75th Annual Ozark Folk Festival - Eureka Springs, Arkansas

 

The Ozark Folk Festival returns November 10-12, 2022 for three days of the best regional and national folk music. Join us at The Aud, as we celebrate the festival’s 75th anniversary.

Thursday, November 10

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Folk Faire

W/ MC Danny Spain

11 a.m.
Skye Pollard & Family Holler

Free Show at the Folk Faire

12:30 p.m.
Sprungbilly

Free Show at the Folk Faire

 2:00 p.m. 
Willi Carslile

Free Show at the Folk Faire

5:30 p.m. 
Hedgehoppers

Free Show at the Folk Faire

 7:30 p.m.
The Barefoot Ball, featuring:
Willi Carlisle
Chucky Waggs

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Friday, November 11, 2022

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Folk Faire

W/ MC Danny Spain

11 a.m.
Jesse Dean

Free Show at the Folk Faire

12:30 p.m. 
Front Porch

Free Show at the Folk Faire

 2:00 p.m. 
Shannon Wurst

Free Show at the Folk Faire

7:30 p.m. 
Shinyribs
Rachel Ammons

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Saturday, November 12

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Folk Faire

W/ MC Danny Spain

11:00 a.m.
Dandelion Heart

Free Show at the Folk Faire

12:30 p.m.
Brian Martin

Free Show at the Folk Faire

2:00 p.m. 
Ozark Mountain Rhombus

Free Show at the Folk Faire

7:30 p.m.
Pokey LaFarge
Hot Club Town of Cowtown

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About the Musicians

Brian Martin
While keeping one foot planted firmly in the roots of American music, singer/songwriter Brian Martin is forging a distinct path into its future as well. Interweaving old-time country blues and mountain folk music with southern soul, funk and gospel, Martin seamlessly creates a style that he simply refers to as “front porch soul.” His burly voice and down home witty tales result in music that is both alluring and enduring for generations young and old.
Martin currently lives in a little green cabin in the woods, somewhere in north central Arkansas. He builds songs among the stillness of solitude, and for nearly two decades now has been fortunate to make a living by sharing them with others. At heart he’s a bloodhound poet, buried in the roots, hunting down the scent of the next good idea, and just trying not to shake all of the dirt from the ones he finds.

 

Dandelion heart
Dandelion Heart is a four piece Americana band from Fayetteville, AR. Expect to hear three- and four-part vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitar playing, interspersed with mandolele, banjo, and hand percussion, all grounded by the melodic cello. Wild with purpose, the women of Dandelion Heart endeavor to create a unique Americana sound, blending four individual songwriting styles. The band is comprised of Lacy Hampton (guitar, hand percussion), Chase Hart (guitar), Korey McKelvy (mandolele, banjo), and Willa Thomason (cello, guitar).

 

Danny Spain
Danny Spain is a multi talented Bluegrass musician. He is known for his solo work as well as his band The Danny Spain Gang which released their first album “Life is Good” this summer. He also is instrumental in forming the Ozark Bluegrass Association, a group whose mission is to connect, progress and protect the bluegrass lifestyle.

 

Front Porch
Foot stomping clawhammer banjo, powerful vocal harmonies, and ripping mandolin and fiddle melodies to energetic rhythms. Front Porch blends contemporary folk songwriting styles with an old time mountain sound rooted in Ozark tradition – creating a unique mix of old and new that will make you hoot and holler. Shilah Molina, Petey Wesley, Mike Hopper, and Alex Hawf.

 

Jesse Dean
Jesse Dean’s blues-rock originals showcase soulful bass lines, muscular lead and rhythm guitar, vibrating riffs and sultry jams. His sound reflects a blend influences from Mark Knopfler and Gary Rossington to Bonnie Raitt, Warren Haynes and Cake. His are edgy songs of the South, smooth and blue with the sounds of the delta and richly electric with rough-hewn southern rock played solid and clean.

 

Ozark Mountain Rhombus
The Ozark Mountain Rhombus is a regional supergroup comprised of Mark Bilyeu and Cindy Woolf of The Creek Rocks, with Dana Idlet and Noah Richmond of Meadow Makers. Focusing on unique arrangements and tight vocal harmonies, the quartet delivers a fresh twist on folk and old time music.

 

Pokey LaFarge
In March 2020, the veteran singer-songwriter packed up and left his Los Angeles abode behind, putting his belongings in storage in anticipation of spending extensive time on the road in support of his then-forthcoming album, Rock Bottom Rhapsody. He couldn’t wait to head down to Austin a few weeks later to showcase those songs and launch the album with his band at South-by-Southwest. Then the pandemic hit and all of LaFarge’s well-laid plans went into thin air.

Stuck in East Austin with nowhere to go, LaFarge did what he does best: he got to work. Throughout his career, nine albums to date including a stint on Jack White’s Third Man Records, the singer-songwriter has never been one to look back in anger or disappointment. LaFarge used the sudden change in plans to his advantage, having perhaps his greatest period of personal growth in the midst of this crippling pandemic.

It came as no surprise that the songs instantly started to flow out of him. LaFarge is an artist who refuses to rest on his laurels and compromise. He’s always motivated and ready to create — and when he’s at peace in isolation like he was here, the results can be magical. Looking in, inspired by the deep soul not just from these shores, but from distant geographical places like Africa or South America, LaFarge set out to create a body of work that paired emotional lyrics with a killer groove and grabby melodies.

 

Shannon Wurst
Shannon Wurst commands a stage. Born in the Ozark hills, this singer-songwriter can write a soulful ballad just as well as she writes on a rockabilly anthem. Blending classic country with traditional bluegrass, Wurst’s musical arrangements effortlessly push her style into new territory. The timeless, roots-based songs from her latest album Sugar and Kerosene a have a yearning tension and have earned her recognition in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival Songwriting Contest as well as the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. She’s been compared to Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton. “ “Shannon Wurst is among the rare breed who can make you sit upright and wonder aloud, “who is that?” She is unquestionably arresting.”
” – John Lupton — Sing Out Folk Magazine

 

Shinyribs
Shinyribs defies genres as a sonic melting pot of Texas blues, New Orleans R&B funk, horn-driven Memphis soul, country twang, border music, big band swing, and roots-rock. The Austin-based nine-piece (sometimes 10-piece) supergroup is led by Kevin Russell, the charismatic frontman with colorful suits and extravagant shoes who continuously swaps out an electric guitar for a ukulele and never falls short of creating a cinematic experience with on-stage antics that often include him donning a light-up cloak or leading a conga line through the crowd. Photo credit: Wyatt McSpadden

 

 

 

Skye Pollard
Playing an energetic mix of Originals and upbeat Covers, Skye Pollard and Family Holler is a Funky Blues Band that’s been soaked in Rock N Roll and sprinkled with Honky Tonk. Featuring Skye Pollard, Joe Grogan, Joel Walker, and Dan Redmond. Pollard’s Debut EP “Masquerade” coming September 11, 2022

 

Springbilly
Sprungbilly has been entertaining locals in Eureka Springs for many years now. The group has had a lot of changes in the lineup and has now evolved into a regional “all star” group of artists who tour and record with various other groups. They get together for fun every Monday night to play their special brand of Bluegrass based music, trading off singing leads and harmonies. Their diverse backgrounds assure that their sets are composed of traditional classic Bluegrass, Newgrass, Rockabilly along with some exceptional original material. The group has grown a lot in the past year and is now being booked at larger festivals and events in the area. Ron Landis – Banjo & Dobro Michael Schembre – Fiddle and Guitar Michael “Doc” Hopper- Guitar Alex Hawf – Mandolin Sebastien Bordeaux – Bass

 

Willie Carlisle
Willi Carlisle is a poet and a folk singer for the people. Like his hero Utah Phillips, Carlisle’s extraordinary gift for turning a phrase isn’t about high falutin’ pontificatin’; it’s about looking out for one another and connecting through our shared human condition. Born and raised on the Midwestern plains, Carlisle is a product of the punk to folk music pipeline that’s long fueled frustrated young men looking to resist. After falling for the rich ballads and tunes of the Ozarks, where he now lives, he began examining the full spectrum of American musical history. Though Carlisle’s poetic words evoke the mystical American storytelling of Whitman, Sandburg, and e e cummings, ultimately this is bonafide populist folk music in the tradition of cowboys, frontier fiddlers, and tall-tale tellers. Carlisle recognizes that the only thing holding us back from greatness is each other. With his music, he brings us one step closer to breaking down our divides.

 

About the Folk Faire

The ‘Folk Faire’ with free live music, artisans and museums, who will showcase their ties to the history and future of folk in the Ozarks.

Artist include:

Julie Kahn
Julie is Eureka Springs official artist, Having lived in Eureka Springs since the 1970s, with trips to her second home New Orleans over the years, She has done sketches and paintings of most of the historic buildings in town. Her lifelong quest is sketching the perfect human form. Her colorful creations can be seen in many galleries and collections all over town.

Robert Norman
Robert Norman is the official artist of the Original Ozark Folk Festival, his design for our poster and art reflexes his interest in the wildlife of the Ozarks. A Eureka Springs Artist and gallery owner Bob has recently started sketches of all the buildings in town, a momentous task that keeps him busy.

Ron Lutz
Ron Lutz, photographer and instrument craftsman in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. He often repurposes skis for wood in his homemade slide guitars. He also builds cigar box guitars, kalimbas, banjos and more—and once used a dog bowl for a resonator. He fits into that curious and fascinating category of being an instrument maker and not a musician.

Sage Holland beads
Glass lamp worked bead making, the art of flame working glass, is a fascinating and dynamic thing to see. Sage and Tom Holland are known as some of the pioneers in what is generally called The Contemporary American Glass Bead. Sage has been working as a glass beadmaker since 1987 and Tom since 1988 and are considered some of the top pioneers in the contemporary movement.