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Friday, November 6th, 2015
9:52 am
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Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
6:53 pm
What to bring to Falcon Ridge
I haven't updated this in a few years, but neither Falcon Ridge nor the world have changed that drastically in those few years:


Pass it on or repost as you like. Coment here if you want to suggest a change.
Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
5:49 pm
Falcon Ridge moves to new weekend in 2013
After holding the festival on the fourth weekend of July for decades, Ann Saunders writes:
    Greetings FRFFers,

    Fall is upon us and so are plans for our 25th FRFF. The big news is a DATE CHANGE in 2013 to the first weekend in August and hopefully out of the Southern Berkshire summer monsoon season. Next year's dates are August 2, 3, 4. Campgrounds will open Weds July 31.
Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
2:44 am
Budgiedome 2011
Thanks to everyone who came out and played and watched music at The Budgiedome! We made it to daybreak on Sunday morning!

Thursday Night

Friday Night

Saturday Night

+2011 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist ++2011 Most Wanted
Thursday, July 21st, 2011
10:43 am
Write Goli and Jason Webley on your survey!
Last year I posted suggesting a few bands who had never been to Falcon Ridge before. This year, I wanna focus on just two of them: Goli and Jason Webley.

[ Here's a video of Jason Webley playing a request for Freebird.
Watch more Jason Webley videos from that show. ]

[ Here is Goli playing a Balkan song,
and busking with an instrumental at Boston's Quincy Market. ]

Jason Webley's going on touring hiatus after the end of his tour this year, so let's draw him back from hiatus with Falcon Ridge 2012 or 2013! And I know Goli wants to perform at Falcon Ridge. Cello + electronic marimba duo, it'll be awesome!

I hope you'll put them both on your surveys.
Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
11:21 pm
Falcon Ridge suggestions
One suggestion I've been putting on my survey for several years in a row, is that there be another beginner contra workshop on Saturday. Lots of people arrive too late to get to the one they usually schedule for pretty early on Friday afternoon. I'm planning to write that again this year, because I see on the schedule that the only beginner contra is 2-3pm on Friday.

What are some suggestions you put on your surveys?
Tuesday, July 19th, 2011
12:46 am
Budgiedome Schedule for 2011
Hi everyone! Here's the (tentative) Budgiedome schedule for Falcon Ridge:

Thursday Night, 10 PM

  • Open Dome Jam, come on out and enjoy some music.

Friday Night

Saturday Night

Monday, July 18th, 2011
8:07 pm
What to bring to Falcon Ridge
Here's my apparently-still-popular What to bring to Falcon Ridge page. Pass it on! No updates since last year, but if you have a suggested change please leave a comment here.
Sunday, June 12th, 2011
1:55 pm
Ride from Albany area...
Ride from Albany/Troy.

I posted on the forum here  but wanted to post here as well. BF and I are looking for a ride from Albany or Troy (we'll meet you wherever). Happy to split gas and tolls. We'll have two bags and a small carry cooler between us.

Current Mood: hopeful
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
10:14 am
Summer Babies
Considering taking my (then) 8month old twins to FRFF this year. What level of crazy/wonderful would you rank this? Experiences?

Also, I exclusively pump breastmilk for them and would like to continue to until their one year birthday in Nov, so I would need to pump every 4 hours. And wash bottles. Should we camp or stay someplace? Is it still possible to rent a room near-by?

What if it rains?

Walk me through this, my veteran parent folkies.
Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
10:37 am
forwarding from Anne- Falcon Ridge ENews 2011 - Winter Tix Sales
Happy NOT QUITE Mid Winter 2011.

Yep, it's that time already. THREE DAYS - Sat/Sun/Mon Feb 5-7

LIMITED QUANTITIES OF 3 DAY CAMPING AND 3 DAY NO CAMPING TIX, $105 and $75 at our toll free number, 866 325-2744. This pre-season sale is advertised only to this E list. Visa and MC accepted. We will be taking phone orders from 10A to 9P or until tix sell out.

We have 400 camping and 200 no camping avail. Each caller may purchase up to 8 tix. Just one phone line so please be patient, the line may be busy at times. Evenings are always much less busy.

Updated info on prices, dates, deadlines, artists booked so far will be on our website shortly. Prices on 3-day camping & no camping tix go up 15 bucks in March when earlybird sales begin. All other tix categories, single day & teen specials will be available then.

Fest faves Gandalf Murphy & the Slambovian Circus of Dreams will be with us this year. Also Greg Brown, George Marshall with Wild Asparagus and Mary Gauthier. More coming shortly. We are working on the lineup right now.

Thanks and Happy Mid Winter to all, the weather here is frightful at the moment. TRULY! Am getting plenty of winter exercise shoveling snow, Anne

Anne Saunders
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival - 4th weekend in July
23 years of Folk Music & Dance in the Berkshires
July 22, 23, 24, 2011
On Dodds Farm - 44 CR 7D, Hillsdale, NY
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
10:11 pm
Falcon Ridge 2011 News from Anne

Halloween Greetings FRFFers,

Post fest news this year is GOOD. No frightening weather marred FR 2010, bit of rain & heat, nothing severe. Attendance was OK considering the economy & all had a wonderful & rejuvenating weekend.

We are moving along with 2011 fest plans. Last call if anyone wants to comment, opine, vote for fave showcasers. There is a downloadable survey on our website. Here is bit more fest news.

FIRST - We will be continuing with the 3 day format which went over very well this past summer, 2011 dates are July 22, 23 & 24.

SECOND - A winter web update with dates, performers booked, artist submission info, showcase results, other info is in progress

THIRD - Speaking of performers booked, MR GREG BROWN will be returning to us in 2011. As will our good friends GANDALF MURPHY & THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS.

AND, the MURPHS will be center stage once again Sat Oct 30th for their 5th annual GRAND SLAMBOVIAN EXTRATERRESTRIAL HILLBILLY PIRATE BALL at the Gramercy Theatre, 127 E 23rd St. Festivities begin at 8PM and this year's Grand Slam is ALSO a CD release party. 

In addition to their usual exotic instrumental arsenal, the gala features appearances by Circus alter egos, Black Jack Davey & The Scurvy Dogs, Ghosts of The Grand Ole Opry, Buffalo Girl and the Lord Von Zoozul. Join GANDALF as they celebrate the release of their 4th studio album on Halloween weekend! A Splendid ZANY Time Is Guaranteed For All! More info & Tix at www.slambovia.com

So long for now, Anne

Monday, July 26th, 2010
11:27 pm
Budgiedome 2010
Hey everyone! Thanks for coming up to The Budgiedome.  We had three great nights of music and we are so happy to have had all of you performers and music lovers come up to the dome.

Thursday Night: Friday Night: Saturday Night: + denotes Falcon Ridge 2010 Emerging Artist Showcase

So many thanks to our good neighbors at the Steeple Tent (and Steeple Coffeehouse) for being so nice.
10:21 pm
Giant Robots
Second to last contra of their Sunday midday set:

... and the closing waltz:

Were you there for that set? See yourself or someone you know in the videos?
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
3:33 pm
Ride to falcon ridge from the cambridge area?
Hi! I know this is cutting it pretty close, but is anyone driving to falcon ridge from the boston/cambridge area on Friday and leaving after 3pm? I'm in Cambridge for the summer and just learned about the festival and would love to go if I could find a ride. Thanks!
10:04 am
Get Goli to Falcon Ridge
Goli would like to perform at Falcon Ridge, which would be awesome. Help make it happen by putting them on your surveys?

In addition to Goli, I also suggest some of the artists I posted about last year:
  • Värttinä - Finland's most popular folk-band, puts on an amazing, rocking show. 5 female vocals (all together, in the Finnish harmony style), drums/percussion, accordion, bass, strings, ... Listen to the mp3 clips behind that link.

    It might be tricky to draw them to Falcon Ridge since they don't tour the US that often, but on the other hand this is the sort of gig that might induce them to do another US tour.

  • Jason Webley, a street busker turned touring singer/songwriter from Seattle. Kind of like what a solo version of moxy früvous might be like, but more intense and with fewer straightforwardly-funny songs. He plays guitar, accordion, harmonica, piano, drums, and other random things sometimes; tells stories and does ballads and ditties and folksongs and poetry, fast and slow, quiet and loud, jumpy and reflective; involves the audience in ways that others do and in ways al his own (here, take this imaginary apple from my hand and pretend to die while I sing this verse...). He would get the entire hillside spinning. Here's a video of him performing.

  • Jonathan Coulton, nerdiest of singer/songwriters. Internet-famous for hits like Code Monkey and First of May (which I think Falcon Ridge would *not* want him to do :). See also this wonderful Harry Potter / Firefly mashup to The Future Soon.

  • Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem from western MA, the new version of the band that used to be Salamander Crossing. The Salamanders were a folk/rock band with bluegrassy instrumentation. Daisy Mayhem keeps Rani's wonderful voice and fiddling, Andrew Kinsey on bass, and adds a drum kit made of recycled and spare parts (like luggage). It sounds like a cross between Salamander Crossing and a jug band, with a blend of bluegrass, oldtime, and fast-driving folk-rock.

Poll #1595087 frff2010presurvey

I plan to list on my survey:

Jason Webley
Jonathan Coulton
Rani Arbo & Daisy Mayhem

Any other artist?

P.S. Until 2008, the surveys always had six spaces for artists not here this year who you'd like to see, didn't they? I remember being surprised and nonplussed to find only three spaces on the 2009 survey, but I think I put six names down anyway. I hope they go back to six this year.
Tuesday, July 20th, 2010
11:25 pm
Budgiedome 2010 Friday and Saturday Night!
We've posted a rough idea of our schedule on the Budgiedome website.

The Budgiedome is in the same place we have been, Lower Pasture, just beyond the tree line.  Here's a map.

As horvendile mentioned earlier, we're having an open performance night on Thursday starting at 8 PM.

Friday Night: (after the mainstage ends)
Spuyten Duyvil ~ Red Molly ~ Mark Allen Berube ~ The Ya Yas ~ Joe Iadanza ~ Aaron Nathans ~ Phil Minissale ~ AND MORE!

Saturday Night: (After the mainstage ends)
Allison Tartalia ~ Abbie Gardner ~ Carolann Solebello ~ Pesky J. Nixon ~ Radoslav Lorkovic ~ Meg Braun ~ Carey Farrell ~ AND MORE!

Schedule subject to change, see you on the hill!
9:34 pm
What to Bring to Falcon Ridge
After letting it stagnate for a couple of years, I updated the What to Bring to Falcon Ridge page. Written for newcomers, but also useful as a reminder/checklist for returning festivalgoers. Pass it on.

P.S. Any changes you think I should make? Leave a comment here.
9:40 am
Thursday Night Performance Circle
The Budgiedome is going to have an open performance circle Thursday. Anyone can join and you don't have to play music. Do you have a talent? Show it off, dance, do magic tricks, juggle, comedy, whatever you do that entertains. We're starting at 8 PM. Bring your own chair.
Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
2:56 am
The final schedule is already online! http://www.falconridgefolk.com/files/schedule-2010.pdf

Also, I'm looking for a ticket at early bird prices. Anyone have one they are looking to sell?
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