2012 KERRVILLE FOLK FESTIVAL ENTERING 41ST YEAR AND COUNTING
KERRVILLE, Texas -- The Kerrville Folk Festival at Quiet Valley Ranch, nine miles South of the Texas Hill Country resort community of Kerrville, has announced an exciting 2012 festival schedule for its 41st annual event. Once again this legendary songwriter's festival will run for 18 straight days, from Thursday, May 24 through Sunday, June 10, 2012.
Festival Producer Dalis Allen has put together another stellar schedule to help the festival celebrate its 41st year including Ruthie Foster (June 3), Kinky Friedman (May 25), Patrice Pike (May 26), BettySoo (May 27), Seth Glier (May 28), Christine Lavin (June 2), John Fullbright (June 3). The 2012 lineup also includes Kerrville Folk Festival newcomers such as Ghosts Along the Brazos (May 24), MilkDrive (May 25), Carolyn Wonderland (June 2), Birds of Chicago - JT Nero and Allison Russell (June 8), Canadian Old Man Luedecke (June 9), Javier Chaparro and Salud (June 9), Joe Pug (June 10), The Milk Carton Kids (June 10) and Ruth Moody (June 10). There's also an impressive list of artists returning after a hiatus including, among others, Pierce Pettis with his daughter Grace Pettis (May 26), Canadian James Keelaghan (May 26), Berkley Hart (May 27), Ernie Hawkins (May 28), Steve Seskin (May 28), Chuck Pyle (June 2) and Dave Gunning (June 9).
Of course the talent doesn't stop there. the Kerrville Folk Festival will once again present diverse audience favorites such as Guy Forsyth and Jimmy LaFave both on opening night (May 24), Zoe Lewis (May 25), Mary Gauthier (May 25), Ellis Paul (May 26), Trout Fishing in America (June 1), Peter Yarrow (June 1), Ronny Cox (June 2), Eric Taylor (June 2), Terri Hendrix (June 3), Warren Hood & the Goods (June 3), those crazy Russians Limpopo (May 26) and Sara Hickman (June 9) along with dozens of other renowned artists and songwriters.
As usual, the 2012 Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk Competition for emerging songwriters will be held on the first Saturday and Sunday of the festival (May 26th and 27th), from 1 to 4PM. From the almost 800 entries, 32 finalists have been selected to perform in this prestigious annual competition, hosted by Steve Gillette and Festival Founder Rod Kennedy. Several former New Folk finalists and winners are on this year's festival line-up including, Jimmy LaFave, Jeff Berkley from Berkley Hart, Tom Prasada-Rao, Tom Kimmel as part of The New Agrarians, Drew Nelson, Grace Pettis, Rebecca Loebe, Nathan Hamilton, and KC Clifford just to name a few. Matt Harlan will kick off the 2012 festival on opening night, Thursday, May 24.
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 along side those who are masters. Emerging songwriters as well as teachers are drawn to the festival's many learning opportunities, such as the 32nd Annual Songwriters School, the Roots / Blues Guitar Workshop, Harmonica Workshop, Capo Workshops, a Music Law Panel Discussion, and the 11th 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 $40 depending on the particular day, although you can save 15% by purchasing your tickets prior to May 23rd. 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.