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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 (bostoncoffeehouses.org). 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, bostonfolkfestival.org

--SCOTT ALARIK

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