First performers announced for 2022 National Folk Festival
SALISBURY, Md. – The National Folk Festival has revealed the first six performers that will take the stage in the 2022 event.
The 81st National Folk Festival moves to a new weekend in 2022 and marks the final year of the event’s residency. In 2023, the festival will transition to the Maryland Folk Festival in Salisbury.
Roughly 350 artists, including musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople, will take part in the festival, with more than 20 different musical groups performing on four outdoor stages throughout Downtown Salisbury. The six artists announced on Tuesday include:
- Dale Ann Bradley (Middlesboro, Kentucky) – bluegrass
Raised in a Primitive Baptist family in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, this acclaimed bluegrass singer transports listeners
with her shimmering voice and personal songwriting.
- E.U. featuring Sugar Bear (Washington, D.C.) – go-go
Led by dynamic front man Gregory “Sugar Bear” Elliott, this legendary group is synonymous with the funky, quintessentially
Washington, D.C., dance music known as go-go.
- Himalayan Heritage Band (Boston, Massachusetts) – Nepal
This virtuosic ensemble provides a vital link for Boston’s growing Nepalese community, bridging their new lives in New England
with their homeland high in the Himalayas.
- Rogelio Ortiz with Eduardo Betancourt (Laurel, Maryland) – música llanera
Lively, fiery, and heartfelt tradition from Colombia and Venezuela has a champion in this singer known as el caballero del canto
nacional (“the gentleman of the national song”).
- Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters (New Orleans, Louisiana) – funk and R&B
The Crescent City’s preeminent funk master is another in that city’s long line of singular musical personalities, adding touches
of soul and jazz to his distinctive rhythm and blues sound.
- Wylie & the Wild West (Conrad, Montana) – cowboy and western music
This world-class yodeler and cowboy singer still lives the life of a working rancher and cutting-horse champion—and is one of
America’s most popular western entertainers.
More performers will be announced as they are confirmed.
The National Folk Festival will run from August 26th through 28th in Downtown Salisbury.