If you’re a Folk Fest veteran, you know that a lot of great music can be heard around the camp on Friday and Saturday night as friends and family gather around the campfire. So, a while back we decided to give all of those musicians a chance to compete to be heard by the entire Folk Festival crowd!

Acoustic vocal and/or instrumental solo, duo, and group acts are welcome. The Plain Label Stringband and Thomas Hentges will judge the acts during the break on Saturday afternoon. The winning act will have 15 minutes to play their hearts out in front of the crazed Saturday night crowd and OPEN for the big closing set! The winning act will also receive $32.32 and original Headly Eyesore artwork signed by Headley himself! Note: In order to make the contest more about having fun and to put less pressure on the judges, we’ve decided to not have “large” cash prizes.

If you’d like to enter the contest, please send an email which describes your music along with contact information to info@fotm.org and include “FOLK MUSIC CONTEST” in the subject line. The contest is only open to paying guests of the festival. Board members and family of board members are not eligible.

Previous winners:
2011 Ellen Noonan and Nate Anderson
2010 Cp Trio
2009 Eric Porter & Rich Janes
2008 Northern Sky (Laura Brosius and Kristin Matuska)
2007 Mat D 
2006 Snakebeard Jackson