Folk festival honors Denver, Bissex

October 05, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - If you believe "Take Me Home Country Roads" is, as Maureen Harrigan puts it, "one of the top 10 songs in the world ever," then the Country Roads Folk Festival is for you.

Country Roads Folk Festival is scheduled this year from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8, at Almost Heaven Farm. Harrigan is the festival's organizer. Bill Danoff, who co-wrote the song that John Denver recorded in the 1970s, is one of 11 artists scheduled to perform.

There's also more good news for John Denver lovers: Harrigan says there will be a tribute to the late Denver.

But the daylong music fest isn't just about Denver, Harrigan says.

There also will be a tribute to the late folk singer-songwriter Rachel Bissex.

This year's performance lineup includes Celtic band The Glengarry Bhoys, percussionist Cadence Carroll and children's performer Don Bridges, aka "mister don." The full schedule and artist bios are available at the festival's Web site,


Harrigan said the event typically draws 800 to 1,000 visitors, whom she described as "herbal tea drinkers." Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, food and wine. They also may camp out for a $10 fee. Pets are not allowed on the grounds.

If you go ...

WHAT: 7th annual Country Roads Folk Festival

WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8

WHERE: Almost Heaven Farm, off W.Va. 9, in Kearneysville, W.Va.

COST: Free, though donations are accepted. $10 overnight camping fee.

MORE: For more information, call Maureen Harrigan, 304-267-7963, or go to

The Herald-Mail Articles