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2009 Richmond Folk Festival
Announces the Final Line-up of Performers

September, 17 2009  (Richmond, VA) – The Richmond Folk Festival is pleased to announce the full list of artists descending on Richmond for the second annual festival held October 9-11, 2009 along the historic riverfront in downtown Richmond.  More than 25 groups will perform on the festival’s six stages.  Presented free to the public, the 2009 Richmond Folk Festival continues its successful tradition of presenting diverse and engaging performances like those that have dazzled audiences for the past four years.

Joining the already exciting festival lineup:

Direct from the remote Republic of Tuva in Central Asia, Khogzhumchu performs the ethereal tones of xöömei (throat-singing). On its first trip to the United States, this young quartet will captivate audiences with the unique vocal style of their home region, known for the amazing production of two or more distinct tones by one vocalist.

Jamaican reggae legend and former member of the Gladiators, Clinton Fearon and his Boogie Brown Band from Takoma, Washington, deliver a rock-solid groove with a strong message.

Aubrey Ghent is one the true masters of the sacred steel-style of gospel music.  His impressive lap steel guitar playing can evoke soaring, religious fervor and deep, soul-stirring emotion.  Along with his wife on vocals and his powerhouse band, this American master is not to be missed.

From Miami, Florida La Gran Banda bring the  danceable sound of the Colombian village brass  papayera band. This group combines brass instruments and Afro-Caribbean percussion to play the porro, cumbia, vallenato, fandango, and paseo music of their home country.

Master storyteller Lloyd Arneach is a bearer of the deep traditions of the Eastern Band Cherokee of North Carolina.  He will be keeping children of all ages rapt with stories drawn from his heritage, and those he has written himself.

A longtime collaborator with Wylie Gustafson, former rodeo cowboy and master cowboy poet Paul Zarzyski will join Wylie both in a full band setting, and in stripped downs sets focusing on wordplay.  Paul’s mastery of language, humor, and deep emotion has elevated his craft. While he might start out seeing the world from atop his stride, his poetic vision touches on all levels of the human condition.

See the full line-up for the 2009 folk festival.

Performing in the Genworth Family Area:

The Richmond Indigenous Gourd Orchestra ~ gourd ensemble ~ Richmond, VA
Bob Zentz ~ sea chanteys and spoon instruction ~ Norfolk, VA
Chris Fuller & Frank Coleman, The Company Store, George Turman ~ JAM inc. performers ~ Richmond, VA

The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront.  The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival held in Richmond from 2005-2007.  In the tradition of the National, the Richmond Folk Festival features more than 25 performers, on 6 stages with continuous music and dance performances, along with a Virginia Folklife Area, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more.   More information is available at

The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service, the Library of Virginia and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events.  Venture Richmond also produces Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

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