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Our 2016 Lineup

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival continues a tradition of bringing great live performances to Downtown Indiana —free! Acts representing a variety of genres, diverse and influenced by Appalachia, range from rising local and regional talent to national recording artists. NAFF headliners have included platinum-selling Rusted Root (2015), Pittsburgh legend and Springsteen collaborator Joe Grushecky along with the Houserockers (2014), and prominent folk figure Si Kahn (2013). Read on to meet 2016’s marquee performers.

DAR WILLIAMS – Saturday, September 10
A singer-songwriter and major force out of the New England folk scene, Williams’s work is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Joan Baez but with a sharply witty twist. Williams draws rave reviews for her live performances, including appearances at the Newport Folk Festival and St. Louis’s Mississippi River Music Fest. She is also noted for an impressive roster of collaborators over the course of a career spanning decades. Her most recent release and ninth studio record, 2015’s Emerald, drew Jill Sobule, The Milk Carton Kids and Grammy-winning Americana legend, Jim Lauderdale among others. Official Site

SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS – Saturday, September 10
Chapel Hill, NC trio Southern Culture On The Skids has been spreading the rock and roll gospel since 1983. Their greasy mix of surf, rockabilly, R&B and country fried garage with a side of psych is a musical gumbo that vocalist and guitarist Rick Miller calls “Americana from the wrong side of the tracks.” For over 30 years, the band have toured everywhere including Mt. Fuji, Japan, delivering what Rolling Stone calls “a hell raising rock and roll party.” Official Site


THE STICKERS – Friday, September 9
Western Pennsylvania-rooted brothers Jim, John and Joe Wodarek are up and coming country trio, The Stickers. The band has charted five songs in the US and four songs in Europe, including several top tens overseas. They have appeared in support of national artists including Zac Brown, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Trace Adkins, and Hank Williams Jr.
The Stickers were featured at the CMA Festival in Nashvile TN and their current, rising single ‘Countrified’ has been featured on the hit ABC TV series, Nashville as well as during the NHL All Star Game and Daytona 500. Official Site


JIMMIE ROSS and THE JAGGERZ – Sunday, September 11
Pittsburgh blue-eyed soul legends, Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz enjoyed national success in the 1970s with  their gold-selling single “The Rapper” — which rose to Number 1 on the Record World Charts and Number 2 on the Billboard Top 200. Their rich vocals and soulful grooves have been sampled by Wiz Khalifa, The Game and other hip hop artists. While the original lineup parted ways in 1975, founding members Jimmie Ross and Benny Faiella continue to perform and produce albums with the latest incarnation of the band, and were recently inducted into the Pittsburgh Rock ’N Roll Legends Awards 2016 class. Official Site


RAY OWEN – Saturday, September 10
Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Ray Owen “whips up a veritable feast of classic American songs and stirs in a healthy helping of humor” for audiences of all ages. A network television veteran, he has also performed with Garth Brooks, Arlo Guthrie and Bob Hope as well as having toured with Willie Nelson and America. The Gettysburg-based Owen, hailed by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “one of America’s premiere outdoor fair and festival performers,” has also been named a Pennsylvania Songwriter of the Year by the Pennsylvania Festivals Association. Official Site

Also Appearing at NAFF16

Ken Waldman – 7PM Thursday, September 8 at Indiana Theater
Anchorage, AK fiddler, storyteller and poet. Ken will appear with friends including:
Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers, Pittsburgh
The Early MaysLewisburg, WV

Marv Ashby and High Octane – Saturday, September 10
Hedgesville, WV “no holds barred bluegrass”

Diablo Dimes – Sunday, September 11
Shenandoah Valley “Storyville Balladeerin’ Dixie Boxcar Ridin’ Funeral Stompin’ Tearjerk Moanin’ Frolic Jumpin’ Moonshine Hollerin’ Roots Music”

Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers – Sunday, September 11
Stockdale, PA tight, high-energy string band music

Left Lane Cruiser – Sunday, September 11
Fort Wayne, IN  country blues-influenced rock

Jayke Orvis – Saturday, September 10
Pittsburgh, PA  country, roots and Americana

Tom Breiding – Saturday, September 10
Pittsburgh, PA  labor troubadour

Rosie and the Jammers – Friday, September 9
Johnstown, PA  polka festival veterans

Simple Pleasures – Saturday, September 10
Blairsville, PA  traditional, gospel and Civil War

Community Worship Experience – Sunday, September 11
Kirt Anderson (Pastor, Church of the Brethren, Indiana PA);
Shawn Miller (Worship Leader, Grace United Methodist);
Anthony Frazier (Worship Leader, His Word and Worship)
Service 10:30AM featuring a wide variety of worship types. “This local presentation will inspire, encourage, and help with growth of your faith. We look forward to sharing and spending time with you, your family and friends.”

Previous Festival Lineups

2015 Rusted Root  Bastard Bearded Irishmen (Pittsburgh/Celt rock) • Chris Higbee (Pittsburgh/country) • Poogie Bell Band (Pittsburgh/jazz) • Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (Indiana, PA/progressive) • Coastal Remedy (Indiana, PA/alt-rock) • Unknown String Band (Pittsburgh/”folk-grass”) • Jukehouse Bombers (Indiana, PA/blues rock) • Melville Walbeck (Indiana, PA/folk and Americana) • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers (Indiana, PA/roots) • Grist for the Mill (Indiana, PA/classics)

2014 Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers • Grand Ole’ Ditch (Cumberland, MD/Bluegrass) • Honey Spine (Western New York/acoustic duo) • Kim and Reggie Harris (Upstate New York/folk and gospel) • Simple Gifts (Central PA/folk) • Cormorant’s Fancy (Central PA/Celtic) • Trains, Moonshine and Jesus (Central PA/Bluegrass) • Backstabbing Good People (Pittsburgh/rock and soul) • Shelf Life String Band (Pittsburgh/Bluegrass) • Well Strung Bluegrass (Slippery Rock) • Tree (Johnstown, PA/Celtic and Bluegrass) • Up in the Batten House (Pittsburgh/”old-time,” folk tunes of Southwestern PA)  NewLanders (Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvanian folk) • Cornsilk (Indiana, PA/folk)

2014 Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Jim Harris photo

Jim Harris photo

2013 Si Kahn • Sue Massek (folk) • Coastal Remedy • Wisaal (fusion) • Jazzam (jazz-funk) • Well Strung • Striped Maple Hollow • Julia Voris (fiddler) • Fiddlin Joe’s Legacy • Mountain Therapy • Melville Walbeck • Trains, Moonshine & Jesus • Endless Mike and the Beagle Club • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers • Voices of Joy • Unknown String Band




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