It was the second annual Glen Echo folk festival - and if it had anything, it had folk. Lots of em. Kurd folk. Java folks. Black folk. White folk. Even blues folk.
There were folk who sang and those who danced while others watched from grassy knolls under sunny skies yesterday and on Saturday.
"Hope you stay a spell," said Jonathan Eberhart, president of the Folklore Society of Greater Washington. "We have some good folk here today."
Indeed they did. And one of them was Luci Murphy, a powerful spiritual, blues and gospel singer who sang about some folk you might know.
Her song was called "Bourgeois Blues," first sung in the early 1940s by Leadbelly. With the audience clapping and laughing, Murphy began.
"Lookahere people, now, listen to me/Don't every try to find a job in Washington, D.C. cause it's a bourgeois town/Me and Martha went all over town, and everywhere we went people turned us down, cause it's a bourgeois town.
"Now for Capitol Hill, where white folk know, how to throw a nickle to the mayor and make him bow - they call it the federal payment - cause it's a bourgeois town/I got the bourgeois blues, and I'm spreading the news cause it's a bourgeois town."
That song, Murphy explained, had been requested by the Kurds, who had paused from rehearsing their revolutionary dance to hear it.
"We are refugees in this town," said Ali Mahmood, who fled Kurdistan in 1976 during his tribe's fight with the Iraqi government, "We like that song. A good song," he said, smiling.
Other acts included: Mariachi de las Americas, a six-piece Mexican brass and string band; the Johnson Mountain Boys; fiddler Alan Jabbour, the director of the American Folklife Center; Trio Nuevo Horizonte, a group from Bolivia and Peru; The Rumi Sonko Quartet, who accompanied themselves on quena, tarks, zamponas charango and bombo, and the New Sunshine Skiffle Band, who played jazz from the '10s, '20s and '30s on guitar, harmonics and mandolin.
There were are the Wayang Kulit, an Indonesian shadow-puppet show that lasted for three hours, the Ancient Orphic Mystery Band, the Magpie duet and Akyaaba Kwabena Addai-Sebo, a storyteller from Ghana who also plays the "talking drums."
There were Rock Creek, a harmonizing trio; Koyiu Saz, a Turkish music group that played three long-necked string instruments from the 7th century made of mulberry wood, and the Panamanian Folkloric Dance Group.
About 15,000 people attended the two-day festival, according to the U.S. Park Service, which sponsored the event along with the Folklore Society.
"There is a point to this festival," Eberhart said. "Washington is one of the most culturally diverse areas in the country, but many times, people never know about it. We wanted an event where, for free, people could come out and experience things they never thought existed. My hope was that every person who came would discover something so totally new, so different that they could leave feeling they had added something positive to themselves."
While waiting in the growing line that moved slowly-toward the park's carousel, where children and their parents alike rode with glee. Charlyne Gallagher of Potomac said the festival had been filled with many surprises for her, something that would please Eberhart.
"It was supposed to be a family outing, but my husband wanted to watch the Bullets game," she said. "He doesn't go in for folk."
"Mom," her daughter said, tugging at her arm while she tried to talk. "I like folk."
"Me, too, doll," she replied.