2012 Festival Performers

The final, hour-by-hour, stage-by-stage performance schedule is now available!

The Andrew & Noah Band 
Aztec Two-Step 
Beth Molaro
Blair Bodine 
Brother Sun
The Clayfoot Strutters 
Country Spice  
Eclectic Dance Orchestra  
Eddie From Ohio 
Eilen Jewell 
The Falcon Ridge House Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen 
George Marshall
Giant Robot Dance 
The Grand Slambovians
Holly Near 
The Ivy Vine Players
John Francis 
John Flynn
Jim & Madeline Christensen
JimmyJo & the Jumbol'ayuhs 
Jubal's Kin
Kathryn Wedderburn
Louise Mosrie 
Nerissa & Katryna Nields 
Patti O’Brien Melita
Paul Rosenberg
Pesky J. Nixon 
Peter, Paul & George
Ralph Sweet 
Rod MacDonald
Roger the Jester 
Spuyten Duyvil
The Storycrafters
Todd Sheaffer  
Tracy Grammer 

This year's Friday Summer's Eve Song Swap will feature Ellis, Holly Near, Rod MacDonald & John Flynn.

Falcon Ridge 2011 Showcase Vote Results

The top voted artists from the 2011 showcase who will be invited to the 2012 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:

  1. Pesky J. Nixon - garnering an amazing 28% of the audience vote
  2. Louise Mosrie and ilyAIMY - tied for second with 21%
  3. Blair Bodine with 19%

All four artists have been invited to the 2012 festival. Honorable mentions to Suzie Vinnick from Toronto and Bulat Gafarov, who came all the way from Russia, followed by Ellen Bukstel, Occidental Gypsy and Karyn Oliver.

Much thanks to our 2011 showcase judges, Jake Jacobsen from Circle of Friends Coffeehouse in Franklin MA, Cheryl Prashker, percussionist/performer and Board President of the Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance and local musician, John Mathews who plays locally with Wooden Nickel. Many thanks to Emily and Benji at Sonicbids and Donna Grande, tech coordinator extraordinaire.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Booking/Showcasing Guidelines

FRFF begins booking every year by November. The festival is held on the 4th weekend in July. Artists submit electronically thru Sonicbids for both feature and/or Emerging Artist Showcase consideration. The deadline for feature submissions is February 1st every year. Showcase deadline is usually May 1. Check the Sonicbids website for updates or extensions of these deadlines.

FRFF has 4 stages. Dance is booked first, Main Stage next, and the Family Stage last. The Workshop stage features different combinations of performers booked on the other three stages, sharing sets on a variety of topics. Some performers are booked specifically for one stage but most appear on more than one.

All feature submissions are logged into an online database. Automatic e-mail receipts are sent. All submissions are reviewed, and comments recorded. Please do not send unsolicited materials by mail. We are no longer able to accept mail-ins. The festival will contact you if we have a spot or need additional materials.

How Do We Decide Whom To Book?

The Artistic Director makes all programming decisions, but before doing so, our audience surveys are carefully tabulated. A great deal is decided by our audience, including specific artists and types of music to include. Other performers including World, Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues are chosen by the Artistic Director. Sources include radio, other venues & our own meanderings around the folk world. New performers our audience has never heard are sought out every year.

For Feature Consideration...

Please follow instructions at www.sonicbids.com/FalconRidgeFeaturedPerformers.

Emerging Artist Showcase Information

The Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase is open to all performers who have not showcased or appeared as part of a feature act at the festival in the last two years, and who will not be appearing in any other capacity in the current year. This is a two song or ten-minute spot on our Main Stage on Friday afternoon. Artists new to the Northeast, not nationally touring or those with limited exposure are encouraged to apply. See details and apply online at www.sonicbids.com/FalconRidgeEmergingArtists.

Falcon Ridge Artistic Director
Anne Saunders anne@falconridgefolk.com