An evening of stunning traditional Irish, British Isles, and original holiday music that will transport
you to the quiet, small villages of rural Ireland through the songs, tunes, and stories
most familiar to these two world-class artists. An open Irish session at 6 pm kicks off the evening.
Friday, December 15 at UUCY.
Featuring Sug Daniels and King Jester! Come out to discover, support and enjoy two up-and-coming Black musicians who are making magic in the roots music space. Sug Daniels is a charismatic singer-songwriter and story teller whose work combines elements of folk, R&B, and soul, creating music that’s colorful, personal, tender and hopeful. King Jester is a multi-talented artist following in the footsteps of many jazz and blues greats, transitioning from studio/touring musician to band leader. Concert on
Saturday, January 6 at Zoetropolis.
Learn how to apply for a grant from the PCA’s “Apprenticeships in Folk and Traditional Arts” program. These grants support artists in teaching OR developing their artistic skills/repertoire. An informative online workshop presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center.
Live on Zoom on Saturday, February 3.
Susquehanna Folk Coffeehouses are intimate evenings showcasing Central Pennsylvania's fine amateur acoustic musicians, who play a wide variety of material for an attentive, music-loving audience. Interested in performing? Apply now! FREE Coffeehouse concert on
Saturday, February 3 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg.
A powerhouse trio encompassing old-time and bluegrass. Tony Trischka is called “the great banjo liberationist” by NPR. Bruce Molsky is one of the most revered “multi-hyphenated career” ambassadors for America’s old-time mountain music. Guitarist and singer Michael Daves’ unorthodox roots music has made him a leading light of the New York City bluegrass scene. Originally scheduled in August 2023, their concert is now slated for
Friday, February 9 at Zoetropolis.
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 4 at West Shore Theatre.
“Great folk music societies like SFMS are the heartbeat of cultural heritage...”
— Scottish singer Julie Fowlis
Hey folks! Peter Winter Lee here, Executive Director of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society.
SFMS member Beth Kotz recently wrote: “I love that the Susquehanna Folk Music Society
fills a unique space in the Central PA folk scene by showcasing critically-acclaimed
musicians with compelling, diverse perspectives in intimate and accessible venues.
This makes for unmissable live performances month after month, and is something
I’m proud to support.”
Beth’s words struck a chord with me, as a reminder of the unique and special place SFMS
holds in the live music ecosystem of Central PA. We truly could not do what we do without
our members, patrons, volunteers, and friends. Whether you have been a member since the beginning, or just discovered us at an event this year, you make this world-class music happen!
“...as a performer, you feel the commitment and the energy from its core.”
— Julie Fowlis
While crucial to SFMS, ticket revenues and membership dues cover only
about half of our operating costs. That’s why I’m humbly asking you to make a donation
this year to Susquehanna Folk as part of our annual year-end appeal. Your tax-deductible
holiday gift will help Susquehanna Folk keep bringing “live music by the people and for the
people” to our area in 2024 and beyond.
This spring will be one of the most diverse and exciting periods ever for SFMS. From the
bold voices of the artists featured on the Black Opry Revue Tour, to the visionary Swedish
fiddling of Lena Jonsson, to the dynamic son jarocho song and dance of Caña Dulce y Caña
Brava from Mexico, plus some incredible events yet to be announced... but we can’t do it without you!
I sincerely thank you for being a part of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society, and I ask that
you consider a contribution to SFMS during this festive season.
Peter Winter Lee, Executive Director
Susquehanna Folk Music Society
A tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization
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.
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.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society
185-326 Newberry Commons, Etters, PA 17319(717) 745-6577