Posted: May 1, 2013 2:28 PM by Dennis Carlson
Updated: May 1, 2013 3:08 PM
BUTTE - Festival organizers have announced seven more performer groups for the Montana Folk Festival in Butte.
The festival runs July 12, 13 and 14.
This completes the lineup for the festival's six music performance stages that will run continuously throughout the weekend.
Admission to all three days of the festival is free.
"We have a complete lineup now and we are ready to tell everyone far and wide what they can expect when they come to Butte this July," said George Everett, festival director.
"For any one of these performers, you could expect to pay $20 to $50 to see them separately at a Montana concert venue. These performers will all be in Butte throughout the festival weekend and admission to all shows is the same -- free. Attendees can decide for themselves as they plan how they will take it all in, but this may be our most varied group of traditional performers yet," Everett added.
The seven performers confirmed to join the lineup for the 2013 Montana Folk Festival are:
Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sharde Thomas and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band
Fife and Drum Blues
The Rising Star and Fife Band has also performed with artists like Eric Clapton, Cyndi Lauper, Bobby Rush, North Mississippi All-Stars, and many more. They released their first album What Do I Do? in 2010 and have kept a busy performance schedule ever since.
Previously announced groups to perform at the Montana Folk Festival in 2013:
Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters (with caller Bev Young) -- Old Time
Bernard Allison -- Blues
The Birmingham Sunlights -- Gospel
Chaksampa -- Tibetan dance
Debo -- Ethiopian
Git Hoan Dancers -- Native American dancers
Grupo Fantasma -- Latin
Henry Butler Trio -- New Orleans Piano Jazz
Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers-- Bluegrass
Marshall Ford Swing Band - Western Swing
"Pan" Frenek, Zosia and the Polka Towners -- Polka
Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys -- Cajun
Wang Li -- Chinese Mouth harp
Rounding out the 2013 festival program are dozens of folklife demonstrators, instructors and performers in the Family Area and Montana Folklife Area, and these will be announced along with the performance schedule for the entire festival in the few weeks remaining before the festival arrives.
About The Montana Folk Festival
The Montana Folk Festival has evolved from the three-year tenure in Montana of the National Folk Festival. Since 1934, the National Folk Festival has celebrated the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft, storytelling and food. It is the oldest celebration of traditional arts in the country.
This "moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts" has been held in 26 communities around the country, and from 2008-2010 had a three-year tenure in Butte, Montana. The Montana Folk Festival continues this tradition in our region by highlighting, exploring and celebrating the heritage of diversity and cultural richness that makes our state and our country great.
For more details about what to expect, visit www.montanafolkfestival.com.