By Katherine Lutge Richmond Times–Dispatch
The Richmond Folk Festival has announced the first group of performers to perform by the river this fall.
This year’s folk festival will take place from October 7 to 9. In recent years, the three-day festival has attracted more than 200,000 visitors, depending on the weather.
“We look forward to re-presenting Richmond’s ever-changing downtown waterfront for a beautiful weekend of music, dancing, food and crafts with the James River and our city’s skyline. as the perfect backdrop,” Stephen Lecky, events director at Venture Richmond, said in a statement. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and 18 is shaping up to be one of the best ever.”
More than 30 groups will perform at this year’s Folk Festival. Eight artists have been announced so far. They are:
• Beòloach from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: A four-piece band consisting of fiddle, bagpipes, piano and guitar performing modern arrangements of Scottish and Irish tunes traditional.
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• Black Umfolosi from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: An a cappella group specializing in imbule singing and traditional Zulu dancing that originated in the 1920s among rural miners in southern Africa. The vocal style remains popular throughout Zimbabwe today.
• Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda from Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, NY: An ensemble of singers whose call and response voice celebrates the music of Marrakech.
• Cedric Burnside of Holly Springs, Mississippi: Burnside has been performing for over three decades and specializes in hill blues. His music aims to share the stories of his community in northern Mississippi.
• Fran Grace from Toledo, Ohio: Nicknamed “Lady Strings”, Grace is a talented sacred guitarist. She performs for African American Pentecostal Holiness Worship Services.
• Korea Institute of Performing Arts Chicago: The Korea Institute of Performing Arts Chicago presents the traditional Korean dance styles of pungmul and samulnori incorporating the vibrant energy of a harvest festival.
• Sideline from Raleigh, NC: A bluegrass band that started out as a side project, their latest album of 2021, “Ups, Downs, and No Name Towns,” cemented their reputation as a touring bluegrass band.
• Son Rompe Pera from Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico: A traditional marimba band, Son Rompe Pera is known for its explosive mix of cumbia, punk and ska.
For more information, visit richmondfolkfestival.org.