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Walnut Valley Festival 48.5

September 12 - 20, 2020

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

"Fesity" playing a guitar and wearing a face covering for the Walnut Valley Festival Festival 48.5

Walnut Valley Virtual Festival 48.5

National Flat-Picking Championships
Winfield, KS

Sept. 12 - 20, 2020

WVF 48.5 Livestream

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45 thoughts on “WVF 48.5 Livestream”

  1. that was an awsome good show folks. well done. for some of us, with health issues, this virtual world is a very great thing, something to think about for future years….
    thanks

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    • I’m with you William! A live stream of each stage all week long would be great! Also a great way to bring in a little extra money for the festival! And I’m not going to lie, I would definitely tune in from the campsites when I’m not at the stages.

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    • Absolutely! Our family remains in quarantine due to an immunocompromised family member and we are so happy to have these virtual events to enhance our backyard bluegrass 2020!

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  2. John McCutcheon kicking off the life stream…can almost smell the kettle corn, close my eyes and see the babies playing in front of stage one in the dirt. Welcome Home, indeed!

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  3. I was sobbing through most of this. John did a beautiful job. Absolutely amazing. I love Winfield. I have been since before I was born and the magic is still there even virtually. Love you John. Love you Winfield.

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  4. That show is awesome thank you John you brought tears of joy to my eyes, from all the happy good feelings!i willcontinue to watch more shows all week keeping the spirit alive. I needed this so much!

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  5. This virtual Winfield is amazing! My mom is recovering from a heart attack last week and yet I am still able to bring Winfield to her! Thank you so much for doing this. I also agree that a live stream of stages In later years would be awesome. Maybe have a zoom code included with full admission and allow that code to stream one device at a time.

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  6. This has been a wonderful festival so far. The shows during the week helped to get me into the groove. I even took my laptop outside with a small campfire in the fire pit when viewing the evening concerts. The smell of wood smoke and the sweet sound of crickets blending with the music helped to make the illusion of being near the Pecan Grove almost real. A positive about streaming is no line for the porta potty as I can simply walk into my own home. 🙂 Great job with the quality of entertainers and the streaming!

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  7. Great to see Orin Friesian and Andrea Springer doing their wonderful introductions. I’m so happy to be able to tune in, even when I can’t catch everyone’s show times! So wonderful!

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  8. Helen & Dave’s set was terrific, every song a winner!
    Stephen Bennett’s set was outstanding, perfection.
    Thanks to all for making this virtual festival a reality.

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  9. Thank you John for “Lift Up Your Wings and Fly” the ending song of your set. I remember on the day at Stage 2 in 2001 when we sang that song together with you in the days following Sept 11th. Then as now you have lifted my spirit with hope for better days ahead. Keep well, keep safe, and see you in 2021 at Winfield!

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  10. TOAD SUCK LOVES MICHAEL, JON AND TOM!!! Hope to see you guys next year!! Lost the King Toad in December but the rest of us will be there!!

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  11. Thank you for this. The music and people of Winfield have got us through some tough times. The Festival of 2001 was just what we needed. I needed Winfield 48.5 this year. I needed to see my friends and hear their music to help me through our current tough times. Thank you for making it happen! Until we are together again.

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  12. It was great to wake up Sunday morning to Marley’s Ghost and Tom Chapin/Michael Mark! I remember getting to know both Tom Chapin and Michael Mark at the Clearwater Festival in the Hudson Valley and enjoying hearing “The Battle Beast and Barbie” ring out over the Hudson River on several occassions at the Opera House in Tarrytown, the parks along the river and at Clearwater. While workin in NYC but living at Croton-on-the-Hudson it allowed me to be neighbors, so to speak, with Tom Chapin. When I left my job in New York City to return to the prairies of Kansas in the early 90s I was so surprised to discover both Tom and Mark right here in my home state at Winfield, it was truely a homecoming. Thank you for being a part of this virtual festival. Hope to see you again in 2021.

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    • Thank you for the mention Denise!

      I also lived in the Hudson Valley region of NY a bit north of you in Dutchess County before moving to Madison WI area in 2014. I had the pleasure of opening for Tom Chapin. and John McCutcheon in the HV. When I started going out to Winfield it was and remains so great to see them at the fest!!!

      Loved hearing them last night!

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  13. I’m watching the replays, lots of our cherished artists, a couple of new faces, and wonderful performances. All we need is OdorRama, for some campfire smell, the artificial cherry smell of the port-a-johns, and the sound of the morning donut and coffee wagon making the rounds while the youngsters warm up for Acoustic Kids on Stage 2.

    Thanks, WVA, for bringing the festival “home” to us this time. This bright spot in an otherwise forgettable year is fine time indeed. Donation button clicked…

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  14. I’m sorry to see the videos disappearing so quickly! I had to miss quite a bit of the afternoon sessions yesterday was hoping to catch up today but most of the ones I missed are gone already. is there any way to keep the videos up for a few days?

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    • According to Tom Chapin all the videos are archived, but I can’t find them on this website. You could try checking the Facebook pages for the performers you want to see in case they posted a link to their video — that’s how I found the Tom Chapin & Michael Mark video.

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  15. Love the festival and all the wonderful music. Thank you!
    What is the name of the unusual instrument in the Mark Adam Wade and Kyle Baker set?
    Stay healthy and safe.
    Geri

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  16. Thank you Walnut Valley Festival staff, musicians and tech support for all the hard work that went into bringing us two days of fantastic, virtual sets from festival favorites, new groups and longtime friends (no matter where they were in the world). Grateful that the technology exists to pass the music on!

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  17. Thank you for the Virtual Festival, we hunkered down at home and enjoyed the festival from Wednesday evening through Sunday night. Great music, great memories and thanks again to the Festival staff and musicians for bringing this event to all of us!

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  18. Thanks so much for the virtual experience! We all miss being at Winfield! So thanks for the lifeline! It really helped some of us to get through this (extended) weekend with smiles & some happy tears! I especially enjoyed the concerts, the New Songs Showcase & the Battle of the Bands! This is worthy of a donation everybody!

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  19. So wonderful!!! Thank you to everyone who worked to make this happen. I had to work all weekend so I’m catching up now. I can see all the concerts on my phone but on my laptop I can only see down to Juni Fisher. Is there a way to see all of the concerts on a lap top or desk top? Thanks again!

    Laura

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  20. The Walnut Valley Festival continues to be the best festival event ever. In spite of global pandemic “we” got together on line to celebrate the music we cherish. Thank you WVA for the online festival presentations.
    An appreciation donation would be appropriate at this time and if you have helped out thanks. If not dig deep.
    Wayne Steadham

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