Swallow Hill's 17th Annual Harvest Fest

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11 Oct 2008 11:00 am
12 Oct 2008 8:00 pm
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Swallow Hill Music Assoc

Previously known as the Swallow Hill Folk Festival, the Harvest Festival (HarvestFest) is Swallow Hill’s longest-standing tradition and is celebrating its 17th year in 2008. The event originated as the Folk-a-Thon, a 24-hour non-stop celebration of folk music and kinship, and has grown into a weekend event that is focused on what Swallow Hill does best: building community through interactive fun that revels in the merriment of great music.

The HarvestFest is also designed to encourage attendee participation from everyone of all ages and backgrounds, with children’s activities, workshops, jams and open mikes scheduled as complements to professional performances.

We’re kicking off this year’s feast of music with special performances from the South Austin Jug Band in Daniels Hall and Beppe Gambetta in Tuft Theater. (NOTE: These shows are individually priced and you can get tickets for South Austin Jug Band by clicking here or for Beppe Gambetta by clicking here.)

Saturday night will have a special performance focusing on ballads, by longstanding community members Harry Tuft and Carla Sciaky. This concert is included in the price you pay for an individual day or a weekend pass for the Fest.

Carla Sciaky and Harry Tuft have been presenting a yearly concert of ballads for the last three years to indulge their love for old and contemporary ballads and story songs. Harry says “I’m a sucker for a good story and a good melody makes it all the more delicious.” The interest heightened with the folk songs he learned in the late 1950s, particularly those with origins in the British Isles. Carla grew up listening to those sung by Joan Baez and memorized all the verses of her favorites, starting at age 9, and performing them in her teens. Together they explore early versions and variations of songs to demonstrate how they may have evolved over time. This year they are pleased to be joined by Vermont singer Cindy Mangsen, long time lover of traditional songs, along with her husband Steve Gillette and a few other guests to provide some musical variety.

Other performers scheduled to appear include Shalom Feivel and Rocky Mountain Jewgrass, The Rodolfo Betancourt Trio, Skean Dubh, The Hobo Nickels and Jubilant Bridge.

More details about the Harvest Festival will be announced here on our site so please check back. Buy the weekend package and save or buy individual day tickets. Children 12 & under are only $2 each day at the door!


Swallow Hill Music Assoc
71 E Yale Ave
Denver, CO 80210
United States

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