The NC Folk Festival’s annual presentation of “Songs of Hope & Justice” event will be September 8 at 8pm in the Van Dyke Performance Space. The concert, which will feature songs that shine a light on important social issues—past and present, will be hosted by North Carolina’s own singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett Music. Dossett is well known for her own protest songs, including “Vote Against Amendment One” and “My Beloved Enemy,” as well as others on regional topics such as the coal ash spill and the loss of textile jobs. Performances will include songs from folk legends such as Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Odetta, as well as new and original songs underscoring today’s most pressing social challenges. Dossett has brought together an outstanding group of performers to celebrate the role of folk songs—specifically protest songs—in America. Additional performers include: Alice Gerrard, Rissi Palmer, Dori Freeman, Molly McGinn , Sam Fribush, Nick Falk, Alex Bingham, and more!