Our beloved founder, John Hotze. Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

Our beloved founder, John Hotze. Rest in Peace Dear Friend.

Where Does An Old Time River Man Go?

Our wonderful founder and visionary, John Hotze passed away March 29th, 2021. John stuck his neck out and created a unique gathering of kindred souls dedicated to preserving the music and legacy of his lifelong friend and our festival namesake, John Hartford. The John Hartford Memorial Festival is this gathering and the fulfillment of John Hotze's vision. Thanks to John's resilience and persistence, folks have been exposed to and reunited with the music and life of John Hartford. Please read this informative article about John Hotze that first appeared in nodepression.com, May 4th 2012. Click Here.

JHMF10 and Covid

The decision was made heading into spring, 2020, that due to pandemic and concern for our fest family, that the festival be canceled for that spring of 2020. Heading into 2021, with the uncertainty of the future concerning pandemic, no plans were made for a 2021 event. However, the Bill Monroe Camping and Music Park has designated June 2-6 as the John Hartford Memorial Campout. Aside from the campground picking, there is a good possibility of some live music on stage pending approval from the Brown County Health Department. Keep your eyes open for news and we sure hope to see many of you in June. Please stay safe and get your Covid vaccination ASAP. We will be asking folks to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask when close to others not in your group. Click here to read more.

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New music from JHMF Family, Lizzie Plotkin and Natalie Spears "Just Over The Ridge" and Lily B Moonflower's debut album "MoonFlower" at the Morning Bugle Blog! Click Here.

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