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

Fall 2021 Calendar

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Sun, September 19 - Fort Hunter Day

Fort Hunter Day Harrisburg
SFMS provides folk entertainment as part of the annual Fort Hunter Day festivities. Enjoy family-friendly activities and historical demonstrations, food, crafts, and more all day Sunday, September 19 at Fort Hunter Park. MORE

Sat, September 25 - Strings on Wings at Celebrate Wildwood

Strings on Wings at Celebrate Wildwood Harrisburg
York County old-time duo Strings on Wings (Todd Clewell & Barb Schmid) provides music at Celebrate Wildwood, a fun nature-themed afternoon at Harrisburg's Wildwood Park. All kinds of family events run 11am - 4pm, with music starting at 1:30. Live music and family fun on Saturday, September 25. MORE

Tanner Bingaman - Our 2021 Emerging Artist!

Congratulations to Tanner Bingaman, who took top honors in our 2021 Emerging Artist Showcase! And a virtual high-five to all of the artists, who put on a very enjoyable show. An evening of live music with with up-and-coming young performers was the perfect way bring our Endless Summer Susquehanna Folk Festival to a close.

Our 2021 finalists:
Tanner Bingaman
Stable Shakers
Emma June
Noah Fowler
Mitchel Evan

Want to share it with friends or see it again? Watch it on our YouTube channel.

Fri, October 15 - Mile Twelve

Mile Twelve Carlisle
Though rooted in traditional bluegrass, Mile Twelve surveys a broader musical landscape. We're partnering with Bluegrass@Dickinson to bring you five of the most promising young musicians in bluegrass. $5 tickets available now! IN-PERSON concert in Carlisle on Friday, October 15. MORE

Sun, October 17 - Artist to Artist Residency: Songs of Ireland

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In a FREE all-day artists residency subtitled “Lamentations and Laughter,” ALTAN members Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Dáithí Sproule joined local Irish singer Seamus Carmichael and SFMS's own folklorist Amy Skillman to explore the vibrant traditional songs from the region of Ulster in the North of Ireland. Some sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!

  • Welcome brought all of the artists together into one virtual space.
  • Tragic Little Stories featured Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh talking about the Gaelic song tradition of her home in County Donegal and about growing up singing in Gaelic. She sang a few of her favorites and taught one phonetically.
  • Comic Songs and Singing featured local Irish singer Seamus Carmichael showing the wryly humorous aspect of Ulster's song tradition, demonstrating how to draw audiences in and make them laugh.
  • Guitar Accompaniment for the Songs of Ulster featured Dáithí Sproule illustrating classic Ulster songs that have become American folk songs, and showing the beauties and common pitfalls in presenting the old songs in this way.
  • Traditional Singing Session brought all three artists together at the end of the day to trade songs and the stories about them.

Sun, November 7 - Caroline Keane & Tom Delaney

Caroline Keane & Tom Delaney Online
After Caroline and Tom's set of Irish traditional tunes in our 2020 Emerging Artist Showcase, our judges all declared they were moving to Dingle. This Irish duo's youthful exuberance and their joy in playing together is irresistible. The show includes both a professionally filmed concert and a virtual visit to their home in Dingle. The beauty and vibrant culture of rural Ireland enlivens their virtual concert premiering on Sunday, November 7. MORE

Sun, November 14 - Fall Coffee House

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Our 2021 Virtual Coffee House mini-series debuts with three performers joining us over the airwaves. John Kingman Smith is known for his place-centered songwriting and his work with 3 Dollar Suit. Brother duo Pyxus plays folk and Newgrass inspired by a variety of artists. Wilmington area folk-rocker Larry D (Larry DiPaolo) will remind you of the singer songwriters of the 1970’s. Our own Joe Cooney emcees this livestream Coffeehouse concert on Sunday evening, November 14. MORE

Sun, November 21 - Women in the Blues

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The role of women in shaping Blues music as an art form was pivotal, yet often overlooked. Join us online for an engrossing evening of women-inspired blues music.
Valerie Turner is a prominent blues artist in the style of Piedmont legends like Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Memphis Minnie, and Etta Baker.
Suzy Thompson is a powerful blues singer and fingerpicking guitarist, master of genres from prewar acoustic blues to Cajun to old-time, especially tunes with a ragtime feel.
Mary Flower is a master blues guitarist and singer; her repertoire ranges from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz.
Mary Flower serves as moderator for this intimate evening of discussion and music, live on Zoom on Sunday, November 21. MORE