|The GottaGetGon is a delight for those who enjoy
folk music in the rich informal tradition of its
origins. If you sing old songs or play an instrument, even only in your
mind, you will enjoy the atmosphere at the GottaGetGon festival. It's a
friendly atmosphere. Music is on stage during the day and played
other places on the campgrounds at other times. You are welcome
to join-in actively, or just listen.
We engage a few superb professional musicians to entertain and inspire us. They are not the ones you will hear on top 40 radio, or reality TV. You will be amazed at their artistry and will want to hear more of them.
|The GottaGetGon is a good place for
folks of all ages. Young kids, teenagers, young adults,
parents, grandparents, and singles. Don't look for a tight overlapping
schedule or rows of commercial vendors. Bring a snack for
yourself, a folding chair, a warm sweater in case the weather turns
cold; and camp with us if you can.
The main dates for 2016 are: Saturday May 28 & Sunday May 29, 2016. (mark your calendar)
We also have a "new folks" concert and pot luck dinner Friday night, May 27, 2016. See a complete schedule here.
If you are camping try to come after
3pm Friday to set up and get acquainted. Monday morning is for
goodbyes - nothing is scheduled.
"Parr is a folk artist for the new American Dust Bowl, a resonator-ready troubadour armed with a well-worn satchel of troubled tales that cut to the heart of a nation mired in fear and in dire need of a roots-music revival." ACOUSTIC GUITAR MAGAZINE Minnesota's Charlie Parr is blistering finger-picker who switches between acoustic guitar, dobro and banjo. His keening, cut-through-the-crowd vocals resonate with a conviction that runs deep and true. It's the music of a self-taught guitarist and banjo player who grew up with his dad's recordings of America's musical founding fathers, including Charley Patton and Lightnin' Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. His heartfelt and plaintive original folk blues and traditional spirituals are rooted in a humble upbringing as the son of two proud union meatpackers. He has thirteen albums to his name and plays more than 250 shows a year world-wide.
|Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald Quartet
This first-rate Celtic quartet combines the fiery sound of the Scottish Border pipes (Ben) with rich Cape Breton fiddle (Anita), accompanied by Tyson Chen on Cape Breton-style piano and PEI guitarist and fiddler Zakk Cormier. Following a stint in the internationally acclaimed Scotia-Glenville Pipe Band, band leader and Queensbury, NY native Ben Miller pursued his lifelong love of the pipes all the way to the University of Edinburgh, where he completed a post-grad degree at their School of Scottish studies. Anita MacDonald adds the fiddle tunes and Gaelic songs of her native Cape Breton to the band's repertoire.
|Heather Pierson Trio
At the seat of a piano or brandishing an acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, or melodica, Heather Pierson transforms from a quiet, serious figure into a world-class performer, opening her heart in a manner that leaves her listeners hungering for more. Her live performances move seamlessly from New Orleans jazz and blues to rousing Americana and poignant, original ballads. She's accompanied by Shawn Nadeau on upright bass and the GottaGetGon's own Davy Sturtevant on guitar, mandolin, dobro, fiddle and cornet, giving this ensemble a dynamic range that is truly impressive.
Sunday night, as if by magic, we join in a cappella singing. There is no visible organization - someone starts singing a song and others join in. We do it around a dim camp light in one of the covered buildings. It's quite a delight for most. Other folks who'd rather play musical instruments can join in one of several ad hoc jam sessions.
Friday Night May 27, 2016 ••• NEW FOLK concert
MAX HATT / EDDA GLASS - Jazz-Americana duo from New Mexico that is "subtly poignant, elegantly funky, and haunting without trying to be." (Nels Cline, Wilco)
5 MILE STRING BAND - A rockin' old-time string band from Brooklyn NY with an infectious sound and irresistible energy.
THE YOUNG NOVELISTS - Beautiful harmonies on songs culled from their small-town roots in rural Canada. They are the winners of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for New/Emerging Artist of the Year
Tickets at the gate
|"We are always amazed at the wonderful music and great fun we have at this little festival that has so much heart. It's a great place to introduce our grandsons to the joy of good music. Over the years we've seen many families expose their kids to the special experience of making music in the campground and listening to top notch performances while sitting a short 20 feet from the stage. The singing, the laughter, the bicycles, the instruments, the dancing -- altogether revive the ancient traditions of family and community." - Paul Schurr, on the faculty SUNY Albany|
One last thought: If you enjoyed the GottaGetGon, consider joining PSG: The Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin'.
We meet monthly to have sing-arounds and other gatherings, including a private "festival" called The Last GASP (at the end of the season).
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