Here are our 2015 artists. 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

Adam plays a mix of blues, country and gospel in that order along with a handful of originals. His instruments include the Soprano, Concert and Baritone Ukuleles and guitar. He hails from beautiful Traverse City, Michigan.

Adam Hoppe

Hailing from Grayling, Michigan, Adam Hoppe is a singer-songwriter best known for his rich vocals and unique guitar style. Adam, an acoustic fingerstyle guitarist, calls his guitar style and song arrangements unique and almost experimental in nature utilizing pedal distortions and delays, diverse guitar keying and live looping. While Adam’s superior sense of fun often shines through, his goal is to not only entertain his audience but to play on the range of emotions in the human experience which makes his performances relatable to everyone.


Sponsored by: Barry Cote

Ananda, from Gaylord, is northern Michigan's only Indian (Hindustani) classical music group. The group features Chris Bontos playing the sitar, Greg Vadnais playing tabla and Susie Johnson on the tanpura. Using these traditional instruments, Ananda, which translates as Bliss, performs classical ragas and melodic passages influenced by ragas. Many Westerners are unfamiliar with this traditional form of music from India, with the exotic instruments used to play it and the haunting Eastern melodies and rhythms those instruments produce.

Al Gross

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.

Becoming Human

Blue Dirt

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.

Bon Jurke and Friends

Carrie Westbay and the Limelites

Sponsored by: The Farmfest Halloween Party
and You Need a Massage

Carrie Westbay is an acoustic entertainer who has been performing and writing music for over 17 years. You can hear some of her original songs and versions of covers on soundcloud, youtube, myspace, facebook and reverbnation. There are also tracks available for download on amazon and itunes. She's been working on a solo project at Dharma Records with Al Bondar and Jake Allen. She's selling CD's of her new music as well as a live EP from Chicago Acoustic Underground and a single on Dharma records new compilation (available online NOW) to raise the funds to finish the Album.

She 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 the new lineup in her band Limelight but has previously played in Carrie Westbay Band, Tommy Knockers, Ashbury Jam, Diamond drive and Cherrybomb. She started out vocally in public at age 9 or so and then learned to play french horn through the school's band program in 6th grade. She played in marching band, pep band, solo and ensemble and band festivals. Later she picked up trumpet in jazz band-and still plays it with the bands.

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 MI 2 years later to go to college, where she founded guitar club for the only 2 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 3 years Carrie longed to travel so, she joined a local rock band. Carrie was the only original member of Cherrybomb since 2006.

Carrie recently placed 2nd of over 20 players in the battle of the acoustix in Traverse city. The contest was sponsored by 97.5 WKLT. There she met Terri Ray who loved her original music. This led to being featured on Terri's Sunday night show on 97.5 WKLT's "The Garage." She has also been nominated for "Best female vocalist" in the tri-cities' area Review Awards 3 years in a row- taking home the "Blues female vocalist" in 2012.

The Cookies

Preheat your ovens to 350, bake time of about 12-15 minutes... The Cookies are a dance pop group with one 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.

Dragon Wagon

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.

Galactic Sherpas

Uniting the forces of space and time, the Galactic Sherpas create a sonic experience that draws from all corners of the musical Universe. Diving into jams as deep as a black hole, their highly improvised style leaves space travelers on the brink of cosmic euphoria. So get on board and take a ride to sherpa station where there's always free jam.

Galactic Sherpas are a super group hailing from beautiful northern, MI. Comprised entirely of outstanding, educated professionals who have proven themselves as heavy hitters in the music scene in less than three years as a project. The focus of the group is to create interesting sonic landscapes to keep your feet moving, brain churning and freshen up your soul. With influences in Jazz, Funk, Afrobeat and space rock, you'll quickly identify their caliber of musicianship and unique sound. 2010 was a great year for the Sherpas featuring memorable festival appearances at Blissfest, Wuhnurth, Peace Fest, Farm Fest, Free Music Festival and Petoskeys Festival on the Bay. 2011 will feature a brand new EP to start the year, follow by a heavy circuit of events. Keep your ears to the wind, these boys are here to Sherpa you across the galaxy with heavy grooves.

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.


Michael Godmar started his musical journey on the piano at the age of 4 on the horse ranch where he grew up. The years passed and many friends and fire pit picking parties introduced him to the many styles of music. From Blues, Blue Grass, Country, Folk, Rock, Punk, Gypsy Jazz, Swing, Classical ECT.. Nothing is off limits… There is something great in all sound!

For over three decades Michigan Songwriter John Phillips has been pleasing all types of audiences. With his rich vocals, keen song selection and execution, John delivers a message appreciation for the craft of performing music to his audiences. While still somewhat of an "Up North Secret” John has had the honor of opening for nationally known acts such as Greg Brown, Beausoleil & Rusted Root. John is also a guest performer both with his fiddle and guitar on many other Michigan songwriter CD’s and his song “Mask upon my face” (performed with K Jones and the Benzie Playboyz) is included in a Michigan compilation CD “Into the Blue” which presents other Michigan artists Claudia Schmidt, Song of the Lakes and Seth Bernard.

The Honorable Spirits

The Honorable Spirits are a groovy rock band from Northern Michigan. They are comprised of members of other great Michigan bands. The core group includes: Rob Huckle - Bass Guitar; Kevin Paul - Vocals / Guitar; Matt Pernar - Drums / Percussion.

Jack Elliott

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!

Jake Allen

Jake Allen hails from Northern Michigan. Since creating his first musical compositions at age five in his father's home studio, the evolution of Jake's sound has been many years in the making. His music, complex but very accessible, is something he calls "progressive ethereal rock." With a general "rock music" base, Jake seems to draw his main inspiration from the ear pleasing and peak moments across all genres of music. Jake has an artistic style all his own.

As a fingerstyle acoustic guitarist, Jake uses both hands on the fret board, alternatively slapping the guitar for percussive effects. Jake has "wowed" audiences in venues nationwide with his mastery of this technique. Jake's level of musicianship and talent has stopped listeners in their tracks at both solo shows and while touring with the Jake Allen Band.

In addition to guitar, Jake also plays keyboards, bass, harp, and many other instruments, including drums in the popular Northern Michigan dance band, The Cookies. Jake performs all of the instruments heard on his albums recorded on the indie record label, Dharma Records. Currently, Jake is recording a fourth solo album; a follow-up to his critically acclaimed "Etherica" at his own Infinite Balance Studios.

Jacob Thomas

Jacob Thomas, affectionately known as Jakey, is a Northern Michigan based performer, writer, producer and director. As a pop singer-songwriter and natural comedian, Jakey’s zest for life permeates everything he touches. Best known as founder and bassist of the pop group, The Cookies, Jakey is beloved for his showmanship and originality. His only goals are to spread love and have you question everything along the way.

Jan Fowler, Dance Caller

Jef Fisk

Born in New York City, Jef spent most of his youth in the Detroit area. He was influenced by the British invasion of the sixties, but later moved to acoustic guitar and fingerpicking. He began writing his own songs, and performed at coffeehouses and bars in Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston, and New York state. He has also dabbled in theatre, both as an actor and a playwright.

Thise days, Jef has completed a career in the computer world, and is enjoying performance again. He likes to think of his offering as "thoughtful fun."


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.

Kevin Paul

Kevin is a guitarist and singer working in northern Michgian. He is a member of a number of area bands, including Natural Reaction and The Honorable Spirits.


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.

Lance Boughner

Lance Boughner is a young guitarist and singer-songwriter out of Gaylord, Michigan who is heavily influenced by Chris Young and Ed Sheeran. Lance is a prolific songwriter, writing songs everyone can relate to about love and loss and just being human. Singing all of his life, you will enjoy Lance's dynamic vocals and original guitar compositions that blend pop, folk and country crossover.

Luke Winslow King

Sponsored by: the Wambold Family

Luke Winslow King is a guitarist, singer, composer, and lyricist known for his slide guitar work, and interest in pre-war blues and traditional jazz. Winslow King's work consists of an eclectic mix, taking in delta-folk music, classical composition, ragtime, and rock and roll; juxtaposing original songs with those from a bygone era.

Following his critically acclaimed Bloodshot Records debut The Coming Tide in 2013, LWK (for brevity's sake) has been as hardworking a musician as they come. Subsequent tours in the United States and overseas with his singing partner (and now wife) Esther Rose and a mutating band (including the core of upright bassist Cassidy Holden, drummer Benji Bohannon, and trumpeter/keyboardist Ben Polcer) landed the group in front of larger audiences while sharing the stage with the likes of Jack White, Pokey Lafarge, Taj Mahal, Chris Thile, and Rebirth Brass Band. Winslow King's second release for Bloodshot in as many years, Everlasting Arms finds inspiration in the developmental experiences of life and has LWK & Co. building upon previous creative efforts with a wider scope, exploring a sonically and stylistically panoramic songwriting vision.

It is no secret that Winslow King is a student of the arts and an ambassador for New Orleans's rich and colorful culture. As a teen he attended the Interlochen Center for the Arts near his hometown of Cadillac, MI. Later he studied music theory at University of New Orleans and eventually received a scholarship to study music abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Following a chance 2001 move to New Orleans after becoming stranded when his tour van was ransacked, Winslow King's education continued as he was schooled on the job from frequent, skin-thickening gigs on Royal Street, club performances at various spots along Frenchmen, and pick-up/recording sessions with local standouts including John Boutte, Roberto Luti, "Washboard" Chaz Leary, Little Freddy King, and George Porter, Jr. In 2013, LWK was nominated as best male performer by Offbeat Magazine, alongside Dr. John and Boutte.

The Medicine Bell

Sponsored by: The Farmfest Sledding Party

The Medicine Bell is farm fresh Northern Michigan acoustic music at its finest. The five piece all acoustic lineup is led by songwriter/vocalists Bree Saunders & Ashley Christopher on guitar & banjo. They are backed by Matt Zimmerman on mandolin, Dale Owen on upright bass, and Mackenzie Vance on percussion. It's a new blend of traditional and Americana influences that meanders from the hallowed sounds of olden times to the pointed verse of contemporary singer-songwriters, with frequent hints of a Long Strange Trip wafting in. There's an organic balance of original songs, old favorites, & fresh cover choices to capture the imagination, creating a relaxed but captivating performance that fits in anywhere a good time is to be enjoyed.

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.


MEGAskyfish is a three piece from Traverse City, Michigan. .I MSFISH prides themselves on creating unique, mathy, melodies. They've made a splash across the nation performing more than 700 events in 48 states, as well as 11 countries.

In 2012 the MSFISH released "Believe In Beauty" DVDEP a five song concept album teaching you to smash your gadgets and enjoy natural beauty.

The project is currently writing their sophomore album, as well as playing several Michigan festivals this summer.

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

Sponsored by: RPE Services

Natural Reaction are a fun loving northern Michigan based band who always have a song ready to be shared with others. With members from a variety of musical backgrounds, the compiled sound they bring has flavors borrowed from many genres to create something that rings familiar, but teases the senses with something new. Rob Huckle (bass guitar) and Adrian Pulley (drums), with their bumping bass grooves, and heavy rocking beats, always keep the rhythm foundation strong and solid. Jake Breithaupt (guitar/vocals) brings his energetic guitar riffs and versatile vocals to set up the next layer in this musical menagerie. Kevin Paul (guitar/vocals) adds to the mix with his own special blend of funky jam rock guitar leads and captivating voice. Allison Osband (lead vocals) rounds it out with her raw, bluesy, emotion-filled vocals and the occasional swinging of hips. Together they set out to share their delicious aural creations with the world, and anywhere the music may take them, when these talents come together, the Natural Reaction is a celebration of sound.

Oh Brother Big Sister

Sponsored by: The Farmfest Halloween Party

Oh Brother Big Sister is an eclectic sensation! This brother and sister duo from Northern Michigan covers the music spectrum with entrancing harmonies and ingenious musical arrangements. With a comfortable, comedic essence that makes you feel like your with old friends in the comfort of your happy place; the BIG-sister-little-brother duo deliver music that encompasses a wide variety of music genres with an original acoustic sound that makes each performance an experience.

Penny and Radel Rosin hail from a small speck on the mitten where they were raised in a family with deep musical roots which will be obvious in their passion for music and ease in entertaining. If you are searching for a fresh, distinctive sound with an element of surprise- the search is over- Oh Brother Big Sister is pure pleasure.

Olivia Mainville

Olivia Mainville and her band are Michigan based multi-instrumentalists with a broad and infectious sound. They create a lively and engaging gypsy swing/theatre/folk rock soundscape for all to savor. Olivia has released one EP in 2014 and has been on tour with noteworthy gypsy swing band, Caravan of Thieves. She’s collaborated with many other Michigan musicians and has played at many festivals and venues throughout Michigan such as Blissfest in Harbor Springs and The Ark in Ann Arbor. Olivia and her band have recorded a new full length album over the course of four days featuring Gerry Leonard (David Bowie’s guitarist) on one of her newest tunes. Be sure to grab her newest CD and catch one of her shows in Michigan!

Peter Madcat Ruth

Sponsored by: Mama Luna Walker

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."

Madcat's music has been evolving for over 50 years. It started in the Chicago area in the early 1960's, with Madcat playing folk/blues on guitar and harmonica. By the late 60's he had immersed himself in the Chicago Blues and was studying harmonica with Big Walter Horton. In the early 70's Madcat moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a key presence in two of Ann Arbor's finest progressive rock bands: New Heavenly Blue and Sky King. By the mid 70's Madcat was touring the world with jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. In the 80's, Madcat went solo infusing the folk/blues tradition with elements of rock and jazz. In 1990, Madcat teamed up with guitarist/singer Shari Kane to form the duo Madcat & Kane. For the past twenty three years they have been touring nationally and internationally. And In 1998 Madcat teamed up with Chris Brubeck to form Triple Play and also started performing with Big Joe Manfra in Brazil.

Madcat's experience is extensive. He has been an invited guest performer at many harmonica festivals in North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His harmonica playing is heard on over 100 CDs and LPs. National television and radio appearances, symphony orchestra performances, radio and television advertisements, and harmonica workshops all attest to Madcat's reputation as one of the best and most versatile harmonica players in the world.

Madcat is more than an expert musician. He is also performer who has such a good time playing music that audiences, ranging from pre-schoolers to senior citizens, delight in his performances. His enthusiasm is unpretentious and contagious.

Rachel & Alex

Rachel & Alex is an indie folk duo based out of Lansing, MI, composed of Rachel Curtis and Alex Mendenall. Drawing from groups like Of Monsters and Men, The Civil Wars, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Rachel & Alex's music features rich harmonies and instrumentations. They each play multiple instruments, filling up the stage with a full-band sound, but with a chemistry that is unique to a duo. Since their formation in December of 2013, the two have taken their music across the state of Michigan, adding their own dimension to the celebrated Michigan folk-scene. They have played alongside nationally touring bands as well as talented Michigan-based bands including Young Rising Sons, Bennett and Less is More. Rachel & Alex released their debut EP, Nights Like These in May of 2015.

Red Sea Pedestrians

Sponsored by: Old Dog Tavern, Kalamazoo

The Red Sea Pedestrians are a one-of-a-kind, full-blown, instrument-swapping fusion between tradition and the here-and-now. We're talkin' high-energy world-beat grooves, hypnotic laments from the earth, songs of celebration and wonder: a warped and beautiful blend of Klezmer, Gypsy, Jazz and American Roots, all filtered through the band's original vision.

RSP are a melting pot of five distinct singer/songwriters, almost a self-contained variety show. Their sound is first defined by the sweet interplay between clarinet and violin, and is colored by three singers and multi-instrumentalists, as well as skilled percussion that provides the backbone to a musical experience that is both harmonically and rhythmically gratifying. The band members are also students of the great records of the sixties (notably late Beatles), and hence they have created a realm that is both comforting and challenging to the listener. Multi-layered lyrics, rich harmonies, and masterful playing complete the story.

Their captivating live shows and ambitious CDs have been getting rave reviews and building an energetic buzz throughout Michigan's independent acoustic music community, including back-to-back WYCE Jammie Awards for Best Roots Album for "Adrift" (2010) and "The Electromagnetic Escape" (2011).

The Red Sea Pedestrians have performed at Michigan-area venues and festivals including The Ark (Ann Arbor),Wheatland Music Festival (Remus), The Michigan Theater (Ann Arbor), Blissfest Music Festival (Cross Village), the Earthwork Harvest Gathering (Lake City), The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival (Ontonagon), Coopers Glen Music Festival (Kalamazoo), Nor East'r Music Festival (Mio), Bell's Brewery (Kalamazoo), Founder's Brewery (Grand Rapids), LVD's Concert Hall (Goshen, IN), and both the 2008 and 2010 WYCE Jammie Awards (Grand Rapids).

Ron Fowler

Sponsored by: Home Comfort Farms

Ryan Williams and Friends

It started at age 6 when Ryan received his first guitar and hasn't stopped yet. Performing in bands and as a solo project for close to 11 years. Ryan took a hiatus from the performing side of music and started in the service side of the industry by working, first as a volunteer for music festivals in Michigan and now coordinating for around 8 festivals each year. Over the last 11 years Ryan has been a sponge while working in the industry soaking up information and advice! Supported by some very talented friends Ryan is now ready to show you what he has learned!

"I want to inspire in the ways that i have been inspired! I want to assist in spreading the message that there is strength in community." Ryan Williams.

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.

Seth Charles

Seth Charles is a Northern Michigan University alumni who, upon receiving his Bachelors of Science in 2010 has been consistently traveling and performing between the Midwest and West Coast, calling both Southern and Northern Oregon his home for extended periods of time. His music and lyrics bridge the gap between Bob Dylan and Stevie Wonder, with a sound that can range anywhere from soulful R&B, to tin-pan alley jazz, to grooving folk, having a reachable sound made stronger by his soulful lead vocal. He writes and arranges the majority of his material, gaining inspiration from the natural world, love, and everyday experiences. Seth Charles is a songwriter with a knack for creating self-reflective, thought provoking lyrics with witty, brain tickling metaphors. The accompaniment for these "stream of consciousness" style songs ranges from mellow, melodic finger style guitar, to straight ahead progressive folk with hints of gypsy and Western swing & country. He has another funky, groove oriented side as well with the incorporation of a loop pedal to add tasteful textures of drums and bass to some of his more Soul/R&B influenced songs. His powerful lead vocal is hard to miss in whatever genre he happens to be playing, and his vibrant energy and infectious emotion for his music are ever present.

Soul Patch

Sponsored by: Oryana Natural Foods Market

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.


Stella! is a three-piece, all-women, American roots band from southeast Michigan and has been referred to as a singer-songwriter super group with three-part vocal harmonies and three songwriter voices. Stella! was first conceived of by singer-songwriter Jo Serrapere after a conversation with American music critic, Bruce Springsteen biographer, and Creem Magazine co-founder Dave Marsh. Jo was inspired to put together a new group to showcase country-roots songwriting. With the release of their debut album, "Sorry, Stella," the girls were invited to join Michigan-based music collective Earthwork Music.

Eclectic writer Jo Serrapere credits songwriter Tom Waits, early blues, jazz, and old-time country as her strongest influences. She was the founding member of the old-time string band, Uncle Earl. Jo has had two appearances on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion" and three albums with her band, Jo Serrapere and the Willie Dunns, including her recent release, "Love Going South." "Love Going South" held the #1 position for two months on the Freeform American Roots Chart in fall of 2009 and was listed in their top 10 albums of 2009. Jo's new album, "Dollar Store Nation" will be released in early 2015.

Jo asked songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jen Sygit to join Stella! as another songwriting voice in the group. Jen's voice adds deep blues tones to Stella! She plays acoustic and electric guitar, banjo, Dobro and Ukelele. Jen has three solo albums to her credit, including her new release, "So Long Pollyanna." Her previous album, "Leaving Marshall Street" was nominated for a 2007 Detroit Music Award and charted at #9 on the Free Form American Roots Chart. Jen also performs solo and with the Americana band Lincoln County Process.

In the Fall of 2010 Stella! accquired singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Laura Ann Bates. University trained in vocal performance, piano and flute, Laura has now taken up the upright bass. By pursuing opera in the classroom by day, bluegrass and folk in the bars at night, hymns and choral pieces on Sunday morning, she has developed a very diverse musical pallet. In 2007 Laura released a CD with songwriter Brandon Foote called "Jubilee." She and Jo also perform with the Lansing Vaudeville troupe "The Lil' Darlins."

Steve Diebel

Steve hails from nearby Atlanta, Michigan, and is a longtime friend of Farmfest.

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

The Turnips

Hailing from the Farmland of Michigan's Lower Peninsula, The Turnips are a Cross-Genre Music Group with Song Stylings ranging from Folk to Blues to Rock and back again! With an unforgettable stage presence and power, The Turnips are guaranteed to please!

"From folk ballads, to alt-rock, Americana-driven tunes and blues-rock burners, The Turnips leave no stone left unturned. This album is a genre-jumping journey across a rich musical landscape as thick as the White Pine forests of Western Michigan. There is instrumental prowess, lyrical inventiveness, and extreme attention to detail. It's explorative yet tasteful, unique yet highly accessible, and nothing short of a powerful debut album from a band with enough potential to blow the roof clear off the entire Midwest music scene." -SoundFuse Magazine

Twister Joe

Twister Joe, Northern Michigan's Favorite Balloon Artist" has performed for over 12 years at hundreds of fairs and festivals all over northern Michigan. A regular at almost every Northern Michigan Festival, and several fairs, Twister Joe performs almost non-stop every summer from Traverse City to Alpena, Cheboygan, Boyne City, Harbor Springs, East Jordan, Charlevoix, Mancelona, Kalkaska, Wolverine, and everywhere in between. Back at Farmfest by popular demand, Twister Joe creates balloon animals and hats, and gags and fun for kids of all ages.

Two Feathers

Mark Cavander graduated from Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City with an associates of fine arts degree in music education. His influences include Cat Stevens, Neil Young, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones. He plays acoustic music on a 1970 Yamaha. He writes all of his songs, and they all have a message. He has been coming to Farmfest from the very beginning.

Watching for Foxes

Watching for Foxes is a folk rock band from Grand Rapids, MI. Consisting of Jared Meeuwenberg, Brandon Hanes, Olivia Mainville, Max Morrison, and Joey Frendo, Watching for Foxes was born from the expansive corn fields and soft river banks of rural West Michigan. Forged from fast friends and collective musical inspiration, the band has quickly grown from a 3-piece outfit to a fully-realized family of talented musicians deploying a plethora of new folk sound that strives to evoke emotion in those who listen. As a band, we love playing music together and performing the art that we've been compelled to create. We hope you feel as strongly about it as we do!

Our profile has grown through our incessant gigging and emotionally charged folk rock sound, allowing us to support around the Midwest such acts as Saintseneca, Larry and His Flask, Wild Child, Joseph, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers and Knox Hamilton. We have also been featured recently by publications such as The Wild Honey Pie and Pop Matters. Watching for Foxes' wonderfully rich sound, all at once deeply evocative and hook-filled, hopes to engage your mind, warm your hearts, and rattle your bones.

The Wilson Brothers

The Wilson Brothers blend a variety of American traditions to create their own unique sound. At a Wilson Brothers concert, Andy and Joe bring their collective multi-instrumental skills to the forefront, with Andy on harmonica, cajun accordion, and trumpet, and Joe on guitar, dobro, steel guitar, fiddle, and trombone. The brothers also sing harmonies like only brothers can. Andy and Joe are both longtime members of one of Michigan’s favorite bands, Steppin’ in It. From New Orleans jazz to western swing, cajun to blues, the Wilson Brothers play it all, and with dazzling precision. The Wilson Brothers strive to continually challenge themselves musically with great songs, outstanding improvisation, and infectious grooves.

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