Wednesday, December 3, 2014

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Sunday, October 19, 2014


Dan & James (a.k.a. Danny Beck and James Marquardt) were announced as the winners of the 2014 Folk Hero Contest, on Friday Oct 3, at the end of the first evening of this season’s Delmarva Folk Festival.

Danny Beck, who is not known for his outward displays of emotion, said he was “very surprised” by the award. “When I heard the other acts I thought, uh-oh, this is really going to be tough.”

The Folk Hero Contest is a long-standing tradition that show-cases local folk music. All of the finalists competed at one three of three open-mic coffee houses hosted earlier this year by the Delaware Friends of Folk

After an evening of incredible performances from an exceptionally talented string of competitors, Dan & James were announced as the winners. The other finalists, who each in turn wowed the audience, were LA Time, Jessica Graae, Shannen Norris, Steffi & Tim, and Chelsea Rae. “We really wish we could have had six winners this year,” one of the festival chairs said. “They were all that good.”

Dan & James have been making music together for over two years. They met while playing in a church choir, hit it off musically, and expanded into other genres.  They classify their music as Americana Folk-Rock. “It’s classic rock unplugged,” Danny said. They cover traditional folk-rock artists, like Bob Dylan and Jim Croce, but also play acoustic adaptations of classic rockers like Bob Seger and Stevie Ray Vaughan.  “These are the songs that everybody loves,” he said. They also include their own original tunes.

James Marquardt competed in the Folk Hero Contest last year, but Danny has been involved with the Delaware Friends of Folk since his adolescence, participating in coffee houses, pick-ins, and as a sometime volunteer.

Dan & James recently changed their stage name to Tarred & Feathered. In addition to their duet, they are part of a classic-rock covers band, called Hooverville, that performs throughout central Delaware. You can follow them at 

James was unabashedly thrilled to win the Folk Hero Contest. But he was equally delighted to be a part of the festival line-up and share in the overall experience. Sitting by the festival bonfire late Saturday night he said, “This festival is an absolutely incredible experience.  And the Friends of Folk are awesome for promoting local music. That’s what it’s all about.”

Dan & James (Tarred & Feathered) will be performing on the evening of Friday, December 5, at the Old State House, 25 The Green, Dover, as the Friends of Folk launch a winter concert program in partnership with Delaware’s First State Heritage Park. For more information, go to 

Upcoming Coffee House!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

We need more VOLUNTEERS!

Please email if you'd like to volunteer October 3rd and/or 4th!  We can also use some work on the farm this weekend, too.  We will make it worth your while!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

PICK IN is back to the Newsstand!

Since the closing of the Wagon Wheel, we are back at the Dover Newsstand - 25 W. Loockerman Street in Dover!

Noon- 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Folk Hero ROUND THREE Results

Winners were Shannen Norris & Chelsea Rae!  

We had 5 other great contestants and it was a very entertaining evening. Gabi Norris, Don Bloom, Mark & Mike, Mike Liddicoat, Janet & Mike Miller all had great programs - it was a full evening of great entertainment!

We had the best turnout of the summer and it was nice to see everyone!

We are really looking forward to the October 3rd Finals of this competition - Delmarva Folk Festival at 7:00 p.m. and we'll stay until the votes are tallied.  Jan has a new laptop this year, so it will not take as long as the past couple of years to tally the ballots!! LOL

Pictures in order of appearance:
Nadia Gabi

Don Bloom

Mark & Mike
Mike Liddicoat
Shannen Norris

Janet & Mike Miller

Chelsea Rae

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Folk Hero Contest Round THREE

The Delmarava Folk Hero Contest begins this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. At the Wesley College Chapel, located on Division & Bradford Streets in Dover, Delaware.  

We have ample parking in the lot behind the Chapel.

This competition is an innovative way to showcase local talent.

Arrive early.  There are only SIX fifteen minute slots for each round.  The audience is balloted to vote for the best act, so, bring your fans, friends & family!

Here’s how it works:

Six finalists are chosen over three rounds. They will compete again October 3, the opening Friday night of our Delmarva Folk Festival. .  Note: The final winner must be available to perform October 4.