Date set for the 29th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

Mark your calendars!  Reserve the Date:  October 5, 2013.

The 29th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Sandy Creek Park, Athens, Georgia.

All of the infrastructure is in place and we are beginning to plan the details.  If you would like to help plan or participate in the festival, please contact Tommy Jordan <music@athensfolk.org>.

 

 

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Join us for a Valentine’s dance in February !!!

Next Dance:   Saturday February 16

Time and Location: 8:00 to 11:00PM,  Memorial Park administration building…directions shown below

Orientation session from 7:30 – 8:00 PM: introduction, basic moves, helpful hints for enjoyable dancing– for new & experienced dancers

Dance: 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Band: Free Association  

Caller:  Deanna Palumbo

Admission: $7.00 Adults;      Under 18 – Free

Remember…

No partner needed;   All dances are taught;   Clean, soft-soled, comfortable shoes are recommended

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The 6th Annual Sweetheart Duets Hoot

Monday Feb. 11
@ The Melting Point
8-10pm admission is FREE
This month’s Hoot features an evening of twos as musical couples take the stage.  We’re setting up two musical chairs on stage. Nine different musical couples will be taking those chairs and singing and playing a short selection of songs. Several of the couples are in Athens area bands, but most do not perform just as a duo or in the same group!  I’ve told them they don’t have to play love songs, but what they choose to sing with be very telling. It’s a fast paced evening full of love & laughter!  The perfect show for an early Valentines date….and it’s FREE!  Susan Staley opens with her sweetheart &  hosts the evening.   susanstaley@gmail.com for more information or visit our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/groups/athensfolk
Here’s the list along with a very incomplete listing of bands they are associated with:

Gretchen & Steve Pettis  ( G:Driftwood; S: Red Oak Southern String Band)
Beverly Smith & John Grimm  (B: Heartbeats Rhythm Quartet, Alice Gerrard; J: The Georgia Mudcats, The Georgia Potlickers)
Megan Baer & Jim White  (J: Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, film)
Fran & Brian Burke (B: Normaltown Flyers)
Kera & Brian Kumm-Schaley (K: cello with Nirvana, Azure Ray, Vic Chestnut, Low)
Steph Furness & Ian Werden  (S: A.K.A Rose Riot, She Ends All; I: Slackdaddy, The HEAP, Vinyl Strangers, Eric Neil Band
Natalie & Dave Dowless  (N:The Burning Angels; D: Bob Hay and the Jolly Beggars & Adams Family).
Andrea DeMarcus & David Kirslis  (both: Cicada Rhythm)
Jenny & Jamie Derevere  (Jamie: Jazz Arkestra, ATrain, Efren)
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Dance: Saturday November 17

Next Dance: Saturday November 17

Time and Location: 8:90 to 11:00PM,  Memorial Park administration building…directions shown below

Orientation session from 7:30 – 8:00 PM: introduction, basic moves, helpful hints for enjoyable dancing– for new & experienced dancers

Dance: 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Band: Georgia Mudcats  

Caller:  Beverly Smith

Admission: $7.00 Adults;      Under 18 – Free

Remember…

No partner needed;   All dances are taught;   Clean, soft-soled, comfortable shoes are recommended

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Halloween Contra Dance: Costumes encouraged….join us for a ghoulish good time on the dance floor!!!

Google Map Upcoming Dances Description of Dances

Next Dance: Saturday October 20

UPDATE: This is a halloween dance folks. We expect to see zombies, princesses, vikings and ghosts.

Time and Location: 8:90 to 11:00PM,  Memorial Park administration building…directions shown below

Orientation session from 7:30 – 8:00 PM: introduction, basic moves, helpful hints for enjoyable dancing– for new & experienced dancers

Dance: 8:00 – 11:00 PM

Band: Cattywampas (Tim Cape fiddle, Jan Smith fiddle, Pete Senkowski bass Scott Russell guitar) 

Caller:  Susan Davis

Admission: $7.00 Adults;      Under 18 – Free

Remember…

No partner needed;   All dances are taught;   Clean, soft-soled, comfortable shoes are recommended

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Pre-Folk Festival Events

North Georgia Folk Festival
Pre-Festival Activities

Night Bunny by Peter Loose, Hull, GA

Farmer’s Market Music with the Folk Society Band, Saturday, Sept 29, 2012, Athens Farmer’s Market at Bishop Park, 10:00-12:00.

Concert: Joe Willey and Fiona Sheehan: Tuesday, October 2,2012 at Two Story Coffee House, Five Points, Athens, GA. 7:30-9:00 pm.

Folk Fun Day at Good Dirt Clay Studio: Saturday, September 29, 2012. 510 B North Thomas Street, in Athens, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm.

It’s Friday on WUOG: Friday October 5, 2012, 4:00-5:00 pm with Rob Holmes, live music and talk about the festival, featuring Art Rosenbaum, Caroline Aiken, Tommy Jordan and Andrew Lentini.

Contra Dance: Friday October 5, 2012, Lay Park, Athens, GA; 7:30 – 10:30 pm. Music: Joe Willey and Friends; Callers: Deena Kushner and Stuart Whipple.

North Georgia Folk Festival: Saturday, October 6, 2012; Sandy Creek Park, Athens, GA; 11:00am – 9:00pm.  Music, art, crafts, food, games, kids activities. Admission $12 adults, $7 students, free for kids under 12.  Park admission $2 per person ages 4-64.

Full Schedule and information at http://athensfolk.org/?page_id=23

 

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The Folk Festival Preview Hoot at The Melting Point Pavilion

The Folk Festival Preview HOOT!!

Monday Sept 10
@ The Melting Point Pavilion
8-10pm, admission is FREE

Our monthly show will highlight our upcoming North Georgia Folk Festival happening on October 6 at Sandy Creek Park north of Athens.  And, this month’s Hoot will be located on the Pavilion, which is in the center of the Foundry Park/ Melting Point parking lot.  We love the pavilion with it’s party lights and big ceiling fans! AND the Hoyt House will be serving up a special menu of delicious food!

This month we’ll welcome back, from Rome, GA, Little Country Giants, who blend originals with a wonderful old time country feel!  They have played the festival in the past and we welcome them back to play our preview show!

 

 

 

Also, returning to the Hoot is The Corduroy Road, who are playing at this years festival!  They are planning a stripped down version of the band for the preview show, the full band for the festival!

 

 

 

AND we have toe tapping Old Time fiddle tunes from String Theory, who often play for the Folk Society’s monthly dance and have also played at a past festival.  We’ll also be giving out posters, postcards and making announcements about our upcoming festival!  Susan Staley opens and hosts the show.  athensfolk.org for more information!

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The Hoot, Monday August 13th 2012

The Athens Folk Music & Dance Society Presents:

The Hoot
Monday Aug 13
8-10pm @ The Melting Point
admission is FREE

Our monthly music variety show continues with a very special show! This month we are excited and honored to be hosting three bands from the Atlanta area, including the
#1 and #2 PASTE MAGAZINE Atlanta Bands to Watch in 2012!

Little Tybee
“Delicately constructed orchestral pop music with enough adventure to keep wandering ears at bay”
Featuring vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott, 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, and percussionist Pat Brooks, doing lilting pop ballads and sprawling orchestral melodies. http://papergardenrecords.com/bands/records/little-tybee/


Adron
Classical/jazz guitarist/vocalist Adron makes “South American tropicália-inspired folk that sounds unlike anything else in Atlanta’s music scene. It’s not standard indie-pop, and it’s certainly not Americana-style folk. You can’t even say she lands somewhere in between” –Atlanta Music Guide (http://www.adronworld.com/)

And also, one of our favorite groups who played the North Georgia Folk Fest last year,

Moira Nelligan And The Dixie Jigs
Steeped in Celtic, Gypsy and Eastern European music the band features Moira on fiddle and accordion, mandolin virtuoso George Norman, and soon to be off to Berkley School of Music, Micky Nelligan on guitar.

This promises to be a stellar night of music! And as always a free show, so please come out and show your appreciation for these musicians who generously share their talents! Susan Staley opens and hosts the show. athensfolk.org or visit our facebook page!

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Hoot – July 9, 2012

The Athens Folk Music & Dance Present:

The Hoot
Monday July 9

@ The Melting Point Pavilion
8-10pm  admission is FREE

This month our monthly music variety show continues on the Melting Point Pavilion! We love the pavilion with it’s party lights and big ceiling fans! AND the Hoyt House will provide food and drinks. This month we welcome Athens newest Polka band, Don Schnitzel and the Hofbrau Boys.   Also, long time country singer, John Boyle and  Rock & Blues band, Root Spirits.  Susan Staley opens and hosts the show.  More info at athensfolk.org or our facebook page.

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Hoot – April 9, 2012

The Hoot!
Monday April 9
@ The Melting Point Pavilion
8-10pm admission is FREE

We are back on the Melting Point Pavilion for the April installment of our monthly show!  The Pavilion is located in the center of the Foundry Park Inn complex where the Melting Point is located.  We LOVE the pavilion as we’re outside, under cover, in an intimate and festive atmosphere.  Hoyt House provides us with a special menu for our show.  Don’t miss your chance to come listen to music under the Pavilion and eat some good food there!  This month we have a fantastic line up featuring The Skipperdees, twin sisters who play banjo, guitar, trumpet and sing great harmony’s.  Also from Canton, GA, Vacant House, a full out rockabilly, old country band!  AND we have the Vinyl Strangers doing pop tune originals with harmony’s A’ La Beatles!!  Susan Staley opens and hosts.  Visit athensfolk.org for more info OR the Athens Folk Society’s Facebook page!

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