Folk Festival

Folk Festival


"Don't Let Your Burden Touch the Ground"

May 31, 2014

"Round-Robin" Artists

Sam Moss

sam-moss-web.jpgSam Moss is a Brattleboro, Vermont based songwriter and string player. In fall 2013 he released his eighth solo album, No Kingdom. Moss has also released two albums with the old-time duo, The Howling Kettles, and compiled Imaginational Anthem Volume Five for Tompkins Square Records. In fall 2012 he was in residence at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH. His work has won high praise from NPR, Dusted, Pop Matters, and Blurt Magazine, among others. Moss' playing is heavily informed by pre-war American country, blues, and folk (Blind Willie Johnson, Jimmie Rodgers), post-1950 pioneers of outer sound (Morton Feldman, Sonny Sharrock), and contemporary solo guitarists (Jack Rose, Glenn Jones). Give him a listen!


kerri-powers.jpgKerri Powers spent most of her early childhood listening to music, reading, painting, and writing stories. One of her favorite things to do was to sit and listen to her mother's record collection. "I would sit in a wicker rocking chair by the record player and sing along to the songs. I remember hearing John Prine's, Hello in There for the first time and felt soemthing magical happen; a momentary yet memorable trip to a sad but hopeful place of lonely old faced." kerri says listening to songwriters like John Prine, Neil Young, and Bob Dylan were a way for her to overcome shyness. Powers has appeared at many prestigious venues and folk festivals including The Boston Folk Festival. Her strong smoky voice and commanding stage presence will seduce you from the moment you hear her music. 


rachael-sage.jpgRachel Sage is a soulful vocalist and innovative multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter and producer, and has earned a loyal following for her dynamic piano playing, delicate guitar work, soulful vocals and improvisational audience interaction. Sage has shared stages with Sarah McLachlan, A Great Big World, Judy Collins, Colin Hay, Shawn Colvin, Marc Cohn, The Animals and Ani DiFranco. She has performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received numerous songwriting awards including The John Lennon Songwriting Contest (Grand Prize) and several independent music awards. Her songs have appeared on MTV, HBO, the "Fame" soundtrack, and in the current season of Lifetime's #1 reality series, "Dance Moms."

Opening Act


kc-sisters-photo.jpgTHE KC SISTERS formerly The Casey Girl Sisters, formed in 2004 and released their first album in 2007. "Winter Wonderland" is a holiday CD complete with original arrangements of both standard and original holiday songs sung by the girls and backed by a jazz trio. The KC Sisters have performed over 500 concerts from live TV, live radio, country fairs, benefit concerts, churches, and libraries. Shows will include multi-harmonized vocals, instrumentals, country fiddling, acapella hymns, pop, jazz, standards, country, in truth, a wide variety of genres and styles!



poor-old-shine-web.jpgPoor Old Shine is a roots band with a grassroots ethos. The Connecticut quintet prizes the human element that underpins their music, from songwriting to recording to album design and even choice of record label. "You can't have music without people, whether it's electronic music or the oldest Delta blue players," singer and banjo player Chris Freeman says. "The people behind it are really important, and we always want to make sure that everything we do feels handcrafted and pure."

The band began writing songs influenced by Pete Seeger, vintage bluegrass and bands like the Avett Brothers; recording a pair of self-released EPs and spending time on the road. Poor Old Shine played live shows before increasingly appreciative audiences in renowned venues, including the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington D.C., Club Passim in Cambridge, Mass., Rockwood Music Hall in New York and Infinity Hall in Norfolk, Conn., where the musicians recorded a live album in 2012. Poor Old Shine one of the most exciting roots albums of the year, from a self-assure young band that's just now hitting its stride- and worked hard to get there.


  • $22 Adult
  • $17 Senior
  • $12 Youth
  • $17 USJ Faculty & Staff
  • FREE for USJ Students