Lo­cal, na­tional artists to jam at Corn­stock Folk Fes­ti­val

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - NEWS - BY CHAR­LOTTE L. JACOBSON STAFF WRITER Con­tact the writer: cja­cob­son@cit­i­zensvoice.com; 570-821-2061

Bask in the sun and lis­ten to top-notch mu­sic this La­bor Day week­end.

Folk mu­sic lovers and out­doorsy peo­ple alike can camp along the pic­turesque Tunkhan­nock Creek as the sixth an­nual Corn­stock Folk Fes­ti­val kicks off at Lazy Brook Park, run­ning from Aug. 31 through Sept. 2.

The three-day event prom­ises 19 lo­cally and na­tion­ally ac­claimed acts per­form­ing across the spec­trum of roots mu­sic, from folk to blue­grass, Amer­i­cana and reg­gae. Mu­sic at the rain-or­shine fes­ti­val takes place from 2 p.m. to mid­night Aug. 31; 11 a.m. to mid­night Sept. 1 and 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 2.

Head­lin­ing the fes­ti­val this year is Frank So­li­van and Dirty Kitchen. Headed by man­dolin­ist So­li­van, the blue­grass out­fit is com­prised of ex­pert mu­si­cians such as ban­joist Mike Mun­ford, award-win­ning gui­tarist Chris Lu­quette and bassist Jeremy Mid­dle­ton. The band’s al­bum “Cold Spell” earned it a 2015 Grammy nom­i­na­tion for best blue­grass al­bum.

Some lo­cal fa­vorites will grace the stage as well, in­clud­ing Indigo Moon Brass Band, MiZ, J.P. Biondo and Chris Kearney, Dave Brown and the Dis­hon­est Fid­dlers and host band the Hick­ory Project.

Wells­boro cou­ple Jil­lian and An­thony Han­ni­gan be­gan Corn­stock Folk Fes­ti­val af­ter trav­el­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally with the Hick­ory Project and re­al­iz­ing they wanted to share with au­di­ences the great num­ber of mu­si­cians they met along the way.

“My friends and peo­ple that come tell me that Corn­stock is just one of the most spe­cial places on earth,” Jil­lian Han­ni­gan said. “The at­mos­phere cre­ated there is like a peace­ful, mu­sic-lov­ing fam­ily.”

Lazy Brook Park pro­vided the per­fect at­mos­phere for the fes­ti­val they wanted to cre­ate. More than any­thing, the cou­ple strives to present a re­laxed, home­grown feel in the fes­ti­val, al­most like a fam­ily re­union.

This year, the fes­ti­val boasts a “much-im­proved pro­duc­tion com­pany,” Han­ni­gan said, as they part­nered with the Sher­man The­ater in Stroudb­surg to bring in state-of-the-art stages and a top-notch sound crew.

In ad­di­tion to the sched­uled live mu­sic, Corn­stock is known for its mu­si­cal work­shops, where peo­ple rang­ing from novice mu­si­cians to ex­perts can learn all as­pects of mu­sic and jam to­gether.

“What keeps me want­ing to do it — be­cause it’s a lot of work — are these peo­ple say­ing to me, ‘We love Corn­stock. It’s the high­light of our sum­mer. My kids adore it,’ ” Han­ni­gan said. “Some­times fam­ily mem­bers come and they’ve never been able to play to­gether be­fore; now they’re sit­ting to­gether around a camp­fire jam­ming. That’s in­cred­i­ble for me to see. I love shar­ing that with peo­ple.”

Other high­lights of the fes­ti­val are the Artist’s Vil­lage, where re­gional artists can dis­play their works for free in hopes of spread­ing the word about their art, and the Kid’s Zone, where chil­dren can par­take in crafts, bounce houses and other kid­friendly ac­tiv­i­ties.

But to truly have the full Corn­stock Folk Fes­ti­val ex­pe­ri­ence, Han­ni­gan said, peo­ple need to give camp­ing a try. It is in­cluded in the cost of a week­end pass.

“I think the best way to ex­pe­ri­ence the fes­ti­val is to stay all week­end,” she said. “If you only go for the day, you miss the camp­fire jams and the vibe af­ter mid­night when the late-night show is over. Some­times that’s when you hear the best mu­sic all week­end. You never know what you’re go­ing to hear at a camp­fire jam and what friends you’re go­ing to make.”

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