The Montana Folk Festival has announced its final line up of performers this summer. The folk festival added another eleven performers bringing the list to 22 according to George Everett with Mainstreet Uptown Butte.
Musicians are coming from all over the United States including New York and New Orleans.
Everett said there is going to be a wide variety of music. He said they believe this year will top all the previous festivals.
"I hope that people agree with us we think we've topped ourselves this time here we think it's better than last year and previous years even. So we're hoping people agree when they see who's coming it's a great bunch of performers," Everett said.
The theme for the Montana Folk Festival this year is ?Transportation? with a focus on trains and the railroad.
The festival is July 13-15 and is free to the public.
Full list and more information about performers provided by Mainstreet Uptown Butte:
The final group of performers now confirmed for the Montana Folk Festival includes:
Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders New Orleans Jazz New Orleans, LA www.donvappie.com Born into a Creole family in 1956, Don Vappie grew up with the music of his elegant culture. His relatives include early jazz greats Papa John Joseph and Willie "Kaiser" Joseph. He started playing music as a young boy, first on piano and then mastering a number of instruments, including bass and guitar, before settling on the tenor banjo as his favored instrument. He has played, toured and recorded with such jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and Dr. Michael White. These days the banjo player fronts his own band, the Creole Jazz Serenaders. The multi-talented Papa Don Vappie plays tenor and six-string banjo, guitar, bass, vocals, and washboard. Vappie, who hosts a traditional jazz show on the renowned New Orleans radio station WWOZ, possesses a wealth of information about traditional jazz. That knowledge came to rare fruition in a project that began in 1998, when he was approached by jazz producer Robert Parker. Working with newly discovered material by King Oliver, the two set about re-creating the music and feel of that era in jazz history when Louis Armstrong was the new kid on the block in Oliver's band. The result is a monumental work entitled In Search of King Oliver. It was recorded live at St. Joan of Arc's Church in New Orleans. Drawing on their cultural imprinting, the Creole Serenaders capture the rhythm and feel of that golden era of jazz.
Volskaya Russian Duo Russian folk New York, NY www.tamaravolskaya.com/russianDuo.html The Volskaya Russian duo is a collaboration of husband and wife performers Tamara Volskaya and Anatoly Trofimov. Together, Volskaya and Trofimov comprise one of the most remarkable musical duos in the world. Winners of international and national competitions, they have toured throughout Russia, Europe, Canada, Australia, Japan, and have recorded several CDs. Volskaya is considered to be one of the leading contemporary performers on the domra, a member of the lute family, a four stringed plucked instrument that resembles the Italian mandolin. Volskaya is a Merited Artist of Russia, a Laureate of the USSR competition, and a Professor at the Mussorgsky Ural State Conservatory of Yekaterinburg, Russia. Anatoly Trofimov is a bayan (button accordion) virtuoso, music teacher, and prolific composer. He has composed and arranged many works for domra and bayan, folk ensembles, and orchestras. His compositions have been published and performed throughout Russia and he has appeared as guest artist in France, Germany, Hungary, and Finland. Trofimov is widely recognized as one of the greatest bayan accompanists in the world and he is also the talented arranger of a great number of the duo?s pieces. Volskaya and Trofimov established the ?Russian Carnival? ensemble in New York, which has gained great popularity, not only in the Russian community, but among music lovers of all genres. The Russian Duo has extensively toured in Canada, Spain, Israel, Russia, and Japan. Most recently, the duo has performed in the US at venues in Arizona, Texas and Florida. This will be their first performance in Montana.
Plena Libre Puerto Rican Plena and Bomba New York, NY www.plenalibre.com Plena Libre erupted onto Puerto Rico's musical scene in 1994, with a music that was fresh, danceable, and experimental, but rooted in the traditional century-old genre: the Puerto Rican plena. At a time when the Latin commercial music scene was mostly centered on salsa and ballads, founder and bandleader Gary Nuñez formed the group with a clear mission in mind: To reinvent and update the genre and bring it onto the modern dance floor. Bass player, composer and arranger Nuñez's love affair with Puerto Rico's native music began much before Plena Libre. In 1975, while the Latin world was tuned to salsa, he began to study Puerto Rico's music traditions, learned to play the cuatro and formed a group that developed moliendo vidrio, Puerto Rico's version of the Latin American nueva cancion music movement. Nuñez later created Caribe Jazz, a project that fused jazz idioms with Afro-Rican rhythms, and in 1994 he formed Plena Libre. Plena Libre's first recording, Juntos y Revueltos captured the imagination of Puerto Ricans and the group has since recorded 10 more albums. The band's fiery live performances often feature the panderos making their way through the audience playing the drums as they head to join the other band members onstage. The band's repertoire remains the plena and the bomba, a mix of new and classic compositions. To the basic plena ensemble featuring the panderos, Nuñez added bass, keyboards, timbales, congas, four trombones and, on Evolucion (2005), a baritone sax. The style draws on both the traditional and the modern, and the arrangements mix in other Caribbean rhythms. Add to that some jazz, horns and dance-floor tempos and you have the sound of Plena Libre, nominated for several Latin Grammys, ACE Awards, and general Grammys over the years.
Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers with special guest Lance Lipinsky Rockabilly Little Rock, AR and Chicago, IL www.legendarypacers.com/ www.lancelipinsky.com Rockabilly pioneers Sonny Burgess and the Legendary Pacers Band trace their roots back to the same studio that first recorded Elvis Presley. Formed in 1955 at Newport, Arkansas, they had five singles on SUN Records. They also had a hit in 1965 on Razorback Records with "The Short Squashed Texan". They were pioneers of rock and roll and traveled with Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Elvis Presley, Danny and the Juniors, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Ronnie Hawkins, Billy Lee Riley, Ace Cannon, Charlie Rich, and many more. In 2002, they were inducted into the Rockabilly Hall Of Fame In Jackson, Tennessee and the Rock and Soul Museum in Memphis features a section on the Pacers. At the Montana Folk Festival they will be joined by special guest Lance Lipinsky on keyboards. Lipinsky is a phenomenon who channels Jerry Lee Lewis on stage in appearance but more importantly in his skills on the piano. Lipinsky grew up near Austin, Texas and then moving to Las Vegas. After a few years of traveling and touring Lipinsky has made himself known in the world of Rockabilly. Through Rockabilly music festivals and the internet, Lance embraced this underground scene that is surprisingly made up of young people from around the world. Since 2010, Lance has played the role of Jerry Lee Lewis in the Tony Award winning musical, "the Million Dollar Quartet." The production is still currently in progress at the Apollo theatre in Chicago.
Harmonia Eastern European Folk Cleveland, OH http://www.harmoniaband.com/ Harmonia presents the traditional folk music of eastern Europe and its repertoire reflects the varied cultures of this region. Performing on authentic folk instruments, and styled after turn of the century East-European Gypsy bands, their music is drawn from both the urban and rural traditions of Eastern-Europe. The ensemble's performances evoke the full range of emotions; interspersing fiery, passionate virtuosity with soulful melancholy and nostalgic yearning. The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds; in Harmonia they have found a common musical language. Harmonia brings to the concert stage the vitality and excitement of ethnic weddings, celebrations, and smoky cafés that inspired classical composers such as Bartok, Brahms and Lizst. Whether performing in these traditional settings or in concert halls, Harmonia's members stay close to their roots. The six-piece ensemble uses instruments as varied as accordion, upright bass, violin, panflute, and cimbalom (the East-European 125 string hammered dulcimer). Capturing the emotion, depth, fire and passion of Eastern Europe; Harmonia?s rhythms move in a heartbeat from mellow and dissonant to loud and frenzied. The musicians come from varied East-European backgrounds, finding a common musical language in Harmonia. Their technical brilliance only adds to Harmonia?s performances include dizzying cimbalom solos, soaring violin lines, haunting flute and accordion solos and soulful vocals. As well as being polished performers, Harmonia?s members are adept at explaining their music and culture ? the ensemble is equally at home on the concert stage and in workshop settings.
Deep River Rising Traditional Appalachian Fairview, NC www.davidholt.com/details/about/shows/deep-river-rising/ www.bryansutton.com/ Formed in 2011, Deep River Rising is a super group that consists of three of the most renowned musicians and storytellers in the tradition of Doc Watson. Grammy Award winners David Holt, Bryan Sutton, and T. Michael Coleman have each been inspired by and performed with Doc Watson over the years and continue to honor his musical genius. Individually and collectively, Deep River Rising brings new creativity to an ageless tradition of swapping stories and trading tunes that honor the history and heritage of North Carolina music. For more than three decades, David Holt's passion for traditional music and culture has fueled a successful performing and recording career. He has earned four Grammy Awards and performed and recorded with many of his mentors. Bryan Sutton seemed to come out of nowhere as part of Ricky Skaggs' return to bluegrass in 1997. In the fall of 2000, Sutton was honored by the International Bluegrass Music Association as "Guitar Player of the Year;" he went on to win the award again in 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006; he received the honor again in 2011. T. Michael Coleman was the bass player for the popular bluegrass band The Seldom Scene from 1986 until 1995, when Coleman joined Moondi Klein and Mike Auldridge to form the band Chesapeake. Coleman has also recorded with Marty Stuart, Mike Auldridge, and others; he is also a composer and producer in his own right - his musical career spans more than 30 years.
Little Southern Cree Native American Drumming Box Elder, MT www.myspace.com/southerncree Rocky Boy-based Southern Cree is on the cutting edge of Native American drum music. The members of Southern Cree are Harlan Baker, lead singer, Clement Baker Jr., Keith Gopher, Wyatt Delora, Cliffton Goodwill, Curtis Seeseequaris, Little Bear Watson, Glenn Eagleman, Ben Wisespirit and Rod Sutherland. From February to fall, the group performs at more than 30 powwows around the continent. The group has recorded six albums. Southern Cree's song "Men's Grass" was among those on a compilation album called "Gathering of Nations" that won a Grammy in the Best Native American Album category. Southern Cree reflects a centuries-old Native American tradition of drumming and singing. Most groups consist of about 10 singers, who are seated in a circle around a large drum. Each singer has a drumstick, which are beat in unison as they sing. As the volume of the song changes, so does the beat of the drums. The singers alternate between rapid and slow beats, sometimes striking the drum very hard, other times barely tapping it. The result is that a group of 10 singers produce a wide variety of songs and sounds using only their voices and a single drum. Singing groups are divided into two categories: contemporary and traditional. Southern Cree uses a contemporary style. The style emerged in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and includes the use of lyrics in songs, a rapid drum beat and high-pitched vocals as opposed to traditional style which is slower than most contemporary music, and the vocal parts of the songs do not contain words.
Sound of My Soul Ajerbijian and Iranian Folk Herndon, VA www.kamancha.com Sound of My Soul is the duo of Imamyar Hasanov, an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancha, an ancient stringed musical instrument of Azerbaijan played with a bow. Various kinds of kamancha are famous among the peoples of the Eastern and Middle Asia. Hasanov is accompanied by Pejman Hadadi on the tombak, middle eastern hand drums. Hasanov is highly regarded for his versatility as a arranger, bridging the vast divide between his traditional scales and those of other cultures. Hasanov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan. He started playing the kamancha at the age of 7 and eventually became the youngest soloist in Azerbaijan's National Music Instruments Orchestra. He has a Master's Degree in Art and Music from the Azerbaijan State Conservatory named after Uzeyir Hajibeyov. Hasanov is a dynamic virtuoso who performs Azerbaijani and Middle Eastern traditional improvisations as well as European classics for the first time as a kamancha soloist. Imamyar Hasanov is the winner of various national and classical music competitions in Azerbaijan and has participated in several music festivals all over the world. Pejman Hadadi is considered the finest Iranian percussionist in the West. He began playing tombak at the age of ten with the masters of the instrument Asadollah Hejazi and Bahman Rajabi. In 1990, upon immigration to the United States, he began his professional career, performing and recording with ensembles of Persian c1assical music as well as Indian, Turkish and American musicians.
Special musical guest in the Montana Family Area -- James Coffey Children's train songs Muncie, IN www.jamescoffey.com/ In 1994, after 12 years of being a music educator, Jim resigned his teaching position and began devoting all his time and efforts to composing, recording and performing quality original music for children of all ages. In 1995 he released his first project "Waddle Penguin" which has received outstanding reviews from and iIn 1996 he composed and recorded the theme "Always Be Kind" for the children's television show "The Kind Club" which aired on The Learning Channel. This series won the 1997 "Hometown Video Festival Award" in the category of children's programs. Out of 305 cities and over 1,423 entries The Kind Club, which teaches the importance of kindness and courtesy to all living creatures, received first place in the children's category. Jim has also worked closely with TM Books & Video, one of the nation's leading producers of train and toy train videos, on several productions including "Toy Trains & Christmas" which received national attention when segments were aired on "The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder". TM's latest production "I Love Toy Trains 4", features 9 original songs written and recorded by James Coffey. Jim's second CD project entitled "Come Ride Along With Me" featuring many songs from the "I Love Toy Trains" series as well as many favorites from his recent performances. Coffey will be performing his train songs for the delight of younger attendees in the Family Area during the Montana Folk Festival.
Special musical guest in the Montana Folklife Area -- Fast Rattler Portland, OR www.fastrattler.com Fast Rattler, fronted by Utah Phillip?s son Brendan Phillips craft their own versions of Utah's songs and set his poems to music. Fast Rattler?s full-length debut ?Linger On: Celebrating the Songs of Utah Phillips,? was released in 2011. The band?s follow-up EP, "Hands on the Plow,? focuses on original material and new arrangements of traditional folk songs. While Utah's music is a large part of Fast Rattler?s repertoire, the band has won audiences over with their own original material and renditions of cherished classics. The members of Fast Rattler are distinguished by versatility and a reverence for Utah?s legacy ? the ensemble easily shape shifts in order to bring the music to as many listening situations as possible. In their approach, Fast Rattler embodies Utah?s vision - that folk music is a river in constant flux, to be added to and taken from, but always poured back ? so it can flow downstream to the next generation. The power of his songs and the human concerns of his songs and stories, teach us to see where we have come from and envision a world of possibilities. The members of Fast Rattler hold this belief and are dedicated to sharing, collecting, and writing music in an effort to help build a better world.
Previously announced groups to perform at the Montana Folk Festival in 2012: The Claire Lynch Band -- Bluegrass Hot Club of Cowtown ? Western Swing Diunna Greenleaf and Blue Mercy Band -- Blues Roan Mountain Hilltoppers -- Old Time Corey Ladet and his Zydeco Band -- Zydeco Samba Ngo -- Congolese Joshua Nelson -- Gospel Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac -- Cape Breton Celtic San Francisco Taiko -- Japanese Taiko Paul Dahlin -- Swedish Fiddle Dallas Chief Eagle -- Lakota Hoop Dancer Hula Halau 'o Keikiali'i -- Sacred Hula Joan Soriano -- Dominican Bachata
Rounding out the 2012 festival program are dozens of folklife demonstrators, instructors and performers in the Family Area and Montana Folklife Area, and these will be announced along with the performance schedule for the entire festival in the coming weeks.