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U.S. Embassy Brings “Dixieland” to Muscat Festival

February 14, 2013

U.S. Embassy Muscat, in cooperation with the Muscat Festival Department of Muscat Municipality, will organize musical performances by the traditional American group “Hoppin’ John String Band” from February 16 to 20 at the Festival venues of Al Amerat and Al Naseem.

The Hoppin’ John String Band performs and teaches music deeply rooted in the ballads, fiddle tunes, and traditions of the Appalachian Mountains of the United States. Through story and song, the Hoppin' John String Band brings alive the experience of the American laborer, farmer and people from all walks of life. This music is made for bringing people together to sing, dance and to celebrate life. Comprised of two fiddles, guitar, banjo and bass, this band is sure to bring the festival’s audience to their feet and inspire them to sing along. The band performed at several venues and festivals worldwide and most recently here in the region at the Kuwait Festival in 2011.

Hoppin’ John String Band’s tour to Oman is offered as part of the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section’s cultural programming this year, which brings together U.S. and Omani artists and citizens to promote mutual understanding.  The Embassy’s high level of participation in the Muscat Festival this year also reflects the growing international importance of the Festival and its place as a major cultural event in Oman. The U.S. Embassy looks forward to supporting future cultural events throughout the Sultanate.