Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival set for Saturday

The Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival primarily features regional musicians. This year's event is slated for June 16 at Dickson Township Park in Brethren. (News Advocate File Photo)

The Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival primarily features regional musicians. This year’s event is slated for June 16 at Dickson Township Park in Brethren. (News Advocate File Photo)

By JANE BOND
Special to the News Advocate

BRETHREN— The rich tradition of folk music will continue this summer with the 41st annual Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival.

The festival will take place from noon to 10 p.m. on June 16 at Dickson Township Park in Brethren. It is free to attend, and will be a host of entertainment for the whole family with children’s activities, craft booths and food vendors.

Wanda Joseph, a founding member of the Spirit of the Woods Music Association, said that the bands this year are a mixture of new groups and returning musicians.

“We are featuring some bands that are new to us, and one of the big highlights this year is our opening group the Raion Taiko Drummers,” said Joseph. “It’s a really dramatic, wonderful group that we are excited to have this year.”

Vendors and other activities accompany a day of music during the Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival. (News Advocate File Photo)

Vendors and other activities accompany a day of music during the Spirit of the Woods Folk Festival. (News Advocate File Photo)

The energetic team of drummers will introduce the audience to the musical and cultural tradition of Japanese drumming, with a combination of traditional and contemporary works. The group hails from the Great Lakes Taiko Center in Novi, Mich.

The complete lineup of bands include the musical talents of Raion Taiko Team, Betse and Clarke, Dominic and Rachael Davis, Roger Brown and The Big Time Express, Miriam Pico and Cheryl Wolfram & Peace Love Music.

The festival will close with a rousing main stage set with the Drive South Band.

Joseph said that the festival primarily features regional musicians, alongside performers from as far as Kansas City.

“We like to introduce the community to the folk music scene in Michigan, but also introduce artists to the folk listeners in the area,” she explained. “We try to create a balance of celebrating the richness of the music scene while bringing in new talent.”

The festival incorporates not only a range of artists, but a range of music genres.

“The groups that perform take on a variety of music styles such as bluegrass, fiddle music, indie and blues,” Spencer added. “We’ve even had a reggae band in the past.”

In past years attendance has ranged from 600 to 1,000 people over the course of the day. Even with such a large crowd, the event maintains a laid-back and mellow feel.

“It’s a fun day filled with music, vendors, and activities,” said Joseph. “There’s something here for everyone.”

For more information, visit www.spiritofthewoods.org.

MAIN STAGE SCHEDULE

• Noon Raion Taiko Team

• 1:30 p.m. Peace Love Music

• 2:30 p.m. Dominic and Rachael Davis

• 3:30 p.m. Betse & Clarke

• 4:30 p.m. The Drive South Band

• 5:30 p.m. Dominic and Rachael Davis

• 6:30 p.m. Miriam Pico

• 7:30 p.m. Betse & Clarke

• 8:30 p.m. The Drive South Band

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