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Presenting fine traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania since 1985

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sun, February 25 - Winter Open Mic

Winter Open Mic New Cumberland
Join our Open Mic community at one of the most beautiful venues in the area, for an evening of live music and entertainment from fine local folkies. Come with your friends to enjoy the performances or maybe even take center stage yourself! Open Mic Night on Sunday, February 25 at West Shore Theatre. MORE

Tue, February 27 - Lúnasa with Daoirí Farrell

Lúnasa with Daoirí Farrell Lúnasa with Daoirí Farrell New Cumberland
Dubbed “the new gods of Irish music” and “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet”: Lúnasa’s unique sound and complex arrangements have reshaped the boundaries of traditional music and energized audiences the world over. They’re joined by singer and bouzouki player Daoirí Farrell, called “the most important singer to come out of Ireland in recent years” by some of the biggest names in Irish folk music.

It’s been almost 20 years since Lúnasa have played for SFMS, and we’re thrilled to have them on our calendar this spring! Get tickets early for this fantastic concert on Tuesday, February 27 at West Shore Theatre. MORE

Thu, February 29 - San Jose Taiko at Kulkarni - discounted tickets!

San Jose Taiko at Kulkarni - discounted tickets! Harrisburg
Kulkarni Cultural Series presents San Jose Taiko “Rhythm Journey,” a riveting performance that combines synchronized choreography with the empowering rhythms of traditional Japanese drums. This world-class contemporary taiko group was founded in 1973 by young Asian Americans seeking to express their Japanese cultural roots.

For a LIMITED TIME we’re offering discounted tickets! Noon on February 26 is the deadline to reserve your $14 ticket. That’s a nice savings over the $25 General Admission price! Performance on Thursday, February 29 at Penn State Harrisburg’s Kulkarni Theatre. MORE

Sat, March 9 - Gourley & Feddersen at Sonas

Gourley & Feddersen at Sonas Carlisle
Kick off your St. Patrick’s month celebrations with some fantastic Irish fiddling by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen, joined by Baltimore keyboard superstar Matt Mulqueen. For this show, SFMS teams up with Sonas Sessions, a new house concert series in Carlisle, PA from the folks who bring you the Carlisle Irish Session. Matinée concert on Saturday afternoon, March 9 at Back Porch Brewing in Carlisle. MORE

Tue, March 26 - Lena Jonsson Trio

Lena Jonsson Trio Harrisburg
One of Scandinavia’s most visionary musicians: “...an exciting mix of contemporary and traditional fiddle, American old-time and Swedish dance music, folk rock and rockabilly funk... fine fiddling from both sides of the Atlantic.” Lena Jonsson balances a deep knowledge of traditional Swedish folk music with innovative artistic sensibilities, sparkling joy and rock-star charisma. Concert on Tuesday, March 26 at Fort Hunter. MORE

Apply now! - Emerging Artist Showcase

Emerging Artist Showcase York
Roots artists who haven't yet hit it big are invited to apply for our Emerging Artist Showcase, a part of this summer's Susquehanna Folk Festival. Applications will be accepted through April 19. Find out more on our Showcase page. MORE
logo: 2024 Susquehanna Folk Festival

The best weekend of the summer! August 9-10-11, 2024

The Susquehanna Folk Festival returns on the second weekend of August with world-class performers and hands‑on fun.

AND, our Emerging Artist Showcase returns. Roots musicians are invited to apply now!

Join us at the Appell Center in downtown York, PA for a full weekend of live music, dancing, jams, workshops and more. Watch for headline performers and festival events to be announced soon.

The following grid of images and text-boxes captures the highlights of the Susquehanna Folk Festival planned for August 2024.
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3 Days of Live Music
audience member applauding
World-Class Headliners
Headline performers!
Regional Favorites
...and regional favorites
A man plays a fiddle
A woman plays a ukulele
Lots of dancing!
Lots of dancing!
Lots of dancing!
Lots of jamming!
Jam Sessions
Emerging Artist Showcase
Emerging Artist Showcase
Emerging Artist Showcase
Emerging Artist Showcase
Two toddlers try out some instruments
Engaging family fun
Children in our Family Parade
Many thanks to our festival partners:
logo: Appell Center logo: Explore York logo: National Endowment for the Arts

The Faces in the Wood

In this Folk Artist spotlight, we check in on one of our Folk Arts Apprentice partnerships. The many-talented Aron Rook (muralist, illustrator and creator) is working with master woodcarver Jim Hiser, learning to sculpt the expressive masks of the Korean folk theater known as Talchum.

A Talchum mask in a shop in South Korea, from Wikimedia Commons, alongside carvings by Jim Hiser. Below, Aron watches Jim demonstrate a technique she's learning.
A Talchum mask in a shop in South Korea, of a laughing man with prominent eyebrows and eyes squinched shut. It is medium-brown wood with black eyebrows and a suggestion of black hair at the very top. Three faces carved in wood and painted to look as though they're carved into a real pumpkin's flesh.  Each is an oval with orange 'rind' around the edges and a green pumpkin stem at the top. The faces are painted golden yellow with peach highlights on cheeks, noses and chins. The faces are of jowly elderly men with very realistic eyes.Aron Rook and Jim Hiser sit together behind a work-table. Aron is a young woman of Asian appearance, with straight black hair. Jim is a portly white man who appears to be in his 60s, with a shaved head and a short white goatee. He is working on a wood-carving held in his lap.

Aron is fascinated by the concept of lineage that runs through her study: her Grandfather Rook and the woodcarving traditions of her adoptive home; her ancestors from Korea and their culture; the many carvers who mentored and taught Jim; and the skills of generations now being passed to her.

The board and staff of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society are committed to celebrating and affirming diverse cultures through programming which explores the music, dance, craft and stories of many people. We stand in complete solidarity with the Black community and all marginalized communities to speak out against injustice, bigotry and racial violence.
A montage of images illustrating Susquehanna Folk's commitment to diversity
Crys Matthews, a young Black woman, wears a crisp white button-down men’s shirt, black tie and black suspenders. She has her thumbs underneath the suspender straps, pulling them up off her shoulders. Her curly hair is long on top and cropped close at the sides.
King Jester is a young Black man, leaning against a wall as he plays a metallic resonator guitar. He wears a gray T-shirt and is looking down at the guitar.
Narda LeCadre’s hands on a quilt. She is black, and her hands suggest she is an older woman. She is wearing a brown coat with its cuffs turned back, and a rust-colored top. The quilt has blue calico pinwheels.
Closeup of a Black woman’s hands stitching small hexagons of colored calico into a flower. In her lap is a clear bag holding several finished flowers.