Kerrville Folk Festival Featuring Soldier Songs

On Sunday June 1st the Welch Family Throwdown, including Kevin Welch and son Dustin will be representing the SoldierSongs organization and Charles Gallagher from Voices of a Grateful Nation will be at the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation booth with some of the vets that are taking advantage of the program. This is a great night to attend the Festival and meet some of the men and women that have served our country through their military service.

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Ellis Paul captivates the Kennedy Theater crowd.

SoldierSongs exists to serve our nation’s military heroes with FREE music lessons, instruments when necessary, and a means of creative expression”.

Kerrville, Texas (PRWEB) April 30, 2014

The Kerrville Folk Festival 2014 opens on Memorial Day weekend, beginning on Thursday May 22 with a Celebration of the Life of Founder Rod Kennedy. The next four nights of the Holiday weekend continue with concerts at the Kennedy Theater Mainstage. The gates open at 6PM, concerts begin at 7PM.

The line - up for the first weekend May 22 – 25 features Ray Benson (of Asleep at the Wheel fame) & MilkDrive, Steve Poltz, Parker Millsap, Dale Watson, Judy Collins, Tish Hinojosa, Moors & McCumber, John Flynn, Terri Hendrix, Ian Moore, Steve Seskin & Allen Shamblin, Mary Gauthier, Brother Sun and Vance Gilbert.

On Sunday June 1st the Welch Family Throwdown, including Kevin Welch and son Dustin and daughter Savannah, takes the stage. Dustin and Kevin will be representing the SoldierSongs organization and Charles Gallagher from Voices of a Grateful Nation will be at the Kerrville Folk Festival Foundation booth with some of the vets that are taking advantage of the program. http://soldiersongs.org/aboutus/

“SoldierSongs exists to serve our nation’s military heroes with free music lessons, instruments when necessary, and a means of creative expression”. This is a great night to attend the Festival and meet some of the men and women that have served our country through their military service.

On Monday May 26 there will be a Steven Fromholz Life Celebration with multitudes of guest artists singing Steve’s songs and telling his stories. It will be a great night of music and a special gathering to remember one of the best songwriters to grace our planet.

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, Ragged Union, Mike Blakely, Welch Family Throwdown, Ronny Cox, Sarah Sample & Edie Carey And Brewer & Shipley.

And the third and final weekend June 6 – 8 Steve Forbert, Jeff Black, Harpeth Rising, Jimmy LaFave, Eliza Gilkyson, Billy Jonas, Albert & Gage, Zoe Lewis, David Amram & The Amigos, Bobby Bridger, Chuck Pyle and Larry Joe Taylor.

The Finalists for the 2014 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters have been announced. The concerts.will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 24th and 25th), from 1 to 4PM. From the 32 Finalists, six Winners will be awarded prizes and scholarships.

Saturday May 24

Jan Krist & Jim Bizer            Franklin MI
David McMillin                     Chicago Illinois
Marc Douglas Berardo         Westerly RI
Addie Brownlee                     New York NY
Chase Gassaway                 Austin TX
Ellen Tipper                            Appleton MA
Charlotte Thistle                     Seattle WA
Matt Nakoa                            Brooklyn NY

David Berkeley                     Santa Fe NM
Katie Gosnell                         Austin TX
Dan Weber                             Vancouver WA
Carolina Story                        Nashville TN
Rosie Tucker                         Los Angeles CA
Connor Garvey                     Portland ME
Savannah King                     Buffalo NY
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh         Easton PA

Sunday May 25

Frank Martin Gilligan         Dickinson TX,
The Lovebirds                     San Diego CA
Jeffrey Martin                     Eugene OR
Brad Boyer                         Friendswood TX
Jenna Lindbo                     Portland ME
Aaron Howard                     Phoenix AZ
Anna Paddock                     Brooklyn NY
Justin Pecina                        Gunter TX

Ben Bochner                         Eugene OR                        
Brad Cole                             New York NY
David White                         Franklin TN
Mariana Bell                         Los Angeles CA
Roy Schneider Duo             Fort Myers FL
Cat Terrones                         San Pedro CA
Caroline Spence                    Nashville TN
Chris Ronald                         Vancouver BC Canada

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 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 May 26 - 29; the Blues Guitar Workshop May 27 - 29; Harmonica and Ukulele Workshops June 2 - 4. The faculty and sessions information is on the website at http://kerrville-music.com/workshops.htm.

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.

Located at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles south of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, the 43rd annual Kerrville Folk Festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 22 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. Discounted tickets are on sale now at http://www.kerrville-music.com/tickets.htm.

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.

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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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