CT Folk

The Falcon Ridge Showcase
July 7, 2012, 11:19 pm
Filed under: Concerts

My favorite part of each year’s Falcon Ridge Folk Festival:

The Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase

During a four hour span on the festival’s first afternoon, twenty-four relatively unknown performers will each do a short set — two songs, maximum of ten minutes total — on the main stage.

A great opportunity for them and a terrific opportunity for us: 

fresh songs, fresh perspectives, rewarding surprises!

Here’s an alphabetically-ordered list of the muscians whom the Falcon Ridge judges have chosen for this year’s Showcase:

1 – Brad Cole
2 – Burning Bridget Cleary
3 – Cary Cooper
4 – Chris Kokesh
5 – Dan Charness
6 – Gathering Time
7 – Heather Maloney Band
8 – Honor Finnegan
9 – Jarrod Dickenson
10 – Jim Hayes
11 – Jon Brooks
12 – Julie Christensen
13 – Kate Klim
14 – Kevin Neidig
15 – Miles to Dayton
16 – Poor Old Shine
17 – Rebecca Pronsky
18 – Ryan Tennis
19 – Sarah Blacker
20 – Sorcha
21 – Steve Chizmadia
22 – Sweet Talk Radio
23 – The Marrieds
24 – The YaYas

Actually, several of these artists have Connecticut connection(s) —

Gathering Time headlined a CT Folk First Fridays concert last fall.

Rebecca Pronsky was a finalist in the singer-songwriter competition at the 2010 CT Folk Festival and Green Expo.

Honor Finnegan was a finalist in the same competition the following year.

And we’ll be able to see  Heather Maloney soon in Hartford at a So Many Stars show, presented by Julie Beman.

And then there’s Cary Cooper — already well-known as half of folk-poppers The Dreamsicles.  Several years ago, I saw Cary at one of the informal late-night song-circle gatherings at Falcon Ridge.  That night she played and sang a short number that she’d written earlier that year as an assignment for a song-writing class.  That task: “write a song about a color” — and she came up with a sweet bouncy piece about an old beat-up Volkswagen bug that she’d bought from her uncle — and it was “Yellow” — and I will never forget that moment, hearing her do that catchy song on a quiet dark night in a field in seemingly the middle of nowhere.  Funny, touching, sweet — just a beautiful song, presented perfectly in a perfect environment…

I’m hoping for magic moments like that from many of this year’s showcasers.

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival will take place from July 27 through July 29 — on the grounds of Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, New York (close to the spot where NY and Connecticut and Massachusetts meet).  The Emerging Artists Showcase starts at noon on Friday, the 27th.

More info at: http://falconridgefolk.com/

((above photo — of Red Molly’s “2006 Falcon Ridge showcase performance” — courtesy of Fil Wisneski))


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