Edom Festival of the Arts Presents Great Music Line Up
The Muses of Edom once again will draw the finest of artisans to the tiny East Texas village for the sixth annual Festival of the Arts on October 20 and 21. The festival – free to the public – hosts thousands of visitors each year in a large grassy meadow near the town center.
The music lineup is always a treat.
The folk duo Still on the Hill uses traditional instruments from its home in the Ozarks (mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar, harmonica, and scrub board) as well as exotic offerings such as the moon guitar from Japan, African mbira, and tenor ukulele to create a kaleidoscope of musical color and texture. Still on the Hill has played at many prestigious festivals and venues including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and The Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival in Winfield, Kansas. They have produced seven widely acclaimed CDs.
Randy Brown from Mineola was a regional finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 1995 and 19 of his songs were recorded by the folk trio Jealousy Motel on their two CDs. His recent CD, Dream Big, ranges from folk to country to jazz sambas to acoustic rock.
The Texas based folk/pop duo Dreamsicles is Tom Prasada-Rao and Cary Cooper, both of whom are Kerrville New Folk Competition winners. They’ve recorded two well-received albums and were nominated for three 2004 Just Plain Folks awards including contemporary album of the year, and again in 2006 for new folk album of the year and new folk song of the year.
Jud Caswell grew up on a little farm in Morrill, Maine, picking carrots and milking goats; listening to records by Cat Stevens and the Beatles and readings from Kahlil Gibran. With songs praised as “emotionally resonant, deeply affecting and superbly crafted,” he has been recognized by Sing Out! magazine as “one of the leading singer-songwriters on the current scene.”
Neal Katz is rabbi of Congregation Beth El in Tyler. He has been making Jewish music for more than 17 years and has led music for numerous youth group conclaves and congregational services, b’nai mitzvah, Sunday school programs, and retreats around the East Coast, Midwest, and the South. His new album, Strength in Numbers, was released in 2006.
Sound of Joy is three girls and a boy ages 10-15 from Noonday, Tyler, and Whitehouse who met in the Tyler Youth Academic Orchestra who do classical string quartet and bluegrass.
Other performers include Jessica Vest and Shane Smith, David Sherman, and David Hendley, who owns Old Farmhouse Pottery in Maydelle and whose acoustic songs often deal with pottery related themes.
The festival also includes only the finest juried art works including bronze and metal sculpture, oil and watercolor paintings, mixed media, turned-wood vessels, handmade wood furniture, fine jewelry, pottery, photography, hand-woven fabrics, and the blacksmith’s art, many with ongoing demonstrations.
Edom has been home for more than 25 years to a well-known fine arts community. Edom’s main street boasts quaint shops with whimsical arts, gifts, jewelry, pottery, and clothing, as well as four restaurants that feature country cooking, a bakery, and even a gourmet grill.
Live music throughout both days includes bluegrass, rhythm and blues, country, folk, and Celtic.
Festival grounds open Saturday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday, October 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
For more information, the music schedule, and a map, see the festival website at www.edomartfest.com.