
No audio or video recording or flash photography without the express written permission of the performer and Copithorn Productions!

Dogs - dogs are allowed at the festival, but there are some rules that need to be observed:  dogs are welcome at the festival as long as they are controlled by the owners – generally that means on a leash.  They are not allowed inside the venues which include the gym, church, library and Peacham Café – unless they are service dogs.  Dogs are allowed on the grounds – around the Craft Fair and Outdoor Stage.  Owners are expected to clean up after the pets should there be “an accident”.
Time        Performer  Presentation

 10:00 am


Alan Greenleaf


Singer-songwriter Alan Greenleaf is one of Vermont’s most prolific and beloved songwriters. Robert Resnik considers Alan “the best songwriter in Vermont” 

He is a self taught finger picking guitar player whose songs and lyrics reflect the people and country around him. 

The stories he tells are greatly inspired by his years as a farmer in Northern Vermont . His music draws from many American traditions, including country, Appalachian, Blues and Jazz. 

And of course, he wrote the official song for the Strolling of the Heifers.


 11:00 am

Dana & Susan Robinson



 Dana and Susan Robinson are two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience. Their unique blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

The genius of a Dana and Susan Robinson performance lies in their ability to capture the imagination of their audience, evoking a transformative experience that touches on the deepest humanity. They can make the audience howl with laughter or hush with poignant reflection as they take them on a journey across America and convey the mystery and wonder of the places they visit.

Underpinning the songs is the undeniable rhythm of their trademark guitar/banjo sound. Whether it is quiet or driving, there is a steady and unrelenting groove to the music that supports the lyric and delivers the story in an effortless and magical way.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980’s, Dana settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border. There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue. Dana launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, Elemental Lullabye, and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. Sue was working in the environmental field in California when she met Dana at a house concert. Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, Sue launched into studying with many of the great oldtime musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.


 12:00  

Double Cajun Fiddles     

       Katie Trautz         Alec Ellsworth 

Double Cajun Fiddles
Alec Ellsworth and Katie Trautz with Chris Hollis are a Vermont based group, playing traditional old-time and Cajun music.  Alec and Katie are fiddlers who weave harmonies and melodies together with their instruments and voices.  As multi-instrumentalists, they integrate accordion, triangle, and songs into their sets.  They have traveled to Louisiana numerous times, where they’ve learned and shared Cajun and Old-time music, bringing the southern traditions back to their home-state of Vermont.  

 Katie Trautz is a native Vermont fiddler who has toured nationally and internationally sharing traditional music and original folk songs.  She has released numerous albums in the past 10 years.  Katie plays fiddle, guitar and banjo crossing genres with her numerous ensembles.  Her bands include: Mayfly (old-time/Americana), Wooden Dinosaur (Americana), Kick em Jenny (old-time stringband), and collaborations with fiddler Alec Ellsworth. She has studied with some of the greatest fiddle players in the US, including Dirk Powell, Pete Sutherland, and Bruce Molsky.  Katie is the co-founder of the non-profit folk music school ‘The Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’ based in Montpelier, VT.  She is currently the Executive Director of Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT.  

 “Katie Trautz is representative of many young people playing traditional music today. On (her album) Remembering, she has used the traditional style to establish her own distinctive and lovely repertoire."— TD, Sing Out Magazine

 Alec Ellsworth plays his fiddle and sings from the small mountains of Central Vermont. He grew up in the dance halls of New England, where he fell in love with traditional music and dancing. After biking across the US with a 
fiddle on his back, he fell in love with the music of the South, and has since spent much time learning traditional tunes. Over the summer of 2012 he received a grant to study traditional American fiddle styles, and he spent the summer learning from some of our great cultural proprietors. He now uses his fiddle and voice in dance halls, farmers markets, living rooms and street corners across the U.S. 

 1:00  pm

Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

  


Erynn Marshall & Carl Jones

“Smokey and sweet – like the finest aged whiskey – that’s what Carl and Erynn’s singing and playing brings to mind.  A lovely touch in their playing and a beautiful melding of melancholy and cheerfulness which is exactly what I love to hear.” 
- John Doyle (2015)

“Marshall & Jones are not to be mistaken for anyone or anything else. More than ordinarily gifted, they find new truths in a musical style already notably devoid of falsehoods. 
– Jerome Clark Rambles.net (2015)

“You can hear love, intention, generosity, humor and soul in the music of Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones. They welcome us in and awaken a deep sense and feeling for traditional music that is carved right into our bones.” 
- Dirk Powell (2015)

Erynn Marshall and Carl Jones are old-time musicians and inspired tunesmiths. They are married – in life and music. When they play, their instruments and voices blend like two forks of the same  river. Southern song-duets and soaring fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo tunes comprise their diverse concert sets. They play with ease, spontaneity and vitality. While rooted in the traditional sounds of older players, this duo stays true to their own muse. Carl’s honest songs can make your heart ache. Erynn’s spirited fiddling can enthrall. Together Carl & Erynn’s expressive, musical meanderings can transport the soul.

Carl Jones is an American songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is widely respected for his instrumental talents and original songs about the joys and tribulations of day-to-day life in the South. Carl’s songs have been recorded by The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Kate Campbell, Rickie Simpkins with Tony Rice, and others. His song Last Time On The Road was on the grammy-award-winning album Unleased by the Nashville Bluegrass Band. Originally born in Macon, Georgia, Carl currently lives in Galax, Virginia with wife and musical partner – fiddler, Erynn Marshall. In the 1980’s he played mandolin with James Bryan, Norman and Nancy Blake as part of the Rising Fawn String Ensemble and during the same period won 3rd place and a guitar in the fingerpick-guitar category at Winfield, KS. Carl has recorded many CD’s including Traveling Star featuring his original songs and a 2015 duet album Sweet Memories Never Leave with Marshall which has received great reviews. Carl is known for his fine musicianship on many stringed instruments, keen sense of humor, evocative songwriting, and as a charismatic teacher. Carl has performed or taught all over the United States, Canada and Europe. For more information please visit: www.dittyville.com

Erynn Marshall has carved out a niche for herself as an old-time fiddler in North America and abroad. She has played for thirty-five years, performed and taught at many music camps in the US, Canada and Europe.  Erynn learned the nuances of old-time fiddling from visiting 80-95 year-old southern fiddlers and singers for many years. Her fieldwork culminated in the book, Music in the Air Somewhere about West Virginia fiddle and song traditions (WVU Press). Erynn has also appeared in three films, recorded a DVD and five CDs including Sweet Memories Never Leave – a 2015 duet release with Carl Jones. She has won many awards including first place in fiddle at “Clifftop” – The Appalachian Stringband Festival –  in West Virginia (the first woman and person from outside the US to do so). Erynn lives in Galax, Virginia, tours with Carl Jones and the Bowbenders stringband. For more info please visit: www.dittyville.com 

 2:00 pm

Cosy Sheridan

   
Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's New Folk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically acclaimed CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records.

Since then she’s released nine more CDs, taught songwriting at workshops and camps across the country and written a one-woman-show entitled The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth.  She is one of the most respected touring musicians on the folk circuit, appearing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Jerry Lewis Telethon and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations: modern renditions of mythology (meet Hades the Biker), children’s stories woven into tales of modern adulthood, blues and gospel guitar and love songs for adults.  Her alter ego, Chlamydia, often appears with songs such as Botox Tango or Multiply Pierced.  The Cornell Folksong Society wrote:  “Sheridan is frank, feisty, sublimely and devilishly funny. She fuses myth with modern culture; Persephone with Botox.”

In 2011 when she released her tenth CD, The Horse King, The Chicago Examiner wrote: "You can't make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you're doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here."

 3:00 pm

Annie and the Hedonists

 

 Annie and the Hedonists
Take a little bit of folk music and mix it with acoustic blues, Western swing, and vintage jazz from the 1920s and ‘30s, and you end up with Annie and the Hedonists.
 “Great singing, great muicianship, authentic and real,” says North Country Public Radio. “If this is hedonism, I’m in!”

Annie is a captivating singer. She delivers a lyric like it was a cherished bedtime story; as comfortable as your favorite sweater; as truthful as…well, I can’t think of anything that honest. Her band mates, Peter Davis, (guitar, banjo, clarinet, piano, vocal), Jonny Rosen, (guitar, vocal) and Don Young, (bass, guitar, vocal), are first and foremost accomplished, serious musicians. More importantly, they each have an innate yet individual sense of childlike wonder, which is evident on every track, becoming more intoxicating upon multiple listenings, (I suggest 1,000 or more). ---Joel Moss, Producer, Managra Music 

“Annie’s versatile, vintage-tinged voice is the perfect match for the Hedonists’ ace musicianship” “Jazz, blues, country, folk, bluegrass ... it's all here."  ---Albany Times Union  Known for its dynamic lead singer and the tight harmonies and superb musicianship of the Hedonists – the band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the 1920s, 30s and 40s, including Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, and Ella Fitzgerald.  

"Everybody had a grin all night long," says Ithaca radio host Phil Shapiro of an appearance on his show Bound for Glory. "They'd slip seamlessly from old jazz to gospel, to country, to even a couple of Dylan songs. They know how to connect all this music, and do it so it's pure magic."