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Fledge Fest 2022 is a collabortive event brought to you by the inhabitants of fledgling farmstead! We have envisioned an annual event like this for years and are now launching the pursuit! Fledge Fest at its heart is a festival to celebrate community while enjoying music, food, crafts and the mountainous and agrarian beauty of Tunbridge, VT!
We welcome you to join us for this event by donation to help pay the musicians and cover some of the cost involved to pull it all together!
A Festival site map is at the bottom of this page
Gates: open at 3 Pm on Saturday August, 27th
Music: begins at 3:30 PM, until around 10 PM
Crafts: All afternoon!
Yard Games: All afternoon!
Potluck: Begins at 4:30 until food is gone
BYOB: Bring your own beverages
By donation: Entrance is by donation to help pay the musicians and cover some costs of the festival
Location and Parking:
Signage to the parking areas will be clearly marked from the farmstead address (213 Bicknell Hill Road Tunrbdige, Vermont) There are two parking areas for the event. The main parking area is at the top of Curtis Hill adjacent to the festival site. This is accessible by an improved forest road off of Bicknell Hill road. The road is steep and bumpy in places so drivers should choose this parking site at their own discretion. The other parking (overflow) site is at the bottom of the forest road immediately accross from the forest road entrance in the cow pasture. From here guests will need to follow the 'walking path' to the top of the hill (10 minute walk)
There is limited space for camping which shall be pre-reserved on a first come first served basis before the festival. There are multiple improved and beautiful camp areas at the festival site that are currently operated as a 'Hipcamp' location. Please email email@example.com to reserve ahead of time!
Meet the musicians!
Elijah Berlow is a Chicago-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist folk musician. Originating from pastoral roots in Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts, Berlow is a playful story-teller with a narrative style grounded in the traditions of Americana music. As a vocalist, he emanates a sincere warmth through his thoughtful phrasing; and his diligent fingerpicking guitar-style leads steadily through the pulsing catharsis of any song. Pulling influence from greats such as Townes Van Zandt, Tom Waits, Roseanne Cash and Missispi John Hurt, Berlow creates music that is complex, soulful and in conversation with a rich rhythmic history. He also derives inspiration from solitude in nature, perambulations in the neighborhood and the conversations that arise when cooking a meal to share. Berlow’s music can currently be found on Bandcamp, including the self-released albums Under the Weather [2016 and] Live at VCR . The single Roadkill  can also be heardon Spotify. Berlow can be found performing with his band locally in Chicago, as well as aroundthe Midwest and North East.
High-Low-Jack is an old-time Mom & Pop duo consisting of Sarah Hotchkiss and John Mowad who live in Winooski, Vermont. John and Sarah have been teaching and performing in Vermont for a few decades and are well known and respected for the intelligence and sincerity they bring to their music. Their music is rhythmically driving and full of the old home-made Saturday Night good-timey spirit. Their plain, simple genuineness conveys the deep love they have for their music, each other and the people they share their gifts with. Bringing you music from Wales to West Virginia, now with their new Middle Eastern tunes in the mix!
Dylan Bolles and Azure Daniels started playing music together recently when Crossmolina Farm asked them to play Pizza Night. Azure hails from the folk scene in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, while Dylan spent most of his adult life in the experimental music scene of the San Fransico Bay Area. Dylan was also a co-founder of thingamajigs in California, a non-profit whose mission is to explore sounds in found objects and use alternate tuning systems to create new music.
Together Azure and Dylan play a loose mix of originals and obscure covers drawn from their life experiences and shared love of a good song.
Fledge Fest Schedule
3:00 Gates open and crafting begins*!
3:30 Music: High-Low-Jack
4:30 potluck begins**
4:45 Music: Alex Ellsworth
5:45 Music: Dylan Bolles & Azure Daniels
7:00 Music: Elijah Berlow
8:15 Music: Bull & Prairie
10 PM festival wind down and farewell
musicians names above are clickable links for more info
Also see artist bios below!
*crafting at the event will incldude various materials for playful explortion for kids and adults! painting, drawing, weaving, 2D felted birds, paper making, brown kraft paper hats and more! Please also bring your own crafts, mending or projects you'd like to work on! there will be thread, needles, and yarn!
** Food for the potluck should come with a lable of ingredients so guests know what is in the dish. Fledgling farmstead will be roasting a farm raised lamb for the potluck! To reduce waste, consider bringing your own reuseable plates & silverware! Thanks!
Meet the Muscians!
Bull & Prairie was formed in 2014 in the top level of an old hay barn where Evan Reiss (guitar/vocals) and Ryan Hayes (drums/vocals) gathered to play around with and adapt a
handful of acoustic songs that Evan had written. Soon, an electric and reverb drenched sound began to form and the songs took on a new feel. They called upon Bill Fielding (Bass/vocals) and Nate Kokernot (keys) to fill in the sound and further broaden the soundscape. Over the next
couple of years Bull & Prairie added more original songs that tracked the course of life; love, divorce, kids, loss, wanderings through wild boar infested woods. Adam Smith (guitar/vocals) joined the band in 2018 and has added some of his own original tunes to the repertoire. Bull &
Prairie’s sound is perhaps best described as electric Americana. The songs have a rootsy, folk/
Americana origin, but the sound has a more electric and Rock N’ Roll feel. In January of 2021 Bull & Prairie released their first self-titled EP. Over several years the band
recorded the four songs on the album at Robot Dog Studios in Williston, VT. The songs are a mix of high energy and melodic lyrical ponderings. While the band no longer rehearses in the hay barn with the pigeons and bats, if you listen closely, you can hear the echoes and reverberations of the songs and band forming in that space.
Alex Ellsworth is a cellist-songwriter who draws inspiration from American folk, bebop jazz, ambient electronics and classical string playing in his looping improvisations and original songs. His cello sometimes evokes the sound of a guitar, other times a flute, a fiddle, bird calls, a hurdy gurdy or the human voice. Alex is originally from Plymouth, NH and came of age musically in Chicago, touring with the cinematic shadow puppetry company Manual Cinema and co-founding the artist collective Mocrep. For the past two years, he was the Music Director at Holderness School and this fall he is traveling, writing an album and performing with friends and collaborators. He is thrilled to be joining the first annual Fledge Fest and looking forward to sharing music, food and good energy with everyone!
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