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Central Pennsylvania's grass-roots voice for folk music and dance!


Sat, December 4 - Artist to Artist: Women's Music

Artist to Artist: Women's Music Artist to Artist: Women's Music Artist to Artist: Women's Music Online
Women’s music, blossoming alongside the women’s movement of the 1970s, created community and belonging for women seeking to empower their lives. Join us for a fascinating exploration of the genre’s roots, culture and evolution with some of its early practitioners.

In this FREE virtual artists’ residency, three singer songwriters come together to tell stories, play songs, and share their experiences. Central PA’s own Bobbi Carmitchell (middle photo) joins Jamie Anderson (top photo) and Barb Barton (bottom photo), along with guest moderators Kay Turner and Debra D’Alessandro and SFMS folklorist Amy Skillman, in a day of thoughtful, playful and informative workshops. Live on Zoom ALL DAY Saturday, December 4. MORE

until Dec 6 - Hit Rewind: Caroline Keane & Tom Delaney

Hit Rewind: Caroline Keane & Tom Delaney Online
Good news for folks who missed this joyful Irish duo's virtual concert premiere on November 7 — or who loved it and want to share it with friends. Grab a ticket, "Hit Rewind," and watch the concert on YouTube until Monday, December 6. MORE

Sun, December 12 - Tanner Bingaman

Tanner Bingaman Online
We are pleased to welcome the winner of our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase back to our virtual stage for a full-length concert. Tanner sings original 'folkmush' and arrangements of traditional mountain tunes, playing guitar, banjo and harmonica. Virtual concert on Sunday, December 12. MORE

Fri, December 17 - Joe Newberry & April Verch

Joe Newberry & April Verch York
These two grew up around people who made their own fun with music and dance, and it shows. With original songs and timeless classics, heartwarming stories and lively tunes & dance, their shows radiate joy and good fellowship. LIVE IN PERSON! Friday, December 17 at the Appell Center's Studio in York. MORE

Sat, January 29 - Windborne

Windborne Harrisburg
“The most exciting vocal group in a generation”: Windborne combines bold and innovative harmonies, styles from around the world, and a vocal blend that comes from longtime friendship and lots of practice. They also carry on the alliance of folk music and social activism, breathing new life into songs of change from the past that still ring true in modern times. LIVE IN PERSON! Saturday, January 29 at Fort Hunter. MORE

Jess Hayden is Retiring!

Susquehanna Folk's long-time Executive Director, Jess Hayden, is retiring effective December 31, 2021. Jess has served as our Executive Director for the past 20 years.

Jess Hayden grins for a candid portrait.

During this time, she has helped to expand what was already a robust organization by more than tripling its fiscal size and programming activity. She has taken SFMS from its roots in the Harrisburg area and has grown it substantially with events and partnerships in neighboring York and Lancaster Counties.

Among her recent accomplishments, Jess has created the Susquehanna Folk Festival, a summer celebration of traditional arts...

...established SFMS as a Folk Arts Center for Dauphin, Cumberland and Lebanon Counties in partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts...

...and developed a wide-ranging slate of online programming, keeping the music coming throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

SFMS Keeps the Music Coming!

She is proud that SFMS continues to be a respected staple of the traditional music circuit, known to musicians and music lovers locally, nationally and internationally.

“Jess has poured her heart and soul into SFMS,” said Steve Wennberg, President of the SFMS Board of Directors. “She is much-beloved and will be sorely missed. I join all of SFMS in wishing Jess the very best during her well-deserved retirement.”

Our new Executive Director will be announced in the coming months.

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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.


Those who play and present music for a living are in difficult straits right now, along with restaurant staff, service workers, and so many others. If you are in a position to do so, please support your community in whatever ways you can.

If you play an instrument, you might consider reaching out to any musician you admire and asking about lessons via video-call. Many of them suddenly have more time and less income than usual! Ask your local music store owner if you can buy a gift certificate. See if the pub down the street is offering carry-out. Support an arts nonprofit whose work you believe in (like SFMS! among others).

Pull together with your community and do what you can. Together we'll get through this.