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Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival


  • Lake Farm County Park 3113 Libby Road Madison, WI, 53711 United States (map)
Kaia Kater.

Kaia Kater.

The Madison area is never short on folk music offerings, but the Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival has offered a pretty distinctive cross-section since 2004, in a lineup that combines performances with workshops and discussions. The fest has always had an affinity for younger artists who draw on old-timey flavors of bluegrass, Cajun music, ragtime and blues, a streak that continues this year. Of particular note is Toronto banjo player and singer Kaia Kater, whose 2016 album Nine Pin combines stark instrumentation with rich and elegant vocal performances. Kater will perform on Friday night, and before that she'll give a workshop on the fascinating traditions of body percussion. Other highlights include Minneapolis' delightfully named Dumpy Jug Bumpers, performing Friday, and multi-instrumentalist Molly Tuttle, performing Saturday. —Scott Gordon

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