The North Georgia Folk Festival Goes Virtual

As per the new pandemic tradition, the 36th annual North Georgia Folk Festival will be held virtually this year as a series of three episodes showcasing musical performances, artist interviews and storytelling. Variety shows on Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 will visit musicians—including Art Rosenbaum, Caroline Aiken, Banditas, Cicada Rhythm, Fester Hagood, Georgia Sirens, Hawk Proof Rooster, Hog-eyed Man, Joe Willey, Lisa Wooten, MrJordanMrTonks, Nina Ricci, Paul Edelman, Sea Shanty Singers, Skillet Lickers, String Theory and Veronika Jackson. Visual artists include Beth Zorbanos, Cathy Pentz, Janice Hall, Rebecca Gilliard, Vanda Guthrie and Tex Crawford, while storytellers include Mary Jean Hartel and Pat Shields. Oct. 10 features a screening of Sing My Troubles By, a documentary that follows Georgia women dedicated to performing gospel, blues, mountain music and ballad traditions. All episodes will stream on YouTube (#NGFF_20) at 8 p.m., and while the festival is free, tipping the performers is encouraged.