Brooklyn Folk Festival

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November 10-12


CBS Sunday Morning: Ramblin’ Jack


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WMM Spotlights Folk Alliance International

WMM is Spinning Records With Marion Merritt + Jennifer Roe of Folk Alliance InternationalListen at 1 hour 30 minute mark  |  Listen at WMM

Territorial Imperatives Highlights Brooklyn Folk Festival

The 15th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival Celebrates Folkways"In 1952 the only way you could hear America’s recorded legacy, especially the...

BK Mag Highlights Nora Brown at Brooklyn Folk Festival

Nora Brown has already recorded four albums and a Tiny Desk session on an unlikely instrument for a teen: a banjo"The audience at the Brooklyn Folk...

NY1 Highlights Brooklyn Folk Festival

Brooklyn Folk Festival returns for 15th year"The festival features a tribute to the 75th birthday of legendary folk record label Folkways Records,...

Time Out New York Highlights Brooklyn Folk Festival

The best things to do in NYC this week"The festival celebrates 15 years in 2023, having grown from a small event to multiple stages inside the...

WNYC Highlights Brooklyn Folk Festival

John Schaefer, host of WNYC's New Sounds, shares some of the NYC musical offerings to catch this fallBrooklyn Folk Festival mentioned at the 2:50...

BK Mag Highlights Brooklyn Folk Festival

Woody Guthrie's sidekick and the 'father' of Bob Dylan returns to his native Brooklyn next month for the Folk Festival"Elliott would essentially...

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Smithsonian Folkways Celebrates 75 Years of Folkways Records in 2023

Live Events at Brooklyn Folk Festival & Smithsonian Folklife Festival AnnouncedWashington, DC – May 2023 marks 75 years since the iconic independent...



Friday Evening

Main Stage
7:00pm – The Down Hill Strugglers – old time string band
opening set honoring John Cohen, the New Lost City
Ramblers and Old Time Music on Folkways Records
7:30pm – Sonia Sanchez – poet
8:00pm – Peggy Seeger – folk songs with banjo and guitar
Exclusive video performance from her home in England
8:50pm – The Fugs – poet musicians
9:40pm – Charlie Parr – original and folk songs
10:30pm – Dom Flemons – the American Songster, traditional music on banjo, guitar, quills and bones

Parish Hall
7:30pm – Albanie Falletta – blues, early jazz and original songs
8:30pm – Mamie Minch – folk, blues and original songs
9:45pm – Jackson Lynch Band – New Orleans style R&B and original songs

Jalopy Tavern
Come join us at the Brooklyn Folk Festival Afterparty!
11pm til late – Los Chuskos
317 Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Saturday Afternoon

Main Stage
12:00pm – Ken Schatz
leads Sea Shanty singing
12:50pm – Kyle Tigges – folk and original songs
1:40pm – Harry Smith @ 100
Harry Smith Anthology re-enactment of vol. 1 – musicians play all the songs on the record in the same order, live! This is part of our Harry Smith @ 100 programming.
Continues in the workshop room at 6:15pm.
2:40pm – David Johansen – folk and original songs
3:20pm – Wyndham Baird – folk, country and blues songs
4:10pm – Sandy Rogers – original and traditional country songs
5:00pm – The Down Hill Strugglers – old time string band
5:50pm – Erik Frandsen – folk and original songs

Parish Hall
1:45pm – Jalopy Open Mic Showcase
3:00pm – Wolf van Elfmand – original and folk songs
4:15pm – Country Dance with The Slide Stops & Sargent Seedo
5:50pm – Samoa Wilson Trio – blues, early jazz and folk songs

1:00pm – Record producer Peter K. Siegel in conversation with Elijah Wald & Eli Smith: “Making Records With Folkways”
Siegel discusses the process of recording and producing albums by the likes of Doc Watson, Hazel & Alice, Clarence Ashley, Joseph Spence and others for Folkways Records.
2:15pm – Panel discussion: The role of Folkways Records in defining American folk music in the 20th and 21st centuries. This panel will focus on the expansive definition of “traditional music” that has defined the label’s ethos since 1948.
with: Maureen Loughran, Jeff Place, Jake Blount & Hilary Saunders
Moderated by Jonathan Williger
3:45pm – Harry Smith @100 – Films screening and Q&A with Harry Smith Archives’ Rani Singh
5:00pm – John Szwed – “Cosmic Scholar” Harry Smith book reading and Q&A
6:15pm Harry Smith Anthology re-enactment of vol. 1 continues! – Musicians play all the songs on the record in the same order, live!

Saturday Evening

Main Stage
7:00pm – Nora Brown – old time banjo songs and tunes
7:50pm – Jake Blount – old time banjo songs and tunes
8:40pm – Alice Gerrard – old time songs and string band music
9:30pm – Kashiah Hunter & The Sacred Sounds – Sacred Steel from Atlanta, Georgia
10:20pm – Jerron Paxton – blues, ragtime and old time songs and instrumentals
11:15pm – Harry Smith @ 100 Film Screening; Early Abstractions featuring live improvised score by Peter Stampfel & Friends

Parish Hall
7:00pm – Barry Clyde
7:45pm – South Texas Conjunto Dance Workshop with Dan Margolies
8:30pm – Felipe Perez y Sus Polkeros South Texas Polka Dance
9:30pm – Larry & Joe

Jalopy Tavern
Come join us at the Brooklyn Folk Festival Afterparty!
11pm til late – The Slide Stops
317 Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn

Sunday Afternoon

1:00pm – Banjo Toss! Banjo Throwing Contest
Gather at 12:30pm at the entrance to the F/G trains station, located at 2nd st. and Smith street for a parade leading to the Banjo Toss arena!
The Banjo Toss will commence at 1pm
Gowanus Dredgers Club
165 2nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

Main Stage
2:00pm – Hopalong Andrew – music for children and families
2:50pm – Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones – jug band, blues, folk and original songs
3:40pm – Lone Piñon – string band music from New Mexico
4:30pm – Songs of Slavery and Emancipation – Rediscovered freedom songs from the movement to overthrow the slavery system in the 19th century. These songs are relevant today and offer a visceral connection to that moment in history.
5:20pm – Felipe Perez y Sus Polkeros – accordion driven conjunto music from South Texas
6:10pm – Ramblin’ Jack Elliott – legendary folksinger
11am – Whitney Museum – Exhibition tour of “Fragments of a Faith Forgotten: The Art of Harry Smith” Gallery tour led by curator Rani Singh, Director Harry Smith Archives for Brooklyn Folk Festival ticket holders! Ticket information forthcoming.

Parish Hall
2:00pm – Old Time Jam with Stephanie Coleman
3:15pm – Jalopy School of Music Recitals
with teachers Kyle Tigges and Emily Eagen
4:30pm – Jalopy Chorus with Eva Salina
5:15pm – Square Dance
with Megan Downes & The City Stompers

2:00pm – Terri Thal author of ‘My Greenwich Village: Dave, Bob and Me’ Book reading and Q&A
2:50pm – Felipe Perez Conjunto Accordion Workshop
4pm – Lullabies from the Lomax Collections – The Association for Cultural Equity / Alan Lomax Archive presents lullabies drawn from the virtual exhibit “Go to Sleepy Little Baby”, featuring archival recordings and live performances by Brooklyn Folk Fest artists!

Sunday Evening

Main Stage
7:00pm – Boxcutter Collective
Puppet Procession Performance
7:15pm – Ali Dineen – original songs
8:00pm – Feral Foster – original songs
8:45pm – Alynda Segarra – original songs
9:30pm – Jake Xerxes Fussell – folk and blues songs

Parish Hall
7:15pm – Katie Martucci – original and folk songs
8:30pm – Beareather Reddy Band – classic blues

Jalopy Tavern
Come join us at the Brooklyn Folk Festival Afterparty!
11pm til late – Jackson Lynch Band
317 Columbia Street in Red Hook, Brooklyn


The Brooklyn Folk Festival presents the best in American and world folk music. Located in downtown Brooklyn, NY the festival is a celebration of down home music, cultural diversity and memory. Each year we draw talent from the New York, the national and the international world of folk, traditional and vernacular music.

The annual festival provides an opportunity for community to come together, enjoy music and take part in workshops, film screenings, contests and jam sessions. The festival is produced each year with the goal of achieving an event that is more than the sum of its parts.

The Brooklyn Folk Festival is presented by the Jalopy Theatre & School of Music, a grassroots community space that is a music venue, music school, instrument store and record label. By growing the Brooklyn Folk Festival since 2009, the Jalopy has created a substantial and unique community event that brings together thousands of music lovers and hundreds of musicians to celebrate the valuable musical traditions of the world’s peoples.

The festival is held at the beautiful historic St. Ann’s Church located at 157 Montague St. between Clinton and Henry in Brooklyn Heights. The 3-day festival includes 30+ bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more!

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