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HOTAfest 2016 -- 3 days of folk music and art

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Posted: Wednesday, July 6, 2016 12:08 am

For three days in July, Titusville becomes the "Heart of the Arts," for HOTAfest, a gathering of folk musicians and folk artists, and the people who love their work.

HOTAfest 2016 starts Friday and continues through Sunday at the University of Pittsburgh at Titusville.

It's an event that brings seasoned performers to the city to play free public concerts on the Pitt-Titusville lawn, and it offers workshops and jam sessions for top-notch musicians, as well as people who want to take the big step of trying something new in their life, whether that's playing the ukulele, dulcimer, banjo, and other instruments, or an art form like leather wrap bracelet making or Gaelic singing.

To register, or to learn more, contact the Titusville Council on the Arts, at 827-2381. HOTAfest is sponsored by the Five M Foundation, the Fleming Family Foundation, and the John Nesbit Rees and Sarah Henne Rees Charitable Foundation.

Featured Concerts

>> John McCutcheon has earned six Grammy nominations and has 36 albums. He's been hailed by critics around the world. His song, "Christmas in the Trenches," is considered a classic, and was named one of the 100 Essential Folk Songs.

>> The multi-talented Rachel Eddy grew up in the hills of West Virginia, where she was steeped in Appalachian music and dance. She will be bringing her fiddle, guitar, banjo and voice to Titusville. She'll be joining HOTAfest for the first time, returning to the United States from Europe, where she's been living and teaching old-time music. Eddy will also be present for a contra dance that's open to the community on Saturday night, at 9:30. The dance will be held in Pitt-Titusville's Boomer's.  

For kids: 'THE GREAT GROOVE BAND'

New to HOTA this year is "The Great Groove Band," a group of six performers who will lead two workshops for kids. The first workshop will be Friday, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., the second workshop will be Saturday, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, both at Pitt-Titusville. The kids' experience will culminate with a performance at Pitt-Titusville's lawn, on Saturday, at 6:30 p.m., before HOTA headliner John McCutcheon takes the stage.  

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