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


Sat, February 8 - Winter Coffee House

Winter Coffee House Harrisburg

Live acoustic music from local and regional performers, in an intimate, smoke- and alcohol-free setting. Free coffeehouse concert Sat, February 8 at Fort Hunter Barn. MORE

Sun, February 9 - Missy Raines Quartet

Missy Raines Quartet Harrisburg

Celebrated bluegrass bassist Missy Raines comes into her own as a vocalist and a songwriter with a new album and a new quartet. Concert Sun, February 9 at Appalachian Brewing Company. MORE

Thu, February 20 - Altan

Altan Harrisburg

One of Ireland's foremost traditional groups, showcasing the Irish-language songs and dynamic twin-fiddling style of their native Donegal. Concert Thu, February 20 at Appalachian Brewing Company. MORE

Sun, February 23 - HighTime

HighTime York

This fresh new trio from the heart of Conamara, Ireland combines Irish music and an intriguing blend of modern folk influences. Concert Sun, February 23 at UUCY. MORE

Sun, March 1 - Jaerv

Jaerv Lancaster

Extroverted, heartfelt and vigorous folk music from an award-winning Swedish quintet. 5-voice harmonies, energetic dance tunes and free improvisations, rooted in a broad range of musical traditions. Afternoon presentation at Martin Library, and Concert Sun, March 1 at the Ware Center. MORE

Sat, March 14 - Canal Street String Band

Canal Street String Band Harrisburg

With three voices, fifty-five strings and a pair of cow bones, this trio puts a brand-new shine on some seriously fun old American music. In this show, they'll explore the folk and blues roots that inspired The Grateful Dead. Concert Sat, March 14 at Fort Hunter. MORE

SFMS Seeks a Folklorist

SFMS is seeking to hire a part-time contracted folklorist to do fieldwork and ethnographic documentation in our area between January 15 and August 31, 2020.

As a recently-named Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Folk Arts Provisional Partner, SFMS is charged with initiating a survey of folk and traditional artists living and working in Dauphin, Cumberland and Lebanon counties. Artists will include a broad range including traditional musicians, craftspeople, storytellers, dancers, and other guardians of cultural heritage. The folklorist will help to guide this initiative and create an online directory of traditional artists.

Applicants must have at least a Masters degree in folklore or related discipline, and a minimum of two years experience. Applicants must also be competent users of digital technology. For a full description of the job and how to apply, please see the official Request for Proposal. The application deadline is January 1, 2020.


Calling Young Musicians!

Next year's Susquehanna Folk Festival (July 24-26, 2020 in Lewisberry) will feature a festival youth band program or "Kids' Academy", coordinated by traditional musician Jane Rothfield. Young players ages 6-16 will get together at the festival, learn several folk music pieces by ear, and then perform them on the main stage. Any instruments and ability levels are welcome. For information, please email sarasmile307@gmail.com or peterwinter38@gmail.com