Announcing the 43rd Annual Kerrville Folk Festival

Held each year since 1972, the 18-day Kerrville Folk Festival is the longest continuously running festival of its kind in North America. The 43rd annual Kerrville Folk Festival is May 22 - June 8, 2014; a partial lineup can be found at http://www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org.

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Ellis Paul plays to the Kerrville crowd.

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 along side those who are masters.

Kerrville, Texas (PRWEB) April 01, 2014

The Kerrville Folk Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles South of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, is announcing an exciting 2014 festival schedule for its 43rd annual event. Once again this legendary songwriter’s festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. Festival Ticket Packages and discounted day tickets are on sale now at http://www.kerrville-music.com/tickets.htm

Festival Producer Dalis Allen is putting together another schedule of great songwriters from around the globe. Here’s a sampling of artists confirmed to appear with many more to be revealed in the next couple of weeks.

The line - up for the first weekend May 22 – 25 features RAY BENSON (of Asleep at the Wheel fame) & MILKDRIVE, STEVE POLTZ, DALE WATSON, JUDY COLLINS, MOORS & MCCUMBER, JOHN FLYNN, TERRI HENDRIX, IAN MOORE, STEVE SESKIN & ALLEN SHAMBLIN, MARY GAUTHIER and VANCE GILBERT.

The second weekend May 30 – June 1 includes DANA COOPER, TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA, PETER YARROW of Peter Paul and Mary, SHAKE RUSSELL & MICHAEL HEARNE, JAMES HILL, BRENNAN LEIGH & NOEL MCKAY, RAY CHESNA and BREWER & SHIPLEY.

And the third and final weekend June 6 – 8 STEVE FORBERT, JEFF BLACK, HARPETH RISING, ELIZA GILKYSON, BILLY JONAS, ALBERT & GAGE, BOBBY BRIDGER and LARRY JOE TAYLOR.

As usual, the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 24th and 25th), from 1 to 4PM. From the almost 600 entries, 32 finalists will be selected to perform in this prestigious annual competition, hosted by Steve Gillette. 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 along side those who are masters. Emerging songwriters as well as teachers are drawn to the festival’s many learning opportunities, such as the 34th Annual Songwriters School, the Roots / Blues Guitar Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, Ukulele Workshop, Capo Workshops, a Music Law Panel Discussion, and the 13th Annual Professional Development Program for Teachers.

There’s truly 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! 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, although 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 Kerrville Folk Festival 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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