Meet the Headliners
MASTER OF CEREMONIES
Clearwater’s great friend Tom Chapin was our Master of Ceremonies in 2017, and we’re excited to announce he’ll be back for an encore performance this year, if his schedule permits.
In a career that spans five decades, 25 albums and three GRAMMY® awards, Tom has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist and concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway and worked extensively in films, television and radio.
As a music-maker, the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist has maintained two long and productive parallel careers—as a highly respected contemporary folk artist and as a pioneer in the field of children’s music. In both, Tom has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft and effortlessly charismatic live performances. He continues to engage the hearts, minds and imaginations of young listeners with witty, life-affirming original songs delivered in a sophisticated array of musical styles. In either format, Chapin’s infectious songs, sterling musicianship and personal warmth consistently shine through.
The New York Times called Chapin “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music,” while Billboard called him “the best family artist around” and described him as “totally captivating.” Parents magazine stated, “Nobody today is writing and performing better kids’ songs than Tom Chapin.”
HONOREE AND GUEST SPEAKER
Distraught over the loss of his best friend in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center, John Ubaldo, a successful Wall Street investment banker, decided to call it quits. He traded his high finance career for 185 acres of land on the Battenkill River in Cambridge, NY, to live the quiet life of a small farmer. John wanted to farm the way it was done 100 years ago, raising a variety of livestock and crops. His only goal was to raise delicious and nutritious food for himself and his extended network of family and friends. But John’s dream of living a traditional agrarian life got complicated when he came up against Big Agriculture, and discovered his approach to farming was hopelessly out of sync with today’s prevailing agricultural methods. John (aka John Boy), the very private farmer, became a passionate and outspoken activist on behalf of small farms and rural America, lobbying for GMO labeling, animal rights, the preservation of crop diversity and the reduction of chemical fertilizers.
The Bullish Farmer, an award-winning documentary highlighting Ubaldo’s farming career, is sparking a conversation about eating habits and how food choices affect human health. “I made this documentary to be a tool, to help educate, and help people to learn all we must do for small farms to keep rural America from dying,” John says. “This documentary is not about me. It is about us as a country, as Americans, as people who used to know, care for, and help out neighbors.”
THE BLUEGRASS BAND