2013 Kerrville Folk Festival Releases Final Schedule; Hal Ketchum Added to Closing Night on June 9

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Over 100 songwriters perform during the 42nd annual 18-day Kerrville Folk Festival in the Texas Hill Country. There is something for everyone at this festival, so come camp under the bright stars and experience the music, the family, the legacy; this is one musical celebration that must not be missed. http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org

experience the music. the family. the legacy.

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.

The 42nd Annual Kerrville Folk Festival has released 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

Kennedy Theater Mainstage for the first weekend:
Thursday, May 23 opening night, starts the festival off with a great line up, newcomer Parker Millsap at 7PM and then Nels Andrews and Seth Glier closing with a favorite Gary P. Nunn.
Friday, May 24 Sweetback Sisters, Aengus Finnan, David Jacobs-Strain, John Wort Hannam, closing with The Dirty River Boys
Saturday, May 25 Joy Kills Sorrow, Jon Brooks, Susan Werner bringing her latest CD project called Hayseed in support of farmers, closing with Jimmy Lafave
Sunday, May 26 Bob Franke, Warren Hood Band, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison and Hayes Carll

Midweek Sundown Concerts at the Threadgill Theater 7 – 9PM
Monday, May 27 Amy Speace, Bob Franke, Justin Roth; Buddy Mondlock and Steve Seskin
Tuesday, May 28 Jaime Michaels, RJ Cowdery, Annie Wenz and Dan Navarro
Wednesday, May 29    The Paper Moonshiners and Butch Morgan
Thursday, May 30 Jim D’Ville, Victoria Vox, Del Rey and Steve James

Our Songwriters School this year runs 4 days May 27 – 30 and new this year, May 28 – 30 a ukelele workshop.

The second weekend brings Friday May 31 Dala, Amy Speace, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame celebrating his Birthday at the festival, and David Broza back after a long absence.
Saturday, June 1 New to Kerrville audiences is Max Gomez; returning are Antje Duvekot, Trout Fishing in America and The Steel Wheels
Sunday, June 2, Ben Bullington, Chris Chandler, Bill Staines and The Lost & Nameless Orchestra

Third weekend
Friday, June 7 The Farewell Drifters, The Roys, Eliza Gilkyson and Harry Bodine and the Subdudes, John Magnie & Steve Amedee
Saturday, June 8 The Stray Birds, Birds of Chicago, Ray Bonneville and Milkdrive
Sunday, June 9 Carrie Rodriguez, Sam Baker, Hal Ketchum and Albert & Gage

The Finalists for the 2013 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters have been announced. The concerts featuring the 32 Finalists are 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 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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