Sep 4, 2012
11:42 AMDiscover Connecticut
If you hear “folk festival” and immediately think of bespectacled singers, women with acoustic guitars, kids with flowers in their hair and more tie-dye than you can shake a handcrafted necklace at, well . . . you’re not too far off. This year’s Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo—on Saturday, Sept. 8, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park—promises all that and much more.
“It’s a jam-packed day,” says CT Folk executive director Alice-Anne Harwood in what may be an understatement. In addition to more than a dozen acts playing continuously from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., the event features the Green Expo, a green village that will host environmentally conscious businesses, products, services and resources. Visitors can also expect lots of family-friendly activities ranging from composting workshops and yoga demonstrations to building sailboats from recyclable materials and sailing them in the park’s fountain. State Troubadour Chuck Costa will also be on hand to lead songwriting classes for kids, and The Recycling Wizard will be wandering the event to help spread recycling magic. This year’s festival’s themes are water preservation, quality control and tourism on Connecticut’s waterways.
As for the music itself, Harwood says, “There’s no one in the lineup that I’m not excited about.” That includes this year’s headliner, folk veteran Cheryl Wheeler, as well as featured artists Pesky J. Nixon, The String Fingers Band and The Sea, The Sea. Also scheduled to appear are The Levins, winners of last year’s Connecticut Folk Songwriter competition; this year’s winner will perform two songs on the mainstage.
“There’s so much talent right here in our back yard that we don’t know about,” Harwood says. “We really want to help promote local artists and get them out in front of an audience.”
She adds that the festival is “95 percent” volunteer-run and completely free to all for the first time since the event’s debut in 1989.
For more info, visit ctfolk.com.Folk Heart