HARTLY — On June 17, Delaware Friends of Folk will hold a special day of John Prine-focused stories and songs. Over about six hours, eight Delmarva-based acts will explore Mr. Prine’s extensive catalog, offering familiar singalongs and deep dives into his list of songs.
Two Sussex County artists will launch the day at 4 p.m. Singer-songwriter Greg Ellingsworth will open, followed by the old-time/country trio Bryan and the Barn Owls. At 5:30, singer and multi-instrumentalist Em McKeever will lend her voice to the day, followed by Devin and Rachael Zito, both acts representing New Castle County.
Based on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, current Delmarva Folk Heroes Tres Folk take the stage at 6:30. Kent County’s Rick Hudson and the Muddy Branch Band are next, followed by The Saints James. Mother’s Highway Junction will bring the evening to an close and invite the day’s artists back to the stage for a final group sing.
It all happens at the original Delmarva Folk Festival site near Hartly. Tickets and details are available at www.delfolk.org. A portion of the proceeds will go to The Hello in There Foundation, the Prine family non-profit organization doing good things in his name.