The seventh annual Blue Sky Folk Festival features Paul Kovac, Bill Lestock, Ron Bonkowski, Scott Pearson, Drew Bonnis, Hot Djang, Lost State of Franklin and other original folk and bluegrass music on an indoor stage, plus many activities indoors and outside. Spend the day in Kirtland and watch, play, listen, dance.
Bring your instrument to jam around the grounds, where the music can get pretty rollicking. Professional musicians, students and amateurs are welcome, as well as appreciative audiences and the music-curious. Come to master classes and beginner workshops on hammered dulcimer, Irish fiddle, clawhammer banjo, song writing, various jam genres and more, included in the price of admission. Families can enjoy music-related activities and a busy playground. Great food, including vegan/vegetarian options.
Other performers are Matt Watroba, Family Dog, Dan Bankhurst and more. Artistic direction and sound is by Will Craig.
The festival is produced by Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association (NEOMHA), whose mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region. Our goal is to create experiences that inspire a personal love and appreciation of folk music.
The Blue Sky was started in 2011 by East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. The festival was turned over to NEOMHA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, in 2014. NEOMHA also produces the annual Lake Erie Folk Fest in Euclid in collaboration with Shore Cultural Centre.