Vermont is known to have more artists per capita than any other state. Its rich array of performers, artists, musicians, storytellers, dancers, and writers will be showcased daily in the performance tent.
The Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Humanities Council, and the Vermont Folklife Center will partner with the Festival to present the best of Vermont’s traditional and diverse performers on the stage of the Performing Tent. Evening concerts will be scheduled as well at the Stowe Performing Arts Center at Spruce Peak. The four days will offer to Festival visitors a cross section of the best that Vermont artists and performers have to offer from traditional music, storytelling, a Somali wedding band and Vermont authors reading from and discussing their works.
This is a partial list from the 2012 festival. Check back soon for 2013 lineup.
Waldo and Woodhead
The Masters of Mayhem, Comedy Juggling Team (www.waldowoodhead.com)
Starline Rhythm Boys
Formed in 1998 by 3 professional musicians with combined experience of over 100 years in various bands (including bass man Billy Bratcher’s one year stint in 1997 with Wayne “The Train” Hancock), The Starline Rhythm Boys are a full time, active drummerless “Tennessee Trio”, consisting of Danny Coane (“Little Danny C”) on acoustic rhythm guitar, Big Al Lemery on electric lead guitar and Billy (“Slappin’ Billy B”) Bratcher on acoustic upright “slap” bass, in the style of Elvis’, Cash’s and Perkins’ early bands. The Starline Rhythm Boys perform vintage country, honky-tonk and rockabilly music with very strong country harmony duet vocals. Their repetoire consists of many superb originals, mainly written by Bratcher, as well as great covers of both classic and obscure numbers. The Starline Rhythm Boys are a band with outstanding sound, style, energy, stage presence and appearance. They have appeared at almost every kind of venue, as well as on radio and TV, and appeal to a wide age range. They are artists signed to Cow Island Music, a small, independent “Americana” label out of Northampton, MA. They have released six recordings, three of which won “#1 Album of the Year” (2002, 2007 and 2009 respectively) on the Freeform American Roots (FAR) chart based in Austin, TX. The Starline Rhythm Boys have been called ”Vermont’s House Band” by Vermont Magazine.
Patti Casey & Bob Amos
Two of Vermont’s best songwriters have come together in a Green Mountain acoustic tour de force that showcases beautiful guitar playing, terrific harmony singing, and unforgettable songs. Native Vermonter Patti Casey has long been one of Vermont’s most popular and acclaimed singer-songwriters, having won several national songwriting contests, most notably the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Chris Austin Song Writing Contest, and Prairie Home Companion’s Talent From Towns Under Two Thousand Contest. Bob Amos achieved national recognition as a singer, guitarist, and songwriter with his former band, Front Range, which recorded five CDs for indie label Sugar Hill and toured throughout North America and Europe for 12 years. With the strong backing of acoustic bassist Rob Morse and Freeman Corey on fiddle, Casey and Amos bring the soul of Vermont music to the stage.
Learn how to compost with worms, indoors or outdoors, all year long. Melissa Jordan, a worm farmer from Morrisville, VT, will teach you to set up, maintain, and harvest a worm bin as a supplement or alternative to an outdoor compost pile.
Yasi, Oliver, and Louli Zeichner are three home schooled teens who live in the hills of central Vermont. They have been playing traditional music for several years, and have been involved with the Summit Schoool of Traditional Culture in Montpelier. They play Old-Time/Appalachian as a trio ( Yasi on fiddle, Louli on clawhammer banjo, Oliver on tin-whistle). Yasi and Oliver also play sets of Irish tunes. Their appearance is one of a series of traditional music and dance events Young Tradition Vermont presents at concerts, dances, festivals and other events throughout New England and Quebec. www.youngtraditionvermont.org
Stowe Theatre Guild, Cast of Sweeney Todd (www.stowetheatre.com)
Vermont Folk Rock Project with Spencer Lewis (www.spencerlewismusic.com)
12pm Saturday ~ Today’s feature is pasture raised pork. Aaron Josinsky and Laura Wade from Misery Loves Company will present “the Whole Pig: From the Tail to the Ear.” The full menu will be posted by July 15. Vegetarian options will be available.
Chelsea Ingram~Miss Vermont 2012
Spencer Lewis~http://www.spencerlewismusic .com/167