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Performers at the Richmond Folk Festival 2018

At the 14th annual Richmond Folk Festival, you can expect to see performers from as far afield as West Africa, China and Colombia, as well as those closer to home, from the Shenandoah Valley, Newport News and Richmond. They are:

Bounxeung Synanonh: Master of the khaen, a mouth organ made from bamboo, that is used in traditional Laotion music.

Brianna Thomas: A jazz singer from New York who sings original material, as well as reworkings of jazz standards.

Claire Lynch: A Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer from Nashville, Tenn.

Cora Harvey Armstrong: Gospel singer from King and Queen County. On Sunday, she will join Larry Bland for a special performance celebrating his choir’s 50th anniversary.

Farah Yasmeen Shaikh: Kathak dance.

Jarlath Henderson: A rising star in Irish music.

Jeff Little Trio: A Blue Ridge piano trio from Boone, N.C.

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne: A blues piano player from Vancouver, British Columbia, who wears zoot suits and plays boogie-woogie piano.

Larry Bland & the Volunteer Choir: The Richmond gospel choir helped launch the Richmond Folk Festival in 2008; now, they’re back to celebrate their 50th anniversary.

Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners: Old-school zydeco performers from Louisiana.

Linda Gail Lewis: The sister of Jerry Lee Lewis and former duet partner brings her fiery rockabilly piano-playing.

Lulo Reinhardt: The great-nephew of the legendary jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt will be performing “Gyspy jazz,” a blend of American jazz and Gypsy folk.

Mavis Staples: Legendary gospel and rhythm-and-blues singer.

The New York Crimean Tatar Ensemble: The Brooklyn-based ensemble performs Crimean Tatar, a music and dance tradition that combines precise, athletic dance and polymetric songs.

Orquesta el Macabeo: An 11-member salsa band from Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico.

Pan Franek, Zosia & the Polka Towners: From Muskegon, Mich., these polka-performing family members wear eye-catching traditional outfits and play infectious polka with twin fiddles.

Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus: Ras Michael has performed with Bob Marley and is one of the most visible ambassadors of nyabinghi drumming, a style of drumming important in Rastafarian culture.

Ricky B: New Orleans bounce.

Sona Jobarteh: Manding griot from West Africa.

Tamburaški Sastav Ponoc: A band from Pittsburgh that performs tamburitza, traditional string band music of the Balkans.

Tribu Baharú: From Bogotá, Colombia, this group performs Afro-Colombian champeta, an upbeat style of music with a touch of the Caribbean.

Vishtèn: From Canada, Vishtèn plays a mix of Acadian, Irish and Scottish music with step dancing.

Zhou Family Band: Traditional wind and percussion music from central-eastern China.

Zuni Olla Maidens: From Zuni, N.M., the Zuni Olla Maidens sing and dance traditional Zuni songs in traditional clothing while wearing decorated ceramic jugs on their heads.

Virginia Folklife Performers:

The Chosen Few featuring Tarrence Paschall: A cappella gospel from Newport News.

Corrina Rose Logston and Jeremy Stephens: Bluegrass and old-time duets from Nashville, Tenn.

Danny Knicely Quartet featuring Bert Carlson: Jazz and swing guitar from the Shenandoah Valley.

Legendary Ingramettes: Gospel singers from Richmond.

Mandkhai Erdembat: Mongolian contortion.

Mason Via and Hot Trail Mix: Bluegrass from North Carolina.

Nader Majd: Classical Persian music.

New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters: Old-time music from Fries.

Nguyen Dinh Nghia Family: Music from Vietnam.

Reverend Frank Newsome: Old Regular Baptist hymns.

Scott Fore and Brandon Davis: Flatpick guitar masters.

Sherman Holmes Project: Blues/Americana.


Clyde Jenkins: Colonial dress and apple grafting.

Deborah Pratt and Clementine Macon Boyd: Oyster shucking.

Frances Davis: Fried apple pie making.

Gankhuyag Natsag: Mongolian mask making.

Kenley John and Shacomba Phipps: Caribbean Carnival traditions.

Sochietah Ung: Cambodian costume making.

Family Area Performers:

Dog’s New Clothes: Kid-friendly music from two RVA dads.

Janet Martin: Richmond singer/songwriter.

Josh Goforth: Appalachian storytelling, ballad singing and music, from Asheville, N.C.

The Steward School’s Uke ’n’ Roll: Steward School students cover pop songs on the ukulele.

Q&A sessions with Richmond Folk Fest artists at RTD Public Square

Get to know even more about three of the performers at this year’s Richmond Folk Festival.

Thomas A. Silvestri, president and publisher of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, will host a Q&A session with the talented artists to kick off the festival with a special edition of the RTD Public Square: Festival Interviews on Friday, Oct. 12.

He will interview Irish piper Jarlath Henderson, Kathak dancer Farah Yasmeen Shaikh and bounce master Ricky B at the Virginia Traditions Stage in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Folklife Area. Last year, the event was held at the Richmond Times-Dispatch office on East Franklin Street. This year, the event moves back to the festival grounds for easier attendance and audience interaction.

“We appreciate Venture Richmond awarding us one of the slots to kick off this year’s Richmond Folk Festival and for putting the interviews on the performance stage,” Silvestri said. “We welcome readers sending us questions to ask. Our experience tells us you can never have enough questions for some performers, and with others all you need is one to start, and away they go with an answer that fills the entire 20-minute session.”

Silvestri will interview each artist for 20 minutes. The free event will run from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m.

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