First Six Artists for the 33rd Lowell Folk Festival Announced

Lowell, MAThe 33rd Lowell Folk Festival continues to provide the finest in traditional music, craft, foodways and more in downtown Lowell. This annual celebration showcases the best in traditional folk music, artisan crafts, and ethnic foods. Returning to downtown Lowell, the festival kicks off with the traditional parade of nations from Lowell’s City Hall Plaza to Boarding House Park. The free festival offers something for everyone, from 8 to 80-year-olds all within the heart of Lowell National Historical Park.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne will be at the 33rd Lowell Folk Festival, July 26 -28, 2019

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – blues and boogie-woogie piano

“This will be the 33rd year of the Lowell Folk Festival,” said Kevin Dwyer, Executive Director of the Lowell Folk Festival. “There will be a number of great new artists performing at the festival this year. For a lot of performers, it will be their first time in Lowell. It’s really exciting to bring new world-class artists to Lowell and give our attendees an opportunity to see them for the first time! This community has embraced a festival that has drawn millions of people over the last 30 years. We’re very excited to present the 33rd festival this July.”

Look for the following performers to make the Lowell Folk Festival the place to be July 26-28, 2019:

Vieux Farke Touré – Saharan blues

Yamini Kalluri & the Carnatic EnsembleKuchipudi dance

Grupo Cimarrón – Colombian joropo music

Albert Lee – rockabilly

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – bluegrass

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne – blues and boogie-woogie piano

More performers will be announced.

The ever popular Folk Craft and Foodways Area returns to Lucy Larcom Park. The theme this year will be Fish and Fowl. Traditional artists from Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire and Connecticut will demonstrate their skills and engage with visitors on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Look for:

Rob Napier – ship model restoration

Tom Lauria – ship models

Alex Bellinger – ship in a bottle

Fred Kretchman – Bamboo flyrods

Scott Biron – fly tying

Bill Mackowski – fish creels

Fr. Paul Linuw – Pysanky (Ukrainian)

Kim Sheehan – needle felted birds

Bob Mosher – decoy carver

William D Sarni – decoy carver

Phyliss & Dale Webb, Magic Fluke – Ukuleles

The Foodways area will also feature Fish and Fowl. Check out cooks who have adapted their traditions and how they found their way to America, and to the Lowell Folk Festival! Make sure you stop by and have a “Taste of Tradition!”

The Lowell Folk Festival is presented by Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell Festival Foundation, the National Council for the Traditional Arts, the City of Lowell, the Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce. For more information, contact Phil Lupsiewicz at 978-275-1705 or phil_lupsiewicz@nps.gov.

 

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