Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

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This is the opportunity to be considered for a featured performance at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (FRFF) – a four-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State.

FRFF accepts mail-in application for featured artists from mid-November until February 1 but is accepting Sonicbids EPK submissions year-round!

FRFF takes place every year on the 4th weekend of July. The 2006 dates are July 20, 21, 22 & 23 and will be held on the Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, NY near the MA/CT/NY border. The fest has 4 stages: DANCE STAGE artists are usually booked first, MAINSTAGE next and FAMILY last. The WORKSHOP stage features different combinations of performers booked on one or more of the other 3 stages sharing sets on a variety of topics. Some performers are booked specifically for one stage but most appear on more than one.

Past performers at FRFF includes GRAMMY winners Shawn Colvin and Alison Krauss, also Ani DiFranco, Greg Brown, Dar Williams, John Gorka, Richard Shindell, Bill Morrissey, The Nields, Moxy Früvous, The Flirtations, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus, Odetta, Chris Smither, Cheryl Wheeler, Tom Paxton, Richard Thompson, Roger McGuinn, Catie Curtis, Patty Larkin, The Horseflies, Sloan Wainwright, Martin Sexton, The Kennedys, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, Andes Manta, Hoopoe the Clowne, Kim & Reggie Harris, Magpie, Dan Bern, disappear fear, Viva Quetzal, The Bobs, Ulali, Vance Gilbert, Ferron, Bob Malone, Ellis Paul, Susan Werner, Karen Savoca, Mustard's Retreat, The Ivy Vine Players, Eddie From Ohio and many, many others.

HOW DO WE DECIDE WHO TO BOOK? The Artistic Director makes all programming decisions but before decisions are made, our audience surveys are carefully tabulated. A great deal is decided by OUR AUDIENCE including specific artists and types of music considered. The Singer/Songwriter and Contra Dance categories are of special note. Our audience is the definitive yardstick. Other types of performers including FAMILY STAGE artists, World, Bluegrass, Cajun, Blues are chosen by the AD. Sources include radio, other venues and our own meanderings around the folk world. New performers that our audience has never heard are sought out every year.

The FRFF EMERGING ARTIST SHOWCASE is open to all performers who have NOT showcased or appeared as part of a feature act at FRFF in the last 2 years and who will not be appearing in any other capacity at FRFF in the current year. This is a 2 song or 10 minute spot on our Mainstage on Friday afternoon. Artists new to the Northeast, not nationally touring or those with limited exposure are encouraged to apply – and can apply online when submissions re-open. However, if selected for both, you may only perform in one.