The 77th National Folk Festival Announces Complete List of Artists

Representing a myriad of cultural traditions, 24 groups will be showcased on seven outdoor stages during the National Folk Festival, September 8-10, 2017

The National Folk Festival today announced four additional artists to complete the event’s list of performers, including trick ropers and musicians representing cultural traditions from Mexico to Bulgaria. The twenty-four artists will perform in downtown Greensboro from September 8-10, 2017, for the free event’s third historic year in North Carolina.

The 2016 National Folk Festival attracted more than 138,000 attendees to downtown Greensboro for the FREE, three-day weekend. Based on the success of the National Folk Festival, key stakeholders last week announced that a legacy North Carolina Folk Festival will begin in September 2018.

Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the National Folk Festival, with more than 30 different musical groups performing across seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro. The four artists announced today include:

  1. Brice & Grace Chapman – trick roping: One of the finest trick ropers alive today, this native Texan and his daughter bring their working menagerie—four horses, six ducks, and a rabbit—to the National to demonstrate hundreds of classic and newly invented roping tricks.
  2. José Gutierrez & Los Hermanos Ochoa—son jarocho: This preeminent trio is known throughout Mexico as performers of son jarocho, the signature regional genre from the state of Veracruz on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
  3. Pan Franek, Zosia & the Polka Towners—polka: Beloved by fans of traditional polka music nationwide, this family band plays a vast repertoire of polka classics, with infectious enthusiasm for their Polish heritage and distinctive twin fiddles.
  4. Yuri Yunakov Ensemble—Bulgarian wedding music: This saxophone virtuoso is an undisputed star of Bulgarian wedding music, the dazzling style that emerged in the 1970s when Bulgarian Gypsy artists combined traditional sounds with western jazz and rock.

These outstanding artists join the following performers, who have already been announced:

  • Alash – Tuvan throat singing
  • Ann Yao Trio – Chinese string ensemble
  • Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band – Cajun
  • Dale Ann Bradley – bluegrass
  • Egyptian Celebration – Egyptian dance and music
  • Feedel Band – Ethiojazz
  • Innov Gnawa – Moroccan Gnawa
  • Kelsey Waldon – classic country
  • Los Texmaniacs – conjunto Tejano
  • Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band – Chicago blues
  • Marshall Ford Swing Band – Western swing
  • Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac – Cape Breton singing and fiddling
  • Ongwehoñwe Singers & Dancers – Haudenosaunee song and dance
  • Orquesta SCC – salsa dura
  • Riley Baugus – Appalachian songs and ballads
  • Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY – traditional Sri Lankan dance
  • Sun Ra Arkestra – big band free jazz
  • The Beat[box] Goes On – beatboxing
  • The Fairfield Four – African American gospel quartet singing
  • Tremé Brass Band – New Orleans brass band

To learn more about these artists and their stories, please visit The National Folk Festival will feature individual artists on its Facebook page (, Twitter (, and Instagram ( throughout the rest of March.