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Ann Arbor Folk Festival celebrates 43 years this month

The Ann Arbor Folk Festival will be celebrating  it’s 43rd year; taking place over two days. The festival will take over the beautiful University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium on Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1.

The annual festival is a fundraiser for The Ark, a folk venue in Ann Arbor that has been in operation since 1965 and features around 300 live performances each year.

On Friday, Iron & Wine and Calexico are set to perform together. Their album, Years to Burn, was released as a collaboration album last year. This album was 14 years in the making as the two started collaborating in 2005 when they released an EP together called In the Reins

Ingrid Michaelson will also be performing on Friday. Her new  album, Stranger Songs, was released in June of last year. The album was inspired by the Netflix Original series Stranger Things and was released just before Season 3 of the show was released. 

Friday will also include performances by The Lone Bellow, Cedric Burnside, Rainbow Girls, Elliott Brood, and Willy Porter

Saturday night, Nathaniel Rateliff will be performing in support of his recent release of the new single “And It’s Still Alright”. The track is the title track of his new album, which will drop on February 14th, 2020.

Saturday will also include performances by Mandolin Orange, Bettye LaVette, Molly Tuttle, John Moreland, Cold Tone Harvest, and Willy Porter.

You can buy tickets to the festival here.


ann arbor folk festival 2020 poster

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