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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

Sun, April 21 - Zapateado Percussive Dance Workshop ‑ FREE!

Zapateado Percussive Dance Workshop ‑ FREE! New Cumberland
Learn the basics of zapateado, the lively percussive dance style that is the rhythmic base of son jarocho. No prior knowledge or dance experience is required! Bring leather-soled shoes with heels. The workshop will include live music, and is appropriate for adults and teens. Thanks to a generous donation, this fun workshop is FREE! Sunday afternoon, April 21 at West Shore Theatre Arts & Education Center. 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

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 Sounds of Home

In this Folk Artist spotlight, we check in on one of our Folk Arts Apprenticeships. This one centers on the music of Nepal and Bhutan, two small countries in the Himalayas.

Tabla drums and a harmonium are being played by two Nepalese men sitting on a sisal rug in Khatmandu. Only the men’s hands are visible.
Playing tablas and harmonium in Khatmandu, Nepal: Wikimedia Commons

Bhagirath Khatiwada, a Nepali speaker, came to the US from Bhutan fifteen years ago. He is committed to preserving and sharing the culture, music and arts of his native land. Inspired by his son’s success with learning the tabla (hand drums), Bhagirath is learning to play the harmonium. He is apprenticed to master musician Muskan Balampaki Magar, who is originally from Nepal.

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Bhagirath Khatiwada (left) and Muskan Balampaki Magar (right)

The worldwide population of Nepali speakers is small and shrinking. Keeping the beautiful Nepali culture alive, vigorous and self-sustaining is hugely important to both Bhagirath and Muskan. Music is a central part of their culture — that is, people engaging actively in making music as a community — and so music is at the center of their efforts. They dream of creating a school, a cultural center, not just for the Nepali-speaking community (some 25,000 near Harrisburg, 50,000 statewide) but with the larger community as well.

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 of a Black woman’s hands stitching small hexagons of colored calico into a flower. In her lap is a clear bag holding several finished flowers.
A head-and-shoulders shot of Raye Zaragoza, a young multi-racial woman with long straight hair, dusky skin and full lips.  She is wearing a black hat (only the underside of the brim is seen) and black T-shirt. Her expression is serious and a little sad.
A woman’s hands buckle a band of small brass jingle-bells onto a dancer’s ankle. The dancer’s foot is rimmed in red paint, and she wears colorful silk leggings.
Curtain call at a Black Opry show, with several Black artists (mostly women) celebrating.