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Tift Merritt, among '10 acts not to miss' at the Philly Folk Festival / philly.com

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There's a lot to love about this weekend's Philly Folk Festival, with more than 100 wide-ranging acts -  folk, bluegrass, world fusion, blues, and more - performing on four stages set up on 80 acres of farmland. Thousands of music-loving day-trippers and weekend campers are expected to bliss out to those sounds and other fest traditions, including a massive dance floor, an open-air arts gallery, varied food options, a beer tent, and activities for the kids. Among the 10 acts not to miss is Tift Merritt.

Recorded after a divorce and the birth of her daughter, Tift Merritt's sixth album, Stitch of the World, is a soul-searching collection of pop-country songs that transcends the personal and touches on universal themes of loss, human connectedness, and redemption. Even heartbroken, she sounds terrific. Check out "Heartache Is an Uphill Climb." In 2013 Merritt joined forces with pianist Simone Dinnerstein on NIGHT, a unique collaboration uniting folk, rock and classical worlds, exploring common terrain and uncovering new musical landscapes. From Sony Classical, NIGHT was recorded at the Academy of Arts and Letters in New York and the duo toured in cities including Munich, New York, Durham, Tampa, and Saratoga.

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