26th LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE JULY 27-29, 2012
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
(Lowell, Mass.) -- The largest free folk festival in the nation, with continuous music on six outdoor stages, takes place July 27-29, 2012 in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts.A partial lineup of performers, representing folk, bluegrass, gospel, world music, dance and more, appears below.The festival takes place on six different stages in historic downtown Lowell.A family friendly event, the Lowell Folk Festival has presented an international array of folk music, ethnic foods, craftspeople and artisans, as well as kid's activities to enthusiastic New England audiences every summer for over 25 years.Canal boat and trolley rides are also available this weekend.For more information, including, full artist bios, audio samples, maps and complete schedules, visit www.lowellfolkfestival.org.
Among the more than 20 plus artists performing this year are:
1. The Claire Lynch Band - bluegrass
2. Lunasa - Irish
3. Magic Slim & The Teardrops - blues
4. Oliver "Tuku" Mtukutzi - Tuku music from Zimbabwe
5. The Ethel Caffie-Austin Singers - gospel
6. Michael Winograd & the Klezmer Orchestra International - klezmer
7. Hula Halao 'o Keiialoil - hula kahiko
8. JP Harris & the Tough Choices -honky tonk
The festival will kick off on Friday evening at 6:30pm with a flag raising ceremony and parade starting at City Hall Plaza. All are welcome toparticipate in the parade to signal the opening of the weekend's festivities
The Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce has signed on as a producing partner of the Lowell Folk Festival this year.Danielle Bergeron, President and CEO said "The Greater Lowell Chamber is thrilled to be added as a Lowell Folk Festival partner. As a Lowellian, born and raised, I've attended the Folk Festival since it's inception and in more recent years, volunteered at the Festival. It's truly an honor to contribute to one of Lowell's brightest stars!" The Chamber brings its extensive connections to the Lowell area business community and marketing strength to the table.
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.
Did You Know?
The factory bells dominated daily life in Lowell. They woke the workers at 4:30 a.m., called them into the mill at 4:50, rang them out for breakfast and back in, out and in for dinner, out again at 7 p.m. at the day's close. The whole city, it seemed, moved together and did the mills' bidding.