The ninth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival will be held Saturday, August 17, 2019 at the Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby OH 44094.
The festival features Madison Violet, Charlie Mosbrook and Matt Watroba on stage at night, plus music workshops, jams and children’s activities noon-5pm indoors and out. There’s a dinner break 5-7:30pm. Spend the day in Willoughby and watch, play, listen, dance.
Bring your instrument to jam around the grounds.. 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.
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. In 2019 the Blue Sky Folk Festival moved to the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby. NEOMHA also produces the annual Lake Erie Folk Fest in Euclid in collaboration with Shore Cultural Centre.