Musicians and Performers appearing at the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival

2019 Entertainment Schedule


Ian Flannigan


Annie and the Hedonist

Folksy, wide range of acoustic standards, gospel, labor ballads, early jazz and blues. Annie and the Hedonists has a strong lead singer with the harmonic backup that make for a popular act.


“Father and son play New Age and World Fusion finger picking guitar acoustic instrumental music”


Mark Rust

Performances that showcase an impressive array of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer and banjo. He writes his own songs based on personal experiences and sings about family, good feelings and home. Come enjoy a fun, interactive performance by an impressive musical talent.


One World Puppetry & Performance Art

Our magical friends will be appearing from New York’s very own garlic patch. Keep your eyes open throughout the festival grounds and at the kids tent for the Garlic Giant and his friend the Garlic Fairy. They will be wandering the festival grounds and having fun with one and all, celebrating this year’s garlic harvest.


Morris Dancers

Perform an ancient dance that was traditionally used in the Spring planting time, with the bells, whistles, and pounding sticks of the dancers driving the evil spirits from the newly plowed fields. And again the dancers will be performing their celebration of the harvest.


The Homegrown String Band

Is a 21st century incarnation of the traditional family band. The band, which was literally home grown, consists of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky and daughters Erica and Annalee. Utilizing unique instrumentation and varied musical influences, this quartet of acoustic musicians from Rocky Point, NY has put their own stamp on traditional American music. Their repertoire consists of traditional and original music inspired by the rural string bands that recorded during the 1920s and ‘30s, as well as all the great American roots music that followed. The family that plays together has been performing atg coffeehouses and music festivals from Maine to Missouri since 1997. At a Homegrown String Band show you will be treated to the sounds of fiddle, guitar, harmonica, mandolin, clawhammer banjo, banjo ukulele, mountain dulcimer, jawharp, and old time family style singing, as well as some percussive flatfoot dancing as The Homegrown String Band takes you on a rollicking ride through the sounds of American music, from the driving rhythms of old-time dance tunes to the mournful sounds of mountain ballads and blues.



James lives just south of Albany and grew up playing rock, blues, jazz guitar and graduated first chair classical guitar at SUNY Fredonia with honors. Since then over the last 20 years he has performed in classic music venues throughout the U.S and Europe and has recorded with numerous musicians.

James' diverse background in and passion for guitar provides a special avenue for mixing different styles and improvisations within the particular genre he is playing. He likens music to food and needs variety to stay satisfied.



“Turtle Island Medicine Show”

Arm-of-the-Sea Theater creates contemporary works of mask and puppet theatre. Their large-scale productions combine visual storytelling with live music in a potent style of magical realism. They fuse the arts, natural sciences, history and current events into multi-layered performances accessible to audiences of many ages and walks of life. Founded in 1982 by Marlena Marallo and Patrick Wadden, Arm of the Sea presents an average of 85 performances each year at performing arts centers, festivals, schools and special events throughout the Northeast and beyond. The company has become best know for shows that illuminate links between human communities and the life-support processes of the planet. They also conduct theater arts residencies and host an annual summer performance event, the ESOPUS CREEK PUPPET SUITE, in Saugerties, NY. In addition to the artistic vision of Marallo and Wadden, the company is shaped by the talents of composer/musicians Dean Jones, Dennis Yerry, Juan Basilio Sanchez and Thomas Workman, designer Jean Whelan and performers Carl Welden, Cathy Muller, Leeanne Richards, Zoe Rowan and Eli McNamara. Watching an Arm-of-the-Sea performance, one is struck by the visual poetry; by the elemental presence of the puppet
characters; by the magical transformations; and by the live music that imbues each performance with lyrical energy.


Bells & Motley Olden Music, Dance, and Storytelling

The husband and wife team of Sondra Bromka and John Bromka. They perform on a wide range of period instruments (many researched and reconstructed by the artists themselves!) Authentic music and a world of rare instruments are featured in the artists’ original theater works, folk operettas, music & dance workshops, and participatory musical storytelling performances for all ages. The duo "BELLS & MOTLEY OLDEN MUSIC" is best known for the wonderful collection of historic and traditional instruments they have amassed, both from Early American and European musical traditions. All acoustic, instruments range from Medieval to Trad Folk to World Music. Here are just some of the instruments they enjoy playing at their concerts: two or three different types of bagpipes (both loud and soft), Celtic harp, Hurdy Gurdy, Swedish keyed fiddle "nyckelharpa," lute and recorders, guitar, fiddle, early versions of the mandolin, button accordion, and hammered dulcimer. And of course, their voices - Sondra and John love to sing!