Past Performers

Albert Lee

rockabilly Malibu, California

Nicknamed “Mr. Telecaster,” this rockabilly guitar icon is noted for his unique picking technique, melodic sensibilities, and lightning speed. Continue reading

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The Bing Brothers Band feat. Jake Krack

old-time string band Marlinton and Huntington, West Virginia

One of the Mountain State’s finest old-time bands ably carries on their Appalachian musical legacy with a rousing, hard-driving style. Continue reading

The Chankas of Perú

Andean scissors dance Peruvian Andes via Port Chester, New York

Carrying on the legendary danza de las tijeras (scissors dance), an ancient, highly acrobatic indigenous ritual dance from the southern Andes of Peru. Continue reading

Clinton Fearon & the Boogie Brown Band

reggae Seattle, Washington

A core member of the famed Gladiators and living legend of Jamaican roots reggae delivers the message and the groove. Continue reading

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Dancing On Air Crew

breakdance Charleston, South Carolina

Gravity-defying head spins, twirling windmills, and rapid-fire footwork are hallmarks of this urban dance style that lies at the core of hip hop culture. Continue reading

Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars

precision jump rope team Greenbelt, Maryland

A young champion jump rope team with flashy acrobatic moves, agility, speed, style, and a positive message. Continue reading

Imamyar Hasanov & Abbos Kosimov

Azerbaijani kamancha and percussion San Francisco and Sacramento, California

Haunting melodies of the Azerbaijani spiked fiddle supported by dazzling percussion—sounds honed over centuries along the famed Silk Roads of eastern and central Asia. Continue reading

Jason Samuels Smith

tap dance New York, New York

One of the most exciting tap dancers of his generation, a bona fide “hoofer” who upholds a great American dance tradition with verve and style. Continue reading


puppetry Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Recycled materials take on life as astonishing 21st-century puppets—breakdancing androids, dinosaurs, dreadlocked cellists, and more—that joyously connect with kids of all ages. Continue reading

Liz Carroll & Jake Charron

Irish Chicago, Illinois

Acclaimed for her consummate musicianship and creativity, this Chicago-born fiddler is among the most influential and celebrated in the world of traditional Irish music. Continue reading

Mangum & Company

gospel brass "shout band" Charlotte, North Carolina

This gospel trombone choir will raise the roof with its heavenly “shout band” harmonies, a musical tradition unique to the United House of Prayer for All People. Continue reading

Mariachi Los Camperos

mariachi Los Angeles, California

Soaring, impassioned vocals, a magnificent violin section, and superb showmanship—one of the finest mariachis in the world. Continue reading

Marquise Knox

blues St. Louis, Missouri

Channeling the power of old-school masters, this prodigiously talented 27-year-old is the future of the blues. Continue reading

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

bluegrass Charlestown, Indiana

Ten-time IBMA Fiddle Performer of the Year leads a powerhouse band, creating dynamic traditional bluegrass that has propelled them to the top of the national bluegrass scene. Continue reading

Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn

klezmer Brooklyn, New York

Led by one of today’s premier klezmer clarinetists, this all-star band offers up celebratory Jewish music that is rousing, raucous, and poignant in turn. Continue reading

Nicolae Feraru

Romanian cimbalom Chicago, Illinois

Stunning virtuosity and deep musical passion have made this master of the cimbalom a revered figure in Eastern European communities across the nation. Continue reading


Inuit throat singing Ottawa, Ontario

A rarely heard tradition, Inuit throat singing blends breath and voiced sound to create playful, rhythmic melodies and imitations of sounds in nature. Continue reading

Orquesta SCC

salsa dura The Bronx

These “new kings of salsa dura” are leading a revival of driving, socially conscious Latin music that brings the energy of the barrio back to salsa. Continue reading

The Quebe Sisters

Texas fiddling and western swing Dallas, Texas

Divine three-part harmony singing and fiddling from the Lone Star State—think Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys meet the Andrews Sisters. Continue reading


beatboxing New York, New York

Redefining the possibilities of the human voice, this one-time member of The Roots sparked a beatbox renaissance. Continue reading

Red Trouser Show

circus arts Wilton, New Hampshire

This dynamic street circus duo combines precision acrobatics with daring feats and nonstop laughs, and a breathtaking finale that ends high in the air. Continue reading

Sounds of Korea

Korean music and dance New York, New York

In exquisite traditional attire, with powerful ritual drumming, lush music, and expressive dances, this accomplished ensemble offers a powerful journey into the heart of Korean culture. Continue reading

Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

Cajun Mamou, Louisiana

Both deeply traditional and forward-looking, this band sets the standard for modern Cajun music—sophisticated, soulful, and never failing to move both body and spirit. Continue reading

Tremé Brass Band

New Orleans brass band New Orleans, Louisiana

From the storied Tremé neighborhood, and firmly rooted in community parade traditions, one of the Crescent City’s most beloved brass bands.
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West African Highlife Band

highlife El Cerrito, California

Acclaimed Nigerian bassist Babá Ken Okulolo and his all-star band deliver the irresistibly danceable sounds of classic highlife. Continue reading

Yves Lambert Trio

Québécois Montreal, Québec

Led by a towering figure in traditional Québécois music, this brilliant trio mines the rich musical heritage of “La belle province” to create a one-of-a-kind musical experience. Continue reading

Maryland Traditions Folklife Area Stage Performers

Andrea Hoag & Chris Ousley

Swedish fiddling Brentwood, Maryland

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Chum Ngek & Suteera Nagavajara

Cambodian homrong music Gaithersburg and Takoma Park, Maryland

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Hugh Campbell & Dave Reed

old-time and bluegrass Elkton and Rising Sun, Maryland

Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition

bluegrass California, Maryland

Phil Wiggins Blues House Party

Piedmont blues and dance Takoma Park, Maryland

A harmonica wizard and a master of dance lead an exuberant celebration of Piedmont blues music and dance inspired by the rural house parties of their youth. Continue reading

Sebastian Wang & Sanghyuk Park

Korean samulnori Kensington, Maryland and Laurel, Maryland

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The Sensational Royal Lights

gospel quartet Catonsville, Maryland

Shodekeh & Ian Hesford

Tuvan throat singing Baltimore, Maryland

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Singing & Praying Bands of Maryland and Delaware

African American devotional music Anne Arundel and Dorchester Counties, Maryland & Sussex County, Delaware

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