Woody’s Kids

In the spirit of wonder and discovery, simplicity and charm, Woody Guthrie’s emphasis on children’s music gives the impression that he truly understood the mind of a child. Join several songwriters as they invite families and children to participate in lively, interactive music showcases, meant to inspire and entertain!

2019 Woody’s Kids Showcase

Lauren Lee is thrilled host our 3rd annual Woody’s Kids! Last year, we hosted 2 youth songwriting workshops and they were such a hit that we have added 2 more workshops and a youth competition!

Our workshops will be hosted by Festival Performers and are sure to inspire the next generation of emerging folk artists.

Friday, July 12th, 2019
3pm – 5pm
*Free!*

United Methodist Church
202 N. 3rd Street
Okemah, OK

Woody’s Kids Songwriting Competition

The Youth Competition hopes to draw performers ages 16 and younger together to perform their favorite folk song. It can be a cover song, a Woody song or even an original! Cash prizes will be given out along with the overall winner receiving the VIP treatment at Saturday night’s Pasture of Plenty stage where they will perform their winning song! By entering the competition, you agree to the rules below. Apply here!

Competition Rules & More Info:

  • Must be 16 years or younger.
  • One song allowed.
  • Live instruments only! If you do not play an instrument, you are welcome to have someone play with you. Unless you are entered as a band, your backing musician can be of any age and will not be judged.
  • No CD backing tracks.
  • Vocals and instrumental songs are welcome.
  • There will be microphones and direct input lines for instruments, if needed.
  • Performers will be judged on stage presence, personality, song choice, musicality, and overall entertainment value.
  • Songs can be of any style as long as they are played on traditional instruments. (Acoustic guitar, fiddle, mandolin, etc)
  • Original songs are highly encouraged!
  • Solo performers and groups are all welcome!
  • We will be on a tight schedule and your stage time will be limited so make sure you are prepared the moment you step on stage and get your instruments setup!
  • Cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 performers and the overall first place winner will receive a backstage pass for the Pasture of Plenty stage where they will perform their winning song!
  • Pre-registering is highly recommended using the form below.
  • Feel free to email Lauren with any questions about the competition or workshops.

Kid’s Harmonica Class

The Woody Guthrie Coalition is excited to host another year of Kid’s Harmonica Class! This year features harmonica teachers John Williams of Gypsy Twang & Joe Baxter.

Friday, July 12th
1:30pm – 3:00pm
*Free!*

United Methodist Church
202 N. 3rd Street
Okemah, OK

John Williams is one of Oklahoma’s premier harmonica players. John is a member of the Tulsa group Gypsy Twang, and is an accomplished, well-recognized singer songwriter in his own right. Any harmonica player of any skill level can learn LOT from John Williams. Joe Baxter is an old Okie songwriter who has been playing harp for 47 years.

John & Joe are looking forward to collaborating on this workshop. They hope to provide enough basic instruction to enable the kids to play a simple tune, understand genres and styles, and perhaps we can provide a little inspiration.

Children’s Concerts

Take me riding in the car, car! With the help of attending musicians, we invite children & families of all ages to attend our Children’s Concerts featuring Larry Long & Ellis Paul.

Friday, July 12th
Larry Long: 11:15am
Ellis Paul: 12pm
*Free!*

United Methodist Church
202 N. 3rd Street
Okemah, OK