Just like a real folk festival, but without all the sweaty people and the overpriced vegetarian food.
It's folk music and it's got a backbeat you can't stop. Among the folk/rock artists you'll hear on Festival Radio are the following:
Fairport/Convention: Seminal folk/rock outfit from the UK.
10,000 Maniacs: Significant output of folk and new wave influenced rock in the 80s and 90s. Natalie Merchant leaving the group was an improvement, as indicated by the huge disparity in quality between her awful solo albums and 10KMs quality post-Natalie albums. RIP Rob Buck.
Big Country: Everybody remembers those big bagpipe-influenced guitar riffs, but few seem to make the obvious connection with folk music. Their lack of success in America after that glorious first album is puzzling, because they continued to put out great rock and roll. RIP Stuart Adamson.
Carbon Leaf: a little bit rock, a little bit Celtic, a little bit folk
The Hooters: How many great bands out of the 80s can you name that featured mandolin and accordion? These guys and Bruce Hornsby.
Bruce Hornsby: See above. One of the most impressive musicians I have ever seen.
Bruce Springsteen: This man has more Woody Guthrie in him than anyone else making music today.
Fairground Attraction: They put out one "Perfect" album in the UK featuring Eddi Reader on vocals and its single hit #1.
John and Mary: John Lombardo left 10KM to go solo and teamed with Mary Ramsey to put out some quality music
Michael Stanley: The band that could not be avoided if one grew up in Northeast Ohio in the 70s and 80s was the Michael Stanley Band. They're known as straight ahead Midwestern rock and rollers, but early MSB has heavy country and folk influences, with most of the members of the Eagles making guest appearances on his early solo work. Check out You Break It, You Bought It and Ladies Choice (which also features tasty sax work from David Sanborn), and his 90s band the Ghost Poets if you can find it.