• Craig Gates, one of the Lowell Folk Festival’s true unsung heroes, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 30, 2017 at the age of 65. Craig was executive director of the Lowell Festival Foundation for six years, following many years as general manager of the Tsongas Arena. His knowledge of and love for Greater Lowell were part of his DNA.  Craig was the go-to person all year long for the hundreds of Folk Festival processes, policies and questions. And he loved it – not just the Folk Festival weekend with its music and excitement, but all the moving parts that behind the scenes are crucial to the Festival’s success.