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Fox Hollow

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Fox Hollow Folk Festival

By Ryan Thomson

I attended this legendary festival during one of the last years that it was held. I'm not sure

of the exact dates, but I believe it was in the late 70's, early 80's. Perhaps someone else

who was there could refresh my memory. I never made it to the main stage to watch any

performers but spent my entire time in the onsite campground making music in numerous

jam sessions. I didn't learn until later that this had been considered one of the best of the

eastern US festivals for traditional music. I had heard about it through the folk music

grapevine as a good place to meet other musicians. I certainly enjoyed myself there! I met

my friend Dann Neubauer there for the first time. He is a fine fiddler from Wyndmoor,

Pennsylvania whom I see occassionally at festivals around Philadelphia.

I received this letter on May 1, 1999:

So lovely to see your site. As I write this I am overlooking the amphitheater

of Fox Hollow. I live on the property and am always interested in any memories of the

place. My understanding is that the festival ran from 1969-1982. The Rensselaer County

Historical Society has more than 300 audio tapes recorded at the festivals and hundred of

black and white photos. They can be reached at 518-272-7232.

All the best,

M. R. S.

This review written by Ryan J Thomson, 1999