The ears and eyes of America!
Folk Festival Saturday's sharp, delightful opening act returns to The Ark! The Corn Potato String Band plays authentic American Appalachian folk music, with a few twists that keep the music from a one-way trip to the dustbins of history. Theirs is a story of struggle, hard knocks, and triumph. Essentially unable to cope with modern life, the members of this band are outcasts of society who survive by playing the lost music of the flatlands where they were raised. They've delighted audiences with their driving fiddle tunes and harmonious singing across the U.S., Canada, Europe, and India. Aaron Jonah Goldberg, Lindsay McCaw, and Ben Belcher are multi-instrumentalists dedicated to continuing the traditional fiddle and banjo music and dance of the central Southern U.S. In addition to being champion fiddlers, they play banjo, guitar, bass and mandolin and cover many different old-time styles including ballads, "ho-downs," country rags, and Southern gospel, specializing in twin fiddling and double banjo tunes. Says Marc Griffiths of Global Texan Chronicles: "They can take a forgotten or just plain underplayed tune and make it beautiful and relevant once again." Progressive bluegrass band Wire in the Wood opens.