Folk Festival Call for Artists

A flood of talent responded to the Call for Artists for the inaugural Spruce Peak Folk Festival on Saturday, August 11.  Out of an outstanding field, six Vermont “Busker” acts have been selected to join the line-up with Josh Ritter and the Royal City Band, Anais Mitchell, and Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival.  All six “Busker” acts will perform between 1 and 3pm on two support stages. Headline performances are between 3 and 8pm on the Pavilion Stage at Spruce Peak.

Vermont Busker additions to the line-up are (in alphabetical order):

Dan and Modou Dan Murphy (guitar) and Modou Ndione (percussion), the primary vocalists from the award winning band ONEoverZERO, perform a rare “unplugged” set and offer a glimpse into their songwriting process.  “ONEoverZERO is a crawfish etoufee — a well-balanced meld of divergent ingredients and cultural influences, coming together as one. And it works.” Nathan Burgess – Stowe Reporter

Danza Del Fuego is a Romani inspired world music project based out of Burlington, Vt. Influenced by artists such as Paco de Lucia, Jesse Cook, Barcelona Gypsy Balkan Orchestra, and Kalyi Jag, Danza Del Fuego blends Gypsy musical traditions to create a sound all their own while paying respect to these traditions.

The Dupont Brothers are two brothers living on the indie circuit, driving around sharing their stories through songwriting. That’s life for Sam & Zack DuPont. Based out of Burlington, Vermont the sibling indie-folk-rock duo has kept busy on the road since 2013. Their two studio releases, Heavy as Lead (2015) & A Riddle For You (2016) & two live albums, Live at Beehive (2016) & Live at Deepwells (2017), have taken them all over the Northeast, Mid Atlantic, South and Midwest. The DuPont Brothers have made festival appearances at Grand Point North & SXSW & have supported a wide array of national acts of all shapes, sizes and genres including Kishi Bashi, Johnnyswim, The Lone Bellow, Gin Wigmore, Langhorne Slim, Joseph, Joe Pug, Livingston Taylor, Bahamas, Ben Sollee & Patrick Watson along with grammy award winning artists, Sturgill Simpson, Jerry Douglas, Blake Mills, Suzanne Vega & Pat Benatar.

Last Train to Zinkov is named after Zinkov, a small village in rural Ukraine, and the ancestral hometown of the Gusakov family. David and Nathan Gusakov, father and son, play original songs and old tunes about life and death and the beauty of the hills, featuring clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and family harmonies. David Gusakov arrived in Vermont in 1973, joining the Vermont Symphony that year and bluegrass/swing band Pine Island the next. Nathan Gusakov lives with his family in Lincoln, Vermont near the headwaters of the New Haven River, where he makes his living as a carpenter and musician.

Based in Burlington, VT, Reid is an acoustic singer-songwriter giving a new take on the americana genre.

Abby Sherman is a folk singer songwriter from Lamoille County, Vermont. She has been preforming since the age of 18 in 2010. Her first album named Finding Hope came out in July of 2018 and she is diligently working on the next. She finds inspiration from artists such as Sarah Jarosz, Alison Krauss and Patty Griffin to name a few. Always driven towards the more artistic and natural way of life her passion for whatever she may take on shines through with seemingly no effort. This album being no different her soulful voice and folky riffs make for a toe tapping heart felt listening experience. 

The addition of Vermont Busker acts to the Spruce Peak Folk Festival is made possible through the support of: Bourne’s Energy, Fiddlehead, Rodman Insurance, and VHB.