A Day at the Winter Folk Festival Offers Fun and Variety

Posted by The Oregon Coast / January 8, 2014

Florence Winter Folk Festival 2014

The music goes on all day at the 2014 Winter Folk Festival, on stage at the Florence Events Center, and there’s something to please every musical taste. From bluegrass to Western to down-home folk tunes, it’s all here for the listening.

Barefoot Leroy gets the action started at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 18. This Eugene-based group blends Americana covers with award-winning original songs from National New Song Finalist Lea Jones. Their performance is intensely listenable, sometimes familiar, and always powerful.

Grammy award winner Rick Nestler follows at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Rick is a man of many talents, a Coast Guard licensed master, actor, and singer whose performance ranges from cowboy ballads to Woody Guthrie tunes. Be prepared to sing along.

Taking the stage at 12:45 p.m. will be Kathy Boyd and Phoenix Rising. This Portland-based group is made up of singing story-tellers, versatile instrumentalists, and it’s an audience favorite from start to finish.

Mike and Carleen McCornack, who are this year’s featured performers at the popular Kids Koncert on Thursday, will give their public performance at 2:15 p.m. on Saturday. They have been delighting audiences for over thirty years with an engaging musical style that blends clear, expressive, harmonious vocals with sparkling acoustic instrumental accompaniments.

At 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Sagebrush Sisters will take the audience back to the old west, down to the sweet sunny south and out on the lone prairie. There will be cowgirl yodeling duets, boot draggin’ fiddle tunes for dancing, great western swing songs and more.

Starting the Sunday lineup at 10:15 a.m. will be 2-Bit Palomino, named the 2011 and 2013 Texas Vocal Group of the Year. Identifiable by their trademark harmonies, this trio of Houston singer/songwriters bring music that is rich, melodic and harmony driven. And their songwriting is quite magical.

Catherine Reed, appearing at 11:30 a.m., is a talented guitar player with a James Taylor style. She was voted first place in the “People’s Choice Awards” at last year’s Winter Folk Festival. She puts her own unique arrangements to familiar songs such as “The Boxer,” “How Sweet It Is,” “Darcy Farrow,” and many more.

Rounding out the daytime lineup at 12:45 p.m. on Sunday is Otter Creek. This husband-and-wife duo (Peter and Mary Danzig) has won multiple awards for virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. Their daughters (The Three Muses) will join them on stage.

For more information, please visit the WinterFolkFestival.org

Call 541.997.1994 / 888.968.4086  or email winterfolkfestival@live.com.

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