Final full lineup poster for jhmf8

Thank You Friends! You Made it Happen!

Well folks, it's over for this year but we will all be riding a cool wave of momentum for months and months! What a great way to kick off the 2018 Festival Season. We will keep the memories alive as we add photos and videos and news to the website and social media. Please send us your photos and video either via the contact option here, or the John Hartford Memorial Festival Facebook Page. If you are a JHMF Fest veteran, email your name to and you will be added to a special private Hartford Fest Family fb page. 

We asked you to bring someone you love, and you did. The vibe was spot on. The family re-united and the music played on and will continue. It really is all about you, you being us, and the legacy of John Hartford. Thank you for making this happen. We invite you to visit this page often and to help you save that souvenir program, we urge you to download or view the program right here!

For the first time ever we have made the official program guide available as a digital download! Download this 7 MB PDF and save it to your device. Everything you need to know and more via the link below.

Official JHMF8 Program Guide Note: This file is 7.15MB in size. 7.15 MB

Official JHMF8 Program Guide Note: This file is 7.15MB in size. 7.15 MB

Song Writing Announcement & Showcase

After listening, reading, pondering, listening, reading and pondering even more, our panel of judges have arrived at a conclusion. We deliberated relentlessly over the most even and toughest field of John Hartford inspired songwriters yet. Congratulations to Will Kimble from Cincinnati, OH for winning this years Challenge with his song "Paddleboat Shuffle". Read all about Will Kimble by clicking here. This year's top ten represented eight different states and Canada. We were honored to present our Songwriter's Showcase featuring our top five 2018 finalists and last year's champion songwriter, Micahlan Boney. The following top five songwriters appeared in our Showcase. Congratulations to:

1: Will Kimble. Cincinnati, OH.
2: Kenny Cornell. Broken Arrow, OK.
3: John Lilly. Charleston, WV.
4: Mark Heinrich. Carlsbad, NM.
5: Adam Yount. Steelville, MO.

You can hear the top ten winners from each contest on our contest page by clicking here

All Hartfod Sets at JHMF8

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In keeping with our legacy and mission to direct awareness to our namesake, John Hartford, once again, we opened the main stage every day with 100% all Hartford sets.  The Wheelhouse Rousters,  Flatland Harmony Experiment,  The Mighty Pines,  Robert Ellis and Courtney Hartman presented these special sets and they were not alone as most every act in the lineup paid homage to our mission and namesake by performing John Hartford Songs and talking about inspiration. The Short Round Stringband performed a cool Hartford Jam at the Boogie Stage, unplugged and all inclusive! 

What will JHMF9 hold in store? You can bet more of the same and lots, lots more! We are planning even as we publish these words. See you next year!

Relive the musical memories and take a stroll back to Bean Blossom, IN with the official recap video of JHMF7. Kudos to Jeremy Sewell for filming the festival.

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