Bolton Landing Hosting Folk Festival in Rogers Park
Bolton Landing will host its eighth annual Fabulous Folk Fest this year on Sunday, September 4 in Rogers Park.
The music starts at 11 am and will continue through 6 pm, with a lineup that features Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys and children’s favorite, the Zucchini Brothers and includes two returning acts, Nancy Walker and Dan Berggren.
Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys are expected to draw new crowds from the capital district, where Gaudet is known as “One of the most respected literate musical talents on the capital region scene,” according to Greg Haynes, the longtime Times Union music critic and the founder of the Nippertown entertainment blog. The band, which Gaudet assembled in 2008 and includes the well-known fiddler Tim Wechgelaer, is steeped in the tradition of “Americana Roots Music,” a blend of traditional mountain music fused with Gaudet’s contemporary songwriting.
The Zuccchini Brothers pitch pop to children, and are known as “the Beatles of Kids’ Music.” The group has performed in schools, theaters and festivals throughout the country.
Saratoga County-based Nancy Walker is a performing songwriter with a strong, distinctive alto voice that peals “like a bell,” according to one critic. As a former member of the Chicago-based trio Sons of the Never Wrong, she has shared stages with the likes of John Gorka and Livingston Taylor, and appeared on the big folk festival main stages: Kerrville in San Antonio, and the North American Folk Alliance in Toronto. The Group’s CD (“Consequence of Speech”), garnered both sales prominence and critical acclaim worldwide (at one time topping at #6 on BBC’s British Folk Charts in 1997). This led to a relationship with Waterbug Records for Nancy, and in turn to associations with other cutting-edge Folk performers, such as Sloan Wainwright and Michael Jerling.
Dan Berggren grew up in Minerva and returned to the area after retiring from SUNY Fredonia. Raised on the stories and songs he heard working in the mountains and on the land farmed by his mother’s family for generations, he has developed a style that captures the spirit of the mountains. Dan was recognized in 2001 by St. Lawrence University as a Distinguished Alumnus, by the Association for the Protection of the Adirondacks with its Heritage Award the Adirondack Mountain Club, which recently presented him with its Education Award
Admission to the event is free. A fireworks show will bring this year’s folk festival to a close. Families are encouraged to bring picnics or dine at one of Bolton Landing’s many restaurants, said organizer Helena Holod.