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Music, artist interviews, and upcoming performances around western Montana.

The Original Stage at the Montana Folk Festival in Butte, July 14, 2018.
Josh Burnham

Butte, Montana is known as the "Richest Hill on Earth," and this weekend its cultural riches were on display at the Montana Folk Festival. Miss the fun? Listen to the archives of MTPR's live broadcast from the original stage [Friday, Saturday] and see videos and pics from this weekend.

Betsayda Machado on stage at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

On their “Sabrosito Rico” tour in 2017, Venezuelan Afro-Soul tambor venezolano musicians Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo simultaneously mesmerized and energized audiences, including those at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival. Felix Contreras, host of NPR’s Alt.Latino, writes: “Watching Betsayda Machado y Parranda El Clavo perform is like peering back in time. The music's roots extend to the Venezuelan slave trade, and while the vocals are in Spanish and not an African dialect, the instruments the group plays date back more than 500 years."

2018 Montana Folk Festival Preview Special

Jul 9, 2018
The Original Stage at the 2017 Montana Folk Festival in Butte, MT.
Josh Burnham

MTPR's Cole Grant hosts an exploration of the great music coming up July 13-15 at the Montana Folk Festival. Malian desert blues, Tennessee acapella gospel and Montana swing are just a few of the great genres represented at this year’s festival in Butte, MT. Tune in now to get to know some of the artists on the lineup for this weekend's festival.

Watch: Sapphire Trio Live From Studio B

Jul 9, 2018

The Sapphire Trio is Maxine Ramey, clarinet; Margaret Nichols-Baldridge, violin; Jody Graves, piano. They joined us to play live from Studio B, July 6, 2018. Here they are playing part of movement 4 of "Sunny Days" for clarinet, violin and piano by Rick Sowash.

Victor Wooten is widely regarded as one of the most accomplished bass guitarists of his generation; he’s been named among the "Top 10 Bassists of All Time" by readers of Rolling Stone magazine. Wooten, who has released ten solo recordings, is a co-founder of the long-standing ‘blu-bop’ band, Béla Fleck and the Flecktones.

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