Tickets for WAMFEST 2013: The Appalachian Heritage are now available through Eventbrite! All WAMFEST events are hosted by Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace, and are free of charge. The FDU community and the general public are welcome to attend. Browse our full schedule, including performances by Loudon Wainwright III, C.D. Wright, Rosanne Cash (pictured) and others, and reserve your seat before they fill up!
Monday, October 28th
7-8:30 pm, Wilson Auditorium, Teaneck Campus
The Origins: A Conversation and Performance with Five-String Banjo Player Tony Trischka, Blue Highway’s Guitarist Tim Stafford, and Old-Time Bluegrass Mandolin Player Jesse McReynolds Accompanied by Banjo Player Steve Thomas, Co-Hosted by Carol Beaugard of WFDU and Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace
7:00-8:30pm, Lenfell Hall, Madison Campus
The Politics of Coal: Award-Winning Journalist Bob Hennelly interviews Environmental Advocate Joe Lovett of Appalachian Mountain Advocates
The Folk Song: A Conversation and Performance with Heralded Folk Singer Loudon Wainwright III (pictured)
Wednesday, October 30th
2:00-3:30 pm, Dreyfuss Theater, Madison Campus
Two Voices: A Conversation and Performance with Distinguished Poet C.D. Wright and Grammy Award-Winning Singer/Songwriter Rosanne Cash
5-6:30 pm, Lenfell Hall, Madison Campus
Songs and Stories and All That Jazz: A Conversation and Performance with Singers Tomi Lunsford and David Olney, followed by a Barbecue and an Appalachian Gathering (Open Mic Hootenany Free for All) with Olney/Lunsford and Members of The Folk Project
Save the dates – WAMFEST returns to FDU’s Madison campus on Monday, October 28th, Tuesday the 29th, and Wednesday the 30th! This year’s festival will focus on Appalachian heritage and how we can help to preserve and extend both its arts and the environment that gave birth to them.
Confirmed performers include the experimental, socially conscious and incredibly gifted poet C.D. Wright (pictured), former coal miner and iconic old-time banjo player Lee Sexton, the very talented and entrancing country/jazz songbird Tomi Lunsford (also the great niece of influential folklorist and musician Bascom Lamar Lunsford), and Joe Lovett, founder and executive director of Appalachian Mountain Advocates, an exceptional and important organization that works to save Appalachia from mountain-top removal coal mining and other atrocities. Throughout the events, WAMFEST performers and organizers will emphasize and discuss environmental advocacy relating to Appalachia and the Hudson River. As usual, our wonderful Artist-in-Residence Wesley Stace/John Wesley Harding will be hosting the festival. More performers T.B.A.
WAMFEST is free of charge. Non-students are strongly encouraged to attend; tickets will be available soon. Stay tuned for more details.