Ohio’s finest folk

WinterFolk Fest returns for round two

By Justin Kreitzer

Photo: Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle will peform at this year’s WinterFolk Fest; photo: Bill Fultz

Are you looking for a way to escape the bitter cold of winter? Then seek refuge in the Yellow Cab building on Saturday, Jan. 17 and get nice and toasty with the warm and rootsy sounds of folk music at the second annual WinterFolk Music and Arts Festival.

The event is curated by local musician Harold Hensley of Dayton favorites The Repeating Arms and The New Old Fashioned. Once again, he has gathered a diverse and wildly talented group of some of Ohio’s finest folk rock bands. Scheduled to perform are Hensley’s own bluegrass band The Repeating Arms, Cincinnati-based old timey outfit Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, the Columbus-based Americana trio The Great Wide Open and OldNews. The music will be going non-stop throughout the night as various songwriters will be performing in between sets – expect solo performances by David Payne, Charlie Jackson, Jacqueline Mays and Wheatley Matthews.

Additionally, this year’s fest will also include a couple of firsts, with vivid visual arts performances throughout the night and delicious food provided by the Hunger Paynes Food Truck. The doors open at 7 p.m. and music starts at 8 p.m. for this all-ages show. Spirits are also available with proper identification and admission is $5 at the door.

In anticipation, the Dayton City Paper spoke with Harold Hensley about the festival’s past, present and future.

What inspired you to create the WinterFolk fest?

Harold Hensley: My inspiration behind WinterFolk has always been to showcase roots and folk music. I play a lot of shows around town and I have met a lot of new people that have the same mind set as me. I basically wanted to get as many groups of folk groups and singer songwriters on the same bill as possible. It just makes sense to do it at a venue that supports our art and music community.

This is the second year for the fest. What have you learned from last year’s experience and what is new, exciting and different about the fest this year?

HH: While doing this fest, I have learned that we do have an audience in Dayton for folk and roots music. We are trying a new set-up this year with a main stage for groups and a smaller stage for singer songwriters. We hope to keep the music rolling non-stop with minimal change over times. We are also adding a food truck In case we get the munchies.

What factors determined this year’s lineup?

HH: The lineup this year is the most diverse we have had. Charles Hartman from OldNews has been a really big help, opening me up to a whole new set of performers. We have a couple of acts returning like Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, The Repeating Arms, who actually host the event, and The Great Wide Open. I’m really excited about the songwriters we are showcasing this year; David Payne is our only repeat offender. The other three are new blood at the Fest.

What do you envision for the future of the festival?

HH: The future of the festival is bright. We have talked about growing to two days and incorporating songwriting workshops and open acoustic instrument jams and workshops.

The Dayton City Paper also spoke with Scott Risner of Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle about their upcoming performances.

You will be returning to “hustle” the WinterFolk Festival after playing the SummerFolk Fest. How was that experience? What are you looking forward to this year?

Scott Risner: It was a hot steamy bundle of musical fun [with] lots of great bands. We met some amazing people and have gained lasting friendships with other bands like The Repeating Arms and The Great Wide Open.

Though you hail from the Queen City, you often play in the Gem City. What is your connection to Dayton?

SR: We really started with not much of any connection at all. But through the last 8 to 10 months of touring, we have pushed to play the Dayton area and have been met with really receptive crowds. Besides, the bands that we have met we are now gaining a solid fan base.

You recently released the Nothin’ Like A Lincoln EP to great praise. Where are you in the creative process for your debut album?

SR: Since the time of the release of Nothin’ Like a Lincoln we have been concentrating on touring. We are hitting it hard, focusing on cities within a 250-mile radius of Cincinnati. It seems to us that we sound and feel the best when we play live. So our plan right now is to release a live recording that contains new songs. That project will probably be available in the March time frame.

What can new listeners expect from a Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle show?

SR: Expect to move. We love when the crowd dances. We play high energy, foot stomping music. In addition we work hard on our harmonies which we feel brings a richness to the energy.

The WinterFolk Fest will take place on Saturday, Jan. 17 at the old Yellow Cab building, 700 E. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. For more information, please “like” WinterFolk Fest on Facebook.

Reach DCP freelance writer Justin Kreitzer at JustinKreitzer@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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Reach DCP freelance writer Justin Kreitzer at JustinKreitzer@DaytonCityPaper.com.


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