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Sisters Folk Festival fills Sisters with music

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Poster by Dennis McGregor

All the town’s a stage each September as music lovers from around the world come to town for a unique community experience — the nationally renowned Sisters Folk Festival.

At nine venues nestled right in downtown Sisters September 5-7, 2014, audiences get an up-close-and-personal encounter with some of the finest artists in roots music.

The ability to stroll through town from venue to venue is part of the charm of the Sisters Folk Festival (SFF), which brings people from all over the Unite States and Canada back to Sisters year after year.

“The festival is unique in using venues all across town within walking distance,” says SFF Executive Director Brad Tisdel.

The setting allows audiences to have an intimate connection with outstanding musicians in genres ranging from blues to folk to Celtic to bluegrass and every shade in between. Some of it’s quiet and reflective and touches the soul; some of it’s raucous and demands that you get up and dance.

“It makes for a unique and totally rewarding experience,” Tisdel says.

Whether you come to dance or to listen — or a mix of both, the Sisters Folk Festival will give you plenty to enjoy.
The 2014 lineup includes the powerhouse Canadian band The Duhks. Founded in 2002, the Grammy-winning Canadian acoustic roots band boasts a diverse collection of musical influences, including old-time, jazz, Celtic folk, and even punk. For nearly a decade, they blended these disparate genres into an irresistible sound that simultaneously feels both traditional and modern. Then there’s nine-time W.C. Handy Blues Music Awards-nominee Eric Bibb; two-time Juno award-winning singer-songwriter Ruth Moody; the rockin’ music of The Black Lillies. Singer-songwriter Steve Poltz is back by popular demand and there is much more to be enjoyed.

SFF artists may fly below the mainstream radar, but they are the real deal — talented, compelling and accessible.

“The talent level is extraordinary,” says Tisdel.

The festival encourages emerging talent with the Americana Song Academy held at nearby Blue Lake during the days leading up to the festival. Songwriters of all levels gather under the tutelage of festival artists in what is for many a life-changing experience.

The festival sells out; be sure to get your tickets early. For more information on artists, schedule and to ticket purchase, visit www.sistersfolkfestival.org.

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