Sisters Folk Festival Releases the Second Wave of 2019 Artist Bookings

Sisters Folk Festival Releases the Second Wave of 2019 Artist Bookings

Sisters, OR ~ The Sisters Folk Festival, taking place September 6-8, 2019, is excited to announce a second round of bookings as it brings the annual event into sharper focus. The festival has garnered accolades for its unique model and community-centered focus for the 11 walkable venues throughout downtown, where “All the Town’s a Stage” in beautiful Sisters, Oregon. 

The performer lineup continues to grow and expand to include luminary artists, and the final lineup will be announced by mid-June. Sisters Folk Festival is known as a discovery festival, with a reputation for presenting artists from all over North America who quickly become fan favorites.

SFF is thrilled to announce the Friday night headliner Peter Rowan & the Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs. Rowan will also perform a solo set Saturday and Los Texmaniacs will perform their own sets as well at the festival. Peter Rowan will be representing Sisters’ own Thompson Guitars, named after Preston Thompson, who made handmade guitars for decades before recently passing away. Peter Rowan, playing a Thompson “OOO” guitar, along with Charles Sawtelle of Hot Rize fame, were some of the first bluegrass legends to play Thompson Guitars. Today, many of the best players in the genre are performing on his instruments.  

“Preston Thompson and Thompson Guitars have been longtime supporters of Sisters Folk Festival, and we want to honor Preston’s work and legacy. He was a generous man who built outstanding guitars,” says SFF creative director Brad Tisdel.

Additional artists announced in the second wave include the Grammy-nominated bluegrass band Della Mae; Welsh songwriter and veteran of SFF, Martyn Joseph; guitarist, singer and songwriter with her band, Lindsay Lou; Nordic-folk band and riveting live act, SVER; Cow-punk southern rockers Vandoliers; genre-bending, foot-stomping Americana band Polecat, representing Breedlove Guitar Co.; progressive newgrass trio, The Arcadian Wild; singer-songwriter and songwriting coach Susan Gibson, writer of #1 hit, Wide-Open Spaces; songwriter and spoken word artist Thunderstorm Artis; and Arouna Diara & Biko of Rising Appalachia performing their own set during the Festival.   

These artists will join a long list of outstanding performers already on the Festival bill, including legendary Canadian songwriter Bruce Cockburn; the Hawaiian native and 2019 encore artist with band, Ron Artis II & the Truth; the dynamic Quebecois band from Montreal, Le Vent Du Nord; the all-women powerhouse mariachi group, Flor De Toloache; the gospel, soul and R & B band The Hamiltones; the return of Prince Edward Island trio The East Pointers; the juke joint blues rock of Grammy-nominated Cedric Burnside; the groovy Americana sound of Rising Appalachia; the twin sibling harmony-driven duo The Brother Brothers; songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, The Suitcase Junket, the multi-lingual and instrumental Carrie Rodriguez, guitarist and singer-songwriter Alex Cuba; indie-songwriter Aaron Lee Tasjan, banjo and guitar duo, Pharis & Jason Romero; Americana trio Lula Wiles, and many more. See the current full lineup.

Limited spots are still available for Sisters Folk Festival’s 18th Annual Americana Song Academy, Sept. 3-6, which has become a retreat and destination for songwriters to learn from professional artists and build community through music. Teaching artists for 2019 include: Ron Artis II & the Truth, Martyn Joseph, Pharis & Jason Romero, Susan Gibson, The Brother Brothers, Lula Wiles, FY5, Alex Cuba, Thunderstorm Artis, Anna Tivel, Ara Lee James, Jeffrey Martin, Beth Wood, and more. The creative energy and collaborations produced at the academy translate into special musical performances at the festival. 

Festival passes are $170 for adults and $55 for those 18 and under. For information on tickets, artists, schedules and becoming an SFF volunteer, please visit For questions contact  [email protected] or call 541-549-4979.