9/8/2020 - A Tribute to Ronald W. Goede, 3 April 1934 – 29 August 2020
Ronald W. Goede, founder and long-time supporter of The Bridger Folk Music Society, passed away on August 29, 2020, at age 86. We will remember Ron as a lover of song and a friend to everyone he met.
When Ron Goede moved to the Cache Valley in 1966, he noticed an eerie silence. After living in West Virginia, the Ozarks region of Missouri, and Ohio, with their lively folk and bluegrass music scenes, the absence of live music in Logan was noticeable. So Ron, a fish pathologist, went right to work as Director of the Logan Fisheries Experiment Station … and on the local folk music scene.
Ron, a guitarist, began filling in the folk music scene by hosting sing-ins and playing casually in backyards. Then he teamed up with two friends, Sue Packer and Steve Nrny, and, according to Ron, “We began talking about a format for bringing music into the valley.” Using their own resources as funding, the three friends brought folk, bluegrass, and Irish musicians to Logan for concerts. Without intending to, they founded what later became the Bridger Folk Music Society.
The first concert the friends sponsored was held in 1980 at the Newman Center, a Catholic student organization on the Utah State University campus. Bill Staines, a well-respected folk singer and champion yodeler, played to an audience of just 14 people. In the beginning, the friends hosted four concerts a year. According to Ron Goede, “Folk music was wildly popular then. So word spread and interest grew pretty quickly.”
In the early days, concert tickets were sold on the Utah State University campus, and students helped with the concerts. Ron also developed concert venues in Ogden, Utah and Twin Falls, Idaho. “I had to develop other concert venues in the area to make it worthwhile for performers to come out to Logan,” he commented. “It was a lot of work to manage concerts in three different locations. But it was worth it.” The Bridger Folk Music Society still sponsors concerts and contra dances in the Logan area.
By 1993, the Society was a well-established organization with an excellent reputation among nationally known and local folk musicians. According to Ron Goede, “We had our challenges in the early years. It was an uphill battle. But I knew we had arrived when they called me to help them find local musicians to play at the grand opening of the new Ellen Eccles Theatre and Bullen Center complex in 1993.”
Ron Goede summed up his 35 years of experience with the Bridger Folk Music Society this way: "We did what we set out to do. The Bridger Folk Music Society is an important entity in the local community and contributes to the cultural ambience of the Cache Valley."
Thanks for the music and the memories, Ron!
4/29/2019 - Bridger Folk will be collaborating with the Stokes Nature Center in 2019 on 4 concerts. Checkout their whole 2019 Canyon Jams Concert Series.
6/1/2018 - We are excited to bring you a great line up of four concerts in partnership with the Stokes Nature Center. Checkout their whole 2018 Canyon Jams Concert Series.
3/2/2018 - We would like to thank all those who helped to make our last two concerts with Cosy Sheridan & Dar Williams such a great success. A special thanks goes to our sponsors, RAPZ, Import Auto & UPR. And, of course, thanks to all those who attended. As Cosy said, 'millions are being spent to keep you at home'. Thanks for coming! Without your support these shows would not be possible. More concerts are coming soon!
1/25/2018 - $15 students tickets now available for the Dar Williams reading and performance on 2/23. Student ID will be required at the door.
12/22/2017 - Tickets available now for two new concerts coming in Feb. 2018
The Logan Artists' Gallery will be teaming up with the Bridger Folk Music Society in welcoming Dar Williams concert-goers to the Bullen Center on 2/23/2018. The gallery will be open for the concert. So come early, and see what our local artists are doing by visiting the gallery.
You won't want to miss this rare opportunity! An artist with Dar's accomplishments doesn't make it to little Logan very often.
Dar Williams' latest book, What I Found in 1,000 Towns - A Traveling Musician's Guide to Rebuilding America's Communities: One Coffee Shop, Dog Run, and Open-Mike Night at a Time, is a hit! According to Kirkus Reviews, "The singer/songwriter builds on decades as a touring performer to offer bracing examples of small cities that have found ways to thrive." Kirkus endorses the book, saying, "During a time of political, economic, and social upheaval across the United States, Williams’ grounded optimism is refreshing." Dar Williams' concert will include readings from this book, and we hope to have some autographed copies available.
Here's another "Beat those Winter Inversion Blues" opportunity-- Cosy Sheridan will perform with Charlie Koch in Logan on February 10th. Cosy, a local favorite, has appeared in concert in Logan more than 6 times. She recorded part of one of her live albums here in the 1990's. According to Sue Jelus, who has produced her last few concerts here, "We need our Cosy therapy in February! We laugh. We cry. It's a dose of honest emotion. And we all leave feeling much better." With Cosy in town, you just might be able to skip a visit to that $100/hour therapist in February.
3/5/2017 - Bridger Folk Music Society Presents Carrie Newcomer in Concert
Songwriter, Recording Artist, Performer and Educator Special Sunday Performance in Logan
Bridger Folk Music Society welcomes multi-talented contemporary folk music mainstay Carrie Newcomer Sunday, April 9, 7:00 PM, at First Presbyterian Church of Logan, 178 West Center Street. Tickets are $15 in advance via PayPal at Bridgerfolk.org or call (435) 757-3468. At the door tickets will be $20 cash. Advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. The concert is co-sponsored by Cache County RAPZ and Restaurant, Import Auto and Utah Public Radio (UPR).
Carrie Newcomer is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and educator. She has been described as a “prairie mystic” by the Boston Globe and “asks all the right questions” by Rolling Stone, “a voice as rich as Godiva chocolate.” by The Austin Statesman, and "She's the kind of artist whose music makes you stop, think and then say, 'that is so true” by The Dallas Morning News."
Rosanne Cash says “Carrie Newcomer is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter and deeply refreshing.” Rolling Stone calls her “Rapturously tuneful. . .Newcomer’s materials asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers.” And Barbara Kingsolver has declared her a “poet, storyteller, snake-charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace. . . .”
Discover for yourself. Join Bridger Folk Music Society on April 9 for a rare evening of “music that explores the personal, political and spiritual with compassion, insight and wit” featuring Carrie Newcomer.
8/31/2016 - Bridger Folk kicks off a new season with 3hattrio from Utah’s Zion Canyon Country. Come join us and experience their outstanding musicianship and unique sound--American Desert Music--which responds to the natural world. They express the desert experientially from a daily-ness of watching light off distant mesas and hearing the way sound plays off sheer sandstone cliffs. Then they play music. They don’t over-think it.
3hattrio’s new CD, “Solitaire,” will be released September 9. The concert in Logan will feature many of the groups new songs. An 8 minute documentary about 3hattrio will be released by Radio/Video West in September and the group has just been booked at a prestigious festival in Glasgow, Scotland this winter. This will be 3hattrio’s first European tour.