Sunday, January 22, 2006

Data mining the festival lineups

Festival Preview has been on hiatus the last several weeks--the typical new blogger syndrome. Truthfully, I'm in beta test mode, so hang in there with me. There is interesting material to come.

I've spent the last week building the Festival Preview database of festivals, artists, and lineups. Yesterday, I got it populated with all of the available lineups for the eight "festivals we're tracking," a subset of the much larger festival database. So it includes full lineups for Wintergrass and Merlefest, and partial lineups for all of the others.

I thought it would be interesting to run a report showing which artists will be appear the most times at FP festivals this season. Keep in mind that these are partial results and that I'll update them later, but here are all the artists who are confirmed at two or more of the festivals.

4 Appearances
Del McCoury Band

3 Appearances
John Cowan Band
Sam Bush Band
The Wilders
Uncle Earl

2 Appearances
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones
Chip Taylor & Carrie Rodriguez
Guy Clark
Jerry Douglas Band
John Prine
Laurie Lewis
Mountain Heart
Nickel Creek
Peter Rowan
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
Rodney Crowell
Shawn Camp
The Duhks
The Grascals
Tim O'Brien Band
Yonder Mountain String Band

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