A World of Musicians Descend on Lowell, MA

By Edgar B. Herwick III

July 26, 2012
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J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices play at the Lowell Folk Festival on Friday.

BOSTON — I don’t know about you, but my sense is that when you say “folk music” most people think of acoustic guitars, a singer or two, maybe something vaguely "old-timey" like a dulcimer or a fiddle. And sure, that certainly is a kind of folk music. But its just one kind.

Think about it. There is a whole world out there: Hundreds of languages and countries, cultures and traditions. And those folks have music too. So if you want to get a heaping helping of that kind of folk music this weekend there is perhaps no other place on Earth better than Lowell, Massachusetts. For the 26th year running, an entire world of music will be ringing out from Boardinghouse Park during the Lowell Folk Festival. Oh, and the whole thing...it's free. 

Hear Julia Olin, Executive Director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts and Scott McLennan, Music journalist for the Boston Globe and WGBH Arts discuss this years lineup with me on Boston Public Radio.


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