The American Folk Festival features the traditional arts - music and dance - of the many cultures that make up America today. Traditions that represent the cultural heritage of a region, an ethnic group, a religious group, or an occupation are examples of the genres of music that are featured at the AFF.
|Blues artist, Preston Shannon is described as a cross between Otis Redding and Bobby Womak; Shannon is a powerful guitarist and a soulful singer who will have the audience in awe.
|The Yodeling, Wylie Gustafson will entertain the Festival when Wylie and the Wild West take the stage with their good-time cowboy music. Wylie always has one goal in mind during performances, to "win a crowd with good music" and that is just what he is going to do.|
|Continuing the legendary music of his father, Cullen Galyean, Mickey Galyean and the Cullen's Bridge bring mountain bluegrass traditions to the stage. Mickey and his group perform originals written by Cullen, Mickey, and his band, Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers classics, and also classic country gentleman songs.|
|Imamyar Hasanov is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on Kamancha. Hasanov works to foster the vitality and public appreciations of Azerbaijani traditional music. With his unique arranging technique Imamyar has brought the music of Azerbaijan to the forefront of both the classical and world music fields.|
from the country of Niger, performs music that is described as
“joyously hypnotic” and a highly unique contribution to West African
guitar music. The sixteen members that make up the group rotate
vocalists and perform with lightning fast rhythms, delivered with
virtuoso precision and unrelenting energy.
|Sensational Royal Lights have traveled the country for more than 50 years singing the Gospel. The nine-member group hails from Cordtown, Maryland with all but one of the vocalists coming from the same family. The Sensational Royal Lights are known for their tight vocal harmonies, toe tapping tempos, and inspirational messages that continue to entertain crowds after more than half-a-century of performances.||
|Creole United is a group of bandleaders that represent three generations of Creole Music culture. Creole United uses classic Creole Music styles of the past, along with Creole French and new Creole standards. The six-piece band mixes old-time accordion styles with newer Creole sounds of rock solid harmonies and modern drum beats.|
say they have been “changing the way you think about traditional music
since 2009.” The group of twenty-somethings is from Newfoundland and
blends the energy of a 3-piece punk rock band with the styles of
traditional folk acts. Despite being relatively new to the scene, The
Dardanelles have brought their dynamic live show to international
festivals as far away as Glasgow and Australia.
For a list of performers from previous years, click here.