WoodyFest, Saturday,Turnpike Troubadours, and extra

| September 3, 2017 | Reply

Photos and short story by Mary Jane Farmer — Click on the links below for many photos!

Just a short observation — Woody Fest, or by the full name The Woody Guthrie Festival, provides the best in acoustic or band, originals or covers of Woody’s and other folk singers’ songs, and people/volunteers involved. In addition, the organizers also care about the continuation of this long-lasting kind of music, to the extent that they provided, at the 2017 festival, someone provide and teach harmonica; classes in songwriting for children; the author of a book on

Turnpike Troubadours

Huntington’s disease, which is what claimed Mr. Guthrie’s life in 1967; and lots of other sessions of interest. The musicians also go out into the community, taking the music to those who, for whatever circumstances, can’t attend the festival. Labors of love, all of them.

Although they provided entertainment throughout the festivals’ days and evenings (some free, others requiring ticket purchases), organizers also encouraged other venues to provide music.

And there’s so much sitting in with each other. The musicians are all respectful and eager to encourage others, often by including their guitar, keyboards, accordion, and other instrument talents, (and if you’ve ever seen or heard David Amram, you’d know why I can’t list all the instruments.) plus vocal leads and harmonies.

Tony Ramey

The 2018 festival will run from July 15-18, again and always in Okemah, Okla., the birthplace of Woody Guthrie. Keep your eye on the Website, www.WoodyFest.com, for all the details

as they become available.

For Saturday’s performers (at least the ones I was able to attend), click here

For Turnpike Troubadours’ photos of Thursday night, click here

For many other photos, click here







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