Booking highlights for the 2015 Festival!
Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade. He is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist, and songwriter, and we’re thrilled to have him and Les Amis Creoles joining us for this year’s festival.
A few more to whet your appetite …
The Amigos deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. Phil Jamison is nationally-known as a dance caller, old-time musician, and flatfoot dancer. David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Fast-emerging Midwestern Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers draw in audiences with soulful generosity, soaring instrumentals, lively harmony vocals & foot stomping sing-alongs. Banjo player and singer Kaia Kater is is an eclectic traditionalist, having quickly gained the attention as one of the most promising young performers in the North American folk world. From New Jersey, John Gorka is a world-renowned singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell.
Much, much more to follow!
The Champaign-Urbana Folk and Roots Festival is an all-volunteer-run, grassroots festival that brings together national, regional and local artists and folk organizations for over 80 high-quality folk performances and participatory activities throughout downtown Urbana. The festival includes performances, dances, instructional sessions, jams, song-circles, family activities, storytelling, instrument-making and much, much more! The festival has a particular interest in evolving and unique forms of folk music and art, especially forms that break down barriers between audience and performers, while also providing the occasion to preserve local traditions and histories.