Sun, October 4 - Storyteller Bil Lepp
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
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
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 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.
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
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.