Featured Artists appearing at the Falcon Ridge SHARE & SHELTER IN PLACE 2020 Virtual Fest are Alisa Amador, Annie Wenz, Beth Molaro, Buddy System, Crystal Shawanda, Donna the Buffalo, Eileen Ivers, The Empty Bottle Ramblers, The End of America, The Falcon Ridge House Band, The Gaslight Tinkers, Jim & Madeline Christensen, Kathryn Wedderburn, Matt Nakoa, Mary Gauthier, Nerissa & Katryna Nields, Oshima Brothers, Paul Rosenberg, Professor Louie & the Crowmatix, Patti O’Brien Melita, Quarter Horse, The Russet Trio, Scott Cook, The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, South for the Winter, The Storycrafters, Susan Werner, Tame Rutabaga, Vance Gilbert, Zoe Mulford plus Special Guests TBA.
Festival Hours
We will start our VIRTUAL FEST on Thurs July 30 from 1:30PM – 4:30PM
and each day thru Sun Aug 2. It will be shown on our Facebook and YouTube pages.
Daily schedule are very approximate but will be posted daily. Daily start time 1:30PM. Here is a BRIEF general day to day summary:

Thursday, July 30
Opening Credits
Welcome Message from Eric Schwartz
Copake Hillsdale Farmer’s Market
Vendor Slide Show
Hello MSG to 2020 from our ASL Terps
Lounge Stage Retrospective
The Storycrafters
Empty Bottle Ramblers
Quarter Horse 3 song set
Remember when Video

Friday, July 31
Grassy Hill EA Showcase
N&K Nields Family Stage set
Friday Night Summer’s Eve Song Swap with Vance Gilbert, Susan Werner, Mary Gauthier & Matt Nakoa
Slambovian COD – Land of a 1000 Dances Nah NahNahNahNah

Saturday, August 1 – MC Chris Teskey
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix
Most Wanted Song Swap w/ Scott Cook, South for the Winter & Zoe Mulford
Matt Nakoa
The Gaslight Tinkers Dancing the Day Away
Oshima Brothers
Slambovian COD Family Stage Debut
FR House Band ROCK
The End of America
Professor Louie & the Crowmatix Swing Dance
Vance Gilbert
Donna the Buffalo
Crystal Shawanda
Slambovian COD closing mainstage set at FR 2020

Sunday, August 2 – MC John Platt
Paul Rosenberg with Tame Rutabaga – Community Dancing
Annie Wenz Family Stage Antics
The Gaslight Tinkers
Susan Werner
N & K Nields
Dance callers & Instructors Hello Message
From the Archives
Crystal Shawanda Fun Family Set with Dewayne & Zhaa Zhaa
The Russet Trio – Dance Dance Dance
Alisa Amador
Special Guests
Mary Gauthier
Buddy System Contra Down
Eileen Ivers
Final Song 2020
See you in 2021

The Lounge Stage will certainly be part of our our VIRTUAL FEST on Thurs July 30 & will also stream live Thurs evening July 30, 7-10PM at
The Lounge Stage began as an event for the FRFF camping community, a Thursday night campgrounds space curated by Tribal Mischief Productions with tech support by Scotten Jones.
To stream or download past Lounge Stage performances, please visit


The top THREE voted artists from our 2019 showcase who have been invited to the 2020 Most Wanted Song Swap on our Main Stage are:

  1. SCOTT COOK in FIRST place with an amazing 49% of the voters in his corner, a massive response.
  2. ZOE MULFORD came in SECOND place garnering 22% of the voters.
  3. SOUTH FOR THE WINTER came in THIRD with 19%.

A major HONORABLE MENTION too! GoldenOak in a close 4th place with over 17% of the voting audience, if any of the top 3 are unavailable GoldenOak as the first and only runner up will be invited.

We also had a number of OVER 10% ers this year: Suzie Brown, Benjamin Dakota Rogers, Corner House, Grace Morrison, Lara Herscovitch, River Run and The Promise is Hope were all named by over 10% of the voting audience. Much thanks to our 2020 showcase judges, Bruce Swan & Louise Baker from Baker Booking and WPKN Radio sharing one vote, Bruce Martin from Blues Cafe in Southbury CT & Pam Robinson from The Folk Project & curator of the New Jersey Uke Fest. Big thanks as always to mainstage manager Donna Grande & our intrepid showcase wrangler, Don Beesley. A special, heartfelt thank you to GRASSY HILL ENTERTAINMENT for their continued sponsorship of the showcase and festival.

Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase 2020
We have 11 wonderful artists this year, Andy Baker, Buffalo Rose,
Indian Summer Jars, John Beacher, Kala Farnham, Karyn Ann, Lynne Hanson,
Randy Lewis Brown, Shanna in a Dress, The Real Sarahs & The Levins.

Much thanks to this year’s showcase judges, Dalis Allen from Kerrville Folk Fest and SWRFA , Wanda Fischer from WAMC & Alan Rowoth from Folk & Big Orange Tarp

Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Booking/Showcasing Guidelines

FRFF begins booking every year by December 1st. At that time we have carefully tabulated all our audience surveys and begin with the artists most requested. Artists may submit electronically for a feature performance spot and/or the Emerging Artist Showcase via our online platform SUBMITTABLE. See their website for general information at

How Do We Decide Whom To Book?

FRFF has 4 stages. Dance is booked first, Main Stage next, and Family Stage last. The Workshop stage features different combinations of performers booked on the other 3 stages sharing sets on a variety of topics. Some performers are booked specifically for one stage but most appear on more than one.

The Artistic Director makes all programming decisions, but before doing so, our audience surveys are carefully tabulated. A great deal is decided by our audience including specific artists & types of music to include. New performers are sought out every year. Sources include radio, internet, other venues & recommendations.

For Feature Performance Consideration

You must be an established artist with a following in the northeast. There is an additional opportunity for EMERGING artists, see below. The Feature Submission link on SUBMITTABLE is active from mid-December to February 10th. Check the SUBMITTABLE site for any deadline changes.

Emerging Artist Showcase Information

The Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Showcase is open to all performers who have not showcased in the last two years and who will not be appearing in any other capacity including sideperson or special guest in the current year. This is a two song or ten-minute spot on our Main Stage on Friday afternoon.

There is a $20 Showcase application fee.

Selected artists appear in the program book, are assisted by our excellent stage & sound crew and may have their mailing list and merch in our sales tent. While there is no compensation for this showcase, artists receive full admission, on-site camping and meals for the entire festival plus one guest pass per act. The showcase is not a contest. However, the audience is surveyed as to which three showcase artists they wish to see return to the Most Wanted Song Swap (MWSS) at FRFF the following year. Three to four artists are invited to return.

The showcase and song swap are an opportunity to be seen and heard in a large amphitheater setting with hundreds of folk fans, presenters, agents, record labels and media in attendance. A committee of 3 music professionals review submissions and make selections. The only criteria are high quality performances of interesting, well-crafted, acoustic based material. It need not be original.

All showcase applicants will be notified no later than June 15. More details on production, merchandise, camping will be sent to all selected artists.

To apply for either FEATURE or SHOWCASE, use the SUBMIT BUTTON below.

Falcon Ridge Artistic Director
Anne Saunders