Sarah Jayde Williams is the honorary chair for the Natchitoches-NSU Folk Festival July 15-16 at Prather Coliseum on NSU campus. The 2016 Festival theme is “Emerging Artists,” celebrating the many outstanding new artists keeping traditions alive in Louisiana. Williams will be inducted into the Hall of Master Folk Artists Saturday, July 16 at noon.
She is the granddaughter of Cajun fiddle master, Hadley J. Castille. This fourth generation musician will perform Saturday, July 16 from 6-7:15 p.m. and from 8-9:15.
Growing up among the musical Castille Clan, it is no wonder that she decided to pick up an instrument and play. She began learning how to play the fiddle at the age of 4 and is currently learning guitar and bass from her father. Williams is also an accomplished vocalist and is able to sing fluently in both Cajun French and English in the styles of both Cajun and Western Swing.
Two day all-events passes for the Folk Festival may be purchased in advance through July 12 at a discounted price of $12 per person. Children age 12 and under receive free admission. Tickets can be purchased at the event beginning at 4:30 p.m. on July 15 and at 8 a.m. on July 16. Ticket for adults are $5.50 per person for Friday, $8.50 per person for all events on Saturday and $5.50 per person for an evening pass after 5 p.m. on Saturday. For more information on purchasing tickets, call 318-357-4332.