Appaloosa Festival is located at the Skyline Ranch Resort, nestled in the Shenandoah Valley, just a few miles from downtown Front Royal, Virginia, about an hour driving distance from Washington, D.C. (depending on traffic of course.) It’s just a few minutes from the northern entrance to Shenandoah National Park and Skyline Drive, and less than a mile from the Shenandoah River. There is camping available on site, plus opportunities in the immediate vicinity to hike, canoe, fish, bike, and more. Tickets are available for the weekend at $56.25 – $75 if you purchase by Aug. 31 here for this family friendly festival that offers free admission for children 12 and younger as well as a full kids program, including two kids areas with games and other amusements.
What fans may not be aware of is that the Little Hill Trio — made up of sisters Catie Parker and Amelia Parker, and their cousin Tess Beckwith — is officially releasing the hard copy CD of its EP of mostly original songs at Appaloosa on Saturday, Sept. 3.
The folk trio has been influenced by the Irish Celtic music they grew up singing, and by the harmonies and blending of groups like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Little Hill Trio came into existence one day at a family gathering on Little Hill Road in New Jersey, when Catie, Amelia and Tess were asked to sing a song for the family. When they effortlessly broke out into three-part harmony, they decided they would share their gift of singing together with the greater community, according to Catie Parker.
Parker continues, “We each bring unique gifts to the group. I do a lot of the songwriting because I’ve been writing since high school and studied music in undergrad, so I learned a lot about composing. I always run them by Amelia so she can add to them because she’s got great ideas. Tess and Amelia have the natural ability to find harmonies to go along with the songs. You could sing a song to Tess that she’s never heard before and she’d be able to harmonize in an instant. She’s always had a natural talent for it. It’s so natural for both of them. Amelia has recently written a song that I am really excited about because it adds wonderful diversity to our sound. She also designed the album because she is the one who is talented visually.”