Logo: Susquehanna Folk Music Society
Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!

Susquehanna Folk Festival 2022 PERFORMERS

icon: handson tag = Join in, play, move, make, learn, try something new!
icon: bring tag = Bring your instrument or voice
icon: family tag = Great for young folks
icon: masked tag = Mask mandatory

LOOK WHO'S COMING!

Watkins Family Hour

Watkins Family Hour
GRAMMY award winning Nickel Creek alums Sara and Sean Watkins are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their all-star, anything-goes variety show.

Rory Block

Rory Block
Widely regarded as the top female interpreter and authority in the genre, this seven time Blues Music Award winner is an ambassador for the Delta blues tradition.

Raye Zaragoza

Raye Zaragoza
Songs to fight for, represent, and celebrate those left too long outside the spotlight. Raye has been called “one of the most politically relevant artists in her genre.”

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley
With a Grammy nomination and multiple IBMA awards between them, these two musicians make an electrifying duo. Hold onto your hat when they start flatpicking!

Crys Matthews & Heather Mae

Crys Matthews & Heather Mae
Winner of the International Folk Music Awards 2022 for her song “Changemakers,” Crys Matthews has already been hailed as “the next Woody Guthrie.” Heather Mae tackles complex topics surrounding mental health, LGBTQ+ issues and more. Together they perform songs of social justice and compassionate dissent.

Ms. Sheila Arnold

Ms. Sheila Arnold
Ms Sheila is a renowned storyteller and historical character interpreter with a passion, vision and ministry of healing hearts and unifying communities. She will be emceeing our Liars Contest and performing her own stories at the Susquehanna Folk Festival.

Ken & Brad Kolodner

Ken & Brad Kolodner
This dynamic father-son team blurs the lines of Old-Time, Bluegrass and American Roots music. Ken on hammered dulcimer and Brad on clawhammer banjo will be joined by multi instrumentalist Rachel Eddy.

The Faux Paws

The Faux Paws
A contagious groove and feel-good melting pot of raging fiddle tunes, saxophone solos and unrequited love songs. They’ll be playing the Main Stage and rocking our Saturday night contra dance.

The Murphy Beds

The Murphy Beds
Stalwarts of the NYC traditional music scene, Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin.

The Revisionists

The Revisionists
“Refreshingly joyful” is a great way to describe this premier Lindy Hop band from NYC. On Saturday afternoon, they’ll bring the spirit of the Savoy Ballroom to our Dance Hall, and they’ll also play our Main Stage on Sunday. Sponsored by Jess Hayden.

Bobby White, Crystal Johnson and Carla Heiney

Bobby White, Crystal Johnson and Carla Heiney
Enjoy a solid day of jazz, swing, and Lindy Hop dancing with three internationally recognized instructors and our good friends at LindyCentral.

Colebrook Road

Colebrook Road
This nationally-known local band bridges traditional and progressive bluegrass, with clawhammer banjo, fiery fiddling, mandolin, dobro, guitar, bass and spot-on vocal harmonies.

Shane Speal

Shane Speal
York's own "King of the Cigar Box Guitar" starts the festival off on Friday night in his own inimitable style.

Poor Man's Gambit

Poor Man's Gambit
Performing repertoire mainly from Ireland but also from England, Brittany and Scotland, this young trio from the Philadelphia folk scene has already been called “a treasure chest of traditional.”

Cas Ceol

Cas Ceol
Featuring members from three of Central PA’s finest Celtic music groups (The Celtic Martins, Irish Blessing, and Seasons), Cas Ceol is truly a musical collaboration to be reckoned with!

Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell

Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell
with guests Alexander Mitchell and Todd Clewell There’s no telling what will happen when this “who’s who” of powerhouse Central PA musicians takes the stage! Sponsored by Beth Alwine.

Cumberland Honey

Cumberland Honey
This Cumberland County trio features sweet harmonies with folk influences, soul and a taste of bluegrass. Their original songs weave stories of life, love and a call to social action.

Tanner Bingaman

Tanner Bingaman
Tanner’s original “folkmush” and arrangements of traditional mountain tunes on guitar, banjo and harmonica earned him top honors in our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase.

Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God

Spiritual Messengers Warriors for God
This Harrisburg-based ensemble is not your typical gospel group! Their repertoire ranges from early spirituals to collaboratively-written originals, with flavors of R&B and Soul, and even reggae beats and pop sounds.

Sviraj

Sviraj
This band is a longtime favorite in the Eastern European immigrant community of Steelton (south of Harrisburg, PA), where folks are passionate about dancing and music. We bet you can't sit still when Sviraj plays!

Coracree

Coracree
Philadelphia and Virginia based Coracree plays roots music from the heart, melding a mixture of Celtic, Old-Time, European and original music with an old and contemporary sound.

BalFolk Dancing

BalFolk Dancing
led by Maria Cramer and Robin Banerji, with music by Millevaches BalFolk dances are fun and accessible variations on much older dances, with lively music and driving rhythms. Come to the Dance Hall on Saturday and find out why BalFolk has taken Europe by storm.

International Dance with Zita Angelo

International Dance with Zita Angelo
Ethnic folk dances of eastern Europe are fun, accessible, and great exercise! Zita has been teaching and organizing International Dance classes and events in the area for many years.

Shape Note Singing

Shape Note Singing
Learn to sing four-part harmonies, even if you can’t read a note of music, in a Shape Note Singing School led by Maria Cramer and Robin Banerji. After the School, share the joy of singing with a group in four-part harmony in the Sacred Harp tradition.

Box and String

Box and String
Original and traditional songs, moving panoramas (crankies), Appalachian rhythm toys, and plenty of silliness! The whole family will enjoy an hour with Sarah Gowan & Bill Quern.

Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band

Slim Harrison and the Sunnyland Band
Jump right in and play along! Washboards, spoons, washtub bass, jugs, skiffleboards, limberjacks, and stumpf-fiddles are ready for action in Slim's participatory jugband.

Ian Zolitor

Ian Zolitor
Our Main Stage emcee is Ian Zolitor, the host of WXPN radio's Folk Show, which is broadcast from Philadelphia on Sunday nights from 8 to 10 pm. Gene Shay, Ian's mentor and previous host of the Folk Show, says: “He’s going to be somebody very special to the music scene.”

And more!

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Watch for more festival performers and events to be announced.