NC Folk Festival Announces Return of “Songs of Hope & Justice” Concert at Van Dyke Performance Space | Music


Laurelyn Dossett Hosts Social Justice-Focused Musical Night Performed by North Carolina’s Leading Singers and Songwriters

Greensboro, NC, July 14, 2022 – Tickets went on sale today for the annual NC Folk Festival presentation of “Songs of Hope & Justice” to be held September 8, 2022 at 8 p.m. in the space of Van Dyke performance. “Songs of Hope & Justice” is a popular pre-festival concert that focuses on the themes of freedom and social justice.

“We are very pleased to continue the tradition of kicking off our festival weekend with the annual ‘Songs of Hope & Justice’ concert,” said Amy Grossmann, president and CEO of the North Carolina Folk Festival. “Each year we are reminded that the work to address injustices in society is ongoing and can be honored and amplified through the music and lyrics of some of North Carolina’s most prominent singers and songwriters.”

Singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett of Stokes County, North Carolina will host the concert, which will feature songs that highlight important social issues, past and present. Performances will include songs from the canon of folk legends such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Odetta, as well as new and original songs highlighting today’s most pressing social challenges.

Dossett is well known for her own protest songs, including “Vote Against Amendment One” and “My Beloved Enemy”, as well as others on regional issues such as the coal ash dumping and the loss of jobs in the textile. She has assembled an exceptional group of performers to celebrate the role of folk songs, especially protest songs, in America. Additional artists include:

Alice Gerrard, a force in folk music for over 50 years, has written songs representing working people and ordinary people throughout her career. Nominated for the 2015 Grammy Awards for her latest album, Follow the Music, Alice is the founder of The Old-Time Herald, a publication devoted to traditional music.

Rissi Palmer, a passionate voice for country artists of color and those who have been marginalized in mainstream country music. In addition to acting, Rissi is a special correspondent for CMT’s Hot 20 Countdown and hosts the hugely popular weekly Color Me Country podcast and radio show.

Dori Freeman, a multi-faceted artist who challenges and expands notions of being a musician from Southwest Virginia – creating her own signature sound through songwriting and performing in a wide variety of musical styles.

Molly McGinn, one of Greensboro’s favorite performers and songwriters, organized the Raise Your Voices campaign to bring out Vote Against North Carolina’s Amendment One.

Sam Fribush, a Greensboro native who returned to his hometown after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music and spending several years performing nightly at historic venues in New Orleans.

Nick Falk, Alex Bingham and many more!

Tickets can be purchased at

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About the North Carolina Folk Festival: The mission of the North Carolina Folk Festival is to honor, celebrate and share the meaningful ways in which communities express their creativity and cultural traditions through music, dance, food, crafts and other folk arts to enhance appreciation of diverse traditions and contribute to community vibrancy and inclusion. Our flagship event, the annual North Carolina Folk Festival, is one of the fastest growing destination events in the Southeast, drawing people from across the United States to downtown Greensboro each September. The festival is a FREE three-day event featuring performing groups representing a wide range of cultural traditions from around the world on multiple stages, including non-stop music and dance performances, a makers market, food regional and ethnic products, festival products and more. The 2022 North Carolina Folk Festival will take place in downtown Greensboro September 9-11. Additional information is available at

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