Bow Thayer, Alex Abraham and JD Tolstoi perform at Feast and Field Market. Photograph by Seth Butler/

Fable Fest Music Line-Up (VIDEOS)

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Chloe Powell

Bow Thayer, Celia Woodsmith, Spencer Lewis and more.

FableFest is a unique music festival this Saturday July, 8th in Barnard, VT on the working farm where Fable Farm, Eastman Farm, Heartwood Farm, and Kiss the Cow Farm share a lease from the Vermont Land Trust. The site holds the weekly Feast and Field Farmers' Market, with an eclectic music series presented by BarnArts.  This unique ticketed Saturday event will feature arts activities, workshops and presentations, and a great line-up of music from afternoon through evening.  

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Tickets are being offered for full day or 1/2 days from 2-6 or 6-10 PM. 
The event is rain or shine.

Headlining: Bow Thayer at 8:30

Like many musicians in the line-up, Bow Thayer has been performing at Fable Farm, and now at Feast and Field Market since the early days of the evolving project in 2009.  A local treasure, and natural songwriter, Bow is always experimenting and introducing new sounds to his music. Come hear his Bojotar, a banjo/resonator guitar fusion instrument of his own invention. He'll be joined by his 4-piece band with Alex Abraham on bass, JD Tolstoi on keys and the legendary Jeff Berlin on drums. 

Say Darling: Formerly Woodsmith and Hersch take the stage at 7:15

Norwich Native Celia Woodsmith from the Grammy Nominated band Della Mae, along with Chris Hersch of Guns Girls and Glory, will bring their Americana roots music to the stage at FableFest to make their Barnard Debut! 

On Woodsmith's powerful voice the Boston Globe says: "Unvarnished and intimate (...) but then sounds like she's about to part the Dead Sea."  Check it out: 

6:00: Tumbling Bones' Jake and Pete with Kafari:

Peter Winne & Jake Hoffman have been singing, strumming and dancing together for almost half of their lives.  They follow a tradition of brother harmony singing that requires thousands of hours honing their individual tones to match each other's sound and aesthetic.  Their music--country, bluegrass, and early rock--has taken them from the fields of central VT to Southern Appalachia and from Ireland's craggy shores to old Soviet theaters in Ukraine. They're latest collaborator, Kafari, will join them on rhythm bones.

Join at 2:45 for a Sing-along with Tumbling Bones' Pete and Jake, and Rhythm Bones workshop with Kafari. At 4:30 Winne will call a square dance with music by Heartwood Farm's Justin Park, Andy Mueller (Haywire), Adam Granade (aka Sushi) and Chloe Powell (that's me). 

5:00 Haywire: 

Haywire is a high-energy five-piece string band formed in 2008, is known in the area for providing their own "swamp-grass" sound and a rollicking good time. They will be playing a set of well-known standards and more obscure covers from the American songbook, as well as original songs and instrumental numbers. Eric Graham (electric bass), Rudi Ruddell (guitar, harmonica, percussion), Peter O’Connor (mandolin), Andy Mueller (fiddle, mandolin), and Adam Smith (guitar) compose the backbone for lyrical improvisations, catchy hooks, tight vocal harmonies, and an infectious groove. They will be joined onstage by guests Spencer Lewis and Bow Thayer.

To reserve your tickets to this unique event, click here.

The Event is held in conjunction with opening weekend of the Art on the Farm Sculpture show curated by Edythe Wright.

Doors open at 2 PM, and Bow Thayer and other festival musicians can be found playing scattered on the farm amongst the Sculpture Exhibition. 

3:30-4:30: Music in the Hills with Spencer Lewis

Spencer Lewis will perform during the art walk at FableFest. photo by Seth Butler

Spencer Lewis will provide his ethereal looping fiddle during the afternoon to accompany the self-guided art walks ambling through the fields at Feast and Field Market. Lewis makes his living in crafting landscapes; building walls and paths of stone, and layering soundscapes in his music.  His unique style of looping and layering fiddle and guitar inspired by his mountain home, will be the perfect background for the art in the landscape. Listen here.

To reserve tickets, click here. 

For more on what's Happening at Feast and Field, read this article, or visit


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