37th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival – Cancelled!

Dear Friends of the North Georgia Folk Festival

It is with profound regret that the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society (AFMDS) has decided that for the second year in a row, the North Georgia Folk Festival cannot be held. We had already done lots of footwork toward this year’s festival. We’d discussed the issues, considered carefully, worked with the county to establish a date, and were just on the cusp of sending out press releases when the Delta Variant hit Clarke County. Just this week our COVID numbers have started to skyrocket. The planning committee held a Zoom meeting last night (yes, we are back to Zoom) and decided that we cannot, in good conscience, hold this year’s festival. It’s just too risky, especially for children for whom there is no vaccination available. We would rather cancel the festival and find out later that we did not need to than put it on and find out later that we should have.

We are not done though. Stay tuned for announcements for what the AFMDS has in store in the coming months to keep the folk music, art and craft traditions that we all love alive.

Our best to you,

Tommy Jordan
Director, North Georgia Folk Festival
tombob.d41@gmail.com

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37th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival going LIVE!

 

The 37th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Sandy NGFF_21_Save the Date Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.  After hosting a virtual Folk Festival last year, the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society (AFMDS) is excited to be able to present LIVE folk music at the park once again.  The musical lineup this year will feature all local-to-Athens bands and solo performers on two stages.  In addition, there will be artists, traditional craft demonstrators, and food vendors.  Kids activities include music and arts and crafts, as well as the ever-popular dinosaur playground at Sandy Creek Park.   It is going to be a fine day in the Park.  Make your plans today to join us.

This fun-filled, family-friendly day in the park offers children’s activities, traditional arts and crafts demonstration and sales, and good food all day long from 11:00 until dark.  Music starts at 11:00 AM with special music for kids and then goes until 9:00 PM with performers on two stages.  Student tickets are $8 and adults are $15. Children under 12 are admitted free. Additional park admission is $2 per person ages 4-64.

For more up-to-date information, visit https:/www.NorthGeorgiaFolkFestival.org

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John McCutcheon Live Stream Concert – February 4, 2021 – tickets available

The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society along with Aubrey  Entertainment will be hosting a live stream concert by John McCutcheon on February 4, 2021.

John McCutcheon will be performing “Roots & Wings: How Traditional Music Is the Foundation of All My Music” as an online concert event on Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 7:30 pm EST. Co-sponsored by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society and Aubrey Entertainment, this concert will be presented in the highest possible audio and video quality on the Mandolin.com platform. Tickets prices range from $5 (for the unemployed or laid off) to $30 (for your entire family or household) and are available at the link below.

Join us!
http://bit.ly/JohnMcCutcheonFeb4

Questions to Tommy Jordan <tombob.d41@gmail.com>

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North Georgia Folk Festival – Episode 2 – Tomorrow night!

Hey Folks –

It’s about time for Episode 2 of the North Georgia Folk Festival – the Virtual Pandemic Edition brought to you by the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society in Athens, Georgia.

Episode 2 will premiere tomorrow night, Saturday, Oct 3, 2020, at 8:00pm EDT (GMT-4) on YouTube #ngff_20.

Direct link: https://youtu.be/zO8IJs0JZco

Featuring…
John McCutcheon, Caroline Aiken, The Skillet Lickers, Hawk Proof Rooster, Hope for Agoldensummer, String Theory, Fester Hagood, Tex Crawford, Peter Loose, Mary Jean Hartel, Pat Shields, Art Rosenbaum, Nina Ricci, The Banditas, Rebecca Gilliard, Around the Globe Sea Chantey Singers

More info and lineup: http://www.NorthGeorgiaFolkFestival.org

DONATE to the festival and participants: http://Paypal.me/afmds

And don’t forget our final installment: Episode 3 – “Sing My Troubles By” on Saturday, October 10.

See you tomorrow night!
Tommy

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North Georgia Folk Festival – Virtual Edition – Episode 1

The 36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival – the Virtual Pandemic Edition

Episode 1 premieres on Saturday, September 26, 2020 @8:00pm EDT (GMT-4)
Here is the direct link.  https://youtu.be/dK9kWtXcsQ8

Make your Donation here:  http://paypal.me/afmds

Details at http://www.NorthGeorgiaFolkFestival.org

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36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is going Virtual!

36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival

The 36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival is going virtual this year.

After 35 years of having our annual homecoming North Georgia Folk Festival in the hills of Athens, Georgia, we couldn’t let the COVID-19 crisis keep us down.  So we decided to have the festival as a virtual event featuring music, art and storytelling – just as we usually do.

The event will be shown as a series of three episodes on YouTube and will be offered free of charge.  We will be asking for tips for the performers who have contributed music for this program and will provide links to the artists so you can follow up with them.

36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival – The Virtual Event on YouTube

Episode 1: Saturday, September 26, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)
Episode 2: Saturday, October 3, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)
Episode 3: Saturday, October 10, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)

YouTube   #NGFF_20

 NGFF_20 Pandemic T-Shirts
The North Georgia Folk Festival is going virtual this year but you can still get your T-shirt so there won’t be a gap in your collection and you can support the North Georgia Fol kFestival – at the same time!  The shirt design features an original drawing by Art Rosenbaum of our friends from Hawkproof Rooster, fully masked up against the pandemic.  We are taking advance orders for T-shirts and bandanas for a limited time starting today.  This web store will close on September 13 so we can print your shirts and get them shipped out in time for you to wear them while you watch the first episode of the virtual festival scheduled to debut on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

Support the Folk Festival and order your’s now at 
http://ngff.satisfactoryprinting.com/ngff/shop/home

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*** 2020 Contra dances cancelled until further notice***

Hello Dancers,

Our contra dances in 2020 will be cancelled until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please check back to this web site for updates on when we will be to resume our dance.  With the fluid health crisis it is impossible to know when that will happen.  Thank you for your support of our dance and we hope you and yours keep safe during this trying time.

Stuart Whipple

Dance coordinator

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Songwriter, Folksinger, Storyteller John McCutcheon returns to Athens, GA for an evening with performance at Hotel Indigo’s Rialto Room!

John McCutcheon is coming back to play in Athens on Saturday, April 4, 2020.  The show will be at the Rialto Room in the Hotel Indigo.  This is a really nice room – intimate yet big enough to hold a pretty decent crowd.

Doors open @ 6pm – Show @ 7:30 pm – all ages welcome

TICKETS: $20 advance online at http://bit.ly/JohnMcCutcheonInAthens  / $25 day of show

FACEBOOK EVENThttps://www.facebook.com/events/427437888134947/

Presented by Aubrey Entertainment and the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society

 


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No one remembers when the neighbors started calling the McCutcheons to complain about the loud singing from young John’s bedroom. It didn’t seem to do much good, though. For, after a shaky, lopsided battle between piano lessons and baseball (he was a mediocre pianist and an all-star catcher), he had “found his voice” thanks to a cheap mail-order guitar and a used book of chords.

From such inauspicious beginnings, John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer. His songwriting has been hailed by critics and singers around the globe. His thirty recordings have garnered every imaginable honor including seven Grammy nominations. He has produced over twenty albums of other artists, from traditional fiddlers to contemporary singer-songwriters to educational and documentary works. His books and instructional materials have introduced budding players to the joys of their own musicality. And his commitment to grassroots political organizations has put him on the front lines of many of the issues important to communities and workers.

Even before graduating summa cum laude from Minnesota’s St. John’s University, this Wisconsin native literally “headed for the hills,” forgoing a college lecture hall for the classroom of the eastern Kentucky coal camps, union halls, country churches, and square dance halls. His apprenticeship to many of the legendary figures of Appalachian music imbedded a love of not only home-made music, but a sense of community and rootedness. The result is music…whether traditional or from his huge catalog of original songs…with the profound mark of place, family, and strength. It also created a storytelling style that has been compared to Will Rogers and Garrison Keillor.

The Washington Post described John as folk music’s “Rustic Renaissance Man,” a moniker flawed only by its understatement. “Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player…” (Dallas Morning News). Besides his usual circuit of major concert halls and theaters, John is equally at home in an elementary school auditorium, a festival stage or at a farm rally. He is a whirlwind of energy packing five lifetimes into one. In the past few years alone he has headlined over a dozen different festivals in North America (including repeated performances at the National Storytelling Festival), recorded an original composition for Virginia Public Television involving over 500 musicians, toured Australia for the sixth time, toured Chile in support of a women’s health initiative, appeared in a Woody Guthrie tribute concert in New York City, gave a featured concert at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, taught performance art skills at a North Carolina college, given symphony pops concerts across America, served as President of the fastest-growing Local in the Musicians Union and performed a special concert at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. This is all in his “spare time.” His “real job,” he’s quick to point out, is father to two grown sons.

But it is in live performance that John feels most at home. It is what has brought his music into the lives and homes of one of the broadest audiences any folk musician has ever enjoyed. People of every generation and background seem to feel at home in a concert hall when John McCutcheon takes the stage, with what critics describe as “little feats of magic,” “breathtaking in their ease and grace…,” and “like a conversation with an illuminating old friend.”

Whether in print, on record, or on stage, few people communicate with the versatility, charm, wit or pure talent of John McCutcheon.

“John McCutcheon is not only one of the best musicians in the USA, but also a great singer, songwriter, and song leader. And not just incidentally, he is committed to helping hard-working people everywhere to organize and push this world in a better direction.”— Pete Seeger

“The most impressive instrumentalist I’ve ever heard.”— Johnny Cash

“He has an uncanny ability to breathe new life into the familiar. His storytelling has the richness of fine literature.”— Washington Post

“Calling John McCutcheon a ‘folksinger’ is like saying Deion Sanders is just a football player.”— Dallas Morning News

https://www.folkmusic.com/

 

 

 

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North Georgia Folk Festival – Save the Date 9/26/2020

The 36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2020 at Sandy Creek Park in Athens, Georgia.

As usual, we will have a full day of folk music, art and crafts as well as food trucks and kids activities.

Mark your calendars and plan to join us for a great day in the park for the whole family.

The last Saturday in September!

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Join us for a Valentine’s weekend dance…and swing with your sweetheart !!!

*** Please note new dance time: 6:30 – 9:30 PM ***

We have changed the time for our dance due to conform to a new ACC park policy, so please bear with us during this transition to a new time for the dance. The orientataion session will now run from 6:15 – 6:30 PM.

February 15, 2019

Presented by the Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music and calling

Orientation session from 6:15 – 6:30 PM: introduction, basic moves, helpful hints for enjoyable dancing– for new & experienced dancers

Dance: 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Band: String Theory

Caller: Stuart Whipple

Memorial Park Administrative Building- 293 Gran Ellen Dr., Athens, GA.
Admission for dance: Adults 18 & over -$8.00; ages 11-17- $4.00;
UNDER 11: no charge and no dancing permitted

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

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