Yellow River Folk Music Festival July 6 | Arts & Culture
The Burnett County Historical Society will present the first annual Yellow River Folk Music Festival at Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park in Danbury, WI, on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
According to a press release: As an educational/interpretive site, Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park interprets our heritage in a variety of formats appealing to a variety of people. Yellow River Folk Music Festival expands the current offerings using the medium of music—specifically, folk music. Going back to its fur trade roots, music has helped shape the Folle Avoine story in many ways.
Voyageurs sang tunes appropriate to the rhythms needed to paddle canoes and for their own entertainment, often adding lively fiddle tunes into the mix. Settlers arriving from northern Europe brought with them their own varieties of music. These often blended with native rhythms to produce new variations on the "people's music",what we now call "folk music".
But beyond the historical connections to this historic site, it's just good music! Many of the groups that will be performing are known across the Midwest; some across the country, such as Monroe's Crossing, Ring of Kerry, McInnis' Kitchen, Bill & Kate Isles, Ross & MacKenzie, the Flyin' A's, and The Beavers. Duck for the Oyster and the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers add their unique folk dance to the venue. Sons of the Voyageurs , Take 3, and Steve Pearson add a local, northwestern Wisconsin flavor. Expect to hear familiar melodies and tunes along with original compositions throughout the day.
Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, with its expanse of open fields within its northwoods setting, provides a unique venue to showcase this musical style. Two stages will be in use for non-stop music throughout the day. Trader's Row will be abuzz with artisans, crafters, and other vendors displaying their wares and eager to help you find the perfect gifts for yourself and others. A number of interpreters will be positioned around the historic site to give you a sense of our roots at this bend on the river.
There will be music for the children and a children's story hour. The Forts Gift Shop will be open for you to peruse and buy that special souvenir of your day here.
And, what's a festival without food and drink? Purchase a beverage and snack as you wander the grounds and listen to the music, or find a quiet spot in the shade of the trees along the river to enjoy a meal.
For more information, contact Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park, 715-866-8890, and watch www.theforts.org for updates.