The eighth annual Blue Sky Folk Festival features the Bill Lestock Trio, Matt Watroba, J. Scott Franklin & Michael Bay; Rachel & the Beatnik Playboys, and the Vicki Chew Band. Featured acts will perform on an indoor stage. Music workshops, jams and children’s activities will be held indoors and outside. Spend the day in Kirtland and watch, play, listen, dance.
Bring your instrument to jam around the grounds, where the music can get pretty rollicking. Professional musicians, students and amateurs are welcome, as well as appreciative audiences and the music-curious. Come to master classes and beginner workshops on hammered dulcimer, Irish fiddle, clawhammer banjo, song writing, various jam genres and more, included in the price of admission. Families can enjoy music-related activities and a busy playground. Great food, including vegan/vegetarian options.
The festival is produced by Northeast Ohio Musical Heritage Association (NEOMHA), whose mission is to provide venues and opportunities for the performance, sustenance and preservation of folk music in our region. Our goal is to create experiences that inspire a personal love and appreciation of folk music.
The Blue Sky was started in 2011 by East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church. The festival was turned over to NEOMHA, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, in 2014. NEOMHA also produces the annual Lake Erie Folk Fest in Euclid in collaboration with Shore Cultural Centre.