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Take a look at who’s coming to the 30th Lowell Folk Festival!

July 29-31, 2016.

Lowell, MA – In celebration of the 30th Lowell Folk Festival, a new, fresh look has been added to this year’s festival to mark the occasion.  The Lowell Folk Festival continues to provide the finest in traditional music, craft, floodways and more in downtown Lowell.  This year, the theme of the festival is passing the torch.  Numerous performers, who have signed on, continue to represent the finest in traditional folk music and their efforts to continue the tradition of performing and sharing their knowledge to the next generation.

“This year marks the 30th Festival in Lowell,” said Craig Gates, Executive Director of the Lowell Folk Festival. “The lineup will be a mix of new performers and returning favorites from the festivals 30-year history. This community has embraced a festival that has drawn millions of  people over the last 30 years. We’re very excited to present the 30th festival this July.”

Look for the following performers to make the Lowell Folk Festival the place to be July 29 – 31, 2016.


Debashish Bhattacharya & Family – Indian slide guitar

Kolkata, India


Gibson Brothers – bluegrass

Upstate New York


Deacon John’s Jump Blues – jump blues

New Orleans, Louisiana


Rahim AlHaj – Iraqi oud

Albuquerque, New Mexico


Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY – traditional Sri Lankan dance

Staten Island, New York


Savoy Family Cajun Band – Cajun

Eunice, Louisiana


Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band – Chicago blues

Chicago, Illinois


Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – Cape Breton

Cape Breton by way of Ontario


King Sunny Adé & His African Beats – Nigerian jùjú



Plena Es — bomba y plena

Sunrise, Florida


Spencer Taylor & the Highway Q.C.’s — gospel

Washington, D.C.


Jason D. Williams — rockabilly

Memphis, Tennessee 


Dennis Polisky & Maestro’s Men — Polish polka

Colchester, Connecticut 


Old Bay Ceili Band — Irish

Baltimore, Maryland


Rebecca McGowan — Irish dance

Lexington, Massachusetts


Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera — Peking Opera

Woodhaven, New York


Charlie Walden — Missouri old-time fiddle

Evanston, Illinois


Oi Pontoi — Pontic Greek

Tewksbury, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Tarniriik — Inuit throat singing

Ottawa, Ontario


To recognize the 30th Lowell Folk Festival, a new, special logo has been commissioned to mark the occasion.  

At the Folk Craft Area, you can walk about and observe master craftspeople carving letter forms in stone, working clay, marbling paper, and carving fruit so stunningly it deters eating. Watch musical instrument makers plane a plank of spruce or insert a decorative inlay. Marvel at the material culture of Lithuanian mid-summer. Pose in one of the Crazy Hat Ladies Fiesta’s creations as you learn how one venerable tradition spawns a new one. You will even have the chance to sit down and personally experience cultural traditions of folk beauty that originate in Africa, India, and the American South.

To celebrate the Festival’s 30th Anniversary the Foodways area will be featuring cooks who have adapted their traditions ranging from small islands to regions of large continents, 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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