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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

2018 Montana Folk Festival Preview Special

Jul 9, 2018
The Original Stage at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

MTPR's Cole Grant hosts an exploration of the great music coming up July 13-15 at the Montana Folk Festival. Malian desert blues, Tennessee acapella gospel and Montana swing are just a few of the great genres represented at this year’s festival in Butte, MT. Tune in now to get to know some of the artists on the lineup for this weekend's festival.

Watch: Sapphire Trio Live From Studio B

Jul 9, 2018

The Sapphire Trio is Maxine Ramey, clarinet; Margaret Nichols-Baldridge, violin; Jody Graves, piano. They joined us to play live from Studio B, July 6, 2018. Here they are playing part of movement 4 of "Sunny Days" for clarinet, violin and piano by Rick Sowash.

Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

The Montana Folk Festival is coming up July 13 - 15 in Butte, and you can listen live on Montana Public Radio!

Don't miss the excitement of one of the largest free outdoor music festivals in the Northwest. Tune in live on MTPR Friday and Saturday for music from the Original Stage, including Wylie & The Wild West, Annika Chambers, Treme Brass band, the Fairfield Four, and more!

Highlights From The 2017 Montana Folk Festival

Jun 18, 2018
Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo perform at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

We heard music from all over the country and the world during the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Consider this the highlight reel from MTPR's live broadcasts from the festival.

In the first hour, you'll hear Cajun and Acadian music from Bruce Daigrepont of Metarie, LA; the North Carolina-based gospel brass shout band, Cedric Mangum and Company; and the Ethiopian jazz of Washington, D.C.'s Feedel Band. In the second half of the program, we'll feature reggae from Seattle-based Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band; Chicago blues from Toronzo Cannon; and the Texas-style triple-fiddles and harmonies of The Quebe Sisters.

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