Sunday is the 8th Annual Harry Smith Festival which benefits our neighbors in need through the Penns Valley Hope Fund.
This year’s festival lineup is, as in the past, a great one, with acts from both far and near, performing short sets of songs from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music involves seven bands, including headlining act Freakwater, and local host band Chicken Tractor Deluxe. Festival starts at 2 PM at the Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks in Millheim, Pennsylvania.
This year's headlining act (also playing a full show Saturday night at Elk Creek) is FREAKWATER, with members coming to Penns Valley all the way from Chicago, Illinois and Louisville, Kentucky.
After 30 years together, including seven albums, several solo albums, and recordings on a number of compilations, lead band members, Catherine Irwin and Janet Bean's unflinching lyrics and compelling vocal harmonies continue to make Freakwater possibly the most consistently unique Americana country act of their time.
The band will be releasing their first new album in nearly 10 years on Bloodshot records later in 2015, and the show will feature a full six-person lineup including Morgan Geer, Neal Argabright, Anna Krippenstaple and Dave Gay, and will very likely include brand new material as well as multiple samplings from their back catalog.
In short, this will be a rare chance to see one of the greatest, most compelling, confounding, and unique Americana bands in the last 3 decades.
The full 2015 festival line-up includes...
Chicken Tractor Deluxe (host band)
Miss Rosie (great young string band from Ohio)
Gnarled Knuckles String Band (great older string band from a couple valleys north of Milheim)
Allegheny Bilge Rats Shanty Choir (great pirate/old time band from a couple of valleys south of Millheim)
Skip Bosco (roots duo from the Baltimore area)
Chris Rattie & The Brush Mountain Rumblers (local roots rock stalwarts)
Please do mark your calendars!
For more information about Freakwater see: http://www.freakwater.net/ and https://www.bloodshotrecords.
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For more information about the Elk Creek Café + Aleworks, see: http://www.elkcreekcafe.com/