Planet Bluegrass is proud to announce the preliminary lineup for the 23rd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, to be held August 16 through 18. The lineup will include some new faces, and some old friends. For now the list includes: Loreena McKennitt, the John Butler Trio, Patty Griffin, Colin Meloy, Mary Gauthier, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lynn Miles, Shane Koyczan & the Short Story Long, Ariana Gillis, Robby Hecht, the Songwriter Showcase, and
many more great musicians still to be announced.
Three-day passes are available now at www.bluegrass.com, or by phone at (800) 624-2422, or (303) 823-0848. Single-day tickets will be available later this spring, with the announcement of the complete single-day lineups.
Tickets continue to sell at a strong pace, with the limited allotment of holiday-priced three-day passes selling out in December, nearly three weeks earlier than ever before.
From its inception as the “Summit on the Song,” the Folks Festival has looked beyond geographic and musical borders to bring together the finest musical storytellers from a variety of genres. The 2013 lineup welcomes the Lyons debut of Grammy-nominated world music pioneer Loreena McKennitt, whose powerful fusion of Celtic and Middle Eastern music has sold more than fourteen million records worldwide, including gold and platinum awards in fifteen countries across four continents.
One of Australia’s most beloved artist, guitarist, and singer John Butler returns to Lyons for the first time in nine years, this time with the deeply meaningful grooves of his acclaimed John Butler Trio. Grammy-winning Texas singer-songwriter Patty Griffin makes her fourth appearance at the Folks Festival after spending much of the past few years as a member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy. Singer-songwriter, author, and leader of indie-folk-rock icons The Decemberists, Colin Meloy is scheduled to perform a rare solo set on the Lyons stage.
Each of the artists on the 2013 lineup bring a unique perspective on story and song, from the musical truth-telling of Louisiana-native Mary Gauthier; the gripping voice of Denver songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff (whose Rounder debut has earned him massive acclaim from European tastemakers and numerous tours with his outspoken fans Mumford & Sons); to the hope and grace of Ottawa songwriter Lynn Miles.
The carefully curated lineup also introduces several newcomers to the Folks Fest audience. Passionate spoken word artist Shane Koyczan (whose provocative video “To This Day” has received 7.5 million YouTube views in its first month); young Canadian folk-pop phenom Arianna Gillis (hailed as “the single most exciting thing I’ve heard in a very long time” by Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin); and thoughtful Nashville songwriter Robby Hecht, recent winner of both the Telluride Troubadour and Folks Showcase songwriter contests, will all be making their Lyons debut.
The festival opens on Friday morning with the nationally recognized song writing contest, the Folks Songwriter Showcase. The ten finalists, chosen from more than five hundred submissions, will perform two songs each on the main stage. The winning songwriter, as chosen by a panel of music industry professionals, is given a new Taylor guitar, and a full main stage set at the 2014 festival. Past winners include Deb Talan (of the Weepies), Erica Wheeler, and Caleb Hawley.
With a dedicated family activity area including crafts, nature activities, and music performances as well as the sandy beach and cooling waters of the St. Vrain River running through the festival grounds, the festival is popular with families and “festivarians” of all ages.
For more information about tickets and lineups, please visit www.FolksFestival.com.