Artist in Focus: Sage Snider

Folk Fest is proud to present, for the second year in a row, Sage Snider. See her play on Saturday, April 25th.

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Sage Snider describes herself as a “radical fiddler.” Hers is truly a show you have to see to believe. Simultaneously combine one part fiddling, one part singing, and one part tap dancing and you can start to imagine exactly how radical the experience is.

Sage started playing violin under the Suzuki  method at the age of three, learning to read music before learning to read. Her mastery of classical violin lead her to a violin conference wherein she first discovered fiddling. She fell in love with playing and interpreting music beyond the notes on the page and has been doing just that ever since. A self-described, “obsessive-practicer,” Sage surrounds herself with her many instruments so, in a moments notice, she can translate her thoughts into sounds.

Sage comes from a family comprised of composers and prodigies and certainly fits right in. While an undergrad at Yale, she played in both the Symphony Orchestra and Bluegrass Band. She’s lived in Vermont as a resort musician and a member of a rock band. Currently, she’s pursuing a graduate degree at Brown studying American History and Music History.

For Sage, growing musically is growing socially. She collaborates with other musicians once a week and loves the challenge of navigating a new group dynamic. She feels inspired by the musical conversations she has through her instrument and strives to “jam intelligently.” She’s also inspired by her favorite artists, some of whom she’s studied under, such as Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor, Bruce Molsky, and Casey Drissen.

We were completely blow away by her set at last year’s Folk Festival, which she earned after winning our Student Battle of the Bands. Sage is currently preparing a Solo Show within the TAPS department at Brown, drawing a lot of influence from Civil War era fiddling. We can expect her trying out some new pieces from her studies at this year’s Folk Fest. While talking with us, Sage also discussed how she loves covering music because it allows her to translate more emotion and personal sentiment through her interpretation. In following last year’s covers of “If I Die Young” and “Devil Went Down To Georgia,” we can expect to be moved and awed by more covers this year.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see an incredibly dedicated and talented Brunonian folk out on Lincoln Field, April 25th.

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Lineup Announcement!

1277824_654336897953935_1664447612658030408_oThe time has finally come, festers! The official 2015 lineup has been released! Check out our Artist in Focus series right here on the blog for more information about the artists, and poke around the website for volunteer info, directions, and contact info for any other questions you may have. Also be sure to check out and share our Facebook event to let your friends know where you’ll be that weekend.

Friday, April 24th is $2 at Pembroke Field House — you can buy your tickets right here!

Saturday, April 25th is free and open to the public on Lincoln Field!

Want to help out at the Fest? We’re always looking for volunteers! Check out the volunteers page to get in touch with us.

Shoot us an email with any questions at brownfolkfest@gmail.com… and get stoked for the Fest!

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Artist In Focus: Tall Tall Trees

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Welcome back, Festers! As the days get warmer and Spring is finally underway, we’re excited to debut even more performers in our Artist In Focus series! Mike Savino, known as Tall Tall Trees, took some time out of his busy rehearsing and performing schedule to chat with us about his music and the Folk Fest! Be sure to come watch his performance on Friday, April 24th at the Pembroke Field House!

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Tell us about yourself! How did you get started in music? How did Tall Tall Trees start?

I’ve been involved in music for a really long time, and I started performing as Tall Tall Trees in 2010 or so. Tall Tall Trees started as a four-piece band, and has kind of evolved into a one-man band thing using a lot of leaps and technology to expand the range of banjo in modern music!

I picked up saxophone in fourth grade, and I’ve really been playing music since then. I started in the public school system playing in band, and I just stuck with it the whole time! I’ve played everything from saxophone to bass to double bass, and now I play banjo mostly. Someone gave me a banjo when I was in college, and I had always loved the sound of a banjo. So I started to mess with it in my early 20s, but I got really serious about it in about 2005, when I was like, “Wow. I want to write songs and play banjo.” So I’ve been playing that long, developing my own style!

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Artist In Focus: Kale

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Hiya, Festers! Welcome to the first official post of this season’s blogs. We are excited to keep y’all up-to-date with Fest artists, vendors, adventures, things to look forward to… So here we present a series of Artist Profiles! Keep an eye out for a new artist to be featured every week, who will be playing on either Friday or Saturday of the Fest. We will sit down with the artists to discuss music, inspiration, folk, the Fest, anything that we think will add to the wonderful experience that will be April 24th and 25th!

We are stoked to begin our Artists In Focus series with a wonderful band from RISD, Kale!

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Tell us a little bit about yourself! Where are you from? What brought you to Providence?

I’m from Korea, I moved out here about eight years ago. I came to Providence on my own when I visited RISD. I was walking around — I like not-so-crowded places — and saw the trees and small buildings. I like the people, too, it’s like a small, packed bubble with more students around! I was on RISD beach, and the weather was really nice, and I was sitting there and said: “Yeah, it’s cool!”

When did you start Kale? 

Kale was my name when I went to high school in California! I decided to be Kale. On the first plane to America, the person who sat next to me was trying to figure out my Korean name. Then we tried to come up with an English-sounding name, so I thought that Kale was cool! Then, later on I found out it was a vegetable… Now it’s kind of a superfood all of a sudden, right? So maybe it makes more sense now!

I started Kale as a band this summer. I usually play on my own — it’s more like a project when I play with other people.

Do you think that RISD has impacted your sound or music in any way?

Yeah, yeah! I started playing when I started going to school here. I ended up living on the music floor, where people had instruments and things like that. So I started borrowing guitars and learning a bit more there! I knew how to play before, but I think that’s where I started playing more with friends, and making music together.

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Welcome!

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Folk yeah!

We folk festers think that one of the best parts about the Fest is not only the product (who doesn’t love that day of sunshine, banjos, dancing, facepaint, henna…), but the process! So much goes into putting together this Fest for y’all, and we want to take everyone along for the ride.

This blog is a new adventure for us — more than anything, we want to share more about the artists and creatives that we feature during the Fest. The best part of folk is the storytelling and engaging music… so why wouldn’t we continue that storytelling beyond the day of the Fest?

We’ll keep you posted with featured artists, vendors, playlists, photos… anything that we think would add to your Fest experience, we’ll share as soon as we can! So stay tuned, y’all, exciting things are ahead…

PS. Below you’ll find updates from past years — take a peek to see what exciting events could be happening in 2015!

Folk Fest 2014 Lineup!

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for – here’s the official lineup for the 2014 Folk Festival!  Come join us for an awesome day of folk music and festivities on April 19th!

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12:00pm – 12:30pm: Emma Ruddock
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Dean T
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Laney Jones
2:30pm – 4:00pm: Singer-Songwriters — featuring Steve Allain, Lizzie Davis, Joshua Garcia and more!!
4:00pm – 5:00pm: Poor Remy
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Tall Heights

SAYLES HALL

6:00pm – 6:30pm: ARRR!!! (Brown’s only pirate-themed, sea-shanty-singing a capella group)
6:30pm – 7:00pm: Alfie
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Sage Snider
8:00pm – 9:00pm: Monica Rizzio & Old Kings Highway
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Sugar Honey Iced Tea
10:00pm – 11:00pm: The Trouts
11:00pm – 12:00pm: Mighty Good Boys

Check out 2013’s schedule here!

Announcing the 2013 Lineup!

We’re excited to announce the 2013 lineup — it is going to be a phenomenal year, really not one to miss!

Can’t wait to see you at the festival!

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12:00pm – 1:00pm: Gil Moss
1:00pm – 1:30pm: ARR!!! (Brown’s only pirate-themed, sea-shanty-singing a capella group)
1:30pm – 2:30pm: Chasing Blue (High-energy New England bluegrass band)
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Kyle Carey (Singer-songwriter. Gospel twined with Celtic notes)
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Smith & Weeden (Providence-based Americana & Country)
4:30pm – 6:00pm: Singer-Songwriter in the Round (A showcase of local singer-songwriters featuring: Hayley Reardon, Ian Fitzgerald, Sarah Borrello, Matt Borrello)

SAYLES HALL

6:00pm – 7:00pm: Student Bands! (will be announced April 1st)
7:00pm – 8:00pm: Second Hand Suits (Original music infused with blues, folk, and gypsy jazz)
8:00pm – 9:00pm: The Sugar Honey Iced Tea (Female quartet that draw from the great American traditions of old timey and folk)
9:00pm – 10:00pm: Vudu Sister (Folk, Bluesy, Rock & Roll)
10:00pm – 11:00pm: Tallahassee (A roots rock band)
11:00pm – 12:00am: Mighty Good Boys (A rock and roll band with healthy influence of Appalachian & other folk music styles)

Check out 2011’s schedule here!

Folk Fest 2012

Brown University – Lincoln Field and Sayles Hall

Music noon to midnight, Saturday, April 14th, 2012

The Brown University Folk Festival seeks to bring together the Brown, RISD, and Providence folk music communities through a day of music and lightheartedness. The festival is completely FREE and OPEN to the public.

The line-up is almost set, stay tuned!

Check out merriment from past years’ festivals here.

2012 will feature yet another round of superb musical acts, workshops, evening contra dance, craft and food vendors, and T-shirts.

Be sure to submit your design for the annual t-shirt contest.

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