Please note: On this date, the Village will have altered hours and be open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Our craft beer festival is BACK--bigger and better than ever, with more brews, bands, and bites than ever before! Eighteen craft breweries from across New England will provide visitors an opportunity to sample and purchase some of the region’s top beers, ciders, and ales. At five indoor and outdoor stages, more than a dozen musical artists and bands will bring the sounds of Americana, bluegrass, country, folk and roots music to Old Sturbridge Village.
Based in NYC and fronted by lead singers Annalyse McCoy & Ryan Dunn, 2/3 Goat's melding of alt-country, bluesy folk and classic rock echo the core members' diverse roots: Annalyse descended directly from the infamous McCoys of Eastern Kentucky, and Ryan deeply rooted in the beach culture of southern New Jersey. The band's latest album Let It Rise has been celebrated in American Songwriter, Elmore Magazine, Mother Church Pew, and more. "Rarely does a band make such an emphatic impression... one fine ensemble," writes Lee Zimmerman in No Depression.
Armed with foot percussion, a National Reso-phonic Guitar and Lowebow cigar-box reso-hillharp, Big Jon Short’s high energy solo performances bring a foot-stomping show that taps into the heart of the songs, regional styles, and folklore of the Blues and its importance to American music.Based in the Northeast US, he travels and performs between 150-200 shows per year in BBQ joints, blues rooms and festivals from Massachusetts to Mississippi. With performing experience in fifteen states and five countries over the last ten years he has been able to perform at some of the best known venues for Blues music and for more than two years he held a residency at the famed Terra Blues in NYC – all while continuing his work as a public school teacher, running Blues in Schools programs and workshops. In 2010 he was awarded the Worcester Cultural Commission Artist Fellowship for his work as a Blues performer and educator and he is currently supporting his most recent live recording of One-man band/Country Blues “Live at The Stomping Ground”.
With Dave Dick on banjo, his brother Bob Dick on guitar, Dan Nowlan on mandolin and Ken Taylor on upright bass, this original lineup has been together for 15 years - rare for bluegrass bands these days.
Over the years this seasoned group has built up a solid and ever expanding repertoire to go along with an engaging stage performance; these guys can really mix things up musically and entertain an audience! They're all multi-instrumentalists and play a wide range of bluegrass styles... but what really sets them apart are their powerful three and four part harmonies.
Featuring virtuosic musicianship and masterful improvisation, Cat and The Moon offers a unique interpretation of traditional bluegrass and Celtic music through bold and original compositions that showcase the true range of their eclecticism and talent. Upon meeting at Berklee College of Music they have quickly become a much sought-after group in Boston's world class acoustic music scene. They have performed at Freshgrass Festival, opened for The Alison Brown Quartet, performed on Brian O'Donovan's a Celtic Sojourn on WGBH, and have played at The 2014 Boston Celtic Music Fest and The Boston Irish Festival.
Drown Your Boots is a group of Brooklyn transplants that fuse folk, americana, and rock into their own foot stomping style of music. Influenced by The Tallest Man On Earth, Ryan Adams, and Modest Mouse, their live performances mix thoughtful songwriting with spirited improvisation. Their self-titled debut EP was released on February 17, 2016 and featured on one of Boston's biggest radio stations, 104.1 The Mix.
Freddie Stevenson is a Brooklyn based singer-songwriter originally from the UK. He has released four albums, the most recent being ‘The Darkening/The Brightening’ (2015), which was produced by Mike Scott, lead singer of the legendary Scottish/Irish band The Waterboys. Freddie opened for The Waterboys on their 2014 tour of the States, the UK and Ireland. In 2015 he opened for the band again on over 20 dates around Europe. He is currently preparing his fifth album to be recorded in France in the summer of 2017.
“You will know more, be more, feel more, see more than anyone will give you credit for” sings Boston-based singer/songwriter, Hayley Reardon about midway through her sparkling upcoming release, “Good.”
While offering a subtle pep-talk to the listener, Reardon simultaneously sums up herself and her humble approach to songwriting with this one lyric alone. The light in her voice, her lyrics, and her unique approach to both life and song has the uncanny ability to draw the listener inward to a place of clarity and reflection.
Born in 1996 just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, Hayley Reardon discovered a passion for writing folk songs on her mother’s old guitar at a very young age. She quickly established a name for herself in the storied Cambridge, Massachusetts folk scene.
Reardon was named a Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe Magazine in 2012 in celebration of not only her music but her work to use it as a vessel for empowerment. With a voice that is distinctively rich and a contemplative sincerity in her songwriting, Reardon has far more in common with Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Tracy Chapman than many of today’s young pop singer/songwriters, boasting a lyrical and melodic weight far beyond her years.
Performer Magazine describes her music as “brilliantly moving folk/pop with a lyrical depth and soul,” while American Songwriter Magazine refers to Numb and Blue, the lead single from Wayfindings, as “a melancholy little masterpiece.”
Her latest album, entitled “Good” (Fall 2016 release) was entirely fan-funded by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. Produced by Lorne Entress (Lori McKenna, Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown), “Good” is a dazzling reflection of a period of immense growth and change, as lush arrangements surround the heartfelt and humble rawness of Hayley’s writing.
Jared Fiske is a musician/writer from Sturbridge, Massachusetts. He has been performing and teaching music professionally for 15+ years.
Hailing from an artistic family, Fiske began performing in musical groups with his father, Rob Adams, and brother Seth at a young age. "It was the best possible way to learn" recalls Fiske. "You really had to sink or swim and get over the stage fright in a hurry."
Fiske’s song “Choice” was used in a short film for the non-profit Planetaid.org. He also co-wrote the song “On a Monday” which received a $5,000 grand prize award at ourstage.com.
His formative groups include "Fiske and Herrera", who recorded and toured throughout the country from 2006-2011. Additionally, Fiske performs with his brother Seth in the alternative duo "Sight Unseen" and in the rock band “The Casters”.
These days, Fiske performs at bars and coffeehouses throughout Massachusetts, 200+ shows a year. When he's not playing out, Fiske teaches guitar, voice and bass and produces other artists and records in his home studio.
Charlene Arsenault of Worcester Magazine describes Fiske's music as "an acoustic stream of folk-rock, led by Fiske's powerful voice."
You can find Fiske’s debut solo LP, "Turning Back the Pages" on Spotify, iTunes, and CDbaby.
Acclaimed bombshell songstress Julia Haltigan came up on the Lower East Side of New York City when it oozed a heady mix of danger, possibility, and art. She made meaning of the painful complexities of her parents’ split, her father’s incarceration, and a freewheeling life of parties and a revolving cast of street characters.
Julia emerged from it all a sensitive badass who rides vintage Triumph motorcycles and sings primal rock n’ roll with smoldering expressivity. Julia’s signature artistry evokes Brigitte Bardot, Marianne Faithfull, Iggy Pop, Debbie Harry, and Lou Reed.
Her latest EP, Hot Tears, is a masterful collection, teeming with themes of heartache, images of broken bones, car chases, and nostalgia. Stunners in this set include the gritty swagger of the T. Rex-like “Money,” the 1960s James Bond ballad-esque “Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts,” and the sleek and smoky “How To Make A Broken Heart,” co-written with songwriting legend Mike Scott of The Waterboys.
Julia has performed as a part of the Varvatos Music Series, filling the store over capacity leaving a line around the block, and live on tastemaking radio personality Vin Scelsa's show Idiot's Delight. She’s also shared the stage with such venerated names as Judy Collins, Steve Earle, Norah Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Rhett Miller, Nicole Atkins, and Holly Miranda, among others.
Outside of her solo career, she moonlights as the slinky Jessica Rabbit inspired jazz crooner ‘Vivian Fairchild’ in the off-Broadway hit “Sleep No More.” She also performs in the fizzy pop band The Singles, alongside her buddies Scarlett Johansson, Kendra Morris and Holly Miranda. When not onstage or in the studio, Julia’s straddling a 1970 Triumph Bonneville.
Lawrence Trailer is a singer/songwriter based out of Brooklyn, NY. Partnered with 3x Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dave Clauss, Trailer released an EP version of his second effort, "The Places We've Been" December 2015, and is hitting the road with an international tour and upcoming full length release. Lawrence utilizes vocal, guitar, and percussion loops to enhance his live show, creating a unique brand of Americana Folk Pop. Armed with an acoustic guitar and loop station, and married with his raw and honest energy, Lawrence Trailer provides a dynamic experience that forges a connection and starts a conversation.
The Meadows Brothers' (Ian, 23 & Dustin, 21) distinct brand of roots music draws inspiration from a huge list of influences, combining folk, blues, country and rock 'n' roll into what the Boston Globe calls “An engagingly twangy sibling sound all their own.” Known for their blood harmonies, unsweetened songwriting, expressive guitars and bluesy harp, the brothers have played hundreds of shows all over their native New England, the Midwest and Great Lakes regions, and down the Eastern seaboard while continuing to hone their craft. Their last album release, “Won’t Be Troubled”, demonstrates the brothers' keen ability to really rock in addition to the more mellow harmonies that they most are noted for. Sean Lynch (WSBU) says: “With vivid storytelling, each track becomes a journey to a different place. The guitars feed off each other and the vocals pair together perfectly during the harmonies.”
Nick Anderson and his band Shady Creek play traditional bluegrass music. Nick captures the essence of bluegrass with drive, soulful singing and a genuine love for the music.If it’s traditional bluegrass with a healthy serving of that “high lonesome sound” you’re looking for, then listening to and watching Nick Anderson and Shady Creek play their music should do the trick. With high-energy picking and soulful duet, trio and quartet harmony the band tears it up with their style of bluegrass music. Nick and Shady Creek have played extensively in New England for over thirty years and a few years back made a swing through New Brunswick and Nova Scotia entertaining Canadian bluegrass fans.
Based out of Brattleboro, Vermont, Pinedrop brings a fresh outlook to folk, americana, and bluegrass styles. The songs are brought to life through guitar played by Derek Sensale, violin played by Charlie Peckar, mandolin played by Nick Paar, and bass played by Dan Bisson. Lyrically, Pinedrop gives its listeners a personal connection to love, life, and travel and leaves its listeners feeling free and inspired.
Pinedrop can be found playing throughout Vermont and the Pioneer Valley, has played with esteemed acts such as Cabinet and Upstate Rubdown and has been featured at events such as the Fresh Grass Festival in North Adams, MA and at the Down Home Up Here Bluegrass Festival at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.