2013 Kerrville Folk Festival Updates Schedule

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Over 100 songwriters perform 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.

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There is something for everyone at this festival, from camping, campfire jam sessions, concerts and activities for kids...

The 42nd Annual Kerrville Folk Festival continues to announce additions to its 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 performers. The festival begins Memorial Day weekend, Thursday, May 23 and runs through Sunday, June 9, 2013. Season Ticket Packages and day tickets are on sale now.

Recent additions on opening night joining Gary P Nunn (TX) are Parker Millsap (OK), Nels Andrews (NY) and Seth Glier (MA). Susan Werner (PA) on Saturday May 25th with her new release HAYSEED that celebrates the language, livelihood, characters and concerns of American Farmers. Carrie Rodriguez (TX) on June 9 for her first Kerrville appearance.

The first weekend also includes Joy Kills Sorrow for their first appearance at Kerrville. Also playing the first weekend are Dirty River Boys, John Wort Hannam, The Sweetback Sisters, Jon Brooks, David Jacobs Strain, The Warren Hood Band, Hayes Carll, Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Steve Seskin, Amy Speace, Bob Franke, and Buddy Mondlock. The second weekend brings back Dala, Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary fame; and David Broza back after a long absence. New is Max Gomez; returning is Trout Fishing in America, The Steel Wheels, Bill Staines and The Lost & Nameless Orchestra. Third weekend will bring us The Roys whose awards and accolades just keep rolling in. New to Kerrville are The Stray Birds. Joining us again are Birds of Chicago, MilkDrive, The Farewell Drifters, and Ray Bonneville.

The 2013 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters has closed for submissions. The 40 + listeners are currently doing just that, listening to over 1400 songs entered by songwriters from all over the world. They will help to choose 32 finalists to perform in the prestigious New Folk Concerts that will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 25th and 26th) from 1 to 4PM each day. These concerts are hosted by Steve Gillette and Festival Founder Rod Kennedy. The judges this year include Nels Andrews from NY (New Folk 2002) and Aengus Finnan from Toronto (New Folk 2002). A third is to be announced. 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, Harmonica Workshop, the new Ukulele 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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