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

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Sun, October 4 - Storyteller Bil Lepp

Storyteller Bil Lepp Online

Bil is a nationally-renowned storyteller and five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars Contest, and has been called "the Wonder Bra of storytelling." Join us for an afternoon of truth-stretching, shaggy dogs and outright whoppers, and learn how to create chaos of your own. Virtual Storytelling Workshop and Performance on Sunday, October 4. MORE

This season - SFMS Goes Online!

We can't gather for music and dance in person, but we can still enjoy live music. Susquehanna Folk Keeps the Music Coming with a variety of online events featuring both up-and-coming local musicians and internationally acclaimed touring acts. It's a whole new way of connecting with acoustic folk. Let us know how we're doing.

Sat, October 17 - Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason Online

Folk icons Jay Ungar and Molly Mason join us for a lovely day of live music, from upstate New York direct to your home! In the afternoon they'll teach fiddle and guitar; in the evening we'll enjoy a concert and a conversation with SFMS Board member Autumn Moore. Zoom workshop and live-stream concert on Saturday, October 17. MORE

Sat, November 7 - Del Rey Concert & Workshop

Del Rey Concert & Workshop Online

West Coast blues guitar and ukulele queen Del Rey has a distinctive fingerpicking style that makes her solo instruments sound like a whole band. Her online concert on Nov 7 offers inspiration for a 2-part virtual workshop on fingerpicking the ukulele, the weekend after. Live-stream concert on Saturday, November 7. MORE

Sat, November 21 - David Jacobs-Strain

David Jacobs-Strain Online

David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He's known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. Join us for a LIVE virtual concert and conversation. Live-stream concert on Saturday, Nov 21. MORE

SFMS Folk Arts Center

We are excited to launch the SFMS Folk Arts Center, a regional hub for traditional artists, information, projects, and arts events. Find it under our COMMUNITY tab.

Our Folk Artist Gallery showcases the diversity of traditional arts in our region. In-depth artist profiles, based on fieldwork by our professional folklorist, will be added throughout the coming months.

Seamus Carmichael
An Irishman by birth, Seamus Carmichael is a traditional Irish singer. His repertoire includes rollicking pub songs as well as older songs in the evocative sean-nós style. His profile, like all of the Gallery articles, is rich with photos, audio, video and narrative.

Susquehanna Folk is one of a statewide network of folk arts partners supported by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. The Folk Arts Center is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. EXPLORE THE FOLK ARTS CENTER

The board and staff of the Susquehanna Folk Music Society remain 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 join in the growing chorus of voices speaking 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.