Updated: OCTOBER 30, 2014

Over the last 40+ years, in its various incarnations and line-ups, Smithfield Fair has played some wonderful venues - including the Ryman Auditorium (there's a funny story right there!) and the Bluebird Cafe (Oo, don't remind me, but it's a story, too) in Nashville, Rockafella's in Houston and Poor David's Pub in Dallas with the Washington Squares, the World's Fair, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the Kerrville Folk Festival. Legendary venues, to be sure.

But in this storied musical journey, some wonderful shows for exceptional audiences have happened in the most unexpected places. We have been honored to perform in house concerts in Scotland and throughout the United States. A lot of acts say their audiences are the best.  That’s nice, but ours really are. 

Some of those shows have included the Sundilla Acoustic Concerts in Auburn (AL), Fiddler’s Dream in Phoenix (AZ), Moonlight on the Mountain in Birmingham (AL), Saxon Guild in Alexandria (LA), WUWF RadioLive in Pensacola (FL), the Appin Town Hall in Scotland, Acoustic Sounds Café in Little Rock (AR), Taste of Scotland in Franklin, (NC), Virginia Highlands Festival, Stonehenge Cafe and the Rathskeller in Pensacola , Anderson Fair in Houston (TX), Stone Mountain Highland Games, Chef John Folse’s International Food show and “After the Hunt” series on LPB and the Food Channel, the North Texas Irish Festival, The Manship Theatre, Murray State University Heritage Faire (KY), Camp Street Café, Coughlin-Saunders Center for Performing Arts in Alexandria, Mississippi Celtic Fest, Old Bedford School, Carolina Celtic Festival, Clanjamfry, Memphis Acoustic Music Association and Outlands Cafe in Memphis, Red Dragon Listening Room, LSU School of Music Guest Artist Series, Storyville Jazz Hall in the historic New Orleans French Quarter, Rose Creek Village, The Emerald Mist, Hoghill Farm Ceilidh in Scotland, Panama City Highland Games, Dallas International Festival, The Book Merchant in Natchitoches, Six Strings & Coffee Beans Coffeehaus in Arlington, FestForAll, O’Susanna Concerts at That Bookstore in Blytheville (AR), Hartley-Vey Studio at Shaw Performing Arts Center, Riverfront Concerts in New Haven (MO), Tom Peyton Memorial Arts Festival in Alexandria (LA), Grapevine Café Songwriter Series in Donaldsonville, The Tea Room in Mobile, White Light Nights at Caffery Gallery in Baton Rouge, Waxahachie’s In The Music Room, Calmes House Concerts, McPherson (KS) Scottish Festival, Alexandria Museum of Art Acoustic Series, Red River Radio's Caravan with Bill Beckett, and Hootenanny Power radio show.

There are more places - some of them still open and some of them gone, but every show gets our all - big or small.  Smithfield Fair continues to perform when the right opportunities arise. We sincerely hope to play for you soon.

(Every effort is made to insure accuracy on this calendar.  As additional dates are confirmed, they will be posted here. If you are an event or a venue interested in a particular date, please contact us at  Please, check back often! Again, every effort is being made to keep both this schedule and the web site up-to-date.)


2014 – Schedule

2015 coming...soon?...perhaps?



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Hanging out with family - rehearsing the quartet.



Release of “Companions” – request it from your local folk DJ!



Panama City (FL) Highland Games, Grace Presbyterian Grounds - Trio



Louisiana Tartan Festival, Scotland Farms, Minden, LA – Trio (sets at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the Main Stage)



New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans, LA (11:40 a.m. on the Lagniappe Stage) (quartet)



Jan & Dudley on Taylor' Caffery's HOOTENANNY POWER radio show, WRKF-FM, 89.3 in Baton Rouge, LA (10:00 p.m.)


Calmes House Concert, Baton Rouge, LA (quartet)   SOLD OUT!



Jan & Dudley taping Caravan w/Bill Beckett - Red River Radio Public Radio, Shreveport, LA (airdate to be announced later)

18th – 19th

Louisiana Folklife Festival, Natchitoches, LA (Friday evening 6 p.m. – West Stage; Saturday 9:00 a.m. Traditions in song workshop - Basketball Rm., and 2:45 p.m. – West Stage)(quartet)



Alexandria (LA) Museum of Art Acoustic Series with host John Wakefield

Thursday, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. - Trio.



Mississippi Celtic Festival, Jim Buck Ross Ag. Museum, Jackson, MS - Jan & dbs - sets at Noon and 8 p.m., Saturday in Ethnic Heritage Building.


Jan & Dudley on Caravan, Red River Radio with Bill Beckett, 10 p.m.

Listen on-line (play prompt below SF article)




Busy with projects and completion of "Marbles" - hang on to your hats!



Jan will perform as the guest accordion soloist with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (ULL) Chamber Singers on "Across the Vast Eternal Sky", 6:00 p.m., Angelle Main Hall, ULL, Lafayette, Louisiana



We always take December off unless it’s something really, really special.


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