Festival News

Clearwater Festival’s Starts in One Week!!!

The Clearwater Festival begins in just one week!!!  Make sure to purchase your tickets to the festival and save money.  If you’re interested in sailing on the sloop Clearwater or schooner Mystic Whaler, make sure to get those now before they’re sold out!  

Photo credit: Econosmith

Photo credit: Econosmith


Stage Schedule Posted!

We’ve posted our Stage Schedules!  Make sure to click on the Performer’s Button and plan your weekend!  

Photo credit: Econosmith

Photo credit: Econosmith

Sail on a Tall Ship at the Clearwater Festi

One of the best ways to experience the Clearwater Festival is to take a two-hour sail on the sloop Clearwater or schooner Mystic Whaler. Each sail has wonderful musicians performing on board as well! These sails usually sell out before festival weekend so make sure to purchase your tickets now.  http://www.clearwaterfestival.org/sloop-and-schooner-sail-tickets/

Advance Ticket Period Ends This Friday, May 19!

Make sure to purchase your festival tickets before the end of the day on Friday to save money!  Also consider purchasing a ticket to one of the sloop Clearwater or schooner Mystic Whaler boat rides.  

Nick Lowe added to the Clearwater Festival Roster!

We’re excited that Nick Lowe will be performing at the Clearwater Festival on Saturday, June 17!  He’ll join an amazing line-up featuring Lake Street Dive, Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, the reunion of Cry Cry Cry (Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell, Dar Williams), Richard Thompson, Valerie June, Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely, Josh Ritter, Joan Osborne, Alejandro Escovedo and many more!  



“Early Riser” Ticketing Period Ends on April 7!

Make sure to purchase your Clearwater Festival “Early Riser” tickets now and save money before prices go up on April 8! Don’t forget that kids 12 & under get in for free!!!






New York, NY– Celebrated singer-songwriters Lucy Kaplansky, Richard Shindell and Dar Williams will revive their celebrated folk-pop collaboration, Cry Cry Cry, on June 18th at the Clearwater Festival in Croton-on-Hudson, NY for their first performance in nineteen years. The band recorded their eponymous debut in 1998 for Razor & Tie Records followed by a sold-out nationwide tour including New York’s Town Hall.

The collection of twelve mostly cover songs was really a tribute to fellow singer-songwriters. A mainstay on radio during the late 1990s and early 2000s, the album ranked fourth among AAA radio station’s most played records in 1999 and continued in high rotation well into the 2000s.  

The record was consistently praised by the press: The Washington Post raved, “Cry Cry Cry illustrates the advantages of taking the best works of contemporary folk musicians and fleshing them out with lovely, three-part harmonies” and the New York Times cheered for the trio’s “gorgeous harmonies.” Entertainment Weekly wrote “Cry Cry Cry’s purity of heart and sound is spirit renewing.”

Cry Cry Cry will perform selections from their debut as well as favorites from each of their individual discographies.

While each of the band members has previously performed at the Clearwater Festival, Cry Cry Cry are enthusiastic about returning to the stage together. Shindell said, “we were called back into existence by Clearwater. They floated the idea of a reunion for several years and we finally thought, if not now then when?”

Each member of Cry Cry Cry has spoken about their belief in the power of songs and the power of singing in harmony. Pete Seeger dedicated his life to teaching the world to sing together so it’s fitting that the reunion will take place at Clearwater.

“We certainly did not expect to be reuniting at this unique moment in time, when people are coming together giving voice, partly through music, to what matters and to our collective values.” Kaplansky stated.

Williams added, “When you have a musical bond, it’s like siblings. You are always returning to that unspoken language and understanding. I love Richard’s and Lucy’s voices more than ever.”

Early Bird Period Ends This Friday!

The Clearwater Festival’s Early Bird period ends this Friday. Make sure to get your tickets now before prices go up!  

Please help us raise money for Hudson River Sloop Clearwater by attending the festival. It’s important that we stand together and support Clearwater’s important environmental advocacy! Help us keep the sloop Clearwater sailing for years to come!

Come and celebrate diversity with a line-up of artists from around the globe: Lake Street Dive, Arlo Guthrie, Josh Ritter, Joan Osborne, Los Lobos, Richard Thompson – RT, Tommy Emmanuel, Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely, Alejandro Escovedo, The Barr Brothers, Orkesta Mendoza, dakhabrakha, Tom Paxton, Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams, A-WA, Joe Purdy, Leyla McCalla, Martha Redbone, Holly Near, Dayme Arocena, The Suitcase Junket Blind Boy Paxton and so many more!

And we’re not done announcing artists!

New Artists Confirmed!

We’re really excited to announce that Arlo Guthrie will be performing at this year’s Great Hudson River Revival! Also just confirmed is a set titled ” Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan” which will be in support of her new recording of Dylan’s music coming out this spring! Also newly confirmed are: Indie Mambo band Orkesta Mendoza, husband and wife team Larry Campbell and Teresa Williams and Cajun dance band Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew!  

Clearwater Festival to be Namesake for New Folk Alliance Festival Award!

The Clearwater Festival is honored to be announced as namesake for Folk Alliance International’s inaugural festival award. The Clearwater Award will be presented to the Clearwater Festival for prioritizing environmental stewardship and demonstrating public leadership in education and sustainable event production. Folk Alliance will be presenting The Clearwater Award annually.

“The Clearwater Festival is honored to receive recognition for producing an environmentally focused, sustainable and socially responsible music festival” said Steve Lurie, Clearwater Festival Producer. “Not only does the festival weekend provide a range of musical talent and entertainment, it emphasizes the importance of sustainability and environmental awareness.”

All proceeds go directly to support parent organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater’s environmental research, education and advocacy efforts to help preserve and protect the Hudson River and its tributaries and communities in the river valley – as well as keeping the sloop Clearwater afloat.

“In folk music especially, it is important that the community value of sustainability be demonstrated at a leadership level. Recognizing environmental stewardship in festival production is critical since events have such a massive footprint. In considering the inaugural recipient for the most environmentally responsible festival it quickly became clear that there was one so deeply rooted in stewardship and education that the award itself should be named after the Clearwater Festival” said Aengus Finnan, Folk Alliance International Executive Director.

The first Clearwater Festival (also known as the Great Hudson River Revival) took place in 1978 and is the oldest and largest music and environmental celebration in the United States. The annual festival is a family-friendly event (children 12 and under are free), and includes seven sustainable bio-diesel-powered stages of live music, sailing excursions on the sloop Clearwater and schooner Mystic Whaler, Green Living Expo, Artisanal Food and Farmers Market, a Working Waterfront including seining the Hudson River, rides on small boats, canoes and kayaks, a Handcrafter’s Village, Environmental Activism, Children’s Area, Story Grove, a Dance Tent, and the Circle of Song, where audience participation is the focus. Plus weekend camping, limited RV camping and much more, all on the banks of the revitalized Hudson River.

Founded by Folk legend Pete Seeger and his wife Toshi, the Clearwater Festival has a nearly fifty year history of providing and ensuring equal access for all. This accessibility is provided by established Access Areas at the front of all the stages for people in wheelchairs, ASL Interpreters on all stages, large print and Braille programs and maps, wheelchairs to borrow free of charge, rides around the festival site, Access volunteers to assist people, and many other amenities.

This year’s Clearwater Festival will take place on June 17th and 18th at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Tickets and information are available at www.clearwaterfestival.org.

The award is being presented at the Folk Alliance International Awards Show on February 15, 2017 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Clearwater Festival Producer, Steve Lurie will be present to accept the award.