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Ferdinand Folk Festival

Ferdinand , Dubois County, IN

Jan Bell leads the Songwriting Workshop. Nestled among the hills and fields of southwestern Indiana, the Ferdinand Folk Festival, set in beautiful 18th Street Park, provides a unique, family and earth-friendly opportunity for people from the region to share a day of live music, art, and environmental/wellness education. The festival is FREE and the year-round project of many community volunteers, sponsors, and supporters. Hundreds of hours of labor donated by community-minded citizens combined with the generosity of our donors make the festival a fun gathering for all ages.

Enjoy a full day of live, original music on the NextEra Energy Main Stage, solar-powered by Whole Sun Designs Inc. On the Kyana Woodstock Market Stage, enjoy some of the region's best singer-songwriters. Throughout the park, children activities, sponsored by co-presenting MasterBrand, can enjoy fun, interactive music programs, yoga for kids, a dog and clown show, storytelling, a concert, and much more. Also, surrounding the Market Stage, visit the large and diverse array of artisan and food booths, along with many environment and wellness exhibits and demonstrations in the shaded market area. Special thanks to Best Home Furnishings for co-presenting the festival. ​ We welcome the citizens of Ferdinand and the surrounding communities to our town's beautiful 18th Street Park. We wish each of you in attendance a wonderful day of relaxation, music, art, education, and fun. Be safe and enjoy your day!

Bklyn Americana Benefit

Superfine, Dumbo, Brooklyn

Superfine hosts a fundraiser in support of the Brooklyn Americana Music Festival. Live Music by: Samoa Wilson, Mikey & The Rib Eyes, Squiretown (Karen Poliski and Sophia), The Maybelles, and more! MC Tanya Rynd. Sliding Scale Admission $25 - $50 Silent Auction Prizes.

The 9th semi annual Brooklyn Americana Music Festival (BKAMF) continues to present a four day free live music festival twice a year in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo Archway, and pioneer artist owned establishments along the waterfront in Dumbo and Red Hook. Long time festival partner, Superfine host tonights annual fundraiser.

It all began over twenty years ago, at festival founder Jan Bell's little red hen music stages in Dumbo: Old horse and wagon loading docks, abandoned warehouses, and roof tops with a view down by the riverside. Now these once derelict and 'undesirable' neighborhoods are destination tourist and Instagram gold.

Brooklyn Americana Music continues to support emerging, and now established artists who shaped the vibrant music scene, back when yellow cabs did not like to drive you to Dumbo or Red Hook, at all.

Catch these brilliant artists now, before they play Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, The Grand Ole Opry, and Late Night TV.

Voted Best Festival - Empire State bank - Best of Brooklyn 2023

Sliding Scale / Suggested Donation

Cosmic Songwriters

The Orbit Room, Bloomington, IN

Cosmic Songwriters Club kicks off our 2023 - 2024 season with our first-Wednesday Showcase at the Orbit Room, September 6 at 7pm, featuring our special format of paired songwriters on stage, and including some exciting performers who will be joining us for the first time. This event is FREE, and all are welcome. Please join us!

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(Above) Hi Fi Indy Opening for Sierra Ferrell Fall 2021 (Backwoods Films)





Independent Music Awards, Lincoln Center


Listen on Sound Cloud or Listen on BandCamp

Album Release Show at Barbes, Brooklyn NYC 2019.

From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn NYC. Her band "The Maybelles” started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper. 

Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award for Best Alt. Country album. Nominee Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’. 


“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice


“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene