6th Annual Heart of the AllegheniesFolk Music Festival

August 7 - 9, 2009

Press Release


The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford will host the Sixth Annual Heart of the Alleghenies Folk Music Festival from August 7-9, 2009. This year, for the first time, General Admission is FREE to the public. Advanced Workshop admission is available at the festival for a nominal fee.

Festival attendees will have an opportunity to attend instructional workshops, dances, and open jam sessions featuring Old time, Bluegrass, Dulcimer, Autoharp, French-Canadian, Scottish, and World folk music in an informal college setting. Activities will begin on Friday afternoon with a public concert featuring workshop instructors, followed by a contra dance.

Saturday’s activities will include workshops in the morning and afternoon. Workshops will cover topics like old timey tunes on a mountain dulcimer, over coming stage fright, new techniques on various instruments. These workshops (for all skill levels) will be held in the new Blaisdell hall. Workshops require pre-registration, but if they are not filled anyone may attend a workshop for $15.

An Instrument Exchange will give festival attendees an opportunity to buy, sell, or swap used instruments. This will take place all weekend. Organized & spontaneous open jam sessions will be happening on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All activities can be moved inside in case of rain.

Saturday night will feature a concert headlined by Claudia Schmidt and Celticladda. The concert will be followed by a contra dance. Both events will be open to the public at no cost.

A new addition to HOTAfest this year is the YOUNG FOLKIES TENT. Youngsters will have an opportunity to participate in musical games, learn to play an instrument, sing songs, participate in a rhythm workshop, etc. Regional music teachers will be helping to run this tent.

The University will be providing a unique and relaxing environment for the festival. Camping, Housing & Meals will be available at a very reasonable cost. All workshop, vendor, and dance areas are air conditioned, and hotel-style rooms come with hi-speed Internet access. All activities, lodging, and meals will be in very close proximity to each other.

The festival will conclude on Sunday with a gospel jam, a morning workshop session and an open stage and a farewell dance. The cost for an ALL WORKSHOP PASS is only $50. Jams, concerts, instrument swap, vendor areas, etc. are all free. (Housing and meals not included).

Heart of the Alleghenies Folk Music Association ( HOTA-FMA ) is sponsoring the festival. Local businesses are encouraged to help to offset the cost of this event by advertising in the Festival Program.

More Information can be found on the Internet: http://www.hotafest.com for more information on activities, workshops, performers and registration, or call Sue Neth 814-825-8971 sueneth@aol.com for housing, camping and meal information.




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