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Hope everyone that attended JHMF IV had a wonderful time. Make yourselves at home and browse these pages for stories, comments, pictures, music & videos, news and history about John Hartford. Hey, please visit our Facebook page and "like" us and "share" us. You can help us grow!

The 2014 John Hartford Memorial Festival was the best yet. Music lovers from all over the continent gathered at Bill Monroe's Music Park in Bean Blossom, IN. for three days of music provided by our genre busting line-up. John Hartford created and published all kinds of wonderful music, but his heart was in Bluegrass.
Katie Harford Hogue, John's daughter, quoted John when he was inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame: 

John Hartford and Norman Blake

"Bluegrass is America’s last small town. Everybody knows everybody else, and you don’t have to lock your doors. Not only that, but some of us are even related." Katie went on to say, "To me, that describes the festival quite well."

The weather was perfect and the atmosphere focused on music that ranged from Newgrass to Bluegrass, Jamband to Stringband, friendly competition amongst fiddlers and songwriters. (You can hear all of the song entries on our contest page!) Workshops, hula hoopers, kids events, parades, great food and crafty arts are just some of the events that happened this year! And WOW, the amazing jams that evolved and revolved around the clock.

This event, which celebrates the life and legacy of the late John Hartford, is only going to get better, but not too much bigger, so visit our website often and watch for our 2015 ticket deals and lineup. Don't forget to leave us a comment. We're tickled to have you drop in!

Our latest Morning Bugle Blog introduces you to the Artist Jon Griffin, the personality behind our festival art and art all over the world.

Jon Griffin with an original watercolor of John Hartford, donated to the festival. 

Where else could you have heard this classic Peter Rowan song performed with this interstellar crew? Check out this YouTube video of Peter Rowan and Chris Henry with Larry and Jenny Keel and banjo wizard, Danny Barnes, doing 'Land of the Navajo'. Shot by My Tall Tripod at the festival last May, 2014

Read an interview with our 2014 Old Time Fiddle Champ, 18 year old Roger Netherton, from St. Louis, MO.
Roger won cash, Peaceful Bend Wine and a one of a kind handmade trophy plaque courtesy of Tom Burkhart.

As part of his 1st place prize, Roger performed several songs on stage, prime-time with Jamie Hartford!

Thank You! Festival season is winding down. School has started, the dog days are nearly over. The crew at the John Hartford Memorial Festival is busy planning for next year. We appreciate the input from those of you who participated in our online survey. Your ideas and concerns are important to us. You are us. You make it happen. Visit our festival website often to re-live festival memories with pictures, videos, music and stories and to stay in touch and in tune with our plans for the John Hartford Memorial Festival, 2015.

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