Performers 2014

Festival performers feature some of the most renowned bands in bluegrass and Americana music today. The Travelin’ McCourys will headline the Saturday night Big Show at the State Theatre of Ithaca and conduct an unplugged band workshop at La Tourelle on Saturday afternoon. Mr. Sun featuring Darol Anger, Joe Walsh, Grant Gordy and special guest Tony Trischka and the exciting new duo of Michael Daves & Brittany Haas will perform and teach throughout the weekend and join the McCourys for the Saturday night show at the State Theatre. Too Blue, a fine swinging bluegrass band from the New York City area, and Ithaca’s Paris Texas round out the lineup.



Claire Lynch Band (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Balsam Range (Friday and Saturday)
Molly Tuttle Trio (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
Hickory Project (Saturday)
Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (Saturday)

Chad Darou & Stealing Time (Saturday)
Paris Texas (Saturday)
Lineup as of December 6)

Unfortunately, Stuart & Beazley and the Willow Gardeners will not be able to perform and teach at the 2014 Winter Village Festival.  Hopefully we can have them back next year.

This year, both headliner artists, the Claire Lynch Band and Balsam Range, are here for the whole weekend of performances and workshops.  Our bands are recent award winners – Claire Lynch won the 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and Balsam Range won the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year for Papertown.

Claire Lynch Band (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Adobe Photoshop PDFClaire Lynch, 2013 IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, is also a distinctive songwriter and an engaging performer,  combinikng elements of folk, bluegrass, and pop music. Her tight, virtuosic band is an stellar ensemble comprising Mark Schatz (2-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year), soulful young gun, Matt Wingate (Doc Watson Guitar Champion), and Bryan McDowell (triple-first-place-winner, Winfield KS).   Click here to learn more about the Claire Lynch Band.

Balsam Range (Friday & Saturday)

9155-300x240Balsam Range creatively blends Bluegrass, Folk, Gospel and Jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Founded in 2007, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the Bluegrass and Acoustic music world. They were nominated for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2010 and 2011 and won the IBMA Song of the Year award in 2012 for the hit “Trains I Missed.Balsam Range’s latest CD, Papertown, was voted the 2013 IBMA Album of the Year. Click here to learn more about Balsam Range.

Molly Tuttle Trio (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)

Molly and JohnMolly Tuttle, John Mailander & Brittany Karlson create an honest and soulful mix of original and traditional music. This tight-knit trio formed after meeting at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. With a unique blend of provocative songwriting, tasteful arrangements and instrumental virtuosity, they are more than the sum of their parts. Click here to learn more about Molly, John and Brittany.

The Hickory Project (Saturday)

hickory BWWhat started as a routine experiment has turned into a revolutionary project, henceforth known as Hickory Project.  Formed in 2001, the band features hard–driving traditional and original acoustic music deeply rooted in bluegrass. Hickory Project is a powerhouse with the expert licks of National Mandolin Champion Anthony Hannigan, banjo phenomenon Dave Cavage, Steve Belcher on bass and Craig Vance on guitar. Click here to learn more about the Hickory Project

Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys (Saturday)

Jim Gaudet RRB Full 1 THUMBThe Railroad Boy’s sound is steeped in the tradition of “Acoustic Americana Roots Music.” They deliver a dynamic blend of traditional mountain music fused with Gaudet’s diverse contemporary songwriting. Currently The Railroad Boys are performing to support the release of their fourth CD, “Reasons That I Run”.  Since its release on March 1 at “The Linda”, WAMC’s Performing Arts Studio in Albany, NY, the reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.  The Railroad Boys have been getting strong radio airplay internationally and across the United States. Click here to learn more about Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Bands, who come from the Albany area.

Chad Darou and Stealing Time (Saturday)

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The impressive musical prowess and innovative style of Chad Darou & Stealing Time is a refreshing and promising sign for the future of bluegrass music.  The Band’s unique sound pushes the boundaries of the genre and is gaining critical respect from traditional and progressive fans alike. It’s not often that you find a bluegrass band with the quality and originality that you find in Chad Darou & Stealing Time.  Click here to learn more about Stealing Time.

Paris Texas (Saturday)

Bobby & Rick Portraits THUMBBobby Henrie and Rick Manning, a.k.a. Paris Texas, play most often as a duo with a repetoire of traditional bluegrass tunes and songs, and western and gypsy swing.  For our WVBF set, we will be joined by the great David Cavage of the Hickory Project on banjo, brother Doug Henrie on bass, and other special guests.   Bobby’s flatpicking guitar playing, a la Doc Watson, is not to be missed. To learn more about Paris Texas click here.

Gibson Brothers (2012 and 2013)
Della Mae (2013)
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (2013)
Tony Trischka & Territory with Michael Daves (2012)
Sierra Hull (2012)
Claire Lynch Band (2011)
Cornerstone (2011, 2012, 2013)
Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads (2011 & 2012)
Jesse Alexander Band (2011 & 2012)
John Cadley & the Lost Boys (2011)