Maryland Folk Festival Announces First Five Performers

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Salisbury, MD — The Maryland Folk Festival is gearing up for three jam-packed days of music, arts and culture in Downtown Salisbury, and today announced the first five artists who will be taking the stages.

The second annual Maryland Folk Festival is set for Friday-Sunday, Sept. 20-22. The Maryland Folk Festival is dedicated to creating unique experiences of discovery and learning; cultivating cultural and ethnic diversity; and pursuing all opportunities to inspire and enlighten through music, dance, food and more.

The first five artists to be announced span a variety of genres and are just the start of more than 25 performers. They include DuPont Brass, Melody Angel, the Pine Leaf Boys, Ken & Brad Kolodner, and the Seán Heely Celtic Band.

“We are so excited to bring these artists to Downtown Salisbury for the Maryland Folk Festival,” said Caroline O’Hare, events and culture manager for the City of Salisbury. “Our team has been putting together an impressive lineup, and we can already tell that the 2024 festival is going to be a great one.”

Approximately 250 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—will take part in the Maryland Folk Festival. The festival will feature performances on four outdoor stages.

The five artists announced today include:

DuPont Brass (Washington, D.C., metro area) – eclectic soul

DuPont Brass is a one-of-a-kind, brass-driven supergroup from the D.C. metropolitan area that mixes varied genres of music, including jazz, hip-hop, and R&B they’ve coined “Eclectic Soul.”

Melody Angel (Chicago) – blues

Hailing from Chicago, Melody Angel’s electrifying performances fuse the deep roots of the blues with the mind-expanding ethos of Jimi Hendrix’s electric church music.

Pine Leaf Boys (Lafayette, Louisiana) – Cajun

Louisiana’s finest and world-renowned Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Louisiana music with youthful exuberance, blending the sounds of Cajun, zydeco, swamp-pop, country, and soul.

Ken & Brad Kolodner (Baltimore) – old-time / hammered dulcimer

The dynamic father-son team Ken & Brad Kolodner weave together a captivating soundscape on hammered dulcimer and clawhammer banjo, blurring the lines of old-time, bluegrass and American roots music. Plus, Ken & Brad will provide music for a special festival square dance on Saturday evening.

Seán Heely Celtic Band (Washington, D.C.) – Celtic

Powerful vocal harmonies exist in the Seán Heely Celtic Band’s ever-growing song repertoire, which features Scots Gaelic (Gàidhlig) songs, ballads, sea shanties, pub songs and more from the rich Celtic folk tradition.

Over a dozen people of different backgrounds, and with a deep passion of music and art forms, came together from across Delmarva to serve on the Performers Committee. This committee’s role is to advise, review, and select the artists who will perform at the Maryland Folk Festival. To learn more about these artists and their stories, please visit

The Maryland Folk Festival will feature individual artists on Facebook ( and Instagram ( More performers will be announced as they are confirmed.