2021 Ferdinand Folk Festival Artists:
Brett wants us to get out and “See the World”, at a time we need it more than ever. The flame-haired, six foot-five multi-faceted talent with a singular gift for meditating on life’s most meaningful subjects with a razor- sharp wit and eloquent innocence, is known for decade plus career as singer-songwriter. Dennen has cemented himself as an American folk music fixture thanks to a successful string of albums and Top Ten AAA singles. Read More.
Green Room Rockers (GRR) is a 5-piece American Reggae, Ska, and Soul band based in Lafayette, IN and Chicago, IL. The band formed in 2006 from a collection of college students, including Ferdinand’s own Perry Clark, who bonded over their eclectic music tastes and their particular obsession with old-school Jamaican and soul music. Their unique brand of entertainment fuses hard-hitting grooves, blues-laced guitar, and punchy horn lines with tight vocal harmonies and infectious organ/piano hooks that will make you want to dance the night away.
Another returning Folk Fest artist is Andrea Davidson. Andrea is a vocalist, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, born in Louisville, but raised in Madison. Focusing on a deep commitment for music’s ability to bring people together, Andrea won the prestigious International Song of Peace Award in Ireland. She has also fundraised to donate guitars and teach music to children in South Africa, and has even opened for the Dalai Lama as he toured the world for the promotion of peace and compassion.
Joe Crookston is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, slide player, painter, eco-village member and believer in all things possible. Quite the resume! Based in Ithaca, New York, he was also named 2016 Folk Alliance International Artist-in-Resident, and has played with Suzanne Vega, previous Folk Fest headliner Dar Williams, David Francey, John McCutcheon, John Gorka, Judy Collins and hundreds more. Read More.
Local favorites Hagedorn Family Band have graduated from playing on the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage to the Main Stage in just a few short years. Dad Andy (vocals, guitar) along with the kids Henry (mandolin, harmonica, harmony vocals), Gus (drums) and Ella Rose (bass guitar) have gained a great local following and continue to see their popularity grow as they perform more and more shows, locally and regionally. The Hagedorn Family Band will play originals, plus classic country and classic rock songs with a folk/bluegrass style.
Croghan’s Crossing is sure to be a crowd-pleasing act. Comprised of Anna Blanton (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Charlie Blanton (bass), Chris Fargen (guitar, vocals) and Kelsey Lee (drums, vocals), Croghan’s Crossing is an Irish band that plays traditional Irish music with just a pinch of bluegrass influence. They love to play upbeat dance numbers and will occasionally throw in a fun drinking song, but can also slow down into a beautiful waltz.
The Honey Vines are an acoustic duo that blends intertwining harmonies with a sweet truth embedded in their own material. Consisting of Andrea Wirth, a veteran from the 2012 Folk Festival, and Melanie Bozsa, two guitar-wielding singer-songwriters from nearby Newburgh Indiana. With influences ranging from folk to blues to acoustic rock, a Honey Vines performance delivers a true soundscape of melodies featuring a message of peace, love and unity. Read More.