Delmarva Folk Festival set for this weekend

Local blues band Nothin But Trouble will headline Saturday’s Delaware Friends of Folk Delmarva Folk Festival (Submitted photo)

HARTLY — Delaware Friends of Folk will hold their 28th annual Delmarva Folk Festival Friday and Saturday on the festival grounds, Downs Chapel Road near Hartly.

Friday will feature the finals of the 13th annual Delmarva Folk Heroes contest and Saturday provides a lineup of folk, blues, old-time, and Celtic, along with workshops, special kids activities, and craft and food vendors featuring beer from local brewers. Weekend tent and RV sites will be available too.

A number of Delmarva artists and several from southeastern Pennsylvania will take the stage during the weekend.

Current Delmarva Folk Heroes, the Last Chance duo of Jack Scott and Ingrid Rosenback begin the festival as they host the finals of the 13th annual Folk Heroes contest beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Six acts selected by audience vote at the summer Friends of Folk open mic preliminaries will perform, and the audience that evening will select the new Delmarva Folk Hero. Those six artists include Bob Barto, Rick Hudson, Logan Humphrey, Shelly Kelly, Jackie Kinney and The Luscious’s.

The music resumes Saturday at noon with a set from the Delmarva Folk Hero winner from the night before. Sean Cheezum, a finalist in the first Delmarva Folk Heroes contest in 2007, will take the stage at 1 p.m. Jani Duerr won the 2009 Folk Heroes contest as a solo artist, and he’s back with his band, Earth Radio, for a 2 p.m. set of their modern folk style. The afternoon portion concludes with a 3 p.m. set of folk, blues and Americana from festival favorites Sand Creek.

Dover’s Celtic Harvest will perform Saturday at 5 p.m. (Delaware State News file photo)

The festival’s evening segment begins at 5 p.m. with the return of Dover’s own Celtic Harvest. At 6 p.m. they will welcome Nashville singer-songwriter Mark Stuart for his first festival appearance. Mr. Stuart brings his decades of national and international touring, captivating audiences with his songs, singing and musicianship.

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania artist Phyllis Chapell will take the stage at 7 p.m. Ms. Chapell has spent her life developing a universal musical style singing “world songs.” Her repertoire includes songs in 13 languages from Brazil, Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as American folk, jazz, and popular music.

The 8 p.m. set belongs to the guitar/cello duo of Aaron Nathans and Michael Ronstadt. Mr. Nathans lives with his family near Philadelphia and Mr. Ronstandt lives in Cincinnati.

New to the Delmarva Folk Festival, Nathans & Ronstadt were named Best of Philly Folk Fest by Philly CityPaper in 2015. Their combination of guitar, cello, and vocals brings a fresh sound to their music.

Closing the 2019 festival at 9 pm will be local blues band Nothin’ But Trouble performing a special acoustic set. With Joey Fulkerson and Chris McAfee on lead guitars, Steve Taylor on bass and Bruce Benson on drums, NBT play a mix of original songs and classic blues.

Advance tickets can be purchased in person at Parke Green Galeries in Dover or online at Before Saturday, tickets are $15 for members of Delaware Friends of Folk and $20 for nonmembers. Tickets at the gate on Saturday will be $30 for everyone and admission for tonight’s Folk Heroes contest will be $7 for all.

The Delmarva Folk Festival is partially supported by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

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