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Americana, Folk and Celtic Music Highlight the Kentucky Stage at The Kentucky Crafted Market

Jeri Katherine Howell

Visitors to the Kentucky Arts Council’s two-day Kentucky Crafted Market will be treated to the sounds of 13 of the best and most diverse musical acts in Kentucky.

The Kentucky Stage adds a music festival atmosphere to the annual event that features dozens of Kentucky Crafted artists during The Market’s public hours March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena in Lexington.

Each performing artist on the Kentucky Stage is a participant in the arts council’s adjudicated Performing Artists Directory.

For singer-songwriter Jeri Katherine Howell of Frankfort, her performance on the Kentucky Stage will represent a rite of passage. Though this is her first time performing at the event as a member of the Performing Artists Directory, she has performed at Market before. As part of a folk and traditional arts apprenticeship with master artist Carla Gover in 2011, Howell performed with Gover on the Kentucky Stage.

“Thanks in large part to that apprenticeship, I developed as a singer-songwriter and performer,” Howell said. “On the Kentucky Stage this year, as a member of the Performing Artists Directory, I look forward to sharing our craft – music – with fellow Kentucky artists and arts supporters from across the state. I am thrilled at the potential opportunity this exposure will give me to book shows in parts of the state I have yet to perform.

“I also look forward to exploring the Market to learn more about and be inspired by the amazing work happening in our state. It’s an honor to share the Kentucky Stage with incredible musicians, and to be invited as a Performing Artists Directory member.”

Howell’s set on the Kentucky Stage begins at 2 p.m., Sunday, March 17.

Saturday’s stage performances will be capped with Western Kentucky University Folklife program’s presentation of the Homer Ledford Award to Ray Deweese, maker of Glespie Guitars.

American Sign Language interpreters will be provided for all Kentucky Stage performances. Musicians from the performing groups will sell merchandise and meet fans following their respective performances.

The schedule of acts includes:

Saturday, March 16

10 a.m. – Cloigheann, bluegrass/Celtic

11 a.m. – Art Mize, Americana/Celtic

Noon – Phourist & the Photons, pop/rock

1 p.m. – The Local Honeys, Americana

2 p.m. – Cari Norris, Appalachian

3 p.m. – JOANNA~JAMES, Americana

4 p.m. – Kentucky Wild Horse, string band

5 p.m. – Presentation of the Homer Ledford Award and music by the honoree

Sunday, March 17

10 a.m. – A Girl Named Earl, Americana

11 a.m. – Marcus Wilkerson, singer/songwriter

Noon – Barrenheart, bluegrass/Celtic

1 p.m. – TDH, jazz/Americana

2 p.m. – Jeri Katherine Howell with Nat Colten, Americana

3 p.m. – The Bats, Americana

The Market doors open to the public March 16-17. Hours for The Market are:

•March 16, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

•March 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tickets are $8 at the door or $7 online through March 15. Children 15 and under are admitted free with a paying adult.     


The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, fosters environments for Kentuckians to value, participate in and benefit from the arts. Kentucky Arts Council funding is provided by the Kentucky General Assembly and the National Endowment for the Arts.

(provided by Kentucky Arts Council)

Paul Hitchcock earned his Masters in Communications from Morehead State University and Bachelors in Radio-TV/Psychology from Georgetown College. A veteran broadcaster for more than 40 years and an avid fan of blues, jazz and American roots music. Hitchcock has been with WMKY since 1986 and was named General Manager in 2003. He currently hosts "Muddy Bottom Blues" (Fri., 8pm-9pm), "Nothin' But The Blues" (Sat., 8pm-12am), "Sunday Night Jazz Showcase" and "Live From The Jazz Lounge" (Sun., 8pm-9pm) and "The Golden Age of Radio" (Sun., 2pm-3pm). He also serves as producer for "A Time For Tales" and "The Reader's Notebook."
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