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Hudson River Sloop Clearwater has announced it will hold a smaller event this year instead of its larger, annual music festival. This comes after the Beacon-based nonprofit incurred a financial loss after last year’s festival.

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The Great Hudson River Revival, known as the Clearwater Festival, is returning for its usual June weekend this year. There was a question about whether it would be back this year as Clearwater was navigating choppy seas. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Executive Director Greg Williams about the environmental group’s changes and two big anniversaries at this year’s festival.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Revival is the country’s oldest and largest music and environmental festival, bringing together major musical acts and Clearwater’s own brand of green activism for a unique weekend every June. Clearwater Festival 2018, which takes place on June 16 and 17, on the banks of the Hudson River at beautiful Croton Point Park, Croton-On-Hudson, NY has an amazing line-up.

A number of Clearwater’s favorite artists will be returning this year including: The Mavericks, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton & The DonJuans, Tom Chapin, The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy), Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, Dan Zanes, The Nields, The Kennedys and Dance Troupe The Vanaver Caravan. Artists the Festival will welcome for the first time this year include: Jeff Tweedy, They Might Be Giants, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Rhiannon Giddens and bluegrass greats Hot Rize.

To tell us more we welcome Judith Enck and Betsy Garthwaite - President of Hudson River Sloop Clearwater's Board of Directors.

Ceremony Sends Off Clearwater With Cargo Of Concern

Jun 19, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Great Hudson River Revival in New York over the weekend included a sendoff for the sloop Clearwater’s sail to Washington, D.C. The Clearwater Festival returned to Croton Point Park after a one-year hiatus and with it the reenactment of a voyage to stand up for federal clean water protections.

Clearwater Festival Returns This Weekend

Jun 16, 2017
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The Clearwater Festival is back after a one-year hiatus. The annual music and environmental festival takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Croton Point Park in Westchester County. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Clearwater Education Director Maija Niemisto about what’s in store.

The Suitcase Junket
Jo Chattman

Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival is taking place this coming weekend at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. This year’s festival will include performances by Nick Lowe, Arlo Guthrie, Los Lobos, Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely, Josh Ritter, Joan Osborne and many other great acts -- including our guest, The Suitcase Junket.

Western-Massachusetts based one-man-band Matt Lorenz creates music on restored, salvaged, and fully invented instruments created from old instruments and found objects. His latest album, Pile Driver, came out in April on Signature Sounds. 

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Clearwater announced Thursday that it was cancelling its Great Hudson River Revival, citing financial reasons. Reaction has ranged from disappointment to anger. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Poughkeepsie Journal music writer John Barry, who attended Clearwater’s Board of Directors meeting Wednesday, where the decision was made to steer clear of taking such a big financial risk by holding the festival.

Clearwater Cancels Great Hudson River Revival

Jan 21, 2016
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For the first time in its history, there will not be a Clearwater Festival this year. A costly renovation of Clearwater’s flagship is a major reason.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, founded by the late Pete and Toshi Seeger, is taking a break to save the sloop. Clearwater Board President Annie Osborn, who also sits on WAMC’s community advisory board, says, instead, Clearwater will hold smaller music events up and down the Hudson River throughout the year. The reason, she says, is to focus on restoring America’s environmental flagship.

Clearwater Festival Updates Its Lineup

Apr 9, 2015
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The music and environmental festival founded by Pete Seeger has updated its summer lineup.