of the Kerrville Folk festival
Year by Year
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Other Pages:* How Did You Get Here Stories * Photos * Press Pages * Staff Concert History * T-Shirts * Timelines * Oral History (MP3s)
Welcome to the Kerrville Folk Festival Online History Project!This website is dedicated to the history of the Kerrville Folk Festival with a particular emphasis on the volunteer staff and how it evolved over the years. The Volunteer Staff of KFF has been called the most dedicated and welcoming volunteers at any festival in the world! It is my hope that this site will help document its success and encourage more festivals to use this paradigm.
In 2002, I started documenting the history of the Kerrville Folk Festival staff and the history of the campground activities. Focusing on crews, creation of crews and the crew structure evolved.
In 2006, more kerrverts got involved, in particular Tim Mason and Shannon Flaherty, who broadened the scope of history project to include the music and pretty much everything else involved with the festival. In 2009, they opened the Kerrville History Booth in the Kenneday Theatre. In the apex of the crafts booths, this booth is an interactive space for people to come up and view history, add history or otherwise hang out and meditate on the forty years of music and experiences that transpired at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Add your memories! Comment on posts and add your memories. Or if you see something that you have a different reKERRlection of - add your version. I will KERRect what I can and try to update the main body of the site as more reKERRlections are added.
A further purpose of this site is to be a hub for any site or document related to the History of the Kerrville Folk Festival. Such as....
- Rod Kennedy's book, Music From The Heart published in 1998, describes his life in music and the first 25 years of KFF
- Dyanne Fry Cortez' book Hot Jams and Cold Showers, published in 2000 gives a personal account of KFF
- Lee Green's CD of stories, See Those Rocks...., recorded in 2000 features his somewhat fanciful stories of KK
- Doug Coppock & Happenstance created a page that chronicles the winners of the New Folk Contest
- Erin Barefield presented a scholarly thesis on the history titled "The Kerrville Folk Festival: The Path to Kerr-version"
On the Kerr-Lists and Collections pages, you'll find memorial lists, wedding lists, staff concert lists as well as random collections of t-shirts, portraits, etc.
Please add your stories HERE of:
Anything else you think of! If you have suggestions you don't want to post here, feel free to email me directly
- Crews you were on and when they started and who the KerrLeaders were
- Construction projects
- Kerrvirgin Stories (how did you come to the festival?)
- Staff Concert stories
It can always be this way!!