HOTAfest - Heart of the Arts Folk Festival -
University of Pittsburgh Titusville

Concerts, Music and Art Workshops,
Jam Sessions, Contra Dance and more!

- SEE YOU IN 2018!

Generously Sponsored By
Five M Foundation and Fleming Family Foundation

Heart of the Arts Folk Festival (HOTAfest) is a summer showcase of musicians and visual artists, held annually in historic Titusville, PA. For artists and musicians, the festival features hands-on educational opportunities -- including workshops in the Bluegrass, Irish Celtic, Gospel, Scottish, Civil War, Folk and Mountain genres. For fans and arts aficionados, HOTAfest is anchored by live performances, a vendor fair and exhibits.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list for 2018:

please email the Titusville Council on the Arts
or phone 814-827-2381

2017 Lineup

HOTAfest 2017 Brochure (pdf)

FREE CONCERT 7PM FRIDAY: Joe Thompson and Greg McMullen (lawn seating)

FREE CONCERT 8PM FRIDAY: Rachel Eddy + The Early Mays (lawn seating)

Sara Watkins

Sara Watkins

HOTAfest is thrilled to welcome singer-songwriter and fiddler, Sara Watkins to our 2017 lineup. Sara is perhaps best known as a founding member of Grammy-winning, progressive bluegrass act, Nickel Creek but, since striking out on her own, has released three albums including most recently, "Young in All the Wrong Ways." She has toured with the Decemberists, and will perform at SXSW. Learn more: All HOTAfest attendees, regardless of age or skill level, are encouraged to come to Sara Watkin's workshop 3:15PM Saturday, July 15. In "Singing and Playing with Sara Watkins," Sara will discuss accompaniment, harmony and learning how to contribute. Bring your instruments, songs and questions! Register online for just $20

Rachel Eddy

Rachel Eddy

Well-traveled fiddler Rachel Eddy will be returning to Titusville along with Pittsburgh trio, Early Mays for HOTAfest 2017. The West Virginia native has four full-length albums to her credit and has taught and toured here and abroad, including a five-year stint in Stockholm, Sweden. Learn more:

The Early Mays

The Early Mays

The Mays (Emily Pinkerton, Ellen Gozion and Rachel Eddy) perform music "built on deep country sensibilities, masterful singing and a sweet old-time sound." They won first prize last year in the Neo-Traditional Band Competition at Clifftop, the Appalachian String Band Music Festival. Learn more:

Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer

Fink and Marxer

HOTAfest is excited to announce the addition of Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer to the 2017 lineup. With a repertoire ranging from traditional and contemporary folk to old-time country and swing music, the pair have performed at the White House and on NPR, as well as lauded for their work with children. Learn more about Cathy and Marcy:

Suzanne and Jim

Suzanne and Jim

In the grand tradition of American minstrels, Suzanne and Jim have traveled to 40 states, Canada, and Europe, bringing with them a unique old-time sound. A song stylist, percussionist, and rhythm guitarist -- who also plays the flute on slow ballads and airs, Suzanne is a two-time, first place winner in the Folk Songs category at the Mount Airy, North Carolina Fiddlers Convention. Jim's recordings have been featured in the Warner Brothers mini-series, The Wild West. His many hats include string band leader, author, and playing at the forefront of the clawhammer banjo revival. Learn more about Suzanne and Jim:

Todd's Musical Petting Zoo

Todd Crowley

American autoharper Todd Crowley will bring his Musical Petting Zoo to HOTAfest 2017. Musicians of all ages and skill levels will be able to get hands-on with instruments "from accordian to zither" and connect with the joy of making music. Learn more:




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