“Soulful Siren” Offers Free Workshop for Roots & Rhythm

Chrissi Poland isn’t just joining the lineup of main stage bands for the 10th annual Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival. The soulful singer from southern Massachusetts who recently opened a tour for Lady Gaga is also presenting a songwriting workshop at Basin & Main, 564 Main Street, Honesdale, on Saturday, June 20th, the morning of the festival, from 10am -11am.


“Chrissi has graciously agreed to share her thoughts about the songwriting process and how she crafts her music,” said Randy Kohrs, music coordinator for Honesdale Roots & Rhythm. “The workshop will offer participants a chance to dialogue with a singer whose richness and lyrical depth has drawn audiences everywhere. Her voice has been compared to such greats as Aretha Franklin, Carole King and Adele.”


Poland will be part of a star-studded lineup on Saturday, June 20th in Honesdale’s Central Park. She takes the stage about 1:30pm and will be followed by the R&B, Woodstock-based group Professor Louie & the Crowmatix; blues sensation Alexis P. Suter and her band; and finally, the headliners, The Kentucky Headhunters.


“This is the festival’s 10th year of bringing free music to Central Park, and it’s going to be spectacular,” says Brian Fulp, chair of the Festival. “We have many new activities in the works. You don’t want to miss it.”


Honesdale Roots & Rhythm Music & Arts Festival is a non-profit, family-friendly, all day event that includes laser tag, “Tunes & Tales” storytelling and crafts, food vendors,  Artist’s Row and a beer garden offered by the Honesdale Rotary.  Local bands kick off the festival at 1:30pm on Main Street. For more information visit honesdaleroots&rhythm.com.


Photo: Chrissi Poland to offer songwriter workshop for Honesdale Roots & Rhythm