March 26, 2018
Sisters, OR ~ The Sisters Folk Festival is proud to announce the initial lineup for the annual event, September 7-9, 2018. As one of the most revered acoustic music events in the Pacific Northwest, the Sisters Folk Festival is where “All the Town’s a Stage”, produced in beautiful Sisters, Oregon, with 11 venues throughout town. Festival passes are $150 for adults and $50 for those 18 and under.
In the wake of last year’s event cancellation due to smoke impacts from the Milli Fire and dozens of other fires across the region, the artists represent many from the 2017 lineup, with exciting new additions to add even more depth. The artists bring diverse styles, cultures and genres along with exceptional talent to this year’s Festival. 2018 Artists include songwriters Justin Townes Earle; author and activist Dar Williams; Robbie Fulks; Claire Lynch; leading actor in the film American Folk, Joe Purdy; Portland-based songsmith Haley Heynderickx; Joe Pug; Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin; Chuck Cannon; and Canadian Lindi Ortega. Diverse and entertaining bands include Amy Helm; the highly entertaining and horn-driven stringband The Dustbowl Revival; the hot jazz and Western-swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown; the progressive bluegrass band The Lil Smokies; Toronto-based Afro-Cuban band Battle of Santiago; the indie-leaning The Accidentals; the multiple styles of Banda Magda; the genre-bending Gangstagrass; the outrageously talented Hawaiian swing band Kahulanui; Gulf-Coast roots and Tex-Mex-American sounds of Tremoloco; Phoebe Hunt & the Gatherers, led by fiddler and singer-songwriter Phoebe Hunt, which also comprises the accordion-driven instrumental group Sam Reider & the Human Hands; the creative and adventurous Jon Stickley Trio; and alt-country band Western Centuries, led by Cahalen Morrison.
The Festival will also feature the ragtime, old-time Appalachian mountain music and blues of Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton; Canadian ukulele phenoms James Hill and Anne Janelle; songwriter and claw-hammer banjo player Kaia Kater; Atlanta-based gospel soul-singer Marshall Ruffin; western landscape songs of Martha Scanlan; the dynamic singing of Freddy & Francine; creative interpreters of American music Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons; award-winning songwriter Beth Wood and more. The final lineup will be released by mid-June.
The Festival is also releasing its 2018 poster from artist Dennis McGregor, “A Picker’s Paradise.” Stringed instrument-pickers from around the country and beyond wait in line for their chance to play in Sisters. It’s not just the fresh air, water and scenery, but the community. They are treated by organizers and audience alike in a way that stands out from other festivals. They love Sisters and regard it as a paradise. This year’s poster, inspired by the fruit-crate-label art of yesteryear, celebrates the fertile environment that Sisters has become for fresh Americana music.
The Sisters Folk Festival also hosts the sixteenth-annual Americana Song Academy at Caldera, Sept. 4-7, which has become a pilgrimage for songwriters to learn from the pros and build community through music. Teaching artists for 2018 include: Dar Williams, Joe Purdy, James Hill, The Accidentals, Phoebe Hunt, Brother Roy, Kaia Kater and many more. The energy and creativity produced at the Academy brings special collaborations and musical excellence to the Festival. The Academy is sold out for this year, and registration for the 2019 Academy will open in late 2018.