New Haven, CT – CT Folk is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2010 Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo. Legendary folk and country singer Nanci Griffith will headline the Connecticut Folk Festival and Green Expo’s main stage concert on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, in New Haven’s Edgerton Park. Nanci Griffith’s career has spanned 18 albums, several international tours, and a Grammy for best contemporary folk album, as well as activism on behalf of Vietnam veterans and the wrongfully convicted. The 5 p.m. concert under the stars will also feature acclaimed singer-songwriter Susan Werner, The Kerry Boys (a favorite of the Irish music scene), Connecticut State Troubadour Lara Herscovitch, and the mesmerizing “musical circus” of Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams.
The CT Folk Festival and Green Expo kicks off on Friday Sept. 10, with the Grassy Hill Song Circle, a unique evening of collaborative entertainment. Four of the hottest musicians on the indie/Americana scene will play solo work and then accompany each other in a jam-session atmosphere: Trina Hamlin, Reed Waddle, Seth Glier, and Mark von Em. For the first time, the Grassy Hill Song Circle will also be held in the magical atmosphere of Edgerton Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday afternoon, Edgerton Park will be the site of CT Folk’s fifth annual annual Green Expo, a free afternoon event (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) featuring 75 exhibitors, demonstrations and activities to promote living a sustainable life, as well as a free family concert and activities for kids. This year, the Connecticut Green Expo will focus on the theme “Local is green.” Local food, local farming, local services, local transportation options and local musicians will all be highlighted.
As part of its annual family programming, CT Folk’s World Stage will offer a free family concert during the Green Expo on Saturday afternoon. For the first time, the Expo’s World Stage will feature the top five artists from our CT Folk’s 2010 songwriting contest in a competitive showcase. A judging panel made up of accomplished musicians and community leaders will select one outstanding performer to join the Main Stage line-up later that evening. The Festival will conclude at noon on Sunday, September 12 with the Dava Hoot, an informal community singalong hosted by Connecticut’s own Pierce Campbell, at noon in Edgerton Park.
Now in its second decade, the Connecticut Folk Festival & Green Expo is a nonprofit, primarily volunteer organization based in New Haven. The Festival & Green Expo’s parent organization, CT Folk, is dedicated to traditional and contemporary roots music and to caring for the earth.