Montana Folk Festival

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Country and Region United StatesMontana
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Butte, Montana, USA
Festival Contact Information

Montana Folk Festival
P. O. Box 6969
Butte, Montana 59703 USA
Phone: (01) 406-497-6464

Festival Description

The Montana Folk Festival, the new event succeeds the National Folk Festival that was hosted in Butte from 2008-2010. The festival will continue to remain faithful to the program that made the National Folk Festival in Montana such a tremendous success. “Little will change except the name. If anyone has attended any or all of the three years of the National in Butte, the Montana Folk Festival will feel very familiar; at the same time it will be new and exciting. Our goal remains to Invite the world to come to Montana and enjoy the best of traditional music, dance, art and cuisine,” said George Everett, member of the Festival Executive Committee.

“We intend to pursue the highest quality of performers from throughout the country, as we have done during the National’s three-year tenure in Montana. While an aspect of Montana’s heritage will serve as the theme of the popular Family Area, Folklife Area and Art markets, the performers will represent musical traditions from around the world,” Everett added.

Festival Dates July 11 - 13, 2014
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Festival Story:

First held in 1934, the National Folk Festival (former name of the Montana Folk Festival) is the oldest multi-cultural festival of traditional arts in the nation, and has been produced from its inception by the NCTA.  It was a traveling festival produced in partnership with communities around the country.  The National Folk Festival’s three-year stay in each host city is intended to lay the groundwork for locally produced festivals and events that continue after the National moves on. Musicians and craftspeople from every state in the Union and most US territories have participated in this “moveable feast of deeply traditional folk arts.”  Presented to audiences free of charge over a three-day period, National Folk Festivals since 1987 have had audiences upwards of 120,000.  Butte, Montana was the host city for the 70th, 71st and 72nd National Folk Festivals, 2008 – 2010.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Grupo Fantasma (Latin)
  • Wang Li (Chinese mouth harp)
  • Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys (Cajun)
  • Marshall Ford Swing Band (Western Swing)
  • Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (Bluegrass)
  • Chaksampa (Tibetan Music and Dance)
  • Bernard Allison
  • Henry Butler Trio
  • Pan Franek, Zosia and the Polka Towners
  • Birmingham Sunlights
  • The New Ballard’s Branch Bogtrotters
  • Debo
  • Git Hoan Dancers
  • Karan Casey and John Doyle
  • Khac Chi
  • Nathalie Pires
  • Canzionere Grecanico Salentino
  • Mythili Prakash
  • Fendika
  • Sharde Thomas and Rising Star Fife and Drum Band


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