In this FREE virtual artists’ residency, three singer songwriters and came together to tell stories, play songs, and share their experiences. The genre of “Women’s Music,” which all of them have helped to create, literally saved their lives by supporting and empowering them to be their best selves.
Central PA’s own Bobbi Carmitchell (second photo) joined Jamie Anderson (first photo) and Barb Barton (third photo), along with guest moderators (and longtime women's music proponents)
Kay Turner and Debra D’Alessandro and SFMS folklorist
Amy Skillman, in a day of thoughtful, playful and informative workshops. Sessions are archived on our YouTube channel!
Meet the Artists brought all six presenters and participants from near and far into one virtual space.
Venues, Views & Pews revealed how Women’s Music creates a culture of support, both for artists to express themselves and for listeners to see themselves in the music.
Driving the Message Home illustrated the use of comedy, story and emotion in songs that build a sense of identity and, one neighbor at a time, change the world.
Rounding Out the Sound spotlighted some tricks of the singer-songwriter trade: guitar techniques, open tunings and use of rhythm to give songs power and interest.
Round Robin Song Circle echoed a beloved tradition from Women's Music festivals: a space to listen, share and honor one another's music.
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.
We're still on for Saturday!
“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.
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.
Our Coffeehouse returns to Fort Hunter! We'll bring you some terrific music from local and regional acoustic musicians who are familiar friends to SFMS coffeehouse fans. Guitarist and singer-songwriter David Fishel leads off with original contemporary folk; the duo Heart and Soul follows with acoustic pop covers; Strings on Wings (the duo of Todd Clewell & Barb Schmid) brings in their eclectic fiddle & guitar tunes; and Antonio Andrade rounds out the evening with his trademark rockin' folk. Sorry, no actual coffee this time, but check out our merch table and support local folk! LIVE IN PERSON!
FREE Coffeehouse concert on Sat, February 12 at Fort Hunter Barn, 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.
Learn how to apply for a grant from the PCA's "Apprenticeships in Folk and Traditional Arts" program. These grants support artists in teaching OR developing their artistic skills/repertoire. Presented by our Susquehanna Folk Arts Center.
Live on Zoom on Monday, February 21.