The North Carolina Folk Festival returns to downtown Greensboro, North Carolina, continuing the celebration of the spirit and legacy of the National Folk Festival! With hundreds of incomparable artists and thousands of smiling faces and dancing people, this is a weekend where the fun and discovery never stops. Admission to the three-day Festival weekend is FREE.
Performers encompass a wide range of musical genres—from zydeco to western swing, from blues to Irish string band music—all building on the remarkable success of the recently completed first ever North Carolina Folk Festival in 2018 after the three-year residency of the National Folk Festival, which drew more than 160,000 attendees to Greensboro.
Approximately 300 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the North Carolina Folk Festival, with more than 30 different musical groups performing on as many as seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown Greensboro.
The festival has announced the first performer: Lúnasa. Rooted in instrumental traditions from across Ireland, Lúnasa has been performing traditional Irish music for more than 20 years and continues to be a leading voice in the contemporary Irish music scene. The band’s complex arrangements and unique sound have pushed the boundaries of traditional music in Ireland and have energized musicians and audiences at home and abroad. Current members of the group include Cillian Vallely (uilleann pipes), Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle, and bodhran), Trevor Hutchinson (bass), Ed Boyd (guitar), and Colin Farrell (fiddle).
More performers will be announced as the festival gets closer.