All the world’s on stage at music fest |

All the world’s on stage at music fest

It’s no accident that two of the three headlining artists at this year’s California WorldFest are women. Presenter Dan DeWayne keeps a close pulse on developing talent around the world and has made a point to create a “gender balanced” roster for WorldFest. DeWayne says, “women have some of the most powerful voices and messages in music today. It’s a pleasure to bring these performers to Northern California.”

Folk rock giant Ani DiFranco leads off on Friday night. DiFranco is continually in search for new creative adventures – singing like her life, and our lives, depend on it. She is the 2006 recipient of the “Woman of Courage Award” from the National Organization of Women.

Saturday night’s closing act is nine-time All-Ireland fiddling champion Eileen Ivers and her band, Immigrant Soul. Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today, performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony at The Kennedy Center, Boston Pops, Riverdance, The Chieftains, Hall and Oates, Afrocelts, Patti Smith, Paula Cole, Al Di Meola, and Steve Gadd. She is a founding member of Cherish the Ladies and has performed for Presidents and Royalty worldwide.

Other featured women at WorldFest this year include Perla Batalla, Katia Moraes, Blame Sally, Singh Sisters, Venezuelan Music Project and Pistolera.


Peter Wilson, a musician himself, is helping spread the word about the WorldFest; connect with him at

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