Strangefolk, Burlington, VT’s hard-touring jam-rock outfit, continues its tradition of hosting the festival of Labor Day weekend for the sixth year in a row on September 1st and 2nd at the Addison County Field Days site in New Haven, VT. Strangefolk’s Garden of Eden has gained a reputation amongst Strangefolk fans both old and new as a must-attend event that showcases great music in the midst of Vermont’s scenic beauty.

The band is excited to announce that they have been in the studio and are putting the finishing touches on a new CD, to be released this fall. Dan Archer, producer/engineer of Strangefolk’s Weightless in Water (1997) and Lore (1995) CDs, once again assumes the reins for this latest effort. The band is pleased to be able to offer some songs from this latest studio CD to fans at their upcoming Eden festival. Since the Eden festival’s inception in 1996 in the idyllic town of Eden, VT, the band has delivered on its pledge to offer heaps of live Strangefolk music over the weekend to its loyal fans. Producer Michael Bandelato (also director of the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival) says that this could be the best Eden yet! Adding to the excitement this year is Strangefolk’s kindred jamband Percy Hill, with an extra bonus of a separate showcase of Percy drummer Aaron Katz’s new group. Additional acts include: perennial favorite The Gordon Stone Band, The Vorcza Trio, (whose keyboardist is fresh off Phish’s lead guitarist Trey Anastasio’s tour), Burlington favorites Shadraq and dinner theatre with Deep Mountain Group (an offshoot of Bread & Puppet), as well as other very special surprises.

In addition to live music, the festival features quality vending with a wide variety of food (vegetarian/non-vegetarian), juices, clothing and jewelry. Exciting new activities, such as a solar-powered sidestage available for open mic performers, are also in store for this year. Also on site: a kids’ tent and a non-profit area, including Strangers Helping Strangers [SHS], Strangefolk’s award-winning fan-run charity. [Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for SHS to donate to local foodshelves. All are asked not to bring their pets, glass containers, alcohol, firearms or fireworks.]

Advance weekend tickets are $32.50 (plus applicable service charges) and include all music as well as two nights of camping. At the gate, tickets will cost $40. A Sunday-only pass (includes music and camping) is $25. Tickets are available online at or can be charged over the phone at the Flynn Theatre Box Office: (802)86-FLYNN or at various Flynn outlets. Children under 12 free. Gates open 11AM on Sat., Sept. 1st.

[Published on: 8/9/01]

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