Hello all, and happy end of August to you!
We want to share some good news with you. Though we remain officially cancelled for this year, neither you, nor our artists, are forgotten. We are busy arranging a series of virtual events to be held during the original Festival dates (Sept. 17 – 20). These will feature some of our favorite artists from past years, as well as artists we had planned to have this year.
These events are planned to include performances each of the four evenings, and also to include workshop opportunities during the day. In that regard, if you are fiddler you can look forward to a workshop with Martin Hayes. If whistle and/or flute is your pleasure, we will have Kevin Crawford. I think that you can expect additional artists to be added as workshop presenters.
There will not be an admission charge for any of the events, as we want you to be able to take in whatever you have the time for. However, we likewise want this to benefit our artists in a year that has been extremely tough for musicians to make their living. Therefore, each event will have a donation option for that artist. Please be assured that 100% of all donations will go to that artist. We encourage you to be as generous as you can, but please “attend” regardless of whether you can donate.
In the days to come we will be announcing the schedule of virtual events, as well as guidance about how you can access each event. YouTube will be the most frequently used performance platform, but Facebook may also be used. You can expect that Zoom may be used for some workshops, in addition to YouTube or Facebook.
As you look forward to our schedule here’s a taste of the lineup we expect to share with you.