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Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Contest Showcases Artists

On Sunday, August 19, from 4:00 to 6:30 pm ET, in the intimate 70-seat theatre of St. Benedict's Brew Works in Ferdinand, enjoy some of southern Indiana's best singer-songwriters who will share their original works.

The fourth-annual Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Showcase is also a benefit concert to help keep the festival free. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for those under 18. With limited seating, advance online purchase at http://www.itickets.com/events/404437.html is encouraged to secure a seat.

In a juried competition, these are the performers (alphabegical order) selected for Sunday's showcase and for opening the festival on September 15:


Douglas Haines, Winona Lake

An award-winning Americana singer-songwriter, Douglas Haines blends acoustic guitar melodies with a poet’s gift for capturing a story in lyric form, entertaining audiences for more than 30 years. Music is an expression of his deepest thoughts and feelings as he blends his lyrics with intricate fingerstyle picking. Douglas released his first solo album, I Can’t Change, in 2017. "Music is my love and passion," states Douglas. "I write creative lyrics that communicate to my listeners in hopes that they draw them into personal reflection."

Kriss Luckett and Greg Ziesemer, Madison

Kriss Luckett and Greg Ziesemer are music partners and life partners, with many years of stage and songwriting experience. With their roots in Indianapolis, they have 3 CDs out with more soon to come. Visit www.gregandkriss for more info. "We write what we know," Kriss states, "love, life, family, and the world around us. We are inspired by the stories and hearts of the people we meet, the books we read, and the yarns we spin. Some are real, some are dreams, and some are totally made-up."

Jacob McDaniel, New Salisbury

Jacob McDaniel acquired a love of vintage folk and blues music at a young age. He began guitar lessons at age 11, after inheriting a 1980 Guild G37 acoustic guitar from his deceased uncle. Jacob’s new album, An Untitled Life, features the inherited guitar. "I have been inspired by the genuine beauty and authenticity of the music of Bob Dylan, Cat Stephens, and The Allman Brothers Band," he states. "I draw inspiration from the world around me, turning snippets of rhymes, random thoughts, and song titles into full compositions."

Clayton N. Schroeder, Bloomington

"Returning for his second Singer-Songwriter Showcase, Clayton is a husband and father of two. A storyteller at heart, his songs come from his life, his jobs, his friends, and the people with whom he crosses paths whether in real life or in dreams. "I love stories," he states. "I love sharing them. I love hearing them. I love creating them. I find inspiration all around me. Songs are like half-buried treasures on a beach. Sometimes all it takes is just brushing off a little sand.""

The Strings of Indian Creek (Christopher Bell, Arriana Cox, Brandon Bambusch),

Milltown and Orleans - The Strings of Indian Creek are a progressive, Americana folk rock blending multiple genres of music, including bluegrass and country, to create a fun and rowdy musical experience. "We are excited that we got picked to play at the Showcase and the Folk Fest. We can't wait," states band member Chris Bell.

David Wayne, Huntingburg

 David resides with his wife Nina of 34 years and is the father of two and grandfather of two. Also known as The Singing Bugman, this Nashville recording artist, singer and published songwriter is a three-time winner of the WBDC country Showdown and the owner of The Huntingburg Opry Hall located above the new Market Street Soup and Salad in Huntingburg. He has opened for Vern Gosden, Ronnie Robbins, John Barty, and Lauren Alaina. "My inspiration and motivation comes from my childhood," he states, "when my father put on an old Merle Haggard record. I was hooked forever. My songs come from my heart and life experiences."

Anna Wrasse, Bloomington

 Fifteen-year-old Anna Wrasse has been writing and performing original songs for four years. Earlier this year Anna was recognized as “One to Watch” by Nashville Songwriters Association International. She is honored to perform for her third year in the Ferdinand Folk Festival Singer-Songwriter Showcase. "My songwriting has grown from my love of both writing and music," she states. "I am passionate about the way music is able to connect everyone and bring people together. I hope to tell stories of my personal experiences in a relatable way that is meaningful to others."

To further honor their achievement, the performers will also be featured at 11:00 am ET on Saturday, September 15, on the NextEra Energy Main Stage in Ferdinand's 18th Street Park, to kick off the ninth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival. They will also have the option of performing a short set on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage during the afternoon of the festival. The artists may sell cds and merch at both events.

At the August 19 showcase, St. Benedict's Brew Works will be open from noon to 8 pm ET, and will serve craft beer and artisan root beer, handmade pizza, soft pretzels, veggie burgers, and more. Visit www.saintbenedictsbrewworks.com for more info.

The ninth-annual Ferdinand Folk Festival is a free, family and environmentally friendly festival featuring internationally, nationally, and regionally touring singer-songwriters on the main stage, dozens of artisan, food, and environmental/wellness booths, aerial dancers, giant renewable energy puppets, live animals for children to pet, many fun, educational music and nature programs for children, an animal parade for kids, eight entertaining and informative Tent Talks, a jam circle for all ages, workshops for all ages, and much more. Patrons may learn more about the event on Facebook and at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com.

Co-presenting sponsors of the festival are Best Home Furnishings and Masterbrand Cabinets. The Main Stage sponsor is NextEra Energy Resources. The Market Stage is sponsored by Kyana Woodstock, and the Folk Jam Circle and Hospitality Tent are supported by Moore Music & Guitars.


The Ferdinand Folk Festival is accepting applications for art, environmental/wellness, and food booths for the ninth annual Ferdinand Folk Festival on Saturday, September 15, 2018, located in beautiful 18th Street Park. Forms, fees, and details are available online at www.ferdinandfolkfestival.com. Applicants interested in supporting the festival's family-friendly, earth-friendly, and homegrown art/music themes are encouraged to apply.

Talented local and regional artisans who have created hand-crafted items are encouraged to apply. Examples of welcomed items include woven rugs, homemade clothing, jewelry, pottery, paintings, photography, greeting cards, bird houses, etc.—and other creative/natural items such as upcycled goods, baked food, homemade soaps/lotions/candles, seasonal flowers, heirloom plants/seeds, honey, etc. Certified Fair Trade items, handmade by artisans from Third World countries and indigenous communities in the US, are also accepted.

To promote a healthy region and healthy communities, groups and individuals may share/demonstrate a variety of environmental/wellness education and services such as solar power and other alternative renewable energy and conservation ideas, sustainable, green living initiatives, creating natural wildlife habitats, animal rescue opportunities, permaculture design, organic gardening and farming, tree trimming tips, recycling ideas, recycled and new books, etc.

If possible, food vendors are asked to honor the festival’s healthy environment theme by serving all food and drinks in compostable, earth-friendly containers. Many recycling stations will be available in an effort to reduce waste. For safety reasons, glass is not permitted in the park. Festival goers are encouraged to bring reusable, eco-friendly water bottles or to purchase a customized one at the merch tent.

All booths will surround the shaded Kyana Woodstock Market Stage area, where the winners of the Folk Fest Singer-Songwriter Contest will perform, adding to the fun, creative vibe of the festival. The event will take place rain or shine. Preferred application deadline is Friday, July 27. For planning purposes, early submissions are appreciated.

The festival's vibrant diversity of art, environmental/wellness, and food booths complement the renowned, local and nationally-touring musicians performing on the NextEra Energy Main Stage on the adjacent,sweeping lawn, the multiple nearby activities for children, and the surrounding folk jam, yoga, workshops, and Tent Talks for all ages. All are welcomed.

The festival is co-presented by Best Home Furnishings and MasterBrand Cabinets. The main stage is sponsored by NextEra Energy Resources, and the market stage sponsor is Kyana Woodstock. The folk jammers and hospitality tent are sponsored by Moore Music & Guitars.

Blues Guitar and Roots Music Workshop

Blues Guitar and Roots Music Workshop
by Justin Johnson 2:00 pm upper shelter house

FFF 2017 Justin Johnson Workshop PhotoCome on out and bring your questions for the "wizard of blues and roots guitars"!  For years Justin Johnson has been expanding the frontlines of guitar and roots music, and in this interactive workshop, you will have to opportunity to get your questions answered face-to-face.  Whether it's about blues guitar styles, slide guitar, roots instrument building, or playing, gear, practice techniques… whatever you’re wondering, enjoy a rare opportunity to get the advice from a roots music master.  For more information, visit www.JustinJohnsonLive.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/JustinJohnsonLive

Justin Johnson will perform on the NextEra Energy Main Stage from 6:00 - 7:00 pm ET.

Stories and Songs: Sharing and Building Community through Performance Art

Stories and Songs:  Sharing and Building Community through Performance Art
by Gary Spear 
GaryBeing conscious of our community brings a sense of depth and purpose. Together we are writing, singing, and discovering the story of life. This tent talk will share the experiences of how performance art can enhance the collective experience of community. If you enjoy storytelling, music, and adventure, then come lend your imagination to this discussion.
Gary Spear was homegrown in Paoli, Indiana. Although he now lives a few miles north, he still considers Orange County his home. Gary has been a music arranger, conductor, and director for over 25 years. He also specializes in script writing and storytelling. One of Gary's current projects, Hoosier Hometown Live, is a live radio show in the old time spirit of Prairie Home Companion.

Songwriting: Sources of Inspiration

Songwriting: Sources of Inspiration
by Tim Grimm 1:00 pm upper shelter house

FFF 2017 Tim Grimm Workshop Photo 2Tim Grimm is an award-winning songwriter who tours the states and Europe. He has released more than a dozen recordings and has had songs placed in films (including A WALK IN THE WOODS), and in theatrical productions across the states. This workshop will focus on where songs can come from--the "sources of inspiration". The best songs are written with the heart AND the mind, and contain elements of the universal and specific (details). Tim will play some examples and will be open to conversation and questions.  For more information, visit www.timgrimm.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/timgrimmmusic.

Tim Grimm and the Family Band will perform on the NextEra Energy Main Stage from 3:30 - 4:30 pm ET.

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