Performers

2017 Freshwater Folk Festival Performers [Jump to schedule]

The lineup is set for the 13th annual Freshwater Folk Festival. We have 2 musical groups this year: Marshall Petty & the Groove and Piedmont Bluz. Read on for details….

Marshall Petty & the Groove

This six-piece band will create plenty of excitement around the festival amphitheater. When Marshall Petty is not playing melodies and accompaniment on saxophone, he will be providing vocals for many old school R&B standards and blues tunes. He has played in many bands in many places since he was in The Hearttones from White Sulphur Springs in the early 60s. In the Army in Germany, in Minnesota, in Ohio, in college at West Virginia State, wherever he went, he played in a band. For years, he toured with jazz-blues organist Winston Walls. At 67, he still exudes a joyful and infectious passion for music.
More vocals will be provided by Lady D (also known as Doris Anne Fields and “West Virginia’s First Lady of Soul”).
Lead guitarist Dan Bailey, bassist Durell Edgerton, drummer Mike Fitzwater, and piano man David B. Loyd (also of the band, Rasta Rafiki) will join together to create the full sound of a great band.

Piedmont Bluz

This acoustic duo treats audiences to the Piedmont blues style which is named for its primary region of origin, the Piedmont plateau region from Richmond to Atlanta. Valerie Turner’s fingerpicking of her guitar provides the signature characteristic of this musical style. Her singing glides right along with it, and she occasionally takes up the banjo or the spoons. Her husband Benedict plays his fancy washboards and harmonica adding his unique touch to the music.
Based in New York, they have performed at venues in America, Europe, and even Jerusalem. The duo has been featured in numerous festivals including Newport Folk Festival this July, Jacob’s Ladder Festival, Tel Aviv Blues Festival, and Brooklyn Folk Festival. They are regulars for instruction and performance at the Augusta Festival’s Blues and Swing Week in Elkins, WV.

After Marshall Petty stirs things up in the morning, the sweet sounds of Valerie and Ben will float through the air to ears of the groovy people scattered about the hatchery grounds.

Schedule of performances:

After Marshall Petty stirs things up in the morning, the sweet sounds of Valerie and Ben will float through the air to ears of the groovy people scattered about the hatchery grounds.

10:45 am – 12:45 pm Marshall Petty & the Groove
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Piedmont Bluz