The Festival Theme is “Celebrating Louisiana’s Folk Music.” Along with music, food, crafts, narrative sessions and demonstrations will be featured.
Tickets are $11 for a two-day pass, available in advance only, $8 for all events on Saturday or $5 for a one-time evening pass to all events after 5 p.m.
Among the featured musical groups will be Richard Smith and Julie Adams, Jesus Rhythm, Briggs Brown and the Bayou Cajuns, Yvette Landry, Cajun on Demand, Max and Marcy, The LaCour Trio, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Reverend Charley’s Patent Medicine Show, Ray Abshire, the Caddo Creek Band, Feufollet, Kenny Bill Stinson and the Ark-La Mystics, Henry Gray and the Cats, the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Hardrick Rivers and the Rivers Revue Band and Reasonable Facsimile.
Narrative sessions will feature many of the Festival’s musical acts, who will combine interviews with informal performances. The sessions will feature Reasonable Facsimile, Feufollet, Henry Gray and the Cats, the Caddo Creek Band, the Louisiana Purchase Bluegrass Band, Goldman Thibodeaux and the Lawtell Playboys, Ray Abshire, Kenny Bill Stinson and the Ark-La Mystics and Ron Yule, who will discuss 20th century fiddle music styles in Louisiana.
The Annual Louisiana State Fiddle Championship will also be part of the Festival. The Fiddle Championship will be held July 21 at 1 p.m. in Magale Recital Hall. There will be a non-championship class for those 12 and under, 13-18 and 60 above and a championship class for those 21 and under, 22-59 and age 60 and above. Registration is at noon in the second floor foyer outside Magale Recital Hall.
At 11:30 a.m., fiddler Ron Yule and the Medicare String Band will present a program, “A History of Louisiana Fiddling: Styles and Genres.”
The new state fiddle champion will perform Saturday afternoon at the Folk Festival.
Three dozen craftspeople have been invited to display their traditional work on Saturday and discuss their work with those attending the Festival. Craftspeople are expected to display beadwork, baskets, instruments, Pysanky eggs, bull whips, iron work, quilts and bonnet, whittling and needlework, wood carving, toys, dolls, paintings, sculpture, walking sticks and more.
Support for the Festival is provided by grants from the Department of Culture, Recreation, & Tourism: Louisiana Division of the Arts --Shreveport Regional Arts Council, the Natchitoches Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Natchitoches Historic District Development Commission, the Cane River National Heritage Area and the National Endowment for the Arts.
For more information, call (318) 357-4332 or go to louisianafolklife.nsula.edu.