The Moab Folk Festival hosts its First Annual Benefit Concert on Friday, May 30, 8-10 p.m. at historic Star Hall, in downtown Moab, with Marley’s Ghost, the nationally acclaimed Americana folk band.
The event is a fundraiser for Friends of the Moab Folk Festival, the nonprofit corporation behind the Moab Folk Festival and the Moab Folk Camp.
Marley’s Ghost is a virtuoso aggregation composed of singer/multi instrumentalists Mike Phelan on guitar, dobro and fiddle; Danny Wheetman on bass, banjo, fiddle, National Steel Guitar, and blues harp; Ed Littlefield, Jr., on Sierra pedal steel guitar, Highland bagpipes, and dobro; Jerry Fletcher on keyboard and accordion; and Jon Wilcox on mandolin. After 25 years of making music together Marley’s Ghost remains “one of the best kept secrets of the acoustic music world.” That may be changing with the release of their 25th Anniversary CD Jubilee featuring guest performances from Emmylou Harris, John Prine, Old Crow Medicine Show and others.
The first Moab Folk Festival took place in 2003, and it has been happening every year since then. Featured artists have included John Gorka, Patty Larkin, Cheryl Wheeler, Tim O’Brien, Eileen Ivers, Peter Rowan, and Bruce Cockburn among others. This year marks the 12th Annual Moab Folk Festival, with folk legend Richard Thompson and People’s Choice returning artists
John Fullbright and Ellis. The Festival sold out in 2013, but ticket sales cover only 50 percent of the costs to produce the event. Support from generous donors and patrons is needed. Donations can be sent to Friends of the Moab Folk Festival PO Box 1082 Moab, UT, 84532. Visit www.moabfolkfestival.com for more information.