The Lead Belly Stage
Location: Choir Room (#333)

Our newest performance space. It's an all-acoustic mini-amphitheater that will get the audience up close and personal with some very talented performers.


Saturday, June 8th, 2013
12:00pm Harp Showcase
Patrice Haan, Mitch Landy & Jacqueline Lynaugh

Hear and enjoy the diverse sounds, techniques, and repertoire of three harpers playing three varieties of this most ancient of instruments.
1:00pm Sea Songs & Sea Shanties
Peter Kasin & Richard Adrianowicz

We'll start with a brief introduction to the different types of shanties and spend the rest of the workshop singing as much as possible.
3:00pm Old Belle
Old Belle doesn't hail from the coal mining hills of Kentucky. They formed in the wilds of the Outer Richmond. And they don't date back to the heyday of the folk revival. In fact they got together all the way back last year sometime. The songs are unapologetically folk. Nothing arch and snarky here. Just simple chords, sweet & soulful melodies, jangling claw hammer banjo and mandolin. They sound right out the Great Old American songbook. Only all the songs they sing are self-penned. They are so friendly and accessible you want to invite them over to the porch for some moon pies and sarsaparilla.
3:45pm TBA
4:30pm Robert Thornton Kent & friends
Robert Thornton Kent & friends is a loose knit family of performers, singers, music lovers, and behind-the-scenes music legends who come from all over-Georgia, Vermont, Oklahoma-just to play our festival. This is one friendly, talented bunch who played the Fest first last year, made a bunch of new friends and fans, and, fortunately for us, have decided to join us again this year.
5:15pm The Driftless
The Driftless is a sweet and rowdy quartet of Santa Cruzians, Megan Saunders (mandolin, banjo and vocals), Blair McLaughlin (fiddle, guitar and vocals), Rob Smith (guitar, vocals) and Jeff Kissell (bass). Drawing from folk, blues, old time and bluegrass to build their own unique sound, they write songs about places they've been, friends, lovers and local wanderings.

Sunday, June 9th, 2013
12:00pm Gospel Sing-Along
Jerry Michaels & Marian Gade

Come sing and share spiritual songs from any tradition; goddess songs, chants, all are welcome.
1:00pm Songs of the Pennywhistlers
Jillian Tallmer

A rare opportunity to learn a half-dozen songs from the repertoire of Ethel Raim's groundbreaking seven-woman singing group The Pennywhistlers.
2:00pm Music Theory for Non-Instrumentalists
John Tuttle

A workshop designed for singers who want to learn some basic concepts that will allow them to build better harmonies, communicate more effectively with instrumentalists, and better understand the music they sing.
3:00pm Morgan Manifacier
Manifacier is a singer-songwriter who grew up in the small-town brushes of southern France, learning piano and guitar from a young age; he taught himself the subtle beauty of music, which he now combines with a modern approach to song-making to release 'Grande'.
3:45pm The Littlest Birds
What began as two friends sitting down to play some music together has turned into a beautiful (and busy) musical endeavor. The warm interplay of clamhammer banjo and bowed cello, the easy blend of voices, and the inspiring original music have been thrilling audiences around the United States.
4:30pm Amber Cross
Originally from Maine, Amber traveled over 3000 miles to bring her old time style and her powerful voice to the west coast of California. Commonly referred to as "The little girl with the big voice," Amber is becoming known for her unique straight forward style of singing and has been likened to that of an old Smithsonian recording. She writes from her own life's struggles and experiences delivering her stories with unforgettable power and emotion.
5:15pm American Nomad
American Nomad is a new acoustic group in the widely eclectic Bay Area music scene. Rooted in Americana and folk/swing traditions, their carefully crafted original music maintains a modern relevance. Smart songwriting, catchy lyrics, tight rhythms, rich harmonies, and strong musicianship have already begun to earn American Nomad a reputation as a band that intrigues listeners from a wide variety of musical tastes and backgrounds. Keeping in line with the ancient troubadour tradition, American Nomad draws from the spirit of travel and authentic life experience.