Announcement of the next five artists of the National Folklore Festival 2022


SALISBURY, Md. — The National Folk Festival has announced the next five artists who will perform live for this year’s event.

The 81st National Folklore Festival moves to a new weekend for 2022 and will mark the final year of the event’s residency. In 2023, the festival will transition to the Maryland Folk Festival in Salisbury.

The five artists announced on Tuesday include:

  • Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy (Houston, TX) – Blues
    • Emerging from the Houston blues scene as a force of nature, this Texas powerhouse has a commanding stage presence and a
      voice to match.
  • Halau ‘O Lilinoe (Carson, CA) – Traditional Hawaiian Hula
    • With graceful and spellbinding performances, this halau (school) celebrates the hula and nurtures the roots of their culture,
      preserve it for future generations
  • Los Texmaniacs feat. La Marisoul (San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, California) – Conjunto Tejano
    • One of the conjunto’s most dynamic bands, Tejano, teams up with an East LA soul singer, breathing new energy into
      songs that are timeless and share the rich heritage of Mexican American music – with a twist.
  • The Campbell Brothers (Rochester, New York) – Sacred Steel Guitar
    • From electrifying and electrifying solos to meditative sounds of beauty and reflection, this family band is among the best
      ambassadors of the sacred steel tradition.
  • Thomas Maupin & Friends with Daniel Rothwell & Overall Creek (Smyrna and Murfreesboro, Tennessee) – Appalachian Buck
    dance and music of yesteryear
    • This 83-year-old Tennessee buck dancer is the most renowned of his generation, with a distinctive style that dancers and
      musicians imitate the same, including apprentices and family members who join him on stage.

“The festival offers our community, and all who attend, a very special and unique opportunity to experience the richness and diversity of American culture up close in one place. We are honored to have these master performers take the stage and present their music, dance and traditions,” said Caroline O’Hare, local director of the National Folk Festival. “Salisbury, Maryland is the place to be in August.”

The National Folk Festival will be held August 26-28 in downtown Salisbury. More information about the festival can be found here.

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