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Richmond Folk Festival announces first group of artists in 2022 line-up

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The Richmond Folk Festival has announced the first group of artists that will perform at the riverfront this fall.

This year’s Folk Festival will take place from Oct. 7 to 9. In past years, the three-day festival has drawn more than 200,000 visitors, depending on the weather.

“We are looking forward to showcasing downtown Richmond’s ever-changing riverfront once again for a beautiful weekend of music, dance, food and crafts with the James River and our city skyline as the perfect backdrop,” said Stephen Lecky, director of events at Venture Richmond, in a statement. “This event holds a special place in the hearts of so many, and year 18 is shaping up to be one of the best.”

Over 30 groups will perform at this year’s Folk Festival. Eight performers have been announced so far. They are:

• Beòloach from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: A band of four featuring a fiddle, bagpipe, piano and guitar performing modern arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish tunes.

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• Black Umfolosi from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe: An a cappella group that specializes in imbule singing and traditional Zulu dance that originated in the 1920s among rural mine workers in southern Africa. The vocal style remains popular throughout Zimbabwe today.

• Bnat el Houariyat & Esraa Warda from Marrakech, Morocco, and New York, N.Y.: An ensemble of women vocalists whose call-and-response vocals celebrate the music of Marrakech.

• Cedric Burnside from Holly Springs, Miss.: Burnside has performed for over three decades specializing in hill country blues. His music aims to share the stories of his community in North Mississippi.

• Fran Grace from Toledo, Ohio: Nicknamed “Lady Strings,” Grace is a skilled sacred steel guitarist. She plays for African American Holiness-Pentecostal worship services.

• Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago: The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago performs the traditional Korean dance styles of pungmul and samulnori incorporating the vibrant energy of a harvest festival.

• Sideline from Raleigh, N.C.: A bluegrass band that began as a side project, their latest album from 2021, “Ups, Downs, and No Name Towns,” has cemented their reputation as a bluegrass touring band.

• Son Rompe Pera from Naucalpan de Juárez, Mexico: A traditional marimba band, Son Rompe Pera is known for its explosive blend of cumbia, punk and ska.

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