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Boston Folk Festival: Folk music comes and goes in most places, but not here. New England has historically remained a stalwart hive for everything from urban songwriters to Celtic fiddlers, contra dance to bluegrass. The Boston Area Coffeehouse Association, a guild of mostly suburban folk clubs, lists an incredible 38 member venues ( The largest folk label in the world, Rounder Records, is in Massachusetts, and Boston boasts the only full-time folk radio station in the country, WUMB-FM (91.9). The station sponsors Boston Folk Festival, highlighting regional performers, including Bill Morrissey, Lori McKenna, Patty Larkin, Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Chris Smither, Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown, and Red Molly, a female trio that mixes urban songwriting and old folk chestnuts with infectious verve. Boston Folk Festival runs Sept. 15-16 at UMass-Boston. 617-287-6911,


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