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Presenting fine traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania since 1985

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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

Sun, April 21 - Caña Dulce y Caña Brava

Caña Dulce y Caña Brava New Cumberland
Caña Dulce y Caña Brava are exceptional performers of son jarocho, a Mexican tradition that combines music, dance and poetry. The group brings a feminine perspective to this historically male-dominated tradition. Evening performance and afternoon workshop on zapateado percussive dance on Sunday, April 21 at West Shore Theatre. MORE

Thu, April 25 - Genticorum

Genticorum York
This trio radiates the joyous energy of Québécois traditional music, with spectacular instrumental work, gorgeous vocal harmonies and exhilarating foot percussion. This will be their third SFMS show, and they have always delighted our audiences. Don't miss this concert! Thursday, April 25 at UUCY. MORE

Wed, May 1 - Natalie & Brittany Haas

Natalie & Brittany Haas Lancaster
Coming together as a duo for the first time, the Haas sisters bring together two brilliant careers and multiple musical worlds. Natalie (cello) is known for her partnership with Alasdair Fraser, Mark O’Connor and others; Brittany (fiddle) for her work with Darol Anger, Crooked Still, Hawktail and more. It’s a collab that’s been a lifetime in the making! Concert on Wednesday, May 1 at Zoetropolis. MORE

Fri, May 3 - Give Local York

Give Local York York
Support Susquehanna Folk and help keep the music coming this summer! Donate online on May 3 through Give Local York, and your gift will be partially matched. And join us for an open jam session that evening at York Central Market. GIVE ONLINE ALL DAY Friday, May 3 MORE

Sat, May 11 - Spring Coffee House

Spring Coffee House Spring Coffee House Harrisburg
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.
This edition of our coffeehouse features original folk from Julia Coler, from the band of Martin, Miller & Myers, and from Matt Miskie... and for a change of pace, some (mostly) Irish songs & tunes from Matthew Ward & Sharon Sacks.

Come on out for some terrific live local music! Saturday, May 11 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

Give Local York

in support of the

logo: 2024 Susquehanna Folk Festival

SFMS is participating in Give Local York, a 24‑hour giving event to benefit local nonprofits. Donate online Friday, May 3 (actually starting at 9pm Thursday) through Give Local York, and your gift will be partially matched. And join us for an open jam session that evening at York Central Market.

A sneak peek at our lineup:

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy are one of our headliners
Hot Club of Cowtown is one of our headliners!
Hubby Jenkins will be performing
Emerging Artist Showcase
Larry & Joe will be performing
Contra Rebels are playing for our Friday night contradance
The Susquehanna Folk Festival's performers will include Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, Hot Club of Cowtown, Hubby Jenkins, Larry & Joe, and dance music by The Contra Rebels, plus the excitement of our annual Emerging Artist Showcase. Watch for more to be announced.

Please consider participating in Give Local York, to help SFMS keep the music coming this summer and beyond. Thanks in advance for your support!

Many thanks to our festival partners:
logo: Appell Center logo: Explore York logo: National Endowment for the Arts logo: American Folklife Center

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
Closeup shot focused on Aron Rook’s face and hands, and the wood sculpture she is carving. Aron is a young woman of Asian appearance, with straight black hair and light-brown skin. She holds her piece in one gloved hand and removes material with a small tool.
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.
Carl “Buffalo” Nichols is seen in profile, wearing a black knit cap, a black shirt, and a large black disc earring. He is facing left, looking downward, seeming relaxed but serious and a little sad.
Two Black men sit across from one another at a table, studying Bibles. The elderly man is Reverend Moses Jackson and the younger man (though old enough to have a gray beard) is his son Anthony.