Sat, January 29 - Windborne
January '22 - Congratulate our Executive Directors!
Peter is stepping into the shoes of Jess Hayden, who is retiring after 20 years as our Executive Director. Please join us in wishing Jess all the best as she embarks on this new adventure.
Sat, February 12 - Winter Coffee House
Sun, February 20 - The Lonesome Ace Stringband
Sun, March 6 - Téada
Sat, April 9 - The Honey Dewdrops
Peter Winter Lee
SFMS’s New Executive Director
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society announces the appointment of its new Executive Director, Peter Winter Lee, following the retirement of longtime SFMS Executive Director Jess Hayden. Peter’s appointment is effective January 1, 2022.
A lifelong Harrisburg resident, Peter attributes a large part of his love for music to growing up attending Susquehanna Folk events. He looks forward to giving back to an organization that has given him so much.
Peter has been a member of the SFMS Board of Directors since 2015. In that time, he has served as the board secretary as well as SFMS’s staff writer, interviewing folk music luminaries including Sean & Sara Watkins of Nickel Creek, Carolina Chocolate Drops alum Dom Flemons, banjo innovator Tony Trischka, and Scottish singing legend Julie Fowlis.
Most recently, Peter has co-chaired the board’s New Roots Committee with his wife Sara Willard Lee, who is also a SFMS board member. The committee focuses on young adult outreach and identifying innovative folk acts that hold true to the Susquehanna Folk Music Society's mission.
Peter is a multi-instrumental performer, composer, songwriter and musical collaborator. For 15 years he has played with Celtic Nu-folk band Seasons, a band comprised of the five Lee siblings in various configurations. Seasons is a staple of Central PA’s Celtic and Roots music scene, and has performed across the East Coast and in Ireland. They are currently working on their fifth studio album.
Peter is also a passionate educator and has taught private lessons on a variety of musical instruments to students of all ages for the past decade. From 2013 to 2018 Peter ran the All the Day Sounds music blog, interviewing artists from around the world, primarily documenting the diverse Philadelphia music scene.
In his spare time, Peter can be found DJ-ing his record collection alongside his wife, as the duo His & Hers Music. The two have also released local music on their record label, His & Hers Records.
COVID SAFETY POLICY
We are delighted to be transitioning back to in-person, live folk music!
Additional precautions may apply to specific events.
Full details on our Covid Safety page.
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.