Thank you to everyone who joined us to sing, play and dance our hearts out for HOTAfest 2016!

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HOTAfest 2017
Heart of the Arts Folk Festival
JULY 14TH - 17TH

Free Concerts, Music and Art Workshops, Jam Sessions, Contra Dance and more!

HOTAfest 2016 proudly featured

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon has written hundreds of songs and garnered more than his share of accolades. His eclectic catalog of ballads, historical songs, children's songs, love songs, topical satire, fiddle and hammer dulcimer instruments, and even symphonic works are among the broadest in American folk music. His thirty-six albums have earned 6 Grammy nominations. His songwriting has been hailed by critics around the world; his song Christmas in the Trenches is considered a classic and was recently named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.

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Rachel Eddy

Rachel Eddy grew up in the hills of West Virginia where she was steeped in Appalachian music and dance from a very young age. She will be bringing to our stage her fiddle, guitar, banjo and song along with stories of American music from around the world. Rachel has traveled and taught old-time music throughout Europe where she has lived for the last many years, and we are delighted to welcome her back to the US and to her first HOTAfest!

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Great Groove Band for Young Musicians

School-age musicians (ages 6-18) bring their acoustic instruments and voices to HOTA, and in several hours of focused rehearsal over two days, they will experience the joy of music, learning, arranging and performing fiddle tunes and folk songs by ear. Learning to work cooperatively as a band, they prepare for a Saturday evening performance at the festival.

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HOTAfest is Generously Sponsored By:

Five M Foundation
Fleming Family Foundation




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