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Tribes Hill and Host Late-Night Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Tribes Hill and AcousticMusicScenecom Host LateNight Song Swaps at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival

Triple A: Amy Speace, Abbie Gardner and Anthony da Costa will swap songs under the - Tribes Hill tent during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Saturday overnight. Photos: Robert Berkowitz/RSB Image Works & Kathy Gardner.

For the second year in a row, Tribes Hill will partner with (an online publication for the folk, roots and singer-songwriter communities) to jointly present late-night song swaps during the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, July 23-26.  

Now in its 2lst year, the festival takes place at Dodds Farm in Hillsdale, New York, located in the foothills of the Berkshires near the tri-state corner of New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  It features dozens of artists performing on several stages, a swingin' dance tent, children's music and activities, and a wide array of crafts, food and other vendors.

However, the fun doesn't end there. One of the true highlights of Falcon Ridge, for those who opt to camp on-site and stay up through the wee hours of the morning, are the impromptu jams, after-hours song circles and mini- showcases. These late-night sessions -- including the – Tribes Hill Song Swaps -- help foster a sense of "folk" community and a different kind of festival experience. co-creators and Tribes Hill members Michael Kornfeld and Glen Roethel will host late-night music under a big white canopy tent on the side of the hill on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, beginning shortly after the Main Stage quiets for the night. A pre-arranged hour or so of invitational song swaps each evening (or early a.m., depending on your vantage point) will be followed by open song circles to which folks are invited to bring their instruments, voices and ears. Some of the artists who will strut their stuff at the - Tribes Hill tent -- including John Flynn, Jay Mankita, Amy Speace and Abi Tapia -- also will be performing on the Main Stage and other stages during the festival.

The late-night music kicks off on Thursday night with two  song swaps. The first, extending from around 12:15 -1 a.m., will feature singer-songwriters Glen Roethel,* Kelly Flint*and Karyn Oliver, and the all-female trio Lucky 13. They will be followed by a trio of duos: Annie & Rod Capps, Friction Farm* and The YaYas* (minus one).

An hour-long invitational song swap on Friday will feature singer-songwriters John Flynn, Joe Iadanza*, Jay Mankita and Abi Tapia, along with the folk harmony trio Gathering Time*.

A "Triple A" song swap featuring Anthony da Costa*, Abbie Gardner* and Amy Speace is slated for Saturday overnight, from 12:30 -1:15 a.m. or thereabouts. Again, this will be followed by an open song circle to which all are invited -- either to sing, play, or just listen and enjoy.

For more information on the festival, visit

* denotes Tribes Hill member artist.

Tribes Hill Artists to Perform at Huntington Folk Festival, Aug. 1

Tribes Hill members Kelly Flint, Gathering Time (Glen Roethel, Stuart Markus and Hillary Foxsong), Joe Iadanza, Susan Kane, and The YaYas (Catherine Miles, Jay Mafale and Paul Silverman) will perform in the Showcase at the Huntington Folk Festival on Saturday, August 1.  

Now in its fourth year, the free, one-day festival, presented by the Folk Music Society of Huntington and the Huntington Arts Council, takes place at Heckscher Park on Main Street (Route 25A) in Huntington, Long Island, from 3 p.m. until late in the evening.    Headlining the festival is Peter Rowan, who will be joined on the park's Chapin Rainbow Stage by The Rowan Brothers (Chris and Lorin) for an 8:30 p.m. concert.  Unplugged showcases featuring artists from the New York metropolitan area and beyond are slated for 3-6 p.m. In addition to, Acoustic Live! in New York City and Beyond also will present them.

"I'm delighted that many of my friends from Tribes Hill will be participating in the festival this year," says Kornfeld, who also serves on the board of the Folk Music Society of Huntington.   He invites others to come and enjoy the music or bring their voices and acoustic instruments and participate in an open jam and song swap that also is set for the afternoon.  Festival goers are advised to bring lawn chairs or blankets and to consider bringing a picnic supper or venturing into nearby Huntington Village for dinner.

For more information on the Huntington Folk Festival, including showcase schedules and directions to the park, visit and click on the festival link.

updated: 12 years ago