The Most Laid Back Festival In America
Welcome to the official John Hartford Memorial Festival Website. Make yourselves at home and browse these pages for stories, comments, pictures, music, videos, news and history about John Hartford!
The 5th Annual festival will take place May 28-30, 2015.
The John Hartford Memorial Festival focuses on music ranging from Newgrass to Bluegrass, Jamband to Stringband, and friendly competition amongst fiddlers and songwriters. Aside from our stage acts and the amazing campground jams that evolve and revolve around the clock, we also offer workshops, kids events, a parade, great food and crafty arts! This event, which celebrates the life and legacy of the late John Hartford, is only going to get better, but not too much bigger, so visit here often and watch for our 2015 ticket deals and lineup. Don't forget to leave us a comment. We're tickled to have you drop in!
John Hartford created, recorded and published all kinds of wonderful music. He was known as and will always be remembered as a genre-crosser, a trend buster and trend setter, a rebel, but his heart was steeped in Bluegrass. Katie Harford Hogue, John's daughter, quoted John when he was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame: "Bluegrass is America’s last small town. Everybody knows everybody else, and you don’t have to lock your doors. Not only that, but some of us are even related." Katie went on to say, "To me, that describes the festival quite well."
Listen to our 2014 Songwriting Contest winners and all of the song entries. You can also read an interview with our 2014 Old Time Fiddle Champ, Roger Netherton from St. Louis, MO