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Nine Years, 100% Folk

Nine Years, 100% Folk

BOSTON, MA – On Saturday September 16 and Sunday September 17, UMass Boston’s WUMB 91.9 F M once again presents the Boston Folk Festival on the waterfront campus of UMass Boston. Now in its ninth year, the WUMB 91.9 Boston Folk Festival offers two full days of live entertainment, including singer-songwriter folk music, blues, bluegrass, and Celtic fiddling-unparalleled variety on four indoor and outdoor stages, including a main stage overlooking Boston Harbor and Dorchester Bay.

Festival-goers will enjoy the Celtic rhythms of Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul and the Cottars, as well as the soulful music of folk legends Richie Havens, Bruce Cockburn, and Jesse Winchester, the western songs of Tish Hinojosa, and the bluesy guitar of Scott Ainslie. Fans of the local music scene will be pleased to see Jennifer Kimball on the roster, along with Fall River native Michael Troy, whose songs evoke the lives of factory workers and fishermen of Massachusetts’ South Coast. Other musicians include the Jake Armerding Band, City of Roses trio, rising local light (and Harvard enthno-musicology major) Liz Carlisle, and ballad weaver Chuck Hall. There will be a tribute to the late social and political crusader, Phil Ochs, marking 30 years since his untimely death. Greg Greenway, Kim & Reggie Harris and Emma’s revolution (Pat Humphries & Sandy O) lend their powerful voices to re-imagine Phil Ochs songs and the entire crowd is invited to join in. Of the four stages, three are outside. Performer sound clips are available at www.bostonfolkfestival.com.

Kids’ Activities: Mooville, Stormy the Duck, Arts and Crafts.

This year, Mooville, Stoneyfield Farm Yogurt’s mobile tour, cosponsored by the American Farmland Trust will be a part of the Boston Folk Festival. Mooville features a talking cow, performances for children, and children’s activities that teach about organic farming. The Festival also features Stormy the Duck, a big yellow duck with a big green message. Far from any bathtub, this fifteen-foot tall rubber-ducky is the official mascot for the Think Again. Think Blue campaign.(www.thinkagainthinkblue.org) The festival will also provide a kids’ arts and crafts area with activities for children. Making a DifferenceLast year we collected more than 150 pounds of food for the poor. This year, for the third year in a row, UMass Boston’s Golden Key Society students will be staffing a booth to collect canned goods and dry food at the Festival to donate to the Greater Boston Food Bank. This year, UMass Boston’s Women’s Center will collect used cell phones to donate to the Jane Doe Donate a Phone Campaign.WUMB 91.9 FMThe Boston Folk Festival is a production of Folk Radio WUMB in cooperation with UMass Boston. WUMB broadcasts from studios located at UMass Boston, which serves as the central hub for a network of five public radio stations in Boston, Worcester, Falmouth, Orleans and Newburyport, Massachusetts. WUMB’s 24-hour-a-day broadcast can also be heard via the web at www.wumb.org.