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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

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 Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

January '22 - Congratulate our Executive Directors!

Peter Winter Lee becomes the Executive Director of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society on January 1, 2022. Please join us in welcoming Peter to his new role! Peter is active in the local music scene and has served on SFMS's Board of Directors for several years. Read more about him here.

Peter is stepping into the shoes of Jess Hayden, who is retiring after 20 years as our Executive Director. Please join us in wishing Jess all the best as she embarks on this new adventure.

Sat, February 12 - Winter Coffee House

Winter Coffee House Harrisburg
Our Coffeehouse returns to Fort Hunter! We'll bring you some terrific music from local and regional acoustic musicians. Interested in playing? Apply now! LIVE IN PERSON - FREE Coffeehouse concert on Sat, February 12 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

Sun, February 20 - The Lonesome Ace Stringband

The Lonesome Ace Stringband Harrisburg
This old-time stringband with bluegrass chops plays some righteous folk and country music, with a sound that's like no other band. Their depth of groove and sense of space is uncommon in bluegrass; their instrumental interplay and vocal blend is uncommon in old-time. This will be an outstanding show. LIVE IN PERSON! Sun, February 20 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

Sat, April 9 - The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops Harrisburg
Acoustic Americana with gorgeous vocal harmonies. Baltimore Magazine says, “their sincere, stripped-down songwriting is just the kind of music we need more of. This music is sweet to the ears, easy on the heart, and will stick in your mind for some time to come.” LIVE IN PERSON! Sat, April 9 at Fort Hunter Barn, Harrisburg. MORE

Wed, April 27 - Dom Flemons - FREE TO MEMBERS!

Dom Flemons - FREE TO MEMBERS! Harrisburg
With a repertoire that spans over a hundred years of early American popular music, Dom Flemons calls himself “The American Songster.” SFMS audiences have loved his stellar musicianship on multiple instruments, his personable stage presence, and the depth of knowledge he shares about the Black American experience through music. LIVE IN PERSON! Wed, April 27 at the WITF Public Media Center, Harrisburg. MORE
Become a member today and see this concert for free!


Introducing
Peter Winter Lee SFMS’s New Executive Director

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society announces the appointment of its new Executive Director, Peter Winter Lee, following the retirement of longtime SFMS Executive Director Jess Hayden. Peter’s appointment is effective January 1, 2022.

Peter Winter Lee has an oval face with fair skin and lots of freckles, a short sandy beard, and hazel-grey eyes. He's wearing a slate-colored cap and a scarlet-and-navy striped T-shirt. His expression is friendly, with a slight smile.

A lifelong Harrisburg resident, Peter attributes a large part of his love for music to growing up attending Susquehanna Folk events. He looks forward to giving back to an organization that has given him so much.

Peter has been a member of the SFMS Board of Directors since 2015. In that time, he has served as the board secretary as well as SFMS’s staff writer, interviewing folk music luminaries including Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Carolina Chocolate Drops alum Dom Flemons, banjo innovator Tony Trischka, and Scottish singing legend Julie Fowlis.

Most recently, Peter has co-chaired the board’s New Roots Committee with his wife Sara Willard Lee, who is also a SFMS board member. The committee focuses on young adult outreach and identifying innovative folk acts that hold true to the Susquehanna Folk Music Society's mission.

Peter is a multi-instrumental performer, composer, songwriter and musical collaborator. For 15 years he has played with Celtic Nu-folk band Seasons, a band comprised of the five Lee siblings in various configurations. Seasons is a staple of Central PA’s Celtic and Roots music scene, and has performed across the East Coast and in Ireland. They are currently working on their fifth studio album.

Peter is also a passionate educator and has taught private lessons on a variety of musical instruments to students of all ages for the past decade. From 2013 to 2018 Peter ran the All the Day Sounds music blog, interviewing artists from around the world, primarily documenting the diverse Philadelphia music scene.

In his spare time, Peter can be found DJ-ing his record collection alongside his wife, as the duo His & Hers Music. The two have also released local music on their record label, His & Hers Records.

COVID SAFETY POLICY

We are delighted to be transitioning back to in-person, live folk music!

For the health and safety of our guests and performers, SFMS requires all patrons to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of performance time. All patrons must wear masks regardless of vaccination status.

Additional precautions may apply to specific events.

Full details on our Covid Safety page.

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.

PULLING TOGETHER

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.