Jim makes finals of '07 Avalon Folk Festival

Breaking news! Just found out this morning that I have been selected as one of 6 finalists in the Avalon Folk Festival's Rising Star Performer Competition. This will be held in the Avalon Resort in Paw Paw, West Virginia from August 10-12th 2007. 

Headliners for the show include my friends Carla Ulbrich and Randall Williams as well as some of my favorite performers such as SONiA and Amilia K Spicer.

The competition round will occur on friday afternoon, and the winner will get a 45 minute set saturday afternoon.

I am really excited and honored to be chosen and really looking forward to the event.

Update: Aug 13th, 10:45am

Just got back from the festival. Had a great time and met a lot of fine people. Got to meet Gary Jules who was one of the featured performers. He  sang "Mad World" in the move "Donnie Darko" and was quite an amazing talent.

People were really friendly and open, plus the facility was was nestled in stunningly beautiful countryside. There are a huge number of people I'd like to thank and acknowledge, in particularly Avalon member Jesse was particularly encouraging and warm from the first moment we met, and Hank who generously shared his tent with me, having known me for only minutes.

I did not win, but was glad that my friend Joe Giocoio took the honors. Joe recently married my friend Carla Ulbrich, one of the funniest performers in the genre. Their  household must be a riot. Joe, himself no slouch in comedic delivery, put on a great set and had the audience in stitches. 

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