See our Media Page for information on this year’s artists.
2013-8-3: 77 Square – “Organizers bring in some of the best national and international performers in their field, and festival goers not only hear them perform, but often get to learn from them… it also introduces some of the best new performers to our area.” Stephanie Elkins, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s Simply Folk show.
2013-6-5: Evjue Foundation distributes $1 million to UW, area nonprofits
2013-8: Mad Folk News
2010-4-23: Spring… when music collective’s fancy turns to love of tradition.
2010-10-12: New Traditions at High Noon Saloon
2009-September 14: Sugar Maple Concert Series returns September 23 to High Noon Saloon
2008-July 24: Gospel Jubilee rounds out great schedule
2008-July 16: Festival builds on diversity in fifth year
2008-July 2: Festival promises learning in intimate setting
2008-June-18: 2008 festival features legendary performers.
2007-July-30: Small fest helps county park in a big way.
2007-July-20: Travel from Appalachia to the Greenbush on less than a tank of gas.
2007-July-17: Stages set for Sugar Maple Fest.
2007-June-21: Additions to Sugar Maple Fest line-up make advance ticket prices best bet yet.
2007-May-4: Artist line-up, advance tickets released for 2007 Sugar Maple Music Festival
2007-April-15: Fourth Annual Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival to be announced April 27 at High Noon Saloon!
2007-March-07: Second installment of the 2007 Sugar Maple Concert Series March 16 features best fest blues bands
2006-December-12 (rev. Jan’07): 2007 Sugar Maple Concert Series takes shape
2006-August-01: Heat helps Sugar Maple Fest find its roots
2006-May-21: The Crooked Jades make Wisconsin debut as part of the Sugar Maple Concert Series
2006-May-8: Sugar Maple Concert Series welcomes The Crooked Jades, w/ The Redbirds
2006-Apr-30: Music festival becomes Madison Tradition
2006-Jan-12: 2006 Sugar Maple Concert Series kick-off with The Wilders & Foghorn Stringband
2005-Dec-12: Festival offers trad teasers in 2006
2005-Oct-9: Sugar Maple Concert Series welcomes Jim and Jennie & The Pinetops with Jack Norton
2005-Aug-3: Tradition Accomplished! 2nd Annual Sugar Maple Festival huge success.
2009-aug 10: dane101.com, “Sugar Maple Festival: a hip and wholesome twist on traditional music”
2009-July 31: Isthmus, “Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival sweetens its lineup for 2009”
2009-July 30: Onion Decider, “Pickin’ on tradition: An introduction to the Sugar Maple festival”
2009-July 29: 77Square, “Sweet Sounds: Just like the handmade music it celebrates, Sugar Maple is charmer”
2007-Aug-5: Isthmus/TheDailyPage.com, “The Four Lakes Traditional Music Collective has done it again. Despite typical Wisconsin weather, high heat and humidity before rain and cooler temps, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival exceeded expectations and produced another successful event.” (Read more)
2007-Aug-3: The Capital Times, “Sugar Maple fest is musical Americana in our own back yard…ahead of the curve for a traditional music festival and has been building an identity on its own unique qualities.” (Read more)
2007-Aug-2: The Onion, “The summer’s most robust and varied weekend of roots music…the festival’s real strength is filling up two days without too much stylistic overlap.”
2007-Aug-2: Rhythm, “Sugar Maple fest looks sweet as ever…the annual [event] has been turning people on to some great, authentic music for four years now, bringing country, bluegrass, Celtic, and Cajun bands together for big-time performances and intimate workshops and jam sessions.” (Read more)
2007-Aug-2: Isthmus/TheDailyPage.com, “Now in its fourth year, the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival is on a roll…good opportunity to catch American sounds in a relaxed, bucolic setting.” (Read more)
2007-Jul-27: Wisconsin State Journal, “Variety becomes a musical tradition at Sugar Maple festival…a fest to discover new acts.” (Read more)
2007-June-7: The Onion, “Sugar Maple Fest has a growing reputation as one of the most painstakingly planned and eagerly anticipated events of the year.”
2006-December-24: Wisconsin State Journal, “Top 10 of 2006! Hunger Mountain Boys, Sugar Maple Traditional Music Fest, Lake Farm Park, July 29; The third-annual outdoor fest featured this musical treasure that, despite soaring temps, delivered gorgeous and vibrant country music with roots pre-dating Nashville’s country reign.”
2006-July-28: Capital Times, “One of the great many things about [Sugar Maple Music Fest] is how many genres fall under the definition of ‘traditional.'”
2006-July-27: Isthmus Weekly “Just three years into its run, Sugar Maple has become one of summer’s most pleasant fixtures.”
2006-July-27: Rhythm Weekly, “There’s a wonderful vibe created by this two-day festival. The largely unknown acts are often pleasant suprises…”
2006-July-24: Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau, “Top 10 Events, Week of July 24.”
2006-July-23: Wisconsin State Journal, “Just 3 Years Old, but all grown up.”
2006-May-24: Capital Times, “Some big shows hitting local stages this summer!”
2006-May-6: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “Happy trails, old and new!”
2005-Dec-25: Wisconsin State Journal, “Best of 2005!”
2005-Jul-31: Wisconsin State Journal, “A Musical Stew”
2005-Jul-28: Isthmus Weekly, “A broad survey in North American traditional music”
2005-July-28: Wisconsin State Journal Rhythm Magazine, “Sugar Maple Fest taps into sweet sounds”
2005-Jul-24: Wisconsin State Journal, “Sounds of Late Summer”
2005-Jul-22: Isthmus Weekly, “…”
2005-May-26: Wisconsin State Journal Rhythm Magazine, “Winning Pickers will play the Park”
2005-May-25: Capital Times “Noteworthy shows coming this summer”
2004-Aug-5: Wisconsin State Journal Rhythm, “Sugar Maple fest takes root”
2004-Aug-4 : Capital Times, “Sugar Maple’s sweet music fest”
2004-Aug-1: Wisconsin State Journal, “Women, acoustic musicians highlight festivals”
2004-Jul-28: Isthmus, “Back to Basics”
2004-Jul-12: Channel 3000, “Acoustic Festival to Benefit Dane County Parks”