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National Folk Festival announces Jason Samuels Smith, three other acts
At an event announcing the first eight artists, Julia Olin, executive director of National Council for the Traditional Arts talks about the process of selecting performers. Produced by Ralph Musthaler
Salisbury, MD -- May 2, 2018 --


The National Folk Festival unveiled its third set of artists coming to Salisbury this fall. 

Sept. 7-9, 2018 marks the first of the festival's three-year residency in the city. The 78th National Folk Festival will bring over 350 artists from musicians to dancers to storytellers and craftspeople to downtown Salisbury. More than 25 different musical groups will perform on as many as seven outdoor performance venues throughout downtown, according to a news release.

The newest group of announced performers continues to demonstrate the diversity and wide range of grass-roots folk traditions the National Folk Festival celebrates. From tap to klezmer to Inuit throat singing to blues of the Chesapeake region, the festival is bringing a mix of everything for attendees, according to a news release. 

Check out the newly announced acts below. 

  • Jason Samuels Smith from New York, New York (tap dance)

Smith is one of the most acclaimed tap dancers of his generation and upholds a great American dance tradition with verve and style, according to a news release.   

  • Michael Winograd & the Honorable Mentshn from Brooklyn, New York (klezmer)

This all-star band is fronted by one of today’s premier klezmer clarinetists and is leading the genre's modern renaissance, according to a news release. 

 Nukariik from Ottawa, Ontario (Inuit throat singing)

Inuit throat singing blends breath and voiced sound to create playful, rhythmic melodies and imitations of sounds in nature, according to a news release. 

  • Phil Wiggins Blues House Party from Takoma Park, Maryland (Piedmont blues and dance)

This group's celebration of Piedmont blues music and dance is inspired by the rural house parties of their youth, according to a news release.