Wednesday Folk Traditions 2017 Listing

This year is the 36th season of the Wednesday Folk Traditions . As always performances are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm. in the Sunken Garden at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum. Admission is $12, $2 children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museum grounds starting at 5:00 pm.


June 7  

“The Art of Steele:” A Blues Tribute in Memory of Art Steele, sound engineer and backbone to the WFT series for over thirty years, featuring powerhouse vocalist Evelyn Harris with Billy Arnold, John Mason and Dave Piccchi.

June 14

Viva Quetzal plays an astonishing array of exotic and familiar instruments and folkloric themes that create a link between the rain forests of Central and South America, the carnivals of Brazil, the high plateaus of the Andes, and the urban barrios of Latin America and the United States. 

June 21   

Rebelle, intergenerational and intercultural, perform inspirational and meditative original Roots reggae in four languages: Wolof, Creole, French and English. Mystical chants mix with pulsing tribal rhythms, guitar and tight harmonies.

June 28  

Youssoupha Sidibe and Charles Neville - legendary Grammy winning saxophone virtuoso known as “The Horn Man” joins the Grammy nominated Senegalese Master Kora player combining New Orleans with Reggae and ancient African Harp styles. 

July 12  

The Amherst Area Gospel Choir who continue Boyer’s tradition of bringing gospel to all with a compilation of songs deriving from slave spirituals, African Diaspora, Tommy Dorsey’s Big Band hits, Boyer’s original music, and contemporary pieces. Our 36th annual Gospel performance.

July 19

Zikina, featuring Uganda native Gideon Ampeire, plays an exciting fusion of Ugandan folk music with contemporary influences. Ampeire draws you in with traditional East African instruments including enanga, adungu, and kalimba - all of which he builds himself. The group weave a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures. Gideon's vocals can cut powerfully through the fabric or float lightly above.

July 26

Layaali Arabic Music Ensemble perform traditional music of the Arab world preserving the rich legacy of Arabic culture through soulful vocals, haunting rhythms, hypnotic instrumental improvisations, and electrifying percussion.