Plymouth Harbor Folk Festival makes big first impression
South Shore music lovers can add a new annual summer festival to their calendars. The Plymouth Harbor Folk Festival debuted this weekend with an impressive lineup of musicians, vendors and artwork.
“I’ve been involved in music since I was 8, so this is definitely a labor of love,” festival producer Mike Landers of Project Arts of Plymouth said. “My reward is seeing smiles on faces and the tap of feet and people dancing. That’s worth a million bucks.”
The two-day festival attracted thousands of people Saturday and Sunday who gathered along the waterfront to hear music by Melanie, Jon Pousette-Dart, Greg Greenway, Digney Fignus, Les Sampou and the Tin Angels and Tall Heights.
“It’s a really special thing to sit down on the grass for some great live music,” said Tall Heights guitarist and vocalist Tim Harrington.
Tiffany Dunn of Plymouth took her 18-month old daughter Julia to the festival.
“She loves all different kinds of music. We try to expose her to all different kinds, so we’re looking forward to making this an annual event,” Dunn said.
So is Landers. “It’s been a lot of fun, and I look forward to doing this every year,” he said.
Another major draw of the festival: It’s free.
“You can spend so much money going to a concert somewhere between travel and eating out and everything, so this is nice,” said Jeff Johnson of Sandwich who attended the festival with his wife, Martha, Saturday.
Landers also runs the River Run summer concert series, which features an outdoor concert every Wednesday night.
Next year, Landers hopes bring in more big names and more people, and expand the festival into the nearby Mayflower Park so visitors can drift between multiple stages.
Stephanie Choate may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.