Spartan artists ready to take the stage at NC Folk Festival 2022

Posted on September 06, 2022

Singer sings into microphone on stage in front of sign reading "NC Folk Festival."

Story updated on September 7.

UNC Greensboro will be represented by alumni, current students, faculty, and staff with incredible musical talent at the 2022 NC Folk Festival.

The musical showcase draws crowds to downtown Greensboro every year to hear world-class performers who have mastered musical styles from across the globe.

This year’s festival is September 9-11. The UNCG Old-Time Ensemble will help kick off the celebration Friday evening, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at LeBauer Park.

Students and alumni will perform alongside songwriter Anna Vtipil, who won first place at this year’s “Not Your Average Folk Contest.” She formed the group while she studied at UNCG. Lora Mouna and Clara Lampkin will join her on vocals, with Hanna Fishastion on cello and Gracie Zielinski on strings.

Spartans are encouraged to wear blue and gold to the festival and visit UNCG’s tent on Saturday to share their Spartan Proud story and pick up free giveaways. Faculty and researchers will lead hands-on activities and share their research at Center City Park.

As part of UNCG’s mission to make the festival fun and accessible to everyone, students and alumni with Interpreting, Deaf Education, and Advocacy Services (IDEAS) will provide American Sign Language for visitors with hearing impairments. Staff will also have a table for visitors to learn more about UNCG’s programs and areas of study.

Musicians with UNCG connections will appear on different stages throughout the weekend:

  • The UNCG Old-Time Ensemble: Friday at 5:30 p.m.
  • The Zinc Kings: Saturday at 12:15 p.m.
  • Jazz-Fusion Jam led by UnheardProjectGSO: Saturday at 12:45 p.m.
  • Big Bang Boom: Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:45 p.m.
  • Anna Vtipil: Saturday at 6 p.m.
  • African Drum Workshop led by Atiba Rorie: Saturday at 7:45 p.m.
  • Irish Seisiún led by Gavin Douglas: Sunday at 1 p.m.

UNCG representatives will also get people moving during Dance @ Van Dyke:

  • J-Setting led by Jaleel Cheek: Saturday at 6 p.m.
  • Salsa led by Lisa Hines: Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

More information about the NC Folk Festival can be found here.

Story by Janet Imrick, University Communications
Photography by Jiyoung Park, University Communications


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