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South Whidbey Music Festival set for Sunday
The third annual South Whidbey Music Festival at the Tilth Farmers Market’s Sustainability Campus on Thompson Road and Highway 525 kicks off at 10 a.m. Sunday, June 24, with an open mic for all local musicians.
Along with a sampling from the stable of Whidbey Island’s talented, established musicians and songwriters, this year’s program presents some of the young stars on the local scene and a Lynnwood-based Japanese language choral group with island connections.
Karin Blaine returns this year with a follow-up to her stunning performance at the 2011 festival. Blaine, now living on Whidbey, is one of the Seattle area’s finest singer/songwriters. She recently returned from Boston where she performed as a showcase performer at the Northwestern Folk Alliance Conference. Her latest CD, “Modern Day Living,” (produced by Robbie Cribbs here on the island), has received glowing reviews. She will perform at 3 p.m.
New to the festival this year will be a presentation at 4 p.m. by an eclectic array of young musicians and singers, some of whom will team up with a parent or two to entertain the festival crowd. These include mother and daughter act Melissa and Grace Colby; and mother and son Rumi and Arthur Keast (accompanied by Linda Good). Arthur Keast will also perform with Avrey and Dustin Scharwat in a presentation of a lively fiddle medley they learned earlier this year at one of Alasdair Fraser’s workshops. Finally, a vocal group from South Whidbey High School led by Deb Lund will present several numbers.
Rounding out the line-up of festival performers are Quinn Fitzpatrick, Blaine England, Debbie Zick, Linda Good, young violinist Annie Philp, and the acoustic country/folk duo the Muse & Eye. Surprise guests and spontaneous, fun mayhem round out the expectations for this family-friendly day of music.
Food and drink will be available, including cob oven pizza. The regular Tilth Market produce vendors and artisans will be on hand to welcome festival attendees as well as regular market customers. The Tilth Farmers Market has been promoting local, sustainable agriculture for several decades through the market itself, classes and seminars and a community garden. The South Whidbey Music Festival promotes the market and the values it stands for.
There is no entry fee, but suggested donation of $10 is requested.