In celebration of the 30th Lowell Folk Festival, a new, fresh look has been added to this year’s festival to mark the occasion. The Lowell Folk Festival continues to provide the finest in traditional music, craft, floodways and more in downtown Lowell. This year, the theme of the festival is passing the torch. Numerous performers, who have signed on, continue to represent the finest in traditional folk music and their efforts to continue the tradition of performing and sharing their knowledge to the next generation.

“This year marks the 30th Festival in Lowell,” said Craig Gates, Executive Director of the Lowell Folk Festival. “The lineup will be a mix of new performers and returning favorites from the festivals 30-year history. This community has embraced a festival that has drawn millions of people over the last 30 years. We’re very excited to present the 30th festival this July.”

Look for the following performers to make the Lowell Folk Festival the place to be July 29 – 31, 2016.

Debashish Bhattacharya & Family – Indian slide guitar
Kolkata, India

Gibson Brothers – bluegrass
Upstate New York

Deacon John’s Jump Blues – jump blues
New Orleans, Louisiana

Rahim AlHaj – Iraqi oud
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sri Lankan Dance Academy of NY – traditional Sri Lankan dance
Staten Island, New York

Savoy Family Cajun Band – Cajun
Eunice, Louisiana

Lurrie Bell’s Chicago Blues Band – Chicago blues
Chicago, Illinois

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – Cape Breton
Cape Breton by way of Ontario

King Sunny Adé & His African Beats – Nigerian jùjú

Plena Es — bomba y plena
Sunrise, Florida

Spencer Taylor & the Highway Q.C.’s — gospel

Washington, D.C.

Jason D. Williams — rockabilly
Memphis, Tennessee

Dennis Polisky & Maestro’s Men — Polish polka
Colchester, Connecticut

Old Bay Ceili Band — Irish

Baltimore, Maryland

Rebecca McGowan — Irish dance

Lexington, Massachusetts

Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera — Peking Opera

Woodhaven, New York

Charlie Walden — Missouri old-time fiddle

Evanston, Illinois

Oi Pontoi — Pontic Greek

Tewksbury, Massachusetts and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Tarniriik — Inuit throat singing

Ottawa, Ontario

To recognize the 30th Lowell Folk Festival, a new, special logo has been commissioned to mark the occasion.

At the Folk Craft Area, you can walk about and observe master craftspeople carving letter forms in stone, working clay, marbling paper, and carving fruit so stunningly it deters eating. Watch musical instrument makers plane a plank of spruce or insert a decorative inlay. Marvel at the material culture of Lithuanian mid-summer. Pose in one of the Crazy Hat Ladies Fiesta’s creations as you learn how one venerable tradition spawns a new one. You will even have the chance to sit down and personally experience cultural traditions of folk beauty that originate in Africa, India, and the American South.

To celebrate the Festival’s 30th Anniversary the Foodways area will be featuring cooks who have adapted their traditions ranging from small islands to regions of large

continents, and how they found their way to America, and to the Lowell Folk Festival! Make sure you stop by and have a “Taste of Tradition!”

2016 Lowell Folk Festival