Madison Violet, the Juno-nominated singer-songwriter duo from Toronto, headlines the evening concert at the August 17, 2019 Blue Sky Folk Festival in Willoughby, Ohio.

Canadian indie folk duo headlines Blue Sky Folk Festival on  August 17

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Madison Violet has been deemed one of the best female duos to come out of Canada. The singer-songwriter team of Lisa MacIsaac and Brenley MacEachern continues to woo audiences and critics alike with their engaging performances and brilliant musicianship.

And now they are coming to the ninth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival, a gem of an event that brings musicians and folk music fans from all over Northeast Ohio to Willoughby for a day of concerts, jamming, and learning.

On Saturday, August 17, 2019 the  Blue Sky Folk Festival comes to its new location at The Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Avenue (Route 20), Willoughby, Ohio 44094.

This year the Blue Sky presents two separate events on August 17, a daytime program and an evening concert.

Evening Concert with Madison Violet

With six studio albums after nearly two decades together, the award-winning Madison Violet from Toronto moves effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

The evening concert program fills out with original and traditional folk music performances by two creative tunesters.

Emcee/musician Matt Watroba was recently named to the Folk Alliance International D.J. Hall of Fame after a career as the voice of folk music in hosting public radio programs in Michigan, Ohio and at Folk Alley. He sings and writes songs of compassion, inner strength, humor, and everyday living.

You will remember Charlie Mosbrook when you hear his inventive lyrics and beautiful bass voice. Charlie’s song “Remember Who We Are” earned him 2nd place in the 2018 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting contest in Okemah, Oklahoma.

Evening Concert admission $20 online, $25 at the door while tickets lastDoors open 7 p.m., presale tickets holders 6:45 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.

Daytime Program

During the Day Program under separate admission, enjoy more than 45 music workshops,  jams and concerts on two stages. Performances feature such popular and creative musicians as Hal Walker & Friends (right, from Kent, Ohio), Sheela Das, Bob and Lenora Yocum, Don Landies and Family Dog, and banjo legend Doug Unger.

This year for the first time the Blue Sky Folk Festival will offer a day-long track of contra dance workshops and dances, led by callers Carol Kopp, Bill O’Connor and Kenny Wilson.

There are scheduled jams in Old-Time, Slow Old-Time, Western Swing and Old-Time Banjo led by professional musicians, plus popup jamming all over, all day, indoors and out.

For Irish and dulcimer enthusiasts, a trial tent is set up for jamming with no schedule and no leaders. We’ll see what happens!

Matt Watroba will emcee the daytime concerts as well as lead a community sing workshop.

Daytime Program admission  $10 online or at the gate, under 13 free. Jammers bring your instrument for $2 off at the gateGates open 11 a.m., day program noon – 5 p.m.

Dinner Break

Stick around after the Day Program and enjoy a dinner break from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. before the evening concert. Head to the shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Willoughby, a 16-minute walk (three minutes by car) – or stay at the Fine Arts Association for more jamming, whether you play or just like to watch. There will be food vendors, plus beer and wine available. This is our first year for this format, who knows what will happen?

Buy Tickets!
Tickets are available at the gate or online. Daytime program $10 online or at the gate, under 13 free. Jammers bring your instrument for $2 off at the gate. Evening concert$20 online, $25 at the door.
From left: Singer/songwriter Kate Kooser, master musician and instrument builder Doug Unger, and Ken Roby, who will lead an old-time slow jam at the Blue Sky.

Bring the Kids

We’re a family friendly affair. What better way to spend the day, surrounded by music, community and sunshine. Children are welcome at the Blue Sky concerts, workshops and jams as well as planned kids activities. They are our future musicians!

Mountain Dulcimer Raffle

We are grateful to Pat and George Suchy for their donation of a mountain dulcimer crafted by George.


Free, safe and secure parking is provided at the Fine Arts Association, 38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, OH 44094, and adjoining Andrews Osborne Academy parking lots.

Brought to you by . . .

The Blue Sky Folk Festival is brought to you by the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region through the creation of inspiring experiences that stimulate a personal love and appreciation of folk music. The Blue Sky Folk Festival and Lake Erie Folk Fest depend on your gifts and sponsorships to bring these very affordable events to a larger public.

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The Blue Sky Folk Festival is made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC) The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

Why move?

The Blue Sky Folk Festival emerged in 2011 from the cauldron of an Appreciative Inquiry process at East Shore.  In  2014 the event moved under the umbrella of an independent nonprofit organization, the Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association. Why move to The Fine Arts Association? We loved our founding location at East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Kirtland, but with increased popularity and attendance, the festival needs larger classrooms and more parking. We’re excited about the change and look forward to welcoming the Fine Arts and Willoughy communities to our festival.


We thank the following organizations and individuals for their support:

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