Clearwater Festival

Clearwater Festival New YorkClearwater Festival takes place at Croton Point Park, Westchester County, New York

Clearwater Festival 2012 dates – 16th to 17th June

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Saturday 16th June
Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie & The Guthrie Family (celebrating Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (celebrating their 50th anniversary), Joan Osborne & The Holmes Brothers, Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile, Tom Paxton, Tinariwen, Donna The Buffalo, Aoife O’Donovan, Raul Midon, Tim O’Brien, Tom Chapin, Tao Seeger Brass Band, Joanne Shenandoah, Guy Davis Band, Melissa Ferrick, David Amram, Jay Unger & Molly Mason, Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew, Forro In The Dark, …  and many more.

Sunday 17th June
Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Dawes, Deer Tick, Peter Yarrow & The Walkabout Clearwater Chorus (celebrating their 25th anniversary), The Klezmatics, Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely, Balkan Beat Box, Holly Near, Ollabelle, Jill Sobule, David Wax Museum, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Jose Conde Y Ola Fresca, Brave Combo, Sara Watkins, Joe Purdy, Bhi Bhiman, Dala, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, … and many more.


The History of the Clearwater Festival

Back in the mid-sixties, after centuries of accumulated sewage pollution and industrial dumping of toxic chemicals, the Hudson River, like many of America’s most important estuaries, was declared “dead”. The river’s fragile ecological system was devastated. Not a single fish was found in many areas, and the level of commercial fishing had¥dropped so dramatically as to be regarded as nonexistent. Recognizing this incredible social and environmental tragedy, Pete Seeger, a popular musician and respected activist, decided “to build a boat to save the river”. Holding small, fundraising river concerts throughout the Hudson River Valley, he literally passed his banjo among the crowd, collecting contributions to build the elegant tall ship that would become a symbol of environmental advocacy, the flagship of the American Environmental Movement, the sloop Clearwater.

This nomadic folk festival picnic continued to travel through out the Hudson River Valley, then in 1978 the gathering set down roots at a historic river park, Croton Point, on the Hudson River and was coined The Great Hudson River Revival. However, ten years later, due to pollution problems with the landfill at the park, the festival was forced to move from the river. This move resulted in a decade of exile inland at a suburban college campus. In 1998, however, the Clearwater board of directors pushed to move the festival on or near the Hudson River, and a year later the Clearwater Festival returned to its spiritual home, the shores of the Hudson River at Croton Point Park.

Since the 1960s, the Clearwater Festival has grown into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration, its music, dance and storytelling, education and activism attracting thousands of people of all ages to the shores of the Hudson River.

Clearwater Festival Line Up – 2011
Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Chris Smither, Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell, Dave Douglas & Brass Ecstasy, Dog on Fleas, Donna Nestler, Eshu Bumpus, James McMurtry, Janis Ian, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Jen Chapin, Joe Purdy, Josh Ritter, K.J. Denhert, Magpie, Martin Sexton, Marva Clark, Mike & Ruthy, Mustard’s Retreat, Power of Song, Rick Nestler, Sarah Lee & Johnny, Tao Seeger, The Klezmatics, The Low Anthem, The Nields, The Rivertown Kids, The Storycrafters, Toshi Reagon, Toubab Krewe, Travis Jeffrey, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus, Zlatne Uste Brass Band, Zon del Barrio, David Bromberg, Suzanne Vega, the Guy Davis Band, David Wax Museum, Pete Seeger, Bethany & Rufus’ Roots Quartet, Brooklyn Qawwali Party, Buskin & Batteau, Clayfoot Strutters, Dog on Fleas, Donna Nestler, Drive-By Truckers, Joanne Shenandoah, Joe D’urso, John Sebastian, Jorma Kaukonen, Justin Townes Earle, Margo Thunderbird, Marva Clark, Peter Yarrow, Red Horse, Rick Nestler, Roger the Jester, Sarah Lee & Johnny, Tao Seeger, The Kennedys, The Storycrafters, Tom Chapin, Vanaver Caravan, Walkabout Clearwater Chorus

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