The Faith Petric Stage
Our largest stage, aka the school auditorium, is sure to turn a few heads with its intricate art deco design. Our performers, covering a broad range of music and dance styles, are sure to delight even the most discriminating audience members.
|Saturday, June 9th, 2012
California-based autoharpist and award-winning performer of traditional American folk classics and original songs of romance and environmental concerns.
||The Tarantulas Jug Band
10 piece Bay Area band playing ragtime, Delta blues, and happy party music from the 1920s-1950s, and you will actually witness jugs in musical action.
||Robert Kent, Jean Anne Chapman, & Brooks Hunnicutt
A classic folk Americana troubadour traveling here all the way from Oklahoma City. Robert's music always reflects a passion for living, travel, romance and love that lives in the songs that he sings.
||World Dance Fusion
World Dance Fusion - creates a unique assortment of more than 20 cultural dance forms from Brazil, Central Asia, Middle East, Haiti and so much more. Come enjoy this chance see them perform and see where you go!
Stanford Ceili shows off how much fun casual Irish dance can be! A long set of reels and jigs -- come watch us ... or dance with us!
||Jug or Nots
More jaunty jug joviality with The Jug or Nots, one of Los Angeles' best. Lots of familiar jug classics and lively foot-stomping originals played on cigar box guitar, kazoo, and many of your favorite kitchen utensils.
Danse Maghreb presents an Andalusian/Moroccan Suite, including elegant court dances from the Golden Age of Islamic Spain, and Schikkat, lively dances performed at celebratory gatherings in Morocco.
||Kunkel & Harris
Bruce Kunkel was one of the founders of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band back in the days when Jackson Browne was in the band. Nowadays Bruce is joined by Sonoma County buddy, Rob Harris. The duo specializes in driving harmonies and California folk rock originals. Think the Everly Brothers meet Jackson Browne.
Amelia has spent her young life dedicated to preserving and capturing the depth and subtle beauty of traditional Irish ballads. She will joined by the exceptional Ray Frank and Caith Threefires.
||Pete Devine's Jug Band
There are a lot of bands playing jug and pre-war jazz and blues these days. Very few can handle the most difficult of the original transcriptions. Devine's Jug Band plays some of the finest, most authentic ragtime and pre-war jazz you'll ever hear.
||The Barbary Ghosts
In a very short time, The Barbary Ghosts have leapt to the forefront of the national shanty song scene. Now, thanks to their new album of classic and originals that sound like classics, they are winning fans from all over the musical map. As one admiring fan puts it: "These guys sound kind of like a chantey band transplanted to Appalachia or something."
Their aim is to recreate the experience of an 19th Century ship's band. For 30 year's they've produced some of the finest seafaring folk you'll ever hear.
|Sunday, June 10th, 2012
Kickoff the Sunday festival with an hour of music with singer-songwriters Greg Beattie and Victoria Blythe and instrumentalist Dave Decker.
||Dennis Campagna & Friends
Dennis has an understated, cool, droll style that he wraps around a collection of wonderful, funny, long-lost jazz, swing, and novelty songs that he's collected over the many years.
Many people think Faith has been singing in public most of her life. It's just hard to imagine her not performing. But she's only been touring and playing full time since she retired in 1970. It also may surprise some to know that she hasn't written any of the hundreds of human, touching, rousing songs she performs. That's because she has that rare ability to fully inhabit a song with her personality. Or maybe it's that she has had so much time to find songs that perfectly suit her. In her 97th year on the planet, it just wouldn't be a SF Free Folk Festival without a performance by the one and only Faith Petric.
Expertly played, deeply felt, Gypsy jazz from one of the consistently best bands in the state.
||Sausan Egyptian Dance
Sausan Egyptian Dance
||Argentine Tango Presented by Nora's Dance Group
Argentine Tango Dance
||World Harmony Chorus
Dive deep into the melodious 4 part harmonies of this 20+ member chorus that sings songs from the Balkans, Africa and who knows where else.
||Valerie Rose Band
Valerie is vocalist and fiddler specializing in the kind of Celtic revivalism championed by bands like Clannad and Altan. You may know her for her work with Thornhill Road, Four Shillings Short and Mollie's Revenge. Here she will sing and play with the four other band mates collectively known as the Valerie Rose Band.
Broceliande is a trio that plays Celtic music from the British Isles, interweaving 3 part vocals with the lyrical music of the Celtic harp, octave mandolin, cello, 12-string guitar and more.
||Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
A company dedicated to keeping alive the spirit and form of Scottish dances, old and new.
||Lowiczanie Polish Folk Dance Ensemble
Lowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble, presents Polish traditional music, song and dance from many of Poland's 38 regions and sub-regions for a variety of audiences and events. Dressed in exquisite costumes the Ensemble has created programs in many States as well as in Poland, showcasing dances and music of the countryside, village and town as well as of the nobility. Today's performance includes traditions of the Zywiec mountain highlanders, the landed gentry and the peasants of eastern Poland.
Garrin Benfield achieves an impact way beyond the constraints of the average solo singer songwriter performance. His guitar improvisations dazzle even the pickiest of aficionados. His 5th recording, The Wave Organ Song, is a breakthrough recording that establishes him as one of the best songwriters in the country that most people have never heard of.
||The Shook Twins
Laurie and Katelyn are twin sisters from Portland who play backporch folk music, if the porch were located somewhere in the middle of the Andromeda Galaxy. They blend twin harmonies, banjo, beat-boxing and percussion in a way that is oddly familiar and wholly fresh. Their music simultaneously soothes, amazes, and transports you to a place you've never been before yet crave more of.
||Rita Hosking & Cousin Jack
Rita is the great-grand-daughter of a Grass Valley miner. She sings and writes songs about her family, miner's lives, and her family's Cornish roots. Her latest recording, Burn, was named top 10 "Young Female Artist releases for 2011" by No Depression magazine.
||Misner & Smith
Funny, Sam and Megan look perfectly sane. Yet most people would have thought them completely nuts 10 years ago, when they set out to make a living singing folk songs. A decade on, in the vanguard of a quiet, yet steady, revival of interest in authentic folk and Americana music, that's just what the 2 of them are doing. They return to Faith Petric Stage after too long a hiatus, and you'd be crazy to miss the lovely singing and comforting, indelible original songs of Misner & Smith as they close out a wonderful night of music at the SF Free Folk Festival.