50th National Folk Festival

The Baylor Brothers at the National Folk Festival 2011This year the National Folk Festival will be celebrating its 50th festival and I thought it might be a good time to reflect on such an important and often overlooked cultural event.

The National, the NFF, or simply ‘the folkie’ as it is often called has played a very significant role in my life – I’m about to perform at my 22nd one in a row and my 23rd overall, but it was the first one I attended as a teenager that really inspired me and helped to define the kind of life I was going to lead. Continue reading “50th National Folk Festival”