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


      SFMS KEEPS THE MUSIC COMING! We're bringing live music to you online, and finding new ways to support our traditional arts community. 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.

Sun, July 19 - Jaerv at Gothenburg

Swedish quintet Jaerv, a SFMS crowd favorite, joins us online for a conversation and a full-length concert streamed from the beautiful Tower of Gothenburg Cathedral in Sweden. Online concert Sunday, July 19. MORE

Sun, Aug 9 - VIRTUAL Emerging Artist Showcase

Our Emerging Artist Showcase is one of the most-anticipated parts of our summer festival. We can't do it in person this year, so we're taking it online! Join us on August 9 to vote for your favorite finalist, performing LIVE. Who will bag our $500 prize?

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN: Folk performers of any age who aren't yet regulars on big-time stages are invited to apply by July 25!

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)

Susquehanna Folk Recognized with CARES Act Grant

SFMS is pleased to announce that we have been recommended for a $50,000 CARES Act Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts! This grant is meant to strengthen and sustain arts organizations during the Coronavirus pandemic. Aside from SFMS, only 35 Pennsylvania-based arts organizations, including The Appell Center in York and the City of Lancaster, were recommended for a grant of this size.

SFMS is very grateful for these funds, which will help us keep presenting entertaining and engaging folk arts programs that benefit the Central Pennsylvania community and beyond.

Learn more:
Live interview on ABC27NEA press release


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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. We are inviting 2020 performers to join us then, and we hope you will too.

In the meantime, we're excited to announce our VIRTUAL Emerging Artist Showcase on August 9th! Applications are being accepted now.

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.