Thanks to all who applied to be food vendors and Marketplace Craft vendors at this year's festival. The application deadlines have expired and final decisions will be made in May 2013.
Planning is already underway for 2013's festival!
Thanks to the thousands of you who came to the river to enjoy great performers like Rosanne Cash, Ralph Stanley, Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro and Hassan Hakmoun. And thank you to our supportive stage sponsors; Altria, NewMarket, Domion, MWV, The Community Foundation, Genworth Financial, Union First Market Bank and The Richmond Times-Dispatch. And many thanks to our wonderful volunteers! And especially our bucketeers who raised a record $106,000! You all helped make us one of the biggest, and in our opinion, the best festival in Virginia!
Check out the 2012 Festival Poster
In a long tradition of having local artists design and illustrate our annual poster, we're pleased to show you this year's colorful edition by Kelly Alder! They'll be available at the festival, and so will Kelly, who will be in the craft marketplace, selling his popular T-shirts and prints!
The Times-Dispatch Folklife stage to honored Virginia’s winners of the National Heritage Fellowship
The 2012 Virginia Folklife Area featured two very special programs. On the Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia Folklife Stage, we celebrated Virginia’s winners of the National Heritage Fellowship, the highest honor the US government can bestow upon a traditional artist. And in the Folklife Traditional Crafts area, the Virginia Folklife Program presented “Fertile Ground: Virginia’s Agricultural Traditions.”
Nationally Recognized Singer-Songwriter Rosanne Cash
to Perform at the 2012 Richmond Folk Festival
August 6, 2012 (Richmond, VA) – The Richmond Folk Festival is pleased to announce that nationally-recognized singer, songwriter and author Rosanne Cash will make a special appearance at the 2012 Festival for one performance only on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
Her own thoughtful, genre-blurring approach, which encompasses country, rock, roots and pop influences, has garnered her a Grammy, twelve Grammy nominations and eleven No. 1 singles. On her 2009 album The List, she recorded twelve songs from the list of “100 essential country songs” that her father compiled for her, and instructed her to learn, when she was 18 and about to join his road show. The List received a Grammy nomination and won the 2010 Americana Music Association album of the year. The author of two books, Cash’s prose and essays have been published in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Oxford-American and New York Magazine, among others. The eldest daughter of country music icon Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash of the legendary Carter Family, Rosanne’s musical and family legacy is rooted in the very beginnings of American country music. READ MORE >>>
It's not all banjoes
Well, there ARE Swedish fiddlers this year, but there are also the kosher gospel of Joshua Nelson, the Delta blues of "James "Super Chikan" Johnson and Haitian mizik twoubadou of Ti-Coca et Wanga-Nègès. Check out the 17 artists that performed in 2012.
Our Family area has always been popular with the younger set, and we're pleased to announce that the theme last year was Wild Safari. Brought to you by the Children's Museum of Richmond and Genworth Financial, families were excited tofind performers, crafts and other goodies.
Check out a gallery of photos by Skip Rowland
The Richmond Folk Festival in 2012 drew more than 200,000 people to downtown Richmond's historic riverfront, making it the largest Folk Fesitval in the country.
SPONSORS: Altria | Dominion | MWV | The Community Foundation | Union First Market Bank | Richmond Times-Dispatch | Genworth Financial | NewMarket | Richmond.com | Loveland Distributing Co | CarMax | City of Richmond | Children's Museum of Richmond | Virginia Commonwealth University | VCU Medical Center | Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU | National Council for the Traditional Arts | Virginia Folklife Program | Wells Fargo | WCVE | Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) | J H I | JAMinc. | House of Hayes | SIR | Hot 100.9 | NBC 12 | K95 | 96.5 KLR | 103.7 the River | Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield | Spring Rock Green | Bond Companies | Hilton Garden Inn | Plan 9 Music | Martin's | GRTC Transit System | Virginia Waste Services | R.M.C. Events Staff | City Ice | VHDA | CW Richmond | National Park Service | Winn Transportation | Usry, Inc. | Precision Recycling Industries of Virginia | Virginia War Memorial | Smartbox | The American Civil War Center | RMA
October 15, 2012
From Cash to Stanley, folk festival a hit again