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Blue Sky Folk Festival / PICNIC!




WHO: National & Local Musicians, Storytellers, Food, Food & more Food

WHAT: The Blue Sky Folk Festival

WHEN: Saturday, May 4th – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE: 10848 Chillicothe Road (Ohio 306) in Kirtland(Directions & map)













Blue Sky Facebook page (click here)

Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 seniors 65 and kids are free!

BUT - Members of Music Cleveland! will be on a VIP list held at the door for a 50-percent DISCOUNT!  Just $5 for members who RSVP. And, you can bring your instrument(s) to jam.

Service dogs only at the festival, please.


BRING YOUR INSTRUMENT - bring your blankets & lawn chairs - playground and storytelling for the kids







On the grounds of East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church
10848 Chillicothe Road / Ohio 306, 1/4 mile south of Ohio 6 in KIRTLAND

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And, your membership here entitles you to join Cine Arts Cleveland! our great Movie Group as well.


2013 Blue Sky Folk Festival Performers

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party LineJim BlumBob and WendyCaty Petersilge Trio
Mr. HaneyPete McDonaldRachel & the Beatnik PlayboysSpoon Too Soon


Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line (Headlining)

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line

Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line are a traveling Carnival of acoustic Americana. The high energy, Nashville-based quintet perform Struthers’ original story-songs with tight, three-part harmonies, fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, acoustic guitar, bass, and drums.

Struthers was catapulted into the spotlight when she lead her band to a blue ribbon at the prestigious 2010 Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition (previous winners include Nickel Creek and The Dixie Chicks) and now her group is touring heavily in support of their upcoming album release, Carnival.










“When you go to a carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” says Nora Jane Struthers. “That’s why I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.”

Nora Jane Struthers steps forward with a distinctive sound and on-stage style – her personal collection of vintage dresses makes her one of the most visually striking of modern acoustic artists. But the moving, perceptive, and witty songs on Carnival represent a new quantum leap, born of hard work and deep creative reflection. “Over the past three years, as I’ve been touring and performing, I realized that primarily I’m a storyteller,” she says. “I’ve been working to hone my skills so I can do that better.”

After listening to Carnival, no one will deny the keen edge of Struthers’ masterful new work. The album marks the recording debut of Struthers’ touring band, the Party Line (which takes its handle from one of the record’s songs, about the early days of rural telephone calls). The gifted group of instrumentalists includes Struthers’ longtime collaborator P. J. George (upright bass, harmony vocals, pedal steel guitar, accordion and banjo), Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Aaron Jonah Lewis (fiddle, three-finger banjo, baritone fiddle, mandolin) and Drew Lawhorn (drums).


Website:  (click here) Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line


Special Guest Appearance: Jim Blum

Jim Blum
Jim Blum

Jim Blum has been hosting folk music programs in Northeast Ohio on the NPR affiliate 89.7 FM, WKSU every weekend for 32 years.  He is also heard around the world on Folk, a 24/7 folk music stream with a companion website full of photos, videos, reviews, blogs, and pod-casts.

Jim's goal early on was to give folk artists the same professional platform that classical musicians were already receiving on the radio.  His charm was in being able to reach out of that radio into the hearts of his listeners, endearing him to thousands by weaving in his love for the music with his passion for nature, country living, and rescue animals of which he has 10.

Through his early programs his audience discovered Bela Fleck and Alison Krauss for the first time, and Jim continued to introduce bright new talents until his recent retirement in January.  He has received countless awards, including a first place PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Inc.) for his interview with Judy Collins and a Cleveland Press Club award for Best Use of Sound for his environmental series "Beyond the Backyard." Jim is also an actor having appeared in over 100 industrial films and stage productions. He plans to become one of the first to climb Mt. Rainier with a replacement hip.

Folk Alley











Bob and Wendy

Bob & Wendy
Bob and Wendy

Bob and Wendy are traditional musicians in central Ohio. Their music is a unique blending of two ancient multi-stringed instruments, the hammered dulcimer and the harp. This impressive pairing alone is enough to invite the attention and appreciation of any listener. Their gifts however lie in the level of sensitivity, musicianship and love that they bring to their music and to these instruments.

Wendy began her musical training on the piano as a child in Maryland, an experience that served both her hands well when she later fell in love with the sounds of the harp. She then had the privilege to study with legendary harpist Alice Chalifoux at at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her love for music and a passion for history combine in her ability to discover music from an earlier time, and breath it back to life.

Bob is a refreshingly different kind of hammered dulcimer player. Accomplished on the mandolin and guitar in the old time and bluegrass world, he was smitten by the hammered dulcimer back when they were hard to find. From his farm in rural Ohio he became a builder by necesity and took to the instrument naturally, developing a fluid style uniquely his own.

Bob and Wendy perform for weddings, corporate and academic events, music festivals, distinguished artisan shows and concerts. Wendy is a “preferred” musician for Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens and she played for afternoon tea at the Ritz Carlton for 10 years. Bob is also a sound engineer/producer and owner of a recording studio.

Bob and Wendy on Bandcamp...


Mr Haney

Mr. Haney
Mr. Haney

The string band ensemble Mr. Haney plays traditional Appalachian music the way it's meant to be played – on fiddles, banjo, guitar and bass. With its roots in England, Scotland, Ireland and Africa, southern old-time tunes are guaranteed to get toes tapping and feet dancing, and occasional songs paint pictures of days gone by. The band Mr. Haney is from Northeast Ohio and is comprised of Jim Eisenberg on claw hammer banjo, Laura Lewis Kovac on fiddle and feet, Jim Richards on guitar, Ken Roby on fiddle, and Nancy Tozer on bass.


Spoon Too Soon















Spoon Too Soon
Spoon Too Soon

This Northeast Ohio acoustic duo features husband-and-wife musicians and vocalists Lenora and Bob Yocum.  With a blend of voices that were born to sing together, Lenora and Bob formed Spoon Too Soon in 2010.  Together, Spoon Too Soon offers the best in upbeat and off-beat songs.  Their loving interactions provide the listener with a pleasant refuge from any troubles of the mind.

Their blend of original, Americana, folk and country brings smooth harmony using guitar, fiddle and spoons .  Bob and Lenora are adept at working with the audience and making them part of their performance, giving the kind of show that only comes from the heart.

Bob has performed in local bands for many years. He was in Better than Bacon, the Hot Foot Quartet, Whiskey River Band, and still plays with Abbey Rodeo on fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica, as well as singing vocals.












2013 Festival Schedule

11:30 a.m.               Wendy Leigh Barlow & Bob Bellamy
12 p.m.                    Pete McDonald
12:30                          ***
12:45                       Spoon 2 Soon
1:15                            ***
1:30                         Caty Petersilge Trio
(45 minutes)
2:15                            ***
2:30                         Mr. Haney
(60 minutes)
3:30                            ***
4 p.m.                      Rachael Brown and the Beatniks
(60 minutes)
5 p.m.                      Jim Blum - Folk Alley - WKSU
(15 minutes)
5:15                            ***
5:45                         Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line
(75 minutes, starts at 5:45)
6 p.m.

*** Wendy Leigh Barlow - Harpist and Bob Bellamy - Hammered Dulcimer will be next to dance floor in the rear of room and will provide Waltz music in between acts.













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  • Tom

    excellent music

    May 5, 2013

  • Bill J.

    Excellent music and folks!

    May 4, 2013

  • Bill J.

    Y'all are missing a great show :(

    May 4, 2013

  • Bill J.

    I'm here folks!

    May 4, 2013

  • Colette B.

    Looks like you have the event listed on Sat and Sunday. I assume it's Sat? :) I hope to arrive around 4 too.

    May 3, 2013

    • Bill J.

      I have no idea what you're talking about :)

      May 3, 2013

    • Bill J.

      guess i need a copy editor

      May 3, 2013

  • Bill J.

    Planning on arrival around 4 p.m. So I can catch Jim Blum and a couple of acts. Hope to see you all then!

    May 3, 2013

  • Bill J.

    CONGRATS to our headlining act, Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line! This just in about their new album: "Carnival made a BIG jump to #26 on the Americana Radio Charts this week and is happily sandwiched between Kris Kristofferson and Mumford and Sons."

    Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line: Hootenanny, Anyone?

    April 13, 2013

    Fans of Dixie Chicks, Alison Krauss and Dolly Parton, take notice: Nora Jane Struthers embodies everything you could want in an Americana singer-songwriter. Watch her perform "Party Line," a song she loved so much, she named her band after it.

    April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Shoot, darn, and crud! This event looks AWESOME...but I am hosting two meetups that day.

    April 17, 2013

  • Colette B.

    Caitlin Barry is my guest.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think I'll be able to come later in the afternoon maybe around 4 o'clock

    April 10, 2013

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