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Danny O'Keefe
Danny O'Keefe
Duhks
Duhks

Danny O'Keefe and Jonathan Edwards, veteran tunesmiths who made a name for themselves in the late-Sixties/early-Seventies, will draw special attention this weekend. O'Keefe, who now lives in Washington state, is best known for "Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues" and has been away from playing for nearly a decade. During that time, he's been occupied with his Songbird Foundation (www.songbird.org), a group dedicated to the protection of songbirds harmed by aggressive coffee-growing practices in Latin America. Edwards, who had a string of successful albums and a Top 5 hit in 1971 with "Sunshine," has settled in St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. His latest disc is the self-released Man in the Moon (Rising) from 1997, and he tours only occasionally, making this a very rare appearance.

Winnipeg's Duhks, a progressive bluegrass/folk combo; Nashville songwriter Jordan Chassan; the old-timey Crooked Jades from San Francisco; upstate New York bluegrass harmony duo the Gibson Brothers, and Woody's granddaughter Sarah Lee Guthrie and her partner Johnny Irion, who made one of the best folk albums of 2005, Exploration (New West), are among the many up-and-coming national acts that will also be featured.

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