SFF 20th Anniversary

(Sisters Folk Festival — December 6, 2015) —

“From Blues to Bluegrass” is part of the Sisters Folk Festival theme and, for the 20th festival anniversary, there was a lot sandwiched in between blues and bluegrass.

This past weekend, folk, Celtic rock, country, zydeco, soul, soft acoustics, rocking Texas swing and more filled Sisters with over 45 acts on 10 stages and an appreciative audience on their feet screaming “More! More!”

From Blues to Bluegrass” is part of the Sisters Folk Festival theme and, for the 20th festival anniversary, there was a lot sandwiched in between blues and bluegrass.

This past weekend, folk, Celtic rock, country, zydeco, soul, soft acoustics, rocking Texas swing and more filled Sisters with over 45 acts on 10 stages and an appreciative audience on their feet screaming “More! More!”

The three-day event sailed along seamlessly as over 140 music events, an equal number of set changes, sound checks and artist relocations, were all kept on-time by vigilant stage managers and a steady stream of dedicated volunteers. In addition to the usual array of guitars, fiddles, mandolins and stand-up base, there was an eclectic blend of horns, cellos, a saw, unusual drum sets and accordions.

Many of the artists were new to the Sisters Folk Festival, but some were returning from previous years. The Subdudes, an American roots rock band hailing from New Orleans, preformed on stage at a much smaller Sisters Folk Festival 10 years ago. With a blend of folk, New Orleans rhythm and blues and country sounds, they rocked the stages playing to packed tents and people standing around the edges dancing.

Last year’s favorite, Darlingside, again provided an eclectic blend of folk, beautiful harmonies and rich voices around a single microphone.

Shinyribs brought their spirited, down-home R&B-based music from Austin, Texas, to electrify and entertain the festival with wild music filled in with horns and raucous footwork and on-stage dancing by the band’s leader, Kevin Russell.

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