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Rush River Folk Festival is May 23

Six regional music acts will provide live entertainment throughout the day at Vino in the Valley’s second Rush River Folk Festival in Maiden Rock. 

From 1 p.m. until sunset Saturday May 23, the unique foodie destination presents a tasty mix of original and vintage folk music – along with artisan cuisine, carriage rides and visual art creations.

There is no entry fee for this family-friendly event, leaving everyone free to sample the food, drink and beautiful live music in western Wisconsin’s fine outdoor venue, explains Vino in the Valley owner Larry Brenner.

The lineup

Regional folk sensation Heatherlyn returns to center stage to headline this year’s festival.

The Minneapolis-based singer and guitarist is a virtuoso artist whose has just completed her third community-supported CD featuring her new songs “All Beings Be Blessed” and “One Heart.” 

Her recent full-length CD, “Storydwelling,” received excellent reviews and is true to her persona, “soulful, rooted, rockin’, guitar-playing singer-song artist, poet and storydwelling traveler.”

To complete the musical experience, several established regional folk musicians will bring their distinctive sounds to the outdoor stage at Vino in the Valley.

Leading off at the festival is Durand’s own Little Wing, a duo featuring vocalist Faith Ulwelling and guitarist Tim Caswell from Left Wing Bourbon. 

Other returning artists include Larry Past and Al Julson, bringing acoustic favorites to the Rush River stage.  Blues, folk and string band artist Yata returns to the festival — fresh from a trip to Trinidad to discover new sounds, adds Brenner. 

New to the festival is Nordic roots musician Kari Tauring. A scholar and working musician for over 20 years, her distinctive vocal style connects ancient, immigrant and modern Nordic culture with stories, songs and dances on the stage. 

“She brings deep knowledge and artistry to the stage with the humor of one whose people helped shape the face of Norwegian-land in Minnesota and Wisconsin with musical tools that include voice, guitar, and staves,” says Brenner.  

At times, Tauring will be joined onstage by David Jones, known as Davey J.

As the founder and organizer of the Rush River Folk Festival, Brenner says Jones brings a unique and foot-tapping mix of original roots music, blues and Americana to the musical stage. 

Jones will premiere several tunes from his upcoming album “Chippewa Love,” a rhythmic style of amplified acoustic guitar, songwriting and vocals.

“Having performed for more than 25 years, Davey J is a prolific recording artist and a featured performer on stages large and small across the region,” Brenner said.  

Vino in the Valley in located at W3826 450th Ave., Maiden Rock. Find more information at www.vinointhevalley.com.

Additional information about Heatherlyn is available at

www.heatherlynmusic.com and find more on Davey J at www.musicpage.com/daveyjandthejonestones.

Stacy Bengs-Silverberg

Stacy Bengs has been a photojournalist at the Red Wing Republican Eagle since 2010. She holds a bachelors degree in journalism and art from the University of Minnesota.

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