Old Folk, New Folk, We’re All Just Strangefolk!

Old Folk, New Folk, We’re All Just Strangefolk!

Strangefolk Brings it Back Home to Gathering of The Vibes! By Bill Clifford Rejoice VibeTribe, the ORIGINAL members of Strangefolk have REUNITED, and are returning to the Gathering of the Vibes stage for the first time since 2000. The band will perform with its original line up; guitarists/vocalists Reid Genauer and Jon Trafton, bassist/vocalist Erik Glocklerand, and drummer Luke Smith. This quartet performed at the very first gathering festival — then known as Deadhead Heaven: Gathering of The Tribe, in 1996 — and at subsequent Gathering of The Vibes through the year 2000. This line up of Strangefolk is known amongst its community of fans as “oldfolk,” referencing the original line-up. Confused? Hasn’t Strangefolk performed at every Vibes festival since it began, you ask? Sure. Allow me to briefly fill you in; Genauer left the band in 2000, choosing to go back to school for his masters degree at Cornell, then formed Assembly of Dust in 2002; and Smith left Strangefolk in 2003. Trafton and Glocker trekked on as Strangefolk, with guitarist Luke Patchen Montgomery replacing Genauer in 2000 and drummer Russ Lawton replacing Smith, continuing to perform on the Vibes stage as well as at their own festivals and theater performances. This line up was known as “Newfolk,” amongst fans, referencing the band that has performed on the Vibes stage since Genauer and Smith left. Over the last several years however, Strangefolk performances have been few and far between, with Trafton living and working in California, Genauer busy with AOD, and others doing their own thing. But in 2012, the timing for the reunion of the original line-up...