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Tumbleweed Music Festival 2020

About 2020 TMF

About the 2020 Virtual Tumbleweed Music Festival

2020 is the 24th Annual Tumbleweed Music Festival.  The Tumbleweed Music Festival is a family friendly event with something for everyone featuring a wide range of free 90 plus performances covering multiple genres.  For the past 23 years our festival has celebrated traditional and contemporary Folk music, Bluegrass, Country, Belly and Contra dance, and more in the beautiful Howard Amon Park on the banks of the Columbia River in Richland Washington.  Along with 4 – 6000 attendees, musicians have come from throughout the Pacific Northwest,the United States and abroad; most notably from Canada and Ireland.   The Festival traditionally takes place outdoors in Richland’s Howard Amon Park along the banks of the Columbia River,

Unfortunately, Due to COVID-19 the park setting is not a safe place to hold a physical festival.  To keep our local community and Tumbleweed attendees safe, this year’s 24th Annual Tumbleweed Festival is Virtual. Volunteers and performers have applied their diverse skills to make this year’s Virtual Festival a reality.  You can take advantage of this year’s virtual Festival by watching performances anytime anywhere on any of your digital devices.

What is there to Watch, Listen, and Take Part In?           View the Festival schedules

8-Stages Available 24/7! Any time anywhere listen to folk, sea chanteys, bluegrass, blues, Celtic music, dance groups, and more. At each stage there is a set of 6 or more performances each lasting about 10 to 15 minutes.  Go to our Stage Dashboard to browse and/or watch the many performances. You can read descriptions about the performances and then go immediately to that show.  Each stage has its own genre.

Stages and Genre
North: Larger Acts / Bigger Names
South: Tradtional Folk and Nautical
West: Singer-Songwriters
River: No Age Music
Art Gallery: Mixed Media
Community Center: Bellies, Blues and Bluegrass
Second Singers Songwriters Showcase
A Little Bit Country, A Little bit Rock and Roll


8 Workshops-Live – US Pacific Time

Workshops run about an hour and will be held Saturday and Sunday from 11am – 5:30 pm.  To view a live or recorded Workshop, please select the Watch button from the Workshop Dashboard schedule.

Shanty Sing – Live – US Pacific Time

Shanty Sing – live is hosted by Shanghaied on the Willamette Sunday 6pm – 9pm.  Come take part in sea shanty songs and much more via the Shanty Sing Dashboard. Enjoy.

4 Concerts – US Pacific timeView the Concert Dashboard programs

3 FREE Concerts

Friday New Horizon Concert: Local and Young Bands

Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest: 10 Finalists, Wes Weddell is Emcee

Saturday Night Tumbleweed Benefit Concert from 8pm – 10:30pm, Dan Maher is Emcee

Sunday Theme Concert:  Theme is the “Wind, ”  Micki Perryis Emcee

Each year Tumbleweed designates a theme. This year’s theme is Wind.  The Sunday night concert and the Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest will focus on the theme with both traditional well-loved songs and new offerings written especially for the festival songwriting contest. The Songwriting Concert presents the top 10 finalists Emceed by Wes Weddell.  The winning song can be watched at the Saturday Benefit Concert.

During the past 23 years, Tumbleweed Music Festival has gained a reputation as one of the best acoustic music festivals in the Northwest. It is certainly one of the friendliest and noted for the sense of community by bringing together diverse communities and folks from all walks of life, ages, all levels of musical experience. Come to our festival and help us carry on the tradition!

Are there any costs involved with the Festival?

In keeping with Tumbleweed Festival tradition all stage events, workshops, Friday’s opening and Sunday’s closing concerts are FREE with the exception of two benefit events; a Saturday evening Concert emceed by Dan Maher and a Sunday evening LIVE Contra Dance featuring Contraversatile Band and caller David Gloor, from Walla Walla.  Monies collected for these events greatly assist to off-set our Festival costs.  Admission is a pay-what you wish; our suggested donation is $15 for the Concert and $8 for the Contra Dance.  Tickets are available in advance.   Miss the benefit Concert?  It is available as a pay-to-view after the Festival.


The festival is produced and supported by the nonprofit Three Rivers Folklife Society (3RFS) “to support folk music and bring music and events to people.”

Without the time and talent of our guest performers, Tumbleweed volunteers, sponsors, and donors, our free 2020 Tumbleweed Music Festival would not be possible.  While this year’s festival is virtual there are costs to create and run it; software, hardware, hosting, production, licensing fees, other overhead expenses, engaging performers, advertising, engaging youth, and more.  While money is raised through a combination of sponsorships from the City of Richland, individuals, local organizations, and fund raisers, your continued support is much appreciated by buying Tumbleweed merchandise at our Shop and/or buying tickets to our benefit Saturday Concert and Contra Dance and/or making a donation.

This year we offer 4 donations levels.  For details and to donate please select the ‘Donate’ icon.  This will take you to our donation page.

Tumbleweed Music Festival – available till August 2021

Not able to attend Labor Day weekend? Tumbleweed Music Festival will be available on-demand until about 2 weeks before our 25th anniversary Festival at

Special Events

All Special Event videos can be found here. This includes Friday Night Concert, Saturday Night Concert, and the Sunday Night Concert.


All Workshops from the 2020 Festival can be found here.

Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest Finalists

You can find the Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest Finalists 2020 here.

Performers' Bios 2020

“Lonesome” Lyle Morse

Alan Kausal

Alexander James Adams



Badger Mountain Dry Band

Badger Mountain Dry Band

Barbara and David Denz

Bella Rosa

Betsy Wellings

Betsy Wellings

Bourbon and Bellows

Burgundy Pearl

Carl Christensen

Carl Solomon

Carl Solomon

Cecilia Eng

Chainsaw! and the Fine Particulates

Chico Schwall

Chris Baron

Chuky Charles Band

Dan Maher

Dan Weber

Dave: The Man With the Big Green Hat

David Ingerson

David Maloney Dave: The man in the Big Green Hat

David Prince

Dawn Madsen

Deb Seymour

Early Birds and the Worms

Elbridge Fletcher

Eric Herman

Eyer Family Band

Fine Company

Fl!p Breskin and Zeke Hoskin

Hank and Claire

Hank Cramer III

Hank Cramer IV

Harmony Ridge

Heidi Muller & Bob Webb

Jacquelin and the Clones

Jerry Callahan

Joshua Hope

Julie Reddick

Kay Miracle

Kerry Grombacher & Aspen Black Duo

Larry Lotz

Les Strompettes

Lynette Hensley

Lynn Graves

Mare Wakefield and Nomad

Mark and Cindy Lemaire


Megan Cronin

Michael “Hawkeye” Herman

Michael Henchman

Micki Perry

Mike Buchman

Mike Murray

Mo Mack

Mr. Sunshine

Noelle Sollman

Patrice Webb

Pennies on the Track

Released From Quiet

Rob Kneisler

Robin Embry

Rylei Franks

Sam Rasmussen


Shanghaied on the Willamette

Spenser Carlson

Steve & Kristi Nebel

Sun Shakers

Tania Opland and Mike Freeman

Terms of Service

Thaddeus Spae

Thaddeus Spae

The Blow-Ins

The Drunken Maidens

The Go Janes

The Rootsters

Tom Lewis

Tom Rawson


Troupe du Soleil


Wes Weddell

Whateverly Brothers

William Pint & Felicia Dale

Woman Alive


© 2021 Tumbleweed Music Festival - Sponsored by Three Rivers Folklife Society & the City of Richland | Co-sponsored by Northwest Public Broadcasting, OneWorld Telecommunications, Southam Creative, Print Plus, Artmil Design, and Gearhead Grip and Electric.
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