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Great River Folk Festival

40th Annual  ::  August 28 – 30, 2015  
Riverside Park  ::  La Crosse, Wisconsin


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Beth Wood and David Stoddard

Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, and high-energy – an invitation to joy.

Wisconsin native David Stoddard is a song writer, teacher, radio host, and nonstop, passionate promoter of independent music. He writes songs that examine the human condition. Sometimes, a little too closely. (Read More. . .and sample videos)

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Cory Chisel

Cory Chisel is an old believer. You can hear it in his music – there’s a wisdom beyond his years in that voice. You can see it in his story – the son of a preacher, sheltered from pop music, raised on hymns and Johnny Cash. “Mom played piano and organ, my dad did the preaching, the thing that my sister and I could add to the service was to sing.” As fate would have it, the kid was born to do it.
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Jillian Rae

Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. (Read More. . .and sample music)

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Luray is banjo-inspired indie rock fused with classic country and folk, created by Shannon Carey. Live, Shannon Carey is joined by multi-instrumentalist Sarah Gilberg on guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals and Wilfredo Morales on upright bass.
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Peter Ostroushko & Dean Magraw

Peter Ostroushko has come to be regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan.
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Runaway Dorothy

Folk band Runaway Dorothy’s sensibility is both rustic and refined – mining folk, country, and alt-country with a songs-first restraint as to leave ample space for the group’s captivating storyteller lyrics, mesmerizingly melancholy vocals, and achingly beautiful harmonies.
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String Ties

String Ties calls the hills of the upper Mississippi home, blending Bluegrass, Old-time Country, Swing, Gospel, and Folk into an engaging version of acoustic music – evoking nostalgia, love lost and found, moonshine hills, and sturdy shoes on a barn-dance floor. (Read More)

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Susan Werner

Susan Werner, no stranger to the Great River Folk Festival, is equally at home in a folk genre and in jazz and standards. A gifted songwriter, she brings a high level of energy to each performance. The Washington Post wrote of her, “Werner continues to compose sharp, funny, compassionate lyrics, a gift rare enough to set her apart,” while the Philadelphia Inquirer noted,“"The classically trained and jazz-inspired singer is redefining the genre and winning admirers around the country.”