Lowell Folk Festival

Lowell Folk Festival world musical workshops.

Learn more about your favorite musical styles and instruments during the Lowell Folk Festival daily workshops

Lowell, Massachusetts – The Lowell Folk Festival, known for its fantastic collection of traditional folk music from around the world, will give its guests the opportunity to learn more about their favorite musical styles and instruments during the daily workshop and musical demonstrations all weekend.

The 2010 Lowell Folk Festival takes place in historic downtown Lowell, Massachusetts July 23 through 25, 2010.

Saturday workshop/talk demonstrations:

East Meets West – Guitar Traditions – explorations of global guitar styles and traditions. Featuring Yu Kyung-Hwa playing the Korean cheolhyeongeum; Whit Smith’s hot jazz and western swing on his vintage Gibson, and the blue grass rhythms of Steve Lewis. At the Lee Street Stage, 1:00pm.

Fiddle Traditions – Fiddle masters from 4 distinct traditions talk about and demonstrate their individual styles of playing: Elana James – western swing and hot jazz; Andre Brunet – Quebecois; Chris Bain – Irish; and Gina Forsyth – Cajun. At St. Anne’s Churchyard Stage, 1:15pm.

Bagpipes and Blowhards – Wind Instruments – brings together Irish Uileann pipes, Irish flute, Armenian clarinet and a host of different sized Andean pan-pipes.  At Lee Street Stage, 5:15pm.

World Singing Styles – singing traditions from across the globe will feature Korean pansori singing, Franco-American song, Cape Verdean, Irish sean nos and from New Jersey, Kosher Gospel – Jewish religious texts set to the soulful sounds of gospel music. At St. Anne’s Churchyard Stage, 5:15pm.

Sunday workshop/talk demonstrations:

Global Stringed Instruments showcases the oud, the Cape Verdean cavaquinho, Andean stringed instruments, and Korean zither.  At Lee Street Stage, 12:00pm.

World Dance Traditions: Ancient to New – a rare opportunity to explore dance traditions dating back centuries alongside an urban dance style created within the last decade.  The workshop will showcase South Indian Bharata Natyam dance, Middle Eastern dance and Beatin Ya Feet – a distinctly DC dance form created around the distinctly DC music Go-Go. At Market Street Stage, 12:00pm.

In American Piano Masters the prince of Kosher Gospel Joshua Nelson and Blue Ridge piano phenom Jeff Little face off piano to piano.  At Market Street Stage, 4:00pm.

Squeezebox Summit – Accordion players strut their stuff showcasing Cajun, Irish, Franco-American and Polish polka. At St. Anne’s Churchyard Stage, 4:15pm.

For information about these musicians and the whole array of Lowell Folk Festival offerings, please visit the Festival website at www.lowellfolkfestival.org or call 978-970-5200.