Artists on the faculty of Folk College lead workshops, coach the student bands, perform in the concerts and lead evening jam sessions. Some artists lead 3-hour intensive workshops on Friday: check out Intensives.
This year's staff features Guy Davis, Ari & Mia, our host band Simple Gifts and more to be announced.
Here is our list of artists for 2018.
Guy Davis, son of actor/activist parents Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. Guy’s new album, Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. Guy’s one-man play, The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues, premiered Off-Broadway in the ‘90s and has since been released as a double CD. He went on to star Off-‐Broadway as the legendary Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick The Devil, winning the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive” award. Along the way he cut nine acclaimed albums for the Red House label and four for his own label, Smokeydoke Records; and was nominated for nearly a dozen Blues Awards.
2017 Latin Grammy winner!
Toloache (prounounced, Toh-loh-Ah-che) is a flower from Mexico used in Love Potions. Band founder Mireya Ramos' Mariachi father has successfully passed it down while her music connoisseur mother has expanded Mireya's range into the world of hidden Latin American gems of her era. Add to this band Co-Founder and R&B songbird Shae Fiol's modern pop influences and you have a band that is just starting to scratch the surface of the possibilities that lie in this rich fertile musical ground, ready to grow out of its authentic roots to feed and inspire a whole new generation of Mariachi lovers.
Award-winning songwriters, chamber-folk duo Ari & Mia tour globally, critically acclaimed as New England's Americana sister act. Raised on folk songs and conservatory trained, their voices, cello, fiddle, and banjo intricately combine in original melodies and arrangements that reference the early American songbook and Northeastern fiddle tunes.
“Strikingly beautiful, distinctive and exhilarating, with expressive vocals that will find a way into hearts and minds” (No Depression), sisters Ari & Mia Friedman reference the styles of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to songwriting and the result is a captivating sound.
“Ari & Mia are not creating a new music; they are taking it to another level and exploring areas that have not been attempted in decades. Their all-acoustic, pure and honest approach has significance.
Tyler Hughes and Sam Gleaves are an old time country music duo, performing songs old and new with close harmony singing and accompaniment on clawhammer banjo, guitar, fiddle and autoharp.
Tyler and Sam’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads & flatfoot dancing. Tyler and Sam recently performed on West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage, Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio, broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television, and at many other venues throughout the Appalachian region.
Ukulele guru Stuart Fuchs is a performing and teaching artist who has presented his innovative & holistic music workshops at the top ukulele festivals across the US and Canada.
In his concerts, Stuart balances virtuosity and heart on his classical guitar, ukulele, Native American flute & didjeridoo. Stuart is committed to a compassionate and holistic vision of music education.
In his workshops he blends meditation, qigong and yoga practice with practical music instruction and soulful improvisation process work - offering a playful and accessible gateway for anyone to bring more music making into their daily life.
Colebrook Road has become a standout string band, a bluegrass powerhouse made up of five individuals whose sum is more than the total of their talents.
Colebrook Road are winners of the 2016 D.C. Bluegrass Union's Mid Atlantic Bluegrass band contest in Washington D.C., winners of the 2015 Podunk Bluegrass Festival band contest in Hebron, CT, winners of the 2014 Watermelon Park Fest band contest in Berryville, VA, and winners of the 2011 Pickin' In The Panhandle Bluegrass Festival band contest in Martinsburg, WV.
Folk College's host band, Simple Gifts, is three women (Linda Littleton, Karen Hirshon & Rachel Hall) playing twelve instruments, with styles that range from old time to Celtic to Klezmer and beyond. Karen Hirshon plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar, 6-string banjo, bowed psaltery, doumbek, and spoons. Linda Littleton plays fiddle, hammered dulcimer, recorders, and bowed psaltery, and she's starting to learn banjo. Rachel Hall is recognized as one of the leading English concertina players in the U.S., and she also performs on piano, accordion, and tabla. Based in State College and Philadelphia, PA, Simple Gifts members designed Folk College and work with the Huntingdon County Arts Council to make it a reality. They have a strong philosophy that everyone can play music, that music is best when shared, and that above all, music is about communication, not competition.
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