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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. A few thousand enthusiastic music lovers gathered at Bill Monroe's Music Park in Bean Blossom, IN. for three days of music provided by our genre busting line-up.
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!

Missing the festival atmosphere already? Check out this YouTube video shot at the Hartford festival last May.

A Daughter’s Perspective: Katie Harford Hogue on John Hartford

Following a decade without John Hartford, the first annual John Harford Memorial Festival was born in 2011. It was attended by a small group of die-hard Hartford fans, friends, and his immediate family, including his daughter Katie and his son Jamie, who is a well respected Nashville singer-songwriter in his own right. Jamie performs at the event every year and dedicates a large portion of his sets to playing his favorite songs that his father wrote. John’s family attends the event every year and supports what the festival is doing.

“I really appreciate this festival because it’s for my Dad,” said Katie. “John Hotze and the other organizers, as well as all the performers, have put so much time, effort, and love into this. Every time we go, Click Here To Read More.

Thanks to Timm Hertel, who is "My Tall Tripod" for a full set of Pokey LaFarge from this year's festival, Main Stage. Art by Jon Griffin! Enjoy!

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