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August 25, 2011

Folk & Blues Festival at Coolidge Site – Premier Labor Day Weekend Event

The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site hosts the eighth annual Plymouth Folk & Blues Concerts on Labor Day Weekend, September 3 & 4, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

This exceptional festival teams Vermont stars with nationally known musicians for two lively afternoons of folk and blues in the pure country air of historic Plymouth Notch. The concerts are free, but a donation is appreciated.

Organized by Jay Ottaway and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the festival is generously supported by Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation, Clear Lake Furniture, Echo Lake Inn, Good Commons, Mountain Times, Plymouth Artisan Cheese, Ramunto’s, Sonicbids, Vermont Standard, and Wilder House Restaurant.

The concerts are held rain or shine. In case of inclement weather, performances will be in the Union Christian Church at the Coolidge Site. For more information, call the President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site at 802-672-3773, or visit the website:

This year’s festival also features a food drive for the Vermont Food Bank (please bring non-perishable food items). Other highlights: children’s face painting, wagon rides, and barbecues at the Coolidge Site restaurant, The Wilder House.

Saturday September 3. Main Stage: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Jesse Terry, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Mare Wakefield, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Jason Spooner Band. Kids’ Stage: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Alastair Moock. Night Stage: Jam Session, 8:00 p.m. Hosted by Jay Ottaway

Sunday, September 4. Main Stage: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Bread and Bones, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Lowell Thompson, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Alastair Moock. Kids’ Stage: 3:15 - 4:00 p.m. Mare Wakefield

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Artist Bios:

Jesse Terry. With his down-to-earth appeal and deceptively sharp writing, Jesse Terry plants himself firmly among the most promising singer-songwriters of his generation. Jesse regularly performs at some of the country’s finest listening rooms including the Bluebird Cafe, Nashville's premiere venue for emerging musical talent.

Mare Wakefield. Mare Wakefield is a Nashville star that has been called the sonic love child of Emmylou Harris and John Denver. Residing in the wide-open spaces between contemporary folk and alt-country, Mare Wakefield has a voice that's "Oregon cafes, small Texas towns and twangy Nashville rolled into one" (Cranky Crow, Seattle, WA).

Jason Spooner Band. Start with an award-winning singer/songwriter (Jason Spooner) with folk & blues influences. Add a classically-trained bassist (Adam Frederick) with foundations in jazz, and a drummer (Reed Chambers) with influences rooted in funk, soul & reggae, and you’ve begun to scratch the surface of this unique, energetic band.

Jay Ottaway. Jay Ottaway is an award-winning songwriter/producer who studied songwriting and guitar at the Berklee College of Music (Boston) and cut his teeth in Nashville as a singer-songwriter and producer. He tours throughout Europe and the U.S. with his electric, Jay Ottaway Band, and as a solo acoustic act.

Bread and Bones. Bread and Bones is an award-winning Vermont-based acoustic trio performing original music that is steeped in tradition, but of its own time. Their songs have been called well crafted, soulful, rootsy, haunting and intelligently infectious. Their CD I Know Stories was named Vermont's Best Traditional Album of 2008.

Lowell Thompson. Dark winters up north, an encyclopedic knowledge of Americana mixed with punk rock sensibilities, and a heart easily broken (and re-broken) make for songs and shows that are crushing and redemptive. It’s easy to understand why Lowell Thompson and his band Crown Pilot are hailed as the “next big thing” for the alt-country set.

Alastair Moock. Alastair Moock is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter from Boston. Since 1995, he has toured throughout the US and Europe and won top honors at many of the country's most prestigious songwriting contests, including those at the Falcon Ridge, Sisters, and Great Waters folk festivals.

Source: Division for Historic Preservation
Last Updated at: August 25, 2011 14:40:54