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“Moving to the North Carolina Folk Festival can focus a little more on North Carolina’s unique role in Southern and American music,” she said.

She would like to introduce new musicians to this audience and support their work. Like Giddens, these guest actors offer both music and insight into history.

Among them: Amythyst Kiah, an old country and blues singer-songwriter from Tennessee; Robyn Watson, a Philadelphia tap dancer; Francesco Turrisi, an Italian pianist and drummer; Matt Olwell, a Virginia dancer and flute player, and scholars studying the banjo. Only Kiah was previously announced.

A performance will accompany Turrisi and Watson with Giddens and their singer, Greensboros Lalenja Harrington.

Another will introduce some members of her regular band, including local singer and instrumentalist Eric Robertson.

On August 11, she and Turrisi will open for Mary Chapin Carpenter at Wolf Trap, Virginia.

With such a busy schedule, Giddens said, she was “happy but tired. I look forward to having some time to do things and not be on the plane. “

Her career “is better than I could have imagined because I now have a mission like this,” she said. “I feel like I’m here or trying to create a platform or highlight it. It means that I feel like I have a purpose. I think that’s the best thing to do as a performer. “

Contact Dawn DeCwikiel-Kane at 336-373-5204 and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.

NC Folk Festival

Here’s a quick rundown of the three-day festival in downtown Greensboro, September 7-9:

NC Makers Marketplace

Over 50 artists and artisans from more than 30 cities in North Carolina, representing traditions from the Atlantic coast to the Blue Ridge Mountains, have been selected to showcase their work and products at the festival.


The following artists have been announced for this year’s festival:

Amythyst Kiah: An alto country and blues singer / songwriter from Johnson City, Tenn.

Big Bang Boom: Greensboro’s own three-part power pop band from fathers playing kindie music.

Donna Washington: Internationally known storyteller and spoken word speaker from Durham.

Sona Jobarteh: The first female kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family. The kora is an African harp with 21 strings.

Jarekus Singleton: This Mississippi singer blends hip hop pun, rock energy, and R&B grooves with contemporary and traditional blues.

Big Sam’s Funky Nation: Sam and his band Funky Nation, known to television audiences for their recurring roles on the acclaimed HBO series “Treme,” play a mix of funk, jazz, rock and hip-hop.

Wesli: Performs a fusion of Afro-Beat, Reggae and Haitian Rara. He and his band play on his handcrafted guitars.

The employer: This Latin American marching band from Lima, Peru is rooted in the tradition of the “Fiestas Populares” or city fairs that are common in rural villages across Latin America.

The embers: Beach Music: One of the most famous, successful and longstanding bands that play beach music.

Brazilian trio: This Grammy-nominated trio plays traditional Brazilian choral music.

Water wind: The Puerto Rican group combines the traditional Afro-Puerto Rican rhythms of bomba and plena with other Afro-Caribbean styles and jazz.

Kristyn Harris: Western swing, country, yodelling

The Fitzgeralds: Ottawa Valley violins and step dance

Shashmaqam: Jewish Bukharan music from Central Asia.

Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury and Naren Budhkar: Indian sitar and tabla.

Nathan and The Zydeco Cha Chas: Zydeco, fast and furious accordion driven dance music.

John Jorgenson Quintet: Gypsy Jazz: Jorgenson was born and raised in Wisconsin. He is considered the “US ambassador of Gypsy Jazz”.

voluntary work

Want to help? The organizers hope to fill around 1,800 volunteer shifts for this year’s festival and expect around 1,000 people to volunteer. The average volunteer shift is three hours. Sign up at

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