2013 Kerrville Folk Festival: Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists Announced

The 32 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists chosen from a field of over 700 songwriters from 48 of the 50 states, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, will each perform their two winning songs on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 during the 42nd annual 18-day Kerrville Folk Festival in the Texas Hill Country. Camp under the bright stars and experience the music, the family, the legacy; more details available at: http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org

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Celebrating Songwriters for 42 years

Former New Folk finalists and winners include Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Jimmy LaFave, Tish Hinojosa, Tom Prasada-Rao, Jonathan Byrd, Tom Russell, Ray Bonneville, Steve Earle, Hal Ketchum, Robert Earl Keen...

Kerrville, TX (PRWEB) April 29, 2013

The 42nd Annual Kerrville Folk Festival has begun releasing its exciting 2013 festival schedule. Held at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles South of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, this legendary songwriter’s festival will once again run for 18 straight days, hosting over 100 songwriters. The festival begins Memorial Day weekend, Thursday, May 23 and runs through Sunday, June 9, 2013. Tickets are on sale now: https://tickets.kerrville-music.com/buy.php

Our Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Finalists have been announced. The 32 Finalists chosen from a field of over 700 songwriters from 48 of the 50 states, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, are listed below. They will each perform the two songs they entered on Saturday May 25 and Sunday May 26 from 1 – 4PM. Six of them will be awarded cash and prizes and return for a concert on Sunday June 2 from 1 – 4PM.

SATURDAY MAY 25 - Set 1
Ben Bochner (Eugene OR)    
Daniel Makins (San Angelo TX)
Adrianne Lenker (Andover MN)
Marina (League City TX)
Mark Philpot (Fort Worth TX)
Allie Farris (Nashville TN)
Andrew Delaney (Dallas TX)
Anna & The Underbelly (Portland OR)

SATURDAY MAY 25 - Set 2
Arlon Bennett (Northvale NJ)
B. Sterling (Austin TX)
Bethel Steele (Boston MA)            
Tommy Byrd (Austin TX)
Davey O. (Buffalo NY)
Hope Schneir (Camarillo CA)
Doug Kent (Houston TX)
Ed Romanoff (Brooklyn NY)

SUNDAY MAY 26 - Set 1
Ellis (Minneapolis MN)
Honor Finnegan (NY NY)
The Potter's Field (Canton MI)
Julie Jean White (Dallas TX)
Eric Bettencourt (Portland ME)
Karen Dahlstrom (Brooklyn NY)
Lizzy Ross (Chapel Hill NC)
Mary McAdams (Des Moines IA)

SUNDAY MAY 26 - Set 2
Paul Sachs (Manhattan, NY)
Terry Holder (Olympia WA)
Steve Chizmadia (Peekskill NY)
The Sparrowmakers (Austin TX)
Twangtown Paramours (Nashville TN)
Wes Collins (Chapel Hill NC)
Zack Kibodeaux (Kyle TX)
Bill Valenti (Bend OR)

The 2013 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 25th and 26th), from 1 to 4PM. From nearly 800 entries, 32 finalists are selected to perform in the prestigious New Folk Concerts, hosted by Steve Gillette and Festival Founder Rod Kennedy. Several former New Folk finalists and winners include Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, Nanci Griffith, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Jimmy LaFave, Tish Hinojosa, BettySoo, Tom Prasada-Rao, Danny Schmidt, Jonathan Byrd, Tom Russell, Ray Bonneville, Steve Earle, Hal Ketchum, Robert Earl Keen and many hundreds of others.

Held each year since 1972, the Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America. Over the years it has become known internationally as a Mecca for singer songwriters of varying musical styles… a place where those just beginning to develop their skills have the opportunity to play their music alongside masters of the craft. Emerging songwriters as well as teachers are drawn to the festival’s many learning opportunities, such as the 33rd Annual Songwriters School, the Roots / Blues Guitar Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, Capo Workshops, a new Ukulele Workshop, a Music Law Panel Discussion, and the 12th Annual Professional Development Program for Teachers.

There is something for everyone at this festival, from camping, campfire jam sessions, concerts and activities for kids, “Ballad Tree” song sharing sessions, Hill Country bike rides and canoe trips on the Guadalupe to Sunday Folk Song Services, Saturday Shabbat Services and much more. This is one musical celebration that must not be missed!

About the festival: A complete festival schedule, information and tickets can be found at http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org or by calling the festival office at (830) 257-3600. Ticket prices range from $25 to $40 depending on the particular day. You can save by purchasing your tickets early online. Campground Access and Parking Lot fees are included in the ticket price.

The Kerrville Folk Festival is owned by the Texas Folk Music Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to the support of emerging songwriters and folk music in all its forms.

If you'd like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Dalis Allen, please call the Festival Production Office at (830) 257-3600 or e-mail info(at)kerrville-music(dot)com.


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