2021 Unplugged Music Festival Birch Bark Bash
Join us for the 20th Annual Unplugged Music Festival Birch Bark Bash on September 18, 2021 at the North House Folk School in Grand Marais, Minnesota. This year, Unplugged celebrates 20 years of gathering the community to celebrate craft and music on the harbor in Grand Marais. Building on that history and the skills learned in last year’s Unplugged, we will offer an unprecedented Unplugged on Saturday, September 18th! Join us from the comfort of your home or safely gather with friends on campus to view this year’s program.
North House is excited to welcome Jay Blades as our featured speaker. Jay is host of The Repair Shop (on Netflix and the BBC), a furniture restorer, and an advocate for the power craft holds to restore community and self. His autobiography, Making it: How Love, Kindness and Community Helped Me Repair My Life comes out this summer and shares his story of growing up in East London in a council estate, experiences with racism, homelessness, and depression before finding his way forward in craft.
This year’s featured performer will be Amythyst Kiah , who Rolling Stone magazine called “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.” Along with tapping into the vibrant musicality she honed in part through her studies in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old Time, Country Music program, the Chattanooga-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she’s displayed as a member of Our Native Daughters (with Rhiannon Giddens, Leyla McCalla, and Allison Russell) —an all-women-of-color supergroup whose Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.
North House Folk School
500 W Highway 61
Grand Marais, MN 55604
You will have the option of streaming Unplugged XX online or watching from campus. The online option will combine the featured speaker with a musical guest – as well as a live auction and fund-a-need. We will have a range of ticket packages that range from simply streaming the event to having your favorite North Shore flavors shipped to your home to enjoy with the evening.
The on campus option will feature hors d’oeuvres and a social hour on the commons, and then attendees will gather (in a socially distanced fashion) in the Red or Blue buildings to watch the evening’s broadcast with friends of the school. Participants on campus will be able to purchase tables in a range of configurations to allow them to sit with their friends and family, but feel confident that they will know who they will be closest to. Seating will be limited on campus to meet MDH and CDC guidelines.
We hope you will mark your calendar now and start to make your plans for this incredible night. Tickets will go on sale August 8. (August 1 for North House Members)
Questions or comments: Development Director, Tom Morse (firstname.lastname@example.org)