2020 Performer Announcements

The Gentlemen’s Anti Temperance League


1 part infectious enthusiasm
1 part vintage hot club jazz
1 part modern songwriting
1 part hot picking swing

Shake with ice and you've got The Gentlemen’s Anti-Temperance League.

The GATL plays jazz originals. Modern songs under an old-time facade. It’s music your granddad would listen to, if your granddad was a time-traveler from 2050 with a hankering for vintage cocktails and hot jazz. It’s hot, infectious, and emotional. Kind of like that on-and-off relationship you had in your early twenties, but a lot more grounded.

Six years, five albums, and hundreds of shows have honed GATL into a finely tuned machine—greased with whiskey, regular exercise, and a taste for wheels on pavement. Keep a weather eye out. They might be in your town soon.

GRFF Joins Web Radio Station

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Great River Folk Fest Radio, a one hour, weekly, online radio show can be heard Monday’s from 5 - 6 p.m. on Ocooch Mountain Music radio. Each week, GRFF chair Dave Schipper plays music from past Fest performers as well as upcoming performers. Themes for upcoming shows will be posted on our Facebook page.

Occoch Mountain Music is a 24-hour online radio station with shows focusing on American, bluegrass, indie rock and other genres, with an emphasis on artists from the Midwest and the Ocooch Mountain region (the driftless area of Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota). Listen through the Occoch Radio app (available on Apple and Android devices) or online at OcoochMountainMusic.com.

Songwriting Contest

2019 Winners

  • 1st Place - Russ Parrish, Burnsville, MN
  • 2nd Place - Peter Lindsey, Dekalb, IL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - Despina Pafralides, Round Lake Park, IL
  • 3rd Place (tie) - David Nash, Onalaska, WI
Russ Parrish, 2019 winner

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Photos: Jerry Weigel