2022 Fall Folk Festival Live Broadcast from SPR Part One
Hear Monroe Bridge, Bridges Home, Lucy D Ford, and Hunter Koss in part one of our 2022 Fall Folk Festival broadcast.
Hear bluegrass band Monroe Bridge, wife/husband duo Bridges Home, storyteller & children's author Lucy D Ford, and harpist Hunter Koss in part one of our 2022 Fall Folk Festival broadcast. Click here for part two.
The annual Fall Folk Festival kicked off November 12 with a broadcast on KPBX. SPR's Steve Jackson and E.J. Iannelli will hosted a diverse group of folk performers in this free concert.
Watch Hunter Koss' performance of "Branwin's Secret" by Lisa Lynne here:
About the Performers
Bridges Home is Tami Belzer-Gunter and Dave Gunter - dual lead vocalists and multi-instrumentalists who share their passion for music with audiences in venues that range from intimate, small town theaters to large festival stages.
In concert, they deliver a captivating array of musical styles: High-energy Celtic, Old-Time and Bluegrass; lowdown Delta Blues; foot-stomping Roots music; haunting Irish ballads and finely crafted instrumentals. Instruments played include tenor ukulele, clawhammer banjo, Celtic harp, accordion, fiddle, mandolin and octave mandolin, acoustic guitar, resonator slide guitar, cigar box guitar, Irish whistles, bodhran and foot percussion.
With their popular transition to theater concerts and main stage shows, Bridges Home has placed a new emphasis on audience pleasing originals and the stories that inspired them.
Hunter Koss is a solo harpist who performs Celtic and traditional folk music. She brings the musical strings of a Celtic lever harp to life. She favors Celtic, folk and traditional tunes. Hunter’s original compositions and musical ideas are inspired by deep connections with family, friends, life experiences and the natural beauty of the Inland Northwest she calls home.
Hunter aspires to be a professional harpist, and she dreams of being a popular stage performer. Along the path of making her dreams a reality, Hunter has been honored to perform at many locations in the region; this includes hospitals, professional offices, conferences, schools, the VA Home, Union Gospel Mission, Sandpoint’s Panida Theatre, Scottish Highland Games, Spokane Interstate Fair, private gatherings and other special events. It is always a guess to say who enjoys her performances more: Hunter or her captivated listeners.
Lucy D Ford
Lucy D. Ford had been a writer all her life, but thought of it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. She made her first sale, a children's poem, in 2000. Since then her poetry and short stories have appeared in magazines such as Boys' Life, Ladybug Magazine and Babybug Magazine. She is a past Regional advisor for the Inland Northwest Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, International (SCBWI).
In addition, she has published her fantasy novels through small presses and as an independent author. Her current project is a high fantasy novella series, The Minstrels of Skaythe.
Monroe Bridge band members have been playing music together at shows, festivals, and fairs throughout the Pacific Northwest. They share a deep love of the traditional bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs, the Stanley Brothers and, of course, Monroe. Individually, the members are experienced musicians and have played bluegrass and country music in bands throughout the land before coming together in the Inland Northwest in 2018. Today they perform a finely honed blend of traditional, contemporary, and original bluegrass, country and gospel music. With tight vocal harmony and dynamic instrumentals, we think you’re sure to love this band. Whether you're young, old, or in between, you’ll have a great time listening to Monroe Bridge!
Noel Taggart on mandolin has gained a reputation as one of the finest lead vocalists around. Kent & Karen Riggs are on guitar, singing lead and harmony vocals. Jean Ballhorn on fiddle is a veteran of the Colorado bluegrass scene and has performed and recorded with Charles Sawtelle, Open Road, Camptown and many others. Dan Gore is a versatile multi-instrumentalist. He has played mandolin and guitar in several bluegrass bands in the region and has produced the annual Spokane Mandolin Congress. Dan is playing bass fiddle for Monroe Bridge.