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.




Adam DeVaney



Al Gross



Alfredo

Alfredo is the collaborative effort of three hombres born in three different decades but united by a love of music and friendship: A guitarist in his late twenties, a bassist in his early forties, and a percussionist in his early fifties. We pride ourselves on explorative improvisation in a variety of genres ranging from bluegrass and folk to electric psychedelic blues. For Farm Fest we will be playing an acoustic set, showcasing new original songs, wood-powered jamming and creative renditions of some good ol' time classics. There will also be a special guest appearance by an enigmatic female vocalist. Come, relax and enjoy the ride.



ANANDA

Sponsored by: Berry Cote



The Bandura Gypsies

The Bandura Gypsies rocks a unique blend of style and sound. The lyrics and melodies are totally emotion-driven, and the foundation is totally power-driven. The Gypsies write about what's goin' down now, what's bringing the joy, and what's bringing the pain. From acoustic folk songs to rock-the-house-down, from ballads to punk, the Bandura Gypsies have a song for you.




Big Brother Big Sister



Blair Miller



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.




Bon Jerk



Carrie Westbay

Sponsored by: You Need a Massage

Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing and writing music for over 12 years. You can hear some of her original songs on myspace, facebook and reverbnation. She's been working on a solo project (EP) at Dharma Records with Jake Allen. She's selling singles of her new music to raise the funds to finish the Album.

She also performs solo gigs, attends and hosts open mics all over the state when she's not with her band. She is currently playing out with Ashbury Jam since Dave and Jeremy Dehaan's departure of Cherrybomb.

She started out vocally in public at age nine or so and then learned to play French horn through the school's band program in sixth grade. She played in marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble and band festivals. Later she picked up trumpet in jazz band.

Carrie moved to Columbus Ohio after graduating- to check out the scene. Soon after moving there she learned to play acoustic guitar and write music with it. She moved back to Michigan two years later to go to college, where she founded guitar club for the only two years it prevailed. The club put on benefit concerts on campus, in the theater where Carrie worked as a stage hand. Carrie started playing out solo on acoustic guitar- her vocals carried her until she developed guitar skills. After graduating she continued to play out acoustically and also joined a house band in Houghton Lake at Shenanigans Pub. After three years Carrie longed to travel so, she joined a local rock band. Carrie remains the only original member of Cherrybomb since 2006.





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: 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



Dragon Wagon

Sponsored by: Sponsor name

Dragon Wagon is Michigan Roots music at its finest! Each performance is built on originality, fun, and expert musicianship, quickly making the band one of Michigan's premier bluegrass outfits. Dragon Wagon's honest sound and genuine crowd connection never disappoint, and appeal to all audiences. The combination of mandolin, fiddle, banjo, guitar, bass and drums guarantees an infectious energy that gets every crowd dancing! The band formed in 2008, and is now based in Ann Arbor, MI.






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

Sponsored by: Cousin Rich

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

If you enjoy songs about prison graveyards, flea market beauty queens and tempestuous love, then you will enjoy The Hackwells, Brian McCarty (previously of The Salt Miners), along with Jeff Schott on bass and John Dobat on guitar and mandolin bring these songs to life. A guaranteed good time - Simple, organic, and honest...their motto is The Hackwells would never try to sell you a hot dog we would eat ourselves. That's "The Hackwell Way" and promise.






Hipps-N-Ricco

Hipps-N-Ricco are based out of Northern Michigan and are quickly rising in popularity! They are a "Blues Duo" that produces a lot of sound. "Ricco" (Eric Jaqua) plays Guitar (Electric/Acoustic) sings with conviction and lays down GROOVY BEATS with the revolutionary "FOOTDRUMS." Background Vocals, Keyboard, Ion Harp Holder (Harp Rack) and "Seasoned Pro" Harmonica licks blown by the one and only Hipps (Charlie Witthoeft). The combination and efforts of HNR have landed an Endorsement deal with Farmer Musical Instruments, Bellingham WA (www.footdrums.com) and now travel the Country playing festivals, setting up workshops, and demonstrating these fine Instruments!






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."






Medicine Crow

The Gilgamesh epic, the Song of Miriam from Exodus, the stories preserved by the Navajo Singers all the way to the songs written and sung by such giants as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger represent a long tradition of preserving our stories and traditions in song. In that same spirit Michael Iott, known as Medicine Crow, writes and performs topical songs that are observations and commentary on contemporary cultural traditions. Mike began playing guitar in the 1960's on a Gibson LG0 acoustic that was passed down to him from his older sister. Over the intervening years he has played many styles of music; folk, blues, rock and light jazz . In the 1980's he worked with harmonica virtuoso Bill Price in the Iott & Price Band, with bassist Don Diamond in the Sentinels and, during the 1990's, with Thom Burke and the Last Hippy Band. Over the years he has shared stages with Tommy Chong, Dr. Hook, Bad Finger, and Bonnie Raitt and with regionally known artists Ghetto Gas John, Miko Fossum, Phil Winterdmute, Stargrazer, Harmonica Buzz, Jeff Baldori, Frog & The Beeftones, Seth Bernard and May Erlewine, Jen Sygit, Chara Love, Eric Blades, Perry McDonald and Nicole Good Pierce. His original songs feature rhythmically driven folk/rock/Acoustic Blues, 12 bar finger style blues, some intricate instrumentals and gentle folk ballads. His songs tend toward the topical rather than the romantic and cover all of those political, religious and social issues we are told to avoid when in polite company.





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.





Mike Freer

Mike Freer is a national touring performer who draws us into his unique and very personal style of 'folk blues' with rich baritone vocals and soothing harmonica. With his finger-style acoustic work he gives us a 'warm hug' then kicks it up a notch introducing us to his blues uke, "Brownie".






Jan Fowler, Dance Caller

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms



Ron Fowler

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms




Natural Reaction

Sponsored by: Farmfest Halloween Party and Sledding Party

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.





Remrose



Ribo and the Flavinauts

Sponsored by: Summit Lounge

A six piece band from deep space on a mission to absorb and perform native Earth music. Formerly Acoustic Stew, now Ribo & the Flavinauts, the band has enjoyed over a decade of musicianship and entertaining in Northern Lower Michigan.

Ribo & the Flavinauts got their start roughly 13 years ago under the moniker Nothing But Neil. They soon changed their name to Acoustic Stew and kept it for the next ten years. Now under the name Ribo & the Flavinauts, primarily a cover band, covering a wide variety of bands from The Cure to The Grateful Dead.




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 Sue Kennedy

ASandy is a self-described song writer and a song "wronger" and a very "punny" lady. She peppers her act with the musings of life as she sees it; unfiltered and undeniably authentic. With her own rhythmic style and unique interpretation she beckons you to come along for the ride to enjoy the simple things in life; like friends and loved ones around a campfire on a beautiful summer evening.

A longtime lover of music festivals, this is Sandy's first professional appearance in one. She takes ordinary cover songs and through her innate sense of timing and creativity recreates an original, thoroughly making it her own.

Sandy is also an accomplished drummer. She appeared with the Boyne Mountain Boys on percussion for nine years and often encourages musicians to join her for impromptu performances. She loves to share the limelight so be sure to interact with her while she's performing. Your input and encouragement surely guarantees a most excellent festival experience.



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.






Soul Patch

Sponsored by: Oryana

With its current line-up formed at the end of 2005, Soul Patch is a Traverse City, MI based band with music as versatile as its members. Together they hold a masters in groove. Individually they infuse styles from several backgrounds including, world beat, jazz, reggae, bluegrass, funk, surf, rockabilly, ska, blues, and straight up rock n' roll. They are always prepared to feel their audience and bring them something they can move to. Their shows are constantly taking on a new form that is inspired on the spot by the borderless space between the band and the listeners. They play songs with purpose but are not afraid to improvise. They play covers from all over the musical world, Motown to modern and everything in between, always making them their own for a fresh unique delivery. Their original music spans three decades and can only be described at eclectic, taking ideas from any one of the three songwriters in the band and plugging them into the musical vessel that is Soul Patch. The output is a sweet ride of Organic grooves for your mind and feet.





The Swift Brothers

Dan and Mark are back! You may remember us from the band Palexia Went to England. We've also played as an acoustic duo called The Bandaids. However, we took a break. Like a phoenix, we have risen from the ashes with new tunes and a new name...The Swift Brothers! Don't let the word "acoustic" fool you, however. With a variety of instruments and equipment from guitars and banjos to foot percussion and digital effect pedals, we make sure to fill the room with our sound. Although we are currently working on expanding our original catalog, we also take on a wide variety of covers ranging anywhere from The Ramones to Mazzy Star while taking pride in our ability to make our own unique versions.

We have a working music relationship that has lasted over a decade and we look forward to the many years to come and the constant evolution of our music.








Tasha Peace

Sponsored by: Rock Restoration



John Heath of Trembling Earth

Sponsored by: Jazzie Veggie

Trembling Earth is a rock/blues band founded in Athens, GA in 2000, the band is currently based out if Southeast Michigan. In 2013 the band celebrated a successful EP release at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI. This project, soon to be a full length album by Spring 2014 will be the bands second studio album. Performing shows across the U.S. for over a decade, Trembling Earth combines elements of blues-based rock, jazz, boogie-woogie, and driving psychedelic guitar jams. Trembling Earth shows consist of a mix of classic rock standards, like Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Pink Floyd, and Mississippi blues, like Ledbelly, or Howling Wolf. An ever-expanding catalog of noteworthy songwriting delivered with fiery musicianship, sets Trembling Earth apart as a true original.

In 2010 the band released its first studio album "Trembling Earth- Creatures", and the 2-disk live album, "Live at Lunar".

The name "Trembling Earth" was chosen by founding member, singer/songwriter, and lead guitarist John Heath in homage to one of his distant Native American ancestors from his hometown of Waycross, GA known for its vast wilderness and the Okefenokee Swamp. Okefenokee, in English, translates to "Land of Trembling Earth".

Currently the band is working on their second studio album at Big Sky Records in Ann Arbor, plans to support the album with a tour down South in Spring of 2014. Trembling Earth embarks on national tours a couple times a year and is currently focused on building draw in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana , and Ohio.





The Waxies

In 19th-Century Dublin, a union of cobblers (known as "waxies" for their waterproofing wax) watched a caravan of rich townsfolk leave for their annual picnic on the River Dargle, and they got an idea. They loaded cart after cart with family and friends, carried them off to a grassy plain outside the city, and had a party of their own. The annual bash grew famous among the commonfolk as the Waxies' Dargle, inspiring the popular Irish pub song of the same name.

Then, in 21st-Century Grand Rapids, a new incarnation of The Waxies got together to share the same spirit of fun. An Irish folk lineup combined with modern punk-rock energy make for a knock-down, drag-out, hell-of-a-good-time show. Though the lineup has changed often since The Waxies' birth in 2007, their continued success is ensured by their enthusiasm for good music and good times, their loyal West Michigan fanbase, and their niche in the indie-folk genre growing in popularity.

In 2009, The Waxies were named "Best Celtic Rock Band in Michigan" at the Ionia Free Fair Celtic Battle of the Bands (judged by audience enthusiasm and hosted by Waxies godfather Liam the XL Leprechaun) and in 2011, voters from all over Michigan awarded The Waxies a Shammy Award for "Favorite Irish Rock Act in Michigan."





William Wyatt

William Wyatt's music does not fit in one category and when asked Wyatt will tell you, "I'm not country, not quite rock n'roll, I don't play rap I play what I know. I know what I write and I write what I know, you can call it what you like, I call it my own."-excerpt from MTV SONG The summer of 2008 saw the release of William Wyatt's fifth full length album titled, "The Whole Bottle of Wine". He steps outside of his songwriting box to create a classic song, 'Sometimes all you need is, The Whole Bottle of Wine'. The end of 2011 Wyatt released 'The Best of William Wyatt'. Each of the 10 previously recorded songs were 'updated' and digitally re-mastered. This album contains 10 of the best from the past and 5 brand new songs. Currently, Wyatt is promoting and booking the newest CD, "Footstompin' Americana Blues" while he continues to raise his kids, and helps to run the family business and farm. Footstompin' Americana Blues is set for a release date of early 2014.






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