Announcing Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, Tom Rush, Peter Case, Ruthie Foster, John Fullbright as part of the 2015 44th annual Kerrville Folk Festival lineup. Located at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles south of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, this legendary songwriter’s festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 21 through Sunday, June 7, 2015. Season Ticket Packages and discounted day tickets are on sale now at http://www.kerrville-music.com/tickets.htm
Festival Producer Dalis Allen has put 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 21 – 24 features, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Elizabeth McQueen, Peter Case, Joe Crookston, Rj Cowdery, Ellis, Amy Speace, The Don Juans, Mt. Thelonious, Ari Hest, David Wilcox, Ellis Paul, MilkDrive
Second Weekend May 29 - 31 - Tom Rush, Steve Seskin/Allen Shamblin, Roy Book Binder, Gurf Morlix, Ray Bonneville, Sam Baker, Joel Rafael, John Fullbright, Matt Nakoa, Ronny Cox, Jack Williams...
Third Weekend June 5 - 7 - Ruthie Foster, The Carper Family, Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line, Trout Fishing in America, 2014 New Folk in the Round including Matt Nakoa, Frank Martin Gilligan, Caroline Spence, C. Daniel Boling, Connor Garvey and The Lovebirds, Wood & Wire, Soul Track Mind, The Chubby Knuckle Choir...
As usual, the 2015 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 23rd
and 24th), 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 alongside those who are masters. Emerging songwriters as well as teachers are drawn to the festival’s many learning opportunities, such as the 35th Annual Songwriters School, the Roots / Blues Guitar Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, Ukulele Workshop, a Music Law Panel Discussion, and the 14th 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 www.kerrvillefolkfestival.org or by calling the festival office at (830) 257-3600. Ticket prices range from $25 to $60 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.