Today the Lowell Folk FestivalThe producing partners of have announced that legendary Irish group Cherish the Ladies and Afro-Puerto Rican icons Los Pleneros de la 21 are among the first six artists confirmed for the 2022 festival, which runs from July 29-31. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this summer, the 2022 Lowell Folk Festival promises to continue its rich history of showcasing a diverse and eclectic mix of musical styles from regions across the country.
Whether it’s blues, Celtic, Cajun, beatboxing, or the myriad other musical traditions presented over the years, the Lowell Folk Festival has always sought out the best performers in the world to come to Lowell and entertain. the 150,000 participants who come every year. The 2022 festival (the first since 2019) will feature nearly 20 performing groups representing a wide range of cultures, sharing their unique musical traditions on stages throughout downtown Lowell. The first artists confirmed for the Lowell Folk Festival 2022 lineup are:
Cherish the Ladies (Yonkers, New York) – Irish
For 37 years, this supergroup has won the hearts of audiences around the world for their rousing blend of traditional Irish music with captivating vocal performances and propulsive step dancing.
Dale Ann Bradley (Middlesboro, Kentucky) – bluegrass
Raised in a Primitive Baptist family in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, this acclaimed bluegrass singer transports listeners with her shimmering voice and signature songwriting.
Diunna Greenleaf & Blue Mercy (Houston, Texas) – 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.
Los Pleneros de la 21 (East Harlem, New York) – bomba and plena
This dynamic and propelling East Harlem institution continues to lead the way, bringing these bustling, percussion-focused traditions to the stages of community centers at Carnegie Hall.
Nava Persian Trio (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Persian Santour
Led by a virtuoso santour player, this trio carries on a Persian musical tradition dating back to 700 BCE into the modern era with an extraordinary breadth of expression and sensitivity.
The Pedro Giraudo Tango Ensemble (New York, New York) – Argentinian tango
With impeccable musicianship and a vast repertoire, this ensemble exemplifies the emotional vitality of the elegant, subtle and intensely passionate Argentine music and dance called tango.
“For decades, the Lowell Folk Festival has presented world-class performances with artists representing dozens of traditional musical styles,” said Kevin Dwyer, executive director of the Lowell Festival Foundation. “Our performers are often among the best in the world at what they do. We have a roster of performers this year that continues that legacy, and we’re thrilled to bring these performers to Lowell. We’re equally thrilled to announce the rest of the artists in the coming weeks.
Festival organizers are thrilled to bring back this must-see cultural event, marking a new chapter in the region’s post-pandemic recovery. The festival’s favorite non-profit ethnic food vendors will also be making a return this year. A dozen master artisans and local chefs will be honored in the Folk Craft & Foodways Space.
The Lowell Folk Festival is produced by the Lowell Festival Foundation, the Town of Lowell, the Lowell National Historic Park, the National Council of Traditional Arts, the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce and the Lower Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau. Great Merrimack.
More details about the festival, including artists and additional times, will be announced in the coming weeks. To visit https://lowellfolkfestival.org or https://www.facebook.com/LowellFolkFestival to stay up to date with all future updates from the 35th Lowell Folk Festival in 2022.