|Official Poster - 2012 Richmond Folk Festival|
So, to start with, on Friday night I plan to just park myself at the Altria stage for all three of the acts on the main stage that evening and not bother with trying to see anything else. This will include Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll who is playing with the Cape Breton fiddler/pianist Troy MacGillivray at 6:30pm, Cuban band Septeto Nacional de Ignacio Piñeiro at 7:30, and the Morrocan Gnawa music of Hassan Hakmoun at 8:30pm. I’m not sure what Gnawa is like but it’s described as being a spiritual, trance-like, groove music from West Africa. Should be interesting. That’ll do it for Friday.
|View of the Altria Stage - Richmond Folk Festival|
At 5:15pm it will be time to head back over to the RTF Folklife Stage for bluegrass mandolin legend Jesse McReynolds, before checking out Delta Blues band Super Chikan and the Fighting Cocks at 6pm on the Community Foundation stage. At 7pm, I do not want to miss Ti-Coca et Wanga-Nègès, who play rural Haitian music with accordion and banjo in the band - also on the Community Foundation stage. I’ll close out Saturday evening with another accordion act on the Community Foundation Stage: Forró Pé de Serra All Stars, who play forró dance music from Northeast Brazil. David Byrne once described forró as "a mixture of ska with polka in overdrive".
On Sunday, I’ll be at the Community Idea Stations booth near the Altria stage until 3pm (come by and say hello), but I should be done in plenty of time to make it to Banjo Journey: From Africa to America at 3:30pm on the MWV stage. After the banjo workshop, I’m going to make the long trek back across the river and up the hill to the Genworth Family Stage to see my buds The Hot Seats make their Richmond Folk Festival debut at 4:15pm. If I have anything left after that, I’ll try and see a little bit of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys at 5:30pm on the Community Foundation stage before heading home.
|Richmond Folk Festival Map of the festival site|
Even with such a detailed schedule, I’m still missing more than half of the artists who will be performing. For the full list of performers, click here. Don't forget there’s great food vendors as well and you can walk pretty much anywhere with a beer! And oh yeah, this festival is free, as in no ticket cost. That's a pretty good deal.