click to enlarge One of the foremost representatives of Greek demotic (folk) music, Petroloukas Halkias, 85, is a master of the clarino (clarinet). He'll be joined by Vasilis Kostas, a groundbreaking performer on the laouto, a long-necked, fretted lute. They sound amazing and were the work of RFF programming board member, Chris King, who wrote a book about Epirus, Greece.

One of the foremost representatives of Greek demotic (folk) music, Petroloukas Halkias, 85, is a master of the clarino (clarinet). He'll be joined by Vasilis Kostas, a groundbreaking performer on the laouto, a long-necked, fretted lute. They sound amazing and were the work of RFF programming board member, Chris King, who wrote a book about Epirus, Greece.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

VIDEOS: Richmond Folk Fest Announces 12 More Artists

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 4:00 AM

This morning, the Richmond Folk Festival announced a dozen more artists for its 15th annual festival to be held the weekend of Oct. 11 - 13 along the downtown riverfront.

Check out the full list below with video samples of the artists (CASYM the steel orchestra looks like the bomb.com, as a friend says). Among the new additions is Richmond's own Plunky & the Oneness of Juju, a jazz fixture in the city.

The annual poster reveal and listening party will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Glave Kocen Gallery from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Volunteer recruitment for the festival is currently in high gear, according to publicist Kelly Vance. She mentioned the Beer and Bucket Challenge where groups of four volunteers can get extra perks when they sign up to pour beer or man the all-important bucket brigade. If you're thinking about it, might as well bring your friends.

Themes for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Virginia Folklife Area and Stage and CarMax Family Area and Stage will be announced in September, according to a press release.

Here are the 12 newly-announced Richmond Folk Festival artists:

CASYM

Steel Orchestra (steel pan orchestra) from New York, New York.

Conjunto Guantanamo

Afro-Cuban from New York, New York.

Petroloukas - Halkias & Vasilis Kostas

Traditional music from Epirus, Greece. The artists are from Boston, Massachusetts, and Epirus, Greece

Mangum & Company

Gospel brass “shout band" from Charlotte, North Carolina

Aleppo Ensemble

Aleppian wasla music and whirling dervish dance from Syria.

The performers are from New York, New York.

Balla

Kouyaté & Mamadou Diabaté (balafon masters) from Boston, Mass., and Vienna, Austria

Julie Fowlis

Traditional Scottish songs, pipes and whistles from North Uist, Scotland.

Native Pride Dancers

Powwow dance traditions from St. Paul, Minnesota

Plunky & the Oneness of Juju

Funk and go-go orchestra from Richmond, Virginia

Riley Baugus

Appalachian songs and ballads from Walkertown, North Carolina

Saraswathi Ranganathan

Carnatic veena from Chicago, Illinois

Stax Music Academy Alumni Band

Memphis soul from Memphis, Tennessee

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