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Thursday, August 13, 2009
Storyhill finally gets around to releasing Deerwood, Minn., festival details
Storyhill, the acclaimed acoustic/pop duo made up of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson (covered extensively over at my archive blog), today announced the line-up for their inaugural Storyhill Fest Midwest. Cliff Eberhardt and Antje Duvekot will be joining Storyhill as the headline artists for the two-day festival held at the Presbyterian Clearwater Forest Camp in Deerwood, Minn., Sept. 5-6.
Focused on original singer/song writers, the festival’s lineup includes 10 artists. Other artists showcased during the festival include: Casey & Joe, Jake Armerding, Mother Banjo, Ben Kyle an d Luke Jacobs of Romantica, Peter Larson, Joanna Jahn Band, and Brenda Weiler.
Cunningham and Hermanson, who originally are from Bozeman, Mont., based Storyhill Fest Midwest on their successful festival held in Montana for the past four years. Designed to be an intimate, interactive event for their fans, Storyhill Fest Midwest is a unique music and camping experience with multiple offerings and activities for all ages and interests, including guided kayak trips, nature hikes and a cribbage tournament.
“When thinking of expanding our Storyhill Fest to other locations, Minnesota was the natural fit,” said Hermanson. “We grew up in Montana, but Minnesota has been a second home to us and has helped inspire our music.”
The Presbyterian Clearwater Forest Camp is located in the Brainerd Lakes area, which is one of Minnesota’s most popular and beautiful recreational areas. In addition to the site’s conveniences that make for an easy camping experience, like multiple camping options and permanent bathrooms, it is home to an astonishing variety of plant and wildlife species, including 200-year-old pine trees, Lady Slippers, bald eagles and more. Most of Clearwater Forest’s 1,016 acres of forest and 3.5 miles of lakeshore are pristine and undeveloped.
“The original festival, held in Montana, was created as an event to bring people together in a beautiful setting to relax and enjoy great music together,” said Cunningham. “We are excited to bring that experience to the Midwest and have Minnesota’s north woods as our back drop for Storyhill Fest Midwest.”
This summer, festival-goers will be treated to sneak peeks of Storyhill’s newest songs. They currently are working with Grammy Award-winning producer Dan Wilson on a new album slated to be released in 2010.
Storyhill Fest tickets are available online at www.storyhill.com/fest2. Full festival camping passes include camping/lodging, full camp access, all performances and activities. Group and individual day passes also are available.
For more information about Storyhill Fest, visit http://www.storyhill.com/fest2/front.html.