The National Folk Festival.
Make your plans now to join us in Salisbury, Maryland, for the National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage.
A free, large-scale three-day outdoor event, the National Folk Festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 350 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, craftspeople and other keepers of culture in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory regional and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more.
Best of all, it’s FREE!
With 35+ groups on seven performance stages—the Maryland Traditions Folklife Area, the Family Activities Area, the Festival Markeplace and the Festival Food Courts—the National Folk Festival offers a jubilant array of experiences for all ages.
The festival embraces the heritage and traditions of all Americans, from those whose families have been here for centuries or millennia, to those who have more recently arrived on our shores. Legendary masters, as well as the next generation of dynamic young artists, celebrate the musical soul and cultural roots of America.
Martin Swinger is an atypical 60-something who can’t stop exploring music, songwriting and singing. Socially conscious, thought provoking and surprisingly entertaining, Martin is celebrated for his fluid voice and engaging delivery. He’s recorded 6 CD’s, won local and national songwriting awards, is a repeat performer at Kerrville Folk Festival and counts among his fans Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Paul Stookey, Billy Jonas, Ezra Idlet, Vance Gilbert and John Waters.
Martin Swinger composes songs about Alzheimer’s, Autism, oysters, dyslexic theology and the adventures of Betty Boop and Buddha – lyrically and melodically illustrating the variety of human emotions with sensitivity, creatively thoughtful stories, a deep appreciation for a good belly laugh, and by igniting wonder in the powerful metamorphosis music inspires in the heart, mind, body and soul. Surprising, humorous, intimate, outrageous, courageous and universal – each unforgettable song is sung with delicacy, skill and the panache of a seasoned, professional performer!
His first ever solo, wrapped in a sheet and standing on a table he’s singing ‘Away In a Manger’ in Mrs. Folendore’s First Grade Christmas play, and Martin felt oddly at home. Martin Swinger continues singing, and that audience of children, mothers, teachers and janitors, administrators, school board chairs and the secretary continues to grow. Listen to Martin live and you’ll know why.
Martin performs 80+ gigs a year sharing award-winning original songs and a surprisingly eclectic mix of covers. Americana, swing & jazz, traditional, show tunes, klezmer, improvisational music… He’s known for his sterling performance and vocal range, brilliant songs delivered well with an engaging stage presence for adult and family audiences.
Mrs. Folendore was pleased with Martin’s performance. You will be, too.
Martin’s new CD, Living Things is finally available! Contact Martin directly email@example.com or visit CDBaby for hard copy or download!
The Richmond Folk Festival is one of Virginia’s largest events, drawing visitors from all over the country to downtown Richmond’s historic riverfront. The Festival is a FREE three-day event that got its start as the National Council for the Traditional Arts’ National Folk Festival, held in Richmond from 2005-2007. The Richmond Folk Festival features performing groups representing a diverse array of cultural traditions on seven stages.