Gandalf Murphy and the Slamboivian Circus of Dreams

The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Review says: ‘Imagine a band that has mixed 25 years of rock and roll with a dash of folk and a pinch of Americana into an enormous caldron over a blazing fire. Stir it all with creativity and season with talent. The result is the sound of a yesterday long forgotten, and a refreshing revival of what made you listen to music in the first place.’

Kate Taylor Band

Born in New England and raised in North Carolina, Kate’s dual musical heritage is one she shared with brothers James, Livingston, Hugh, and her late brother Alex. Kate’s roots run deep in the soul, gospel and rockabilly sounds of her southern upbringing and in the literate folk, pop and Appalachian stylings that comprise the balance of her family’s musical legacy. Kate’s most recent studio album, Beautiful Road, received 3 stars from Rolling Stone Magazine, who called it a ‘heartfelt, folk-rock gem.’

James Cotton Band

He played in Muddy Waters’ band for years, and opened for or sat in with Led Zeppelin, Santana, B.B. King and the Grateful Dead. He’s a super harp player–you can tell by his web address: www.jamescottonsuperharp.com. Let the blues shake away the late winter blues!

Pendragon

Longtime Celtic favorites Pendragon (celebrating their 25th anniversary in 2008!) return to the Narrows to kick off St. Patrick’s Day weekend with some high-energy tunes, beautiful songs and dynamic step dancing! For 25 years Pendragon has embraced Celtic traditional music and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Their music has garnered them three Boston Music Award nominations and they have been voted Best Celtic Act in the 2007, 2006 and 2005 Motif Magazine Music Poll as well as being named 8-time winners in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll. Come on down and celebrate the wearing of the green!

Ollabelle

Ollabelle came together because of these musicians’ love of this music, without thought of success or career or any of the other trappings of the modern professional music business. It has great value to our culture, adding new life to a tradition that is an important part of who we are. But mostly, they sound great. They sing great and they play great, and they are wonderful people.’ So says T-Bone Burnett, and we are inclined to agree, since we’ve hosted Ollabelle several times. They play roots music while sounding contemporary; down-home sounds with the sexiness of the big city. www.ollabelle.net.

Bettye LaVette

USA Today says ‘LaVette’s chill-inducing performance is without question one of the finest you’ll hear all year.’ She’s recognized as one of the finest soul singers. Learn more by going to her website: www.bettyelavette.com. By the way, we’ve spelled her first name correctly. It is Bettye.

Rosalie Sorrels

Gonzo dude Hunter Thompson and folklore guy Studs Terkel wrote liner notes for some of her albums. As part of its Beat Generation Archives, the University of California set up a Rosalie Sorrels Archive. Etc. etc. etc. She’s a folk icon and we’re truly honored to have her perform. Don’t know her? Check out her website and meet her–and learn a bit about America too: www.rosaliesorrels.com.