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Montana Folk Festival

The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [Friday, Saturday] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

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.

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!

A sign at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. The 2018 Montana Folk Festival takes place July 13-15 in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

Montana Public Radio will broadcast live from the 2018 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT, July 13-15. Festival Director George Everett stopped by to give a preview of the upcoming music festival.

Despite the name "Folk Festival," the music isn't "a songwriter with a guitar," Everett says. "What that means is music of the people. Traditional music that goes back generations. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco; the genres stay the same, but we try to have the performers be different to represent those genres every year."

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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