Folk Festival Line Up

About Josh Ritter:
Josh Ritter remains at the top of his game two decades into a highlight-strewn career. He’d be forgiven for loosening his grip, but his hand has never felt surer.” – NPR

Josh Ritter’s acclaimed 20-year career as a songwriter and musician reaches new heights with the release of his ninth full-length album, Gathering.  In Josh’s words, “I began with an exciting sense of dissatisfaction, and what emerged, as I began to find my voice, was a record full of storms. I still can’t tell what era these stories are from. They feel part roustabout, part psalm to me.”

A songwriter, a musician, a New York Times best-selling author, a painter, and a consummate performer; Josh Ritter encompasses all of these descriptors and more. He is a true artist. One who is not afraid of growing, changing and constantly challenging earlier versions of himself. Here, two decades into his storied career, Josh Ritter is just getting started.

About Anaïs Mitchell:         
“Currently a well-kept secret, Mitchell is writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades” – Daily Telegraph
               
Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before starting her own Wilderland label in 2012. Among her recorded works are Child Ballads, Young Man in America, and Hadestown, the latter of which she expanded – with the help of director Rachel Chavkin – into a theatre show. Hadestown debuted off-Broadway in 2016 at New York Theatre Workshop, winning a Richard Rodgers Production Award, as well as multiple Outstanding Musical nominations. The show subsequently opened in Canada, with further productions to be announced. If there’s a common thread in Mitchell’s work it’s that she’s as interested in the world around her as the one inside her. As the New York Times wrote, “Ms. Mitchell’s songs address contemporary angst with uncanny vision….a formidable songwriting talent”. 

About Daniel Rodriguez:
Daniel Rodriguez is a founder of the genre defying/genre creating band ‘Elephant Revival’. Few bands have the distinction of being the creators of a whole new genre of music. The label ‘Transcendental Folk’ and ‘Progressive Edge are attempts to in some way describe the song and word that speaks of magical reality, of thought and will shaping collective and individual reality, of miracle in the everyday event, of the authority of personal vision. Rodriguez’s transcendent songwriting/poetry has played no small role in the creation of this new music.

 

Interested in playing music at the festival?  VT musicians see the call for artists here!