SUNDAY, September 30th

Youssoupha Sidibe



Grammy nominated Senegalese Master Kora player Youssoupha Sidibe performs ancient African Harp styles blended with Sufi devotional chanting and western music creating a unique musical expression that he has shared around the world.

 “Sidibe’s dexterous playing is like hearing a snippet of ancient, musical history brought back to life” –Morena Duwe -Jumpsuit

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August 8

Tim Eriksen

RELOCATED to Wesley United Methodist Church

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Experimentalist and ethnomusicologist, Eriksen is "widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio), and "among the world's finest folk practitioners" (Toronto Star). Erikson combines hair-raising vocals with savvy arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto. His music transforms American tradition with a "northern roots" sound that embraces old New England ballads, “shape-note” gospel and haunted originals alongside Southern Appalachian and Irish songs. 

“A storyteller at heart, with a distinctive, unvarnished voice.” –The Washington Post

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June 20th



Zikina plays an exciting fusion of Ugandan folk music with contemporary influences.  Ampeire draws you in with traditional East African vocals and instruments including enanga, adungu, and kalimba - all of which he builds himself.  Mike Cardozo, Roston Kirk and Kade Parkin ensconce Gideon’s vocals within a sonic landscape that flows seamlessly from intense grooves to joyous dance beats to dreamy textures with Gideon's vocals cutting powerfully through the fabric or floating lightly above.

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June 27



July 11

José Gonzales and Criollo Clasico


July 18th

Josée Vachon 


SayReal, a fusion of young musical revolutionaries and soul-searchers who embody a strong musical lineage and ignite a vibration of Reggae, Rock and meaningful lyric that narrate the lives of those listening.  Founded in L.A. by Northampton native sister/brother Naia Kete and Imani Elija they have made a mark on the national scene with Naia’s top ten The Voice appearances.  

"We champion integrity, strive to be examples of sincerity and honor the truth within ourselves."

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Criollo Clasico performs contemporary rhythms of Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.  Led by José Gonzales, one of today’s foremost exponents of Caribbean music, they are acclaimed for their original compositions featuring the cuatro.  Joined by sons Ahmed, a flute sensation, and multi-percussionist Rene this family is one of the most prestigious music ensembles of Puerto Rico.

 “Full of rhythms, flowing melodies and masterly guitar playing.” – Union News

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Award winning Franco-American singer/songwriter and former host of Bonjour! performs traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia with energy, charm and a bit of clogging.  Vachon’s joie de vivre is synonymous with French music in New England, singing a variety of French styles and carrying on the traditions.

“A true chanteuse whose flying feet will heat up the hall while her voice melts your heart."    -The Valley Advocate, Amherst, MA

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Wednesday Folk Traditions is funded, in part, by grants from: the Marion I. And Otto C. Kohler Memorial Fund at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts; the Amherst and Hadley Cultural Councils, local agencies, Eversource Energy, supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; and with generous support from many local businesses.