Folkmoot Volunteers of the Year

Folkmoot Volunteers of the Year

Honoring the Talents Bringing American Cultural Diversity to the 37th Folkmoot 

Talents from around the country are coming to Haywood County for a weekend filled with clapping, dancing, and cheer. Get to know our 2021 artists and we hope you get to meet them live from July 22-25. 

Folkmoot is unique in the way that performers have had the opportunity to be housed within the Folkmoot Friendship Center. As a Folkmoot tradition, artists get to socialize and exchange culture, ideas, and laughter for the week that they are housed in Waynesville. This is an opportunity for folks to honor the creativity of one another and cultivate cultural understanding. Volunteers, guides, and guests get to know the performers and share a good time. Lifelong friends are made in the Friendship Center!

Detailed are the descriptions and festival appearances for the 2021 Summerfest performers:

Los Texmaniacs

Folkmoot is proud to bring the Los Texmaniacs, a top conjunto band to share uniquely Texan (Tex-Mex) music and culture. The Texmaniacs specialize in Tejano music, a word that translates to ‘Texan’, a popular music style that rose from centuries of cultural fusing of Mexican and US influences, indigenous to Texas, USA.

What is a conjunto? The term conjunto literally means group or ensemble that
includes elements from Mexican-Spanish vocal traditions, Czech and German button accordion, dance tunes and rhythms that migrants brought to Texas in the mid19th century. Mexican migrants and farm worker who came to the US over the last
century made conjunto music a centerpiece of social gatherings and an important force of social unity, bringing Mexican influences with them. The genre combines the storytelling and vocals of Mexico with the distinct Texas rhythm and music.

Los Texmaniacs was created by Max Baca in 1997, following his father’s footprint in the genre with two thoughts in mind: to base the group’s sound on a rock-solid foundation of Texas Mexican conjunto music, and to infuse new sounds
that are part of the contemporary Mexican American soundscape in the Southwest into the group’s style and repertoire. The music that results is built on the classic conjunto instrumentation of a three row button accordion, a bajo sexto guitar with 12 strings in six courses playing bass melodies and chords, an electric or acoustic bass, and a drum set. The result reflects the expansive musical background of its members, with occasional tints of, and excursions into, blues, rock, country, and jazz.

Band members are Max Baca on bajo sexto, Josh Baca on accordion, Noel Hernandez on electric bass, and Lorenzo Martínez on the drums.

Over the years, Los Texmaniacs have collaborated with various well known artists from both Tejano and other genres, including Rick Trevino, Flaco Jimenez, and Los Lobos. In 2010, Los Texmaniacs won a Grammy Award for Tejano Album of The Year, Borders y Bailes. And renowned country singer Lyle Lovett sang Deportee, a song penned by Woody Guthrie, for their album, Cruzando Borders.

Read more about Los Texmaniacs online at


Thursday. July 22 @ Opening Night Gala

Friday, July 23 @ Summerfest Night One (9:30 pm)

Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble 

Folkmoot proudly welcomes the Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble from Illinois and Wisconsin for Summerfest to bring the traditional dance and music of Ireland.

Trinity Ensemble is the Trinity Academy’s top tier junior performing arts troupe. From leading Trinity’s local performances, to performing around the world at international festivals, these dancers act as ambassadors bringing Trinity’s mission to “elevate children, the community and the world through the power and grace of Irish dance” alive.

For nearly 40 years, the Trinity Irish Dancers have been the most widely recognized
Irish dance program in the world. Founded by Mark Howard in 1982, Trinity has
thrilled audiences worldwide with its innovative approach and attention to detail,
winning the first world title for the United States in 1987.

Trinity has appeared in both feature films and on national television programs including the Tonight Show, CONAN, The Today Show, and Good Morning America. Trinity has the unrivaled distinction of winning more world titles than any other American Irish dance school, and elevating the traditional form of Irish Dance through a performing arts lens.

Learn more about Trinity Dance Ensemble online


Friday, July 23 @ Summerfest Night One (8:45 pm)

Sunday, July 24 @ Summerfest Closing Ceremony



Of all the many Folkmoot volunteers a few stand out each year for contributing over and above the call of duty and we try to recognize them each year as the Outstanding Folkmoot Volunteers of the Year.

And 2015 was no exception to that rule, particularly given the changing faces and changing and expanding mission of Folkmoot.

The 2015 Folkmoot Volunteers of the Year included (as photographed, above, left to right) Vivian Poppas, Mayo Ferguson, Steve Hart, Rose Johnson (Folkmoot board chair), Rolf Kaufman, State Rep. Joe Sam Queen and Bill Cole.

Folkmoot Volunteers

Folkmoot would not exist, of course, without the countless hours contributed by nearly countless volunteers and all of them were honored in August with a special luncheon and party at which they were handed individually crafted thank-you gifts created in pains-taking detail by the paid Folkmoot staff (and still other volunteers).

Folkmoot Volunteer Awards
Folkmoot Awards for Volunteers

Folkmoot Volunteer Awards

Folkmoot has been a community effort of Waynesville, Haywood County and all of Western North Carolina for over three decades now and strives each year to bring the world to Main Street through dance and music and the exchange of cultures from all over the globe.

And beginning now – and for the next 30 years and beyond – Folkmoot will see a growing calendar of year-round events, workshops, community gatherings as Folkmoot transforms into a center for connecting cultures around the world – including our own unique mountain culture – while advancing peace and understanding through international artistic and economic engagement.

And we begin the expansion with what promises to be a huge party and fall festival centered around Halloween: Spookmoot at Folkmoot, the weekend of October 30-November 1.

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