Even though our regular season ended early, SFMS KEEPS THE MUSIC COMING! We're exploring new ways to bring music to you, and finding ways to support our traditional arts community here locally and wider still.
Stay well out there, make music as often as possible, and help your neighbors. If you can, consider supporting any musician you love by purchasing recorded music and other merchandise, as they are being hit hard.
July 2020 - Susquehanna Folk Festival POSTPONED
Sadly, our 2020 festival is postponed until July 23-25, 2021. We are inviting 2020 performers to join us then, and we hope you will too. In the meantime, watch for news of our VIRTUAL Emerging Artists Showcase this summer! MORE
Anytime! - Livestream Concert
Some of our favorite national and local artists joined us online during Give Local York for an all-star SFMS Keeps the Music Coming! Livestream Concert. You can can watch it anytime on our website or on our YouTube channel. And if you missed your chance to donate on May 1, please know you can help keep the music coming with a donation to SFMS, anytime.
We are very grateful to the artists who shared their music and dance with us on this on this important day of community giving: Del Rey • Eileen Ivers • Hubby Jenkins • Pete’s Posse • Shane Speal • John Doyle • Carla & Rye Crowen (Swing Dance) • Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh (Altan) • Todd Clewell & Barb Schmid (Late for Supper) • Kristyn Harris • Olivier Demers (Le Vent du Nord) • Danielle Delvin (Step Dance) • April Verch & Cody Walters • Joe Newberry • Buffalo Mountain Bluegrass • The Small Glories • Aaron Jonah Lewis (Corn Potato String Band) • Jaerv • Kevin Henderson (Nordic Fiddlers Bloc) • Holly Near • Liz Carroll (Trian) • Jim Hurst • Elana James (Hot Club of Cowtown)
FESTIVAL POSTPONED until 2021
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society board has made the difficult decision to postpone this summer’s festival to July 23-25, 2021. SFMS shares the disappointment that many will feel with this news. The safety of our audience members, performers and volunteers is our first consideration, and we are deeply concerned about the public health risks of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
We are inviting all 2020 artists to join us in 2021, and we hope that all of you stay safe and healthy to return to the festival next summer. We truly appreciate your loyalty and support. SFMS will be contacting those who purchased tickets for the 2020 festival individually.
Folk artists, whose music so enriches our lives, are facing the loss of considerable income during these challenging times. To benefit local artists, SFMS is hosting a series of virtual events -- "SFMS Comes to YOU!" These concerts, plus news about other online events, will be posted here.
Please consider supporting the musicians you love, in whatever ways you can.
SFMS hopes to resume concerts, coffeehouses, jam sessions, and more this fall, and of course, we look forward to seeing you at the next Susquehanna Folk Festival on July 23-25, 2021!
Looking forward to the time that we can meet again in person.
Jess Hayden, Festival Director
Susquehanna Folk Music Society Board
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.