Virtual Celebration

National Folk Festival 2020 Virtual Celebration

With postponement of the 80th National Folk Festival until September 10-12, 2021, the National will hold a virtual celebration on the previously announced festival weekend of September 12-13. A combination of highlights from previous National Folk Festivals in Salisbury and new performances recorded exclusively for this year’s virtual celebration will be aired on the festival’s website and social media platforms as well as Delmarva Public Media (WSCL 89.5, WDSL 90.7, WESM 91.3).

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Want to learn to juggle? Or make a kazoo? You can this weekend. Gather the materials listed for both activities and join the fun during the National Folk Festival 2020 Virtual Celebration.


Original performances recorded specifically for the virtual celebration will be provided by the following artists, some of whom are familiar to Salisbury audiences from the past two festivals:

Alex Meixner

polka Palm City, Florida

Dale Ann Bradley

bluegrass Middlesboro, Kentucky

Don Vappie Trio

New Orleans Creole jazz New Orleans, Louisiana

Dovie Thomason

Lakota storytelling Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Feedel Band

Ethiojazz Addis Ababa via Washington, D.C.

Hot Club of Cowtown

western swing and hot jazz Austin, Texas

Jerry Douglas

Dobro master Nashville, Tennessee

Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne

blues and boogie-woogie piano Vancouver, British Columbia

Los Pleneros de la 21

bomba y plena East Harlem, New York

Phil Wiggins

Piedmont blues harmonica Takoma Park, Maryland

Rajna Swaminathan & Ganavya Doraiswamy

Carnatic and Varakari devotional music Cambridge, Massachusetts

Riley Baugus

Appalachian songs and ballads Walkertown, North Carolina

The Red Trouser Show

circus arts Wilton, New Hampshire

Wendy MacIsaac, Màiri Rankin, & Mac Morin

Cape Breton music and dance Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

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