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79th National Folk Festival Reveals First Eight Performers

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SALISBURY, MD (February 27, 2019) – The National Folk Festival revealed today the first eight performers who will be featured in the 79th National Folk Festival, which will take place in downtown Salisbury, September 6 – 8, 2019. This will be the second year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury. On hand at the announcement were government leaders and planners ... Read More »

NCTA Announces Selection of New Executive Director

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SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND. The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lora Bottinelli has been selected as the organization’s new executive director.  Bottinelli is a skilled and experienced arts leader, administrator, fundraiser and folklorist who comes to the NCTA following a 16-year career at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury University, ... Read More »

78th National Folk Festival Draws 63,000 Attendees to Downtown Salisbury

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SILVER SPRING, MD—The National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA), Salisbury Mayor Jake Day, and National Folk Festival Local Manager Caroline O’Hare are excited to announce that attendance estimates have been tallied: the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Maryland, drew approximately 63,000 attendees in its inaugural year. “It’s an unequivocal success,” said Mayor Jake Day. “We expected to draw record ... Read More »

NCTA Online Benefit Auction is LIVE! (until midnight Sunday, 3/18)

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LINK to benefit auction site: https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/ncta-benefit-auction-4229. Via phone: Text the word “NCTA” to “88793” to register and bid Our March 14 benefit concert may have sold out in just 7 hours, but everyone—attendees and non-attendees alike—can participate in our online benefit auction, with proceeds to benefit the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA). Bid on a vintage Martin guitar, ... Read More »

First Eight Performers Announced for 78th National Folk Festival

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Salisbury, MD – The National Folk Festival announced today the first group of artists who will be performing in downtown Salisbury from September 7 – 9, 2018. The 78th National Folk Festival in 2018 marks the first year of the event’s three-year residency in Salisbury. Approximately 350 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the National Folk Festival, with ... Read More »

March 14: Artists Gather for NCTA Benefit Concert in D.C.

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Celebrating and supporting the work of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, Masters of American Music brings together a group of exceptional musicians whose artistry is rooted in the American experience. Featuring Jerry Douglas, Amanda Shires and Jason Isbell, artists that stand at the artistic apex of their respective musical worlds, the concert also introduces some amazing younger musicians: ... Read More »