Philadelphia Folk Festival

Philadelphia Folk Festival, PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia Folk Festival takes place at Old Pool Farm, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Folk Festival 2012 dates – 17th to 19th August

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Little Feat, John Hiatt and the Combo, Steve Earle and The Dukes, Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Wanda Jackson, The Secret Sisters, City & Colour, Voices of the Wetlands, The Holmes Brothers, Strand of Oaks, The Wooden Sky, Mary Gauthier, Mike Cross, Comas, Paul Thorn, Tracy Grammer, Red Clay Ramblers, Debo Band, Arborea, Chris Bathgate, Brother Sun (feat. Pat Wictor, Joe Jencks and Greg Greenway), Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, Roosevelt Dime, Pokey LaFarge, The Gypsy Hombres, Chris Kasper, Griz, Spuyten Duyvil, Zach Stock, The Great Groove Band

The History of the Philadelphia Folk Festival

The Philadelphia Folk Festival is an annual folk music festival near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Philadelphia. Begun in 1962, the four-day festival is sponsored by the non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The event hosts contemporary and traditional artists in genres including World/Fusion, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Country, Klezmer, and Dance. It is held on the third weekend in August.

Gene Shay helped found the festival and has acted as Master of Ceremonies since its inception. Originally held on Wilson Farm in Paoli, Pennsylvania, the event now hosts approximately 12,000 visitors and 5,000 campers at the Old Pool Farm. The event presents 75 hours of music with numerous bands on 6 stages. A special Camp Stage show takes place on Thursday night, hosted by WXPN radio for the nationally-syndicated “Live From the World Cafe.” The Dulcimer Grove kid’s area presents crafts, juggling, magic, and music.

Philadelphia Folk Festival Line Up – 2011
Arlo Guthrie, David Bromberg Big Band, Jorma Kaukonen The Campbell Brothers, The Kennedys, Angel Band Joel Plaskett Emergency, The Wood Brothers Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Dala, Tempest, Madison Violet Give & Take Jugglers, The Great Groove Band, Dan Bern Justin Townes Earle, John Hartford String Band, David Amram, The Battlefield Band John Flynn, Elizabeth Butters, Alexis P. Suter Band Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys, Runa Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Wilderness of Manitoba Kim & Reggie Harris, Roy Book Binder, Footworks, Caitlin Rose, Brad Hinton, Burning Bridget Cleary, The Berrys

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