The 14th annual Plymouth Folk and Blues Festival will take place at the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont on Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd, 2018.
Stars from Vermont and internationally known musicians team up for a lively two-day festival of folk and blues music performed in the pure country air of historic Plymouth Notch, birthplace of the 30th U.S. President.
The event also features children’s entertainment such as wagon rides and face painting. All concerts are free, and donations are appreciated. The festival will be held rain or shine. Rain venue is the stunning historic 1840 Union Christian Church right in Plymouth Notch.
Plymouth Blues and Folk Festival Line-up 2018
Jay Ottaway and the Ramble -
2 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018
Jay Ottaway is an award-winning songwriter/producer who has teamed up with Dan Bowden, Greg Holt, and Ralph Rosen to form Boston-based, Jay Ottaway and the Ramble. The band features original music combined with classics from rock legends such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead. Lead guitarist Dan Bowden is a guitar professor at the Berklee College of Music, an online course developer, and an instructor for BerkleeMusic. Bassist Greg Holt is a teacher at the Boston Arts Academy and has collaborated with numerous organizations and musicians such as the Boston Pops, blues man Sam McClane, and folk artist Martin Sexton. Percussionist Ralph Rosen is a Berklee staff member and a harmonica master. He has played throughout the world with some of the greatest Blues legends, including Bruce Katz.
Julia Mark -
3 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018
The endearing warmth and charm of Julia Mark's music has quickly made her a favorite in the Boston music scene. With the songwriting penchant of Carole King and the soft-easy vocal of Suzanne Vega, she flows seamlessly through many quirky song topics. Whether at the piano or behind a ukulele, Julia uses playful melodies and wit to deliver her own unique stories. In 2016 Julia Mark was named an Iguana Music Fund grantee, supporting the release of her first full-length album, "Gemini".
Seth Adam -
4 p.m. Saturday, September 1, 2018
Singer/songwriter Seth Adam writes compelling, genuine songs with honest lyrics. The Americana rocker draws comparisons to Counting Crows, Tom Petty, Ryan Adams, and Jason Isbell. Seth was recently nominated for 'Male Performer Of The Year' by the New England Music Awards 2017. He has opened for Steep Canyon Rangers, Robert Cray, Tonic, Gary Louris (The Jayhawks), and more. His last album, "Steel Tempered Pride," features production credits by David Immerglück (Counting Crows).
Cricket Blue -
2 p.m. Sunday Sept. 2, 2018
Vermont folk duo Cricket Blue is inspired by diverse aspects of the American folk tradition: old and current, popular and obscure. Laura Heaberlin and Taylor Smith write songs marked by close harmonies and stories about confusion, myth, love, and the ends of things. "Dovetailing harmonies and heart-melting melodies…this is indie folk with soul and intellect." - Dan Bolles, Seven Days
Alice Howe -
3 p.m. Sunday Sept. 2, 2018
With her soulful, impeccably tuned voice and crafted poetry, Boston singer-songwriter Alice Howe is “at once of the moment and timeless, personal and universal” (Mark Walton, Americana UK). Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in '60s folk and '70s Southern California songwriters. 2017 was the year that Alice began making big waves in the folk world. Her EP You've Been Away So Long debuted on the April Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song - "Homeland Blues" - and #11 album. In 2017, Alice was selected as a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, an Official Showcase Artist at FAR-West Folk Alliance, and a Semi-Formal Showcase Artist at Northeast Regional Folk Alliance.
Dan Weber -
4 p.m. Sunday Sept. 2, 2018
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation.” An engaging performer with a gift for storytelling, he won the prestigious Winfield ‘NewSong’ contest for ‘Oh Woody’, his tribute to Woody Guthrie, and is a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition. A former National Park Service Ranger, his songs have been described as “reminiscent of early John Prine” and “insightful and awfully funny”. Legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” Born in Rochester, NY, he now lives in Vancouver, WA.