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Third Round of 2010 Richmond Folk Festival Performers Announced

September 14, 2010  (Richmond, VA) – The Richmond Folk Festival, one of Virginia’s largest and most unique events, bringing artists from across the country, announces a third round of performing acts to take the stages Oct. 8-10, 2010.

Among the third group of artists to perform at this year’s event:

Sand Mountain Sacred Harp Singers
shape note singing
Sand Mountain, Alabama

For generations, families from the Sand Mountain area of northeastern Alabama have raised their voices in song, carrying on the tradition of glorious, unaccompanied four-part harmony singing from The Sacred Harp, a beloved southern shape note songbook first published in 1844 and still sung from today.

“Virginia Rocks” with Deke Dickerson & The Ecco-fonics, Daryl Davis, The Dazzlers, Jess Duboy, Clint Miller and more….
rockabilly reunion

A highly flammable mixture of country, blues and gospel, rockabilly music exploded on the scene in the 1950s to announce the birth of rock and roll.  This reunion of great Commonwealth rockabilly musicians, both past and present, celebrates Virginia’s role in the creation of  a quintessentially American  music. 

Sibirskaya Vechora
traditional music from Siberia
Krasnoyarsk, Siberia

Settlers from the Ukraine and Belarus who migrated to western Russia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought striking harmony singing, folk dances and music made on the hurdy-gurdy, accordion and guisli – musical traditions that have been kept with care by this intriguing ensemble direct from the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.

No BS! Brass Band
brass band
Richmond, Virginia

Richmond’s favorite New Orleans-style brass band infuses the music with its own unique grooves and musical sensibilities, and delivers exactly what its name promises.

Benedicte Maurseth
Norwegian Hardanger fiddle
Hardanger, Norway

Traditional songs and the haunting sounds of the Hardanger fiddle from Norway’s charming, charismatic “2007 Young Folk Musician of the Year.”

The Richmond Folk Festival is proud to present its third festival in 2010 which will feature performers on the Altria Stage, Dominion Stage, MWV Stage, Richmond Times-Dispatch Dance Pavilion, Martin’s/Union First Market Bank Family Stage and the CenterStage Virginia Folklife Area and Stage (produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Virginia Folklife Program).  The Festival also features a wide array of interactive and engaging activities in the Genworth Financial Family Area (produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond), along with a complete Folk Arts Marketplace and a huge variety of traditional and ethnic foods. Last year more than 150,000 people attended the three-day FREE event.

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 20 performers and performing groups, on six 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

The NCTA was founded in 1933, and is the nation’s oldest folk arts organization.  The NCTA presents traditional artists to the public in festivals, national and international tours, concerts, radio and television programs, films, recordings and other programs.

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