For 74 years, the Waterford Fair has served as a showcase for local history and traditional craftsmanship. In recent years, the county’s largest community festival has become even more diverse, including an effort to step up the caliber of its musical performances.
As you plan your weekend visit to the National Historic Landmark village, you might want to check out the main stage schedule so you don’t miss a show of interest.
Autoharp virtuoso Bryan Bowers opens the concert schedule on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (noon). The masterful singer-songwriter and storyteller is teaming up with two great pickers—local favorite Danny Knicely and New England-based multi-instrumentalist Geoff Goodhue—to offer sets of American folk and mountain music.
Jazz pianist turned roots musician Sam Reider performs Sunday afternoon. The accordion master has been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, virtuosos, and folk musicians and represented the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador in China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Azerbaijan. He performs with The Human Hands, a collective of virtuoso jazz and bluegrass musicians from Brooklyn, NY. If you miss the fair performance, take note that Reider and the band will return to the village Nov. 1 for a special concert at the Old Stone School.
Another Main Stage highlight will be Saturday afternoon’s performance by the Gina Clowes Project. A nominee for the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Yearaward, the Front Royal native has been touring with her siblings for two decades, dominating banjo competitions all along the way. Her 2017 album, True Colors, won her additional accolades. On the Waterford stage, she will be joined by her sister Malia Furtado, an amazing fiddle player.
This year the fair’s main stage will be set up in the Schooley Mill Meadow. Look at the fair’s full entertainment lineup at waterfordfairva.com.