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Richmond Folk Festival Announces Dates,
Performances for 2015

For Immediate Release                                                                
June 10, 2015
Press contact: Kelly Vance                                                  


RICHMOND, Va.- Venture Richmond is pleased to announce that the Richmond Folk Festival will return the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.

The free, 3-day event attracts upwards of 100,000 festival lovers to the downtown Richmond riverfront each year to enjoy performances by folk and traditional artists from around the world. With seven stages for music and dance, a robust Virginia Folklife demonstration area, a bustling marketplace, a wildly-popular Family Area, and an eclectic mix of food offerings, it’s no surprise that the festival remains the most popular of its kind in the country.

“Our local programming committee has once again put together an amazing roster of artists,” said festival director Lisa Sims. “We’re extremely excited about this year’s festival and will announce additional acts later this summer, including a few surprises.”

Among the artists to be featured at the 2015 Richmond Folk Festival are:

  • The Alt (Irish) New York, North Carolina, and Scotland
  • The Bruce Daigrepont Cajun Band (Cajun)New Orleans and Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana
  • The Campbell Brothers [sacred steel guitar (African American gospel)] Rochester, New York
  • Shemekia Copeland (blues) Chicago, Illinois
  • Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass (bluegrass) Delaware and Pennsylvania
  • Deacon John’s Jump Blues (jump blues) New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Grupo Rebolú (Colombian)New York, New York
  • Ensemble Shanbehzadeh (Afro-Persian music and dance) Paris, France

Click here for extended bios, plus audio and video samples.

Additional performers, including those to be featured on the Virginia Folklife Stage and activities and artists to be featured in the Family Area (produced by the Children’s Museum of Richmond), will be announced later this summer.

The Richmond Folk Festival’s budget remains at about $1.4 million each year and is largely supported by corporate sponsorships, private donations and volunteer hours.

“It’s incredibly rewarding to see the festival continue to thrive in Richmond” Sims said. “It brings people together from all over the region and we’re grateful for our ongoing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts, our amazing and steadfast volunteers, and community partners who make it possible to carry on this important Richmond tradition,” Sims said.

Sponsors for this year’s festival include Altria, Dominion, The Community Foundation, CarMax, Genworth, the Richmond Times­Dispatch/, MWV, Union Bank and Trust, New Market Corporation, VCU and VCU Health System, University of Richmond, and Loveland. To learn more about the Richmond Folk Festival visit


About The Richmond Folk Festival

The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia's largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond's historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005-2007. In the tradition of the "National," the Richmond Folk Festival features excellent performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages. The festival includes continuous music and dance performances, a Virginia Folklife Area featuring ongoing demonstrations, an interactive Family Area produced by the Children's Museum of Richmond, a folk art marketplace, regional and ethnic foods, festival merchandise and more. More information is available at

About Venture Richmond

The Festival is produced by Venture Richmond, in a continuing partnership with the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), the City of Richmond, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, the National Park Service, The American Civil War Center, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Venture Richmond is a non-profit organization formed to engage business and community leaders in partnering with the City to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly Downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events. Venture Richmond also produces such long-standing and signature community events as Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers, RVA Fireworks on the James, and the 2nd Street Festival, and partners with the Richmond Sportsbackers to co-produce Dominion Riverrock. For more information visit

About the National Council for the Traditional Arts

The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation and documentation of folk and traditional arts in the United States. Founded in 1933, it is the nation's oldest folk arts organization. The NCTA presents the nation's very finest traditional artists in festivals, tours, international cultural exchanges, workshops, demonstrations and exhibitions, media productions, school programs, and other activities. It works in partnership with communities across America to establish new, sustainable traditional arts events that deliver lasting social, cultural and economic benefits. For more about the NCTA, visit

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