Performers:

Here are the artists we have signed for 2014 so far. Check back as Farmfest approaches for updates.
Also, if you are interested in sponsoring a band, please let us know though our sponsorship page.




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Blue Dirt

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Blue Dirt is a musical experience from a traditional realm, fused with a progressive twist, described as urban folk rock and recognized in the styles of blues, jam, grass, dub reggae, and rock. Blue Dirt started in the spring of 2008 when Michael Godmar and Jason Schewe met at an open mic in Traverse City, then again at Pat Nemisto's infamous last "Pickin Party". Many practices and downtown street performances came to follow. With the addition of Sam Busk on electric guitar, a band was born.

In early spring 2010 Blue Dirt added William Kline on keyboards, and in May 2011 added Dede Alderman on drums and vocals, ever since the music has been slammed into a new dimension of energy and freedom. With Michael Godmar holding down Guitar, Mandolin, and amazing vocals, the power house stand-up bass and vocals performed by Jason Schewe feeding your mind, the sweet jam blues of Sam Busk leading you into higher and higher degrees of phrasing and break free moments, twisted and melded together by William Kline on the keyboards, and holding it all down on the drums and vocals is Dede Alderman. Blue Dirt plays a large array of originals and covers. Come with us, for an evening, and have.... the Blue Dirt experience.






The Blue Water Ramblers

The Blue Water Ramblers, est. 2002, are song smiths who take turns harmonizing with each other to create a colorful tapestry of sounds. Banjo-Jim Foerch on acoustic and electric banjo writes and sings of the sailors, lumberjacks, driving and unrequited C&W love. Bear Berends creates and croons songs on his big Martin guitar that celebrate Michigan.

The Blue Water Ramblers sing extraordinary folk music- the folk song of Michigan, America and YOUR life. We perform wherever people want to celebrate: Folk festivals and concerts, paddle wheelers and lake ships, in cities and out in the woods, on stages and around campfires, at church gatherings and traditional dances.







Bob Mashall and Marshal Law

Singer/Songwriter Bob Marshall has performed around the country, entertaining audiences as a solo artist and with his special brand of Rock and Roll. Coined by Bob as "Cowboy Rock and Roll", it is a blend of high energy music crossing Oklahoma's Garth Brooks with west Texas' rocker, Buddy Holly. Imagine the excitement of an old west cattle drive coming to town with the driving beat of a Rolling Stones concert. The lyrics are cowboys and western, but the music is pure Rock and Roll. It's Rock-a-billy with a shot of adrenalin. High Voltage Western Music and entertainment.

Nationally acclaimed, Bob and his music have been featured in national publications such as Rodeo News and Western Way Magazine. Bob has most recently been seen on stages in Nashville, The National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, NV and the Columbia River Cowboy Gathering in Kennewick, WA where he won audiences over with his authenticity, talent and engaging stage presence. Bob Marshall and Marshal Law are currently booking for 2014 and would love to bring their special brand of Rock and Roll to your audiences.




The Cookies

Preheat your ovens to 350, bake time of about 12-15 minutes... The Cookies are a dance pop group with one goal...to get you on the floor. Formed in early 2013, The Cookies are fresh out of the oven and ready to give you a sweet tooth! Covering a wide variety of dance music including, but not limited to, Motown, disco, funk, R and B, as well as contemporary top 40, The Cookies are sure to please everybody.

The Cookies consist of: Jerry Lambert, rhythm guitar and vocals; Lexi Bondar, keys, flute, vocals; Richie V., lead guitar, vocals; Jakey Thomas, bass guitar, vocals; Jakey Baby, drums, vocals. Their influences include The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Motown, The Funk Brothers, and Bondarz.




DD and the Dreamers



Fauxgrass

The Fauxgrass approach to music, original and traditional, has quickly landed them a place in the progressive bluegrass community since their 2011 inception. With a fresh, playful, and heart-felt approach to structure Fauxgrass performances flow between genres with a unique instrumental communication. The current members consist of Adam Balcer (guitar, vocals), Timothy McKay (bass, vocals), Joey Schultz (banjo, vocals) and Jason Wheeler (mandolin, vocals). They have toured extensively through the mid-west, Colorado, and northeast coast, as well as establishing themselves as a regular presence in the Michigan music scene. They are continuing to build momentum as their unique songwriting and fun performances find enthusiastic reception around the region. Their creative approach to a familiar musical style is a breath of fresh air, and something worth experiencing for the acoustic music lover.








Finvarra's Wren

Finvarra's Wren is one of North America's most exciting Irish quartets. "Making the kind of music you'd only hear on the west coast of Ireland", this Detroit, Michigan based band has an intense dedication to their instruments and to Irish music. As a family based group, Finvarra's Wren is capable of playing with a tightness and effortlessness that often evades other ensembles. Their performances have been described as "a swirl of musical tradition and performance energy". Finvarra's Wren has performed at many of North America's top music festivals and venues including the Austin Texas Celtic Festival, Dayton Ohio Celtic Festival, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, Goderich Ontario Celtic Festival, Saline MI Celtic Fest, Baltimore Maryland Irish Fest, Celtic Fest Mississippi and Ann Arbor's prestigious Ark where they recently recorded their live album, "Dancing Mad in the Midnight Air".

The band is led by Detroit Irish music scene stalwarts Jim Perkins and Cheryl Burns, well known for their sensitive vocals and the inventive musical weaving of Jim's guitar and Cheryl's mountain dulcimer and bodhran. Powerhouse brother-sister duo Asher (button accordion and concertina) and Alison Perkins (vocals, fiddle and tin whistle) are world renowned for their award winning playing. Each member of the family has enjoyed successful careers as musical performers, teachers and recording artists.





The Hackwells

The Hackwells consist of John Dobat, Jeff Schott, and Brian McCarty. The trio has an eclectic style - a sound that ignites " a good time", while also presenting beautiful and rich original ballads inspired by the trio's love of acoustic- pop/rock, retro-style country music, and Americana. Though they share much in common, each brings a unique sound and presence to their performances.






Jack Elliott

Sponsored by: Gonzo

A seasoned Musician! Jack Elliott, has been part of the Northern Michigan Music Scene, most of his life! His personal style of Folk and Blues has brought him acclaim throughout the region, with performances at Blissfest, Farmfest, and the Norfolk Harvest Festival to name a few. Winner of the 2012 Talent contest in Mio, furthered the recognition of his Entertainment prowess!



Kellerville

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Kellerville is both real and imagined. On the edge of lake michigan, nestled in the crook of willow trees in Cross Village is a tiny part of town where Lee Dyer and Holly Keller both grew up playing music. After many years of separate creation they formed an original acoustic duo to bring them back to the town that wrought them, and bring a new age to the folks who came before. With songs of storytelling and personal experience, let Lee and Holly paint you a picture of home with a song. Welcome to Kellerville.





Kirby

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Kirby, From Harbor Spring, Kirby has been with Farmfest since its beginning. His latest album, "Kirby for Adults (and childish adults)," features light hearted songs that do not talk down to kids and can be enjoyed equally by adults who refuse to take life too seriously. He hosts our open mic segment on Saturday and jams out at the Fire circle on Saturday night. Big fun.



Madcat Midnight Blues Journey

Sponsored by: Gaylord Tourism Bureau

Madcat Midnight Blues Journey was formed in 2012 by Mark Schrock, Peter Madcat Ruth, Drew Howard, and Randy Marsh. Peter Madcat Ruth has established an international reputation through his exhilarating, riveting virtuosity on the harmonica. His expertise on this instrument has amazed audiences world-wide. He is equally at home playing blues, folk music, jazz, country, or rock and roll. Performance Magazine refers to him as "A harmonica virtuoso who is rapidly approaching legend status."






Michael Rosteck

Michael Rosteck sings songs. Songs about life and songs about vice. Songs inspired by Hank, Willie, Johnny, Townse, Bob, and Neil, and other greats. Original songs to which the festival family can relate. Songs that beg you to sing along and invite you to join him up on stage. Some songs you've heard and some songs you ain't.





Natural Reaction

Natural Reaction are a fun loving northern Michigan based band who always have a song ready to be shared with others. Their original music covers many genres and are life inspired gifts from the heart. Jerry Ward, originally from northern Indiana, has been writing, singing and playing his music for more than 30 years. Although the two of them met nearly twenty years ago at a coffee house in Boyne City, Jerry teamed up with singer Allison Osband- Zager about five years ago, to combine his prose and melodic skills with her rich, soulful voice. Along their musical journey they met, East Jordan native, Adrian Pulley who was playing drums at an open mic at the Jordan Inn. Adrian's skilled beats add a solid foundation to the music and give it the necessary drive to sustain the groove. Rounding out the group is Rob Huckle from Ellsworth, MI. His bass rhythms were just what was needed to fill out the band's sound. Together they set out to share their delicious aural creations with the world. From blues to rock to anywhere else the music may take them, when these talents come together, the Natural Reaction is a celebration of sound.





Jan Fowler, Dance Caller

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms



Ron Fowler

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms




Ryan Williams and Friends



San, Emily and Jacob

The trio of San, Emily and Jacob formed in 2013, but they have a long history together. Father and daughter San & Emily Slomovits have been playing music together since Emily was a young child. San, along with his brother Laz, as the duo Gemini, have been a highly popular folk duo throughout Michigan and the United States since 1973, and Emily began joining them on stage when she was just eight years old.

Jacob Warren and Emily have known each other since kindergarten and have played music together in many settings throughout their school years. Emily is an accomplished violinist, having studied classical violin for more than a decade, and has also developed a lovely and unique singing style. Jacob studies bass at the University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where he is principal bassist of the University Philharmonia Orchestra, and was a member of the National Youth Symphony of the United States.

San, Emily and Jacob's concerts feature a range of traditional and contemporary folk, jazz and classical music, and Broadway show tunes. Their beautifully blended harmony vocals and exciting instrumental work breathe new life into a wide variety of American and international music, and audiences thrill to their warmth, humor and ease on stage. They released their first CD,"Innocent When You Dream" in 2013.




Sandra Kennedy



Serita's Black Rose

Jammie Award Winner for Best EP of 2012, and three time Eclipse Award Winner, Serita L. Crowley is the Funk, Rock, Neo-Soul songstress extraordinaire that's setting the midwest on fire! This talented artist/singer/song-writer touches all four corners of the compass with flavors ranging from Chaka Khan, Jill Scott, Betty Davis, Mary J Blige, KoKo Taylor, and many more. She has shared the stage with artist such as Brian Vanderark of the Verve Pipe, and has graced the stage with the Queen of the blues, KoKo Taylor, and the hardest working man in showbiz, Mr. James Brown. When she performs, she brings an enormous amount of energy and stage presence that will definitely make you move your feet!




Seth and May

Samuel Seth Bernard and May Erlewine are a pair of Michigan-based contemporary folk performers who have recorded and performed extensively both as a duo and as solo artists. Both born and raised in Michigan to musical families with a firm independent streak, Bernard and Erlewine first met in 2003, when he was a performer at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival (using the name Seth Barnard) and she was attending. Both Bernard and Erlewine had a strong background in songwriting and performing and had tastes that ran from folk and blues to rock, and they soon became partners in music (and later a couple). In 2003, Erlewine (as Daisy May, a nickname she'd had since childhood) cut her first album for Earthwork Music, the independent label affiliated with his family's collective farm that had already released two discs by Bernard.

In early 2006, they released their first collaborative LP through Earthwork, simply called Seth Bernard and Daisy May, which followed several years of live performances as a duo. Along with other artists affiliated with the Earthwork Collective, Bernard and Erlewine were perennial attractions at the farm's annual Harvest Gathering, a music festival devoted to local independent artists and responsible, earth-friendly activism. Bernard and Erlewine have also been part of the musical and environmental activist community in the Midwest, and have taken their message across the country and beyond the U.S. border, participating in educational workshops with native musicians in Mexico in 2008. In 2009, Erlewine opted to stop calling herself Daisy May in favor of May Erlewine, and Bernard embraced his birth name, Samuel Seth Bernard, and they used their new/old names for their second collaborative album, Welcome Back.







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