Blue Sky Folk Festival

Coming in 2020 – The 10th annual Blue Sky Folk Festival

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The 9th annual Blue Sky Folk Festival


Saturday, August 17, 2019


NOTE that we have MOVED this year from Kirtland!

Madison Violet headlines the 2019 Blue Sky Folk Festival 7:30 pm concert.Evening Concert
7:30 p.m.

Madison Violet concert featuring Juno-nominated songwriters/musicians Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac from Canada.

Also appearing:  extraordinary local talent Charlie Mosbrook  and, from Michigan, emcee and performer Matt Watroba.

Doors open 7 p.m., presale ticket holders 6:45 p.m. Admission $20 online/$25 at the door while they last. Pick up pre-sale tickets at Will-Call in lobby the day of the show.


Contra Dancing will be introduced to the Blue Sky Folk Festival this year. Photo by Jen Hearn

Day Program
Noon – 5 p.m. (gates open 11 a.m.)       Concerts all day; old-time, old-time slow, bluegrass slow, old-time banjo, Western Swing, Irish & dulcimer jams; contra dancing and contra dance workshops; workshops in banjo, guitar, fiddle, songwriting, community singing, kids music, much more. Admission $10; pay at the gate or order here. Bring instrument to jam for $2 off at the gate. Under 13 free.

Dinner Break
5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.     Enjoy our vendors and hang around for jamming, or explore Historic Downtown Willoughby restaurants and shops



Daytime program and evening program are purchased separately.

Evening Concert: $20 presale online, $25 day of show while they last. Pick up presale tickets at Will-Call in the lobby on the day of the show. Presale advised – this concert is likely to sell out.

Day Program: $10 at the gate or online, under 13 free, jammers with instruments $2 off if paying at the gate. 



Free, on-site, secure parking is at the Fine Arts Association parking lot, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094 and adjoining Andrews Osborne Academy,



The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094. NOTE that we have moved this year from Kirtland!

Performances and most workshops are indoors in air-conditioned comfort. Contra Dance added this year! Jamming is wherever you find it, indoors and out – plus you can look forward to scheduled jams in old-time, old-time slow, Western Swing, old-time banjo, bluegrass slow, and youth age 13 & up, led by some of the day’s performers and local professional musicians. Additionally, a tent for Irish music & dulcimer will be available – no schedule, no leaders, just show up and play.

What to Expect

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, and BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT for a discount on admission! Enjoy workshops and master classes, jams, dancing and fun. Play, sing, dance and listen. Multiple indoor and outdoor jam areas and an inside main stage.


Thank you

We are  grateful to East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland for hosting us the last eight years. At East Shore we unfortunately dealt with limited parking space and classroom sizes. Our move this year to the Fine Arts Association gives us room to grow. The Blue Sky Folk Festival was created in 2010 from the cauldron of an Appreciative Inquiry process at East Shore and the work of many talented volunteers. My gosh, we had a good time. Thank you, East Shore!




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The Blue Sky Folk Festival is produced by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501c(3) charitable organization formed in 2014. In addition, NEOMHA produces the Lake Erie Folk Fest in February in partnership with Shore Cultural Centre. From time to time, we also host concerts and support other events for the benefit of the Northeast Ohio folk music community.

9th Annual Blue Sky Sponsors
Ohio Arts Council Remarkable Lake County Village Blacksmith, Inc. Eileen M. Burkhart An Anonymous Donor Advised Fund



Please donate to Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association to help ensure the vitality of folk music in Northeast Ohio!