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A community magazine featuring the official guide to the 2012 Sisters Folk Festival.



    Advertising Supplement to The Bulletin



    ALSO INSIDE:Western & Native American Arts Festival

    Sisters Fresh Hops Festival

    Sisters Harvest Faire

    Endorsed by

    Walking Woodys Road

    A tribute to folk legend Woody Guthrie

    Sisters Folk Festival Founding FathersHonoring the founders on this years festival poster

    Festival Lineup & Artist Schedule

    Including brief performer bios

    Venues & Festival Map

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    Village Green

    Melvins Fir Street Market

    Sisters Art Works

    Angelines Bakery

    Sisters Coffee Company

    Depot Caf

    Slicks Que Co.

    The Open Door at Clearwater Gallery

    Now, my true love she gets ailinWhen this dry old dust gets sailinAnd she wishes for the days beyond recall.If we work hard theres a futureIn that north Pacific landIm gonna hit that Oregon trail this comin fall.

    Oregon Trail by Woody Guthrie

    Its difficult to say if artist Dennis McGregor channeled the spirit of Woody Guthrie as he painted this years Sisters Folk Festival poster, but he perfectly captures the imagery of Guthries lyrics a pathway connecting a comfortable past with a

    limitless future.[The poster] is the essence of

    Sisters, said Brad Tisdel, executive director of the Sisters Folk Festival. The mountains, the musicians Dick Sandvik and Jim Cornelius, who founded the Folk Festival walking down the road toward the future... It honors the past while giving a nod toward what the festival can be in the years to come.

    This spirit permeates the 2012 Sisters Folk Festival, to be held in eight venues throughout Sisters on Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7-9. The festival will feature 41 acts this year, which includes headliners as well as emerging artists and song contest finalists.

    From the poster art (see story on page 14) to Friday nights Walking Woodys Road tribute to the late Woody Guthrie (see story on page 6), this years Sisters Folk Festival will honor the legacy of the event as well as the genre of Americana music.

    At the same time, performances by local Americana Project students and up-and-coming singer/songwriters of

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    a variety of styles offer a peek toward the future of the genre.

    But make no mistake, the bulk of the Sisters Folk Festival still lives in the present. Acclaimed artists such as James McMurtry, John Jorgenson, Mary Gauthier and Gregory Alan Isakov will certainly draw music lovers to the festival, but its the lesser-known artists on the schedule that thrill Tisdel.

    Theres going to be a lot of press in other places about Walking Woodys Road (featuring the Jimmy LaFave Band, Eliza Gilkyson, Slaid Cleaves, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion) and about James McMurtry, he said. Those are our biggest headliners, but Im also really excited about presenting music that people are not necessarily familiar with.

    Tisdel said artists like Abigail Washburn, Brian Blades Mama Rosa Band, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys, Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer may not be household names, but the quality of their music is fantastic and is going to surprise people.

    The fact that we have Brian Blade and John Jorgenson on the same stage on the same night, for the musicians in the group, is going to be a night not to miss, Tisdel said. Jorgensen is considered one of the greatest living guitar players in the world, and he played guitar for Elton John for six years.

    And within the intimate venues for which the Sisters Folk Festival has become known through the years, festivalgoers

    wont just hear the music they can experience the full sounds of the instruments and vocals while truly connecting with the performers.

    The larger venues will again be located in tents at the Village Green and behind the Sisters Art Works building, while Sisters Coffee Company, Angelines Bakery, Depot Cafe and Slicks Que Co. will host even more intimate performances.

    Two new venues will also host artists this year: Clearwater Gallery and Melvins Fir Street Market.

    Staying true to our mission of having small, intimate venues in businesses throughout town, I think these new venues will make nice additions to our schedule, Tisdel said.

    And they offer options for

    Photo by Lynn Woodward

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    festivalgoers, he added.The venues will be at ca-

    pacity at times, he said. When theyre full, were going to en-courage people to go to other venues because the quality of the talent throughout the lineup is very strong.

    This talent includes Emerging Artist sets on Saturday at Depot Cafe and Slicks Que Co. Song Contest finalists will also perform Saturday at Slicks Que Co., Angelines

    Bakery and Sisters Coffee Company.

    Cork Cellars, located inside Melvins Fir

    Street Market, will also host a set by Americana Song Academy participants. Saturdays

    performance will begin at

    4 p.m. and will be hosted by Bend songwriter Bill Valenti.

    The Americana Project is the educational component of Sisters Folk Festival, offering opportunities and inspiration for local students to create art through music as well as other means.

    Sisters Folk Festival, Inc. is much broader and bigger than just the three-day event, Tisdel said. We give our students in the Americana Project the opportunity to perform during the festival. Thats part of the legacy were leaving.

    For more information about the Sisters Folk Festival, the Americana Song Academy and the Sisters Americana Project, or to hear samples of music from this years performers, visit

    The Sisters Folk Festivals songwriting contest has beensteadily building momentum since its 1995 inception. From thestart, contest judges have been blown away by the quality andquantity of submissions. The first winner was Dave Carter, and he set the bar high. After his win, he and Tracy Grammer were regular performers at the Festival. After Daves tragic death, theSisters Folk Festival chose to honor him by naming the contestThe Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest.

    The contest is a showcase for outstanding but under-recognized performing songwriters. Some past winners includeBeth Wood, Darryl Purpose, Bob Hillman, Chuck McCabe,Christopher Smith and Dennis McGregor.

    This years finalists include Brad Colerick of Pasadena, Calif.;Drew Kennedy of New Braunfels, Texas; Ed Romanoff of Brooklyn, N.Y.; RJ Cowdery of Columbus, Ohio; and Shelley Miller of Chicago, Ill. The five finalists will vie for a $750 cashprize. They will all perform the songs they entered at the Sisters Folk Festival on Saturday, Sept. 8 at Angelines Bakery & Cafe. The winner will perform a short set to open the FestivalsSaturday night show on the Village Green Stage.

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    by Bunny Thompson, for The Bulletin Special Projects

    Most of us have heard about Woody Guthrie and his music. We may even know a few of his songs.

    But do we really know the travelin man who roamed this land writing songs that defended the oppressed and spoke for the poor? Do we really know the man whose songs covered politics and hard times from the Dust Bowl to the Great Depression, WWII to the dark days of the McCarthy era?

    Do we really know the man whose songs influenced so many songwriters including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Pete Seeger?

    Sisters Folk Festival wants you to know the man who wrote more than 3,000 songs and whose lyrics remain as pertinent today as they were in the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

    Walking Woodys Road is a traveling musical celebration of Woody Guthrie, who would have turned 100 years old this year. The show, which will grace the Village Green Stage at Sisters Folk Festival on Friday, Sept. 7, chronicles Guthries life

    through song, narration, poems and stories with many new songs being premiered, including lyrics from the Woody Guthrie Archives.