Montana Folk Festival dazzles and delights under bluebird skies in uptown Butte


Bands cooked and booties shook. Songs thrilled throngs. Golf carts whirred and whisked.

Weather that was close to perfect reigned, with “skies bluer than robin’s eggs” in uptown Butte. Performers from miles or even oceans away expressed appreciation for the venues, the skillfully mixed sound, the enthusiastic crowds, the headframe towering above the main stage like a monument.

Fans in full boogie mode ranged from toddlers to dodderers and every age in between.

Sunday started mellow, as Sundays probably should, at the Montana Folk Festival. But then Ken Heath and the True Disciples, a gospel group from North Carolina and Virginia, raised voices and spirits.

Heath was especially complimentary about the festival, even citing organizer George Everett by name. Heath said his group was ecstatic and elated to be performing in Butte, where he said the surrounding peaks made Virginia’s mountains look small.

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And then Ken Heath and the True Disciples brought many people in the crowd to their feet, clapping and snapping fingers. During one song, Heath left the stage and danced with the jubilant crowd assembled down front.

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