The 2019 Brooklyn Folk Festival schedule will be announced in January. It’s very exciting! Stay tuned…
Here’s what happened last year at the 2018 Brooklyn Folk Festival:
Friday April 6th
7:30pm Little Nora Brown – Old time banjo songs and ballads
8:00pm Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino – Son Jarocho from Veracruz, Mexico
8:45pm Mamie Minch & Tamar Korn –Blues, folk and early Jazz
9:30pm Innov Gnawa – Traditional music from Morocco, Grammy nominated!
10:15pm Women’s Raga Massive – Indian Classical and folk music
11:00pm The Crimson Ragdolls –Blues, folk and early Jazz
Parish Hall Stage
8:30pm Steel City Jug Slammers – Jugband music! from Alabama!
9:30pm Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band – Jugband music! from Canada!
11:00pm Jackson & The Janks (Feat. Sam Doores of The Deslondes) – R&B from New Orleans
8:30pm Puppet Show! Presented by the Boxcutter Collective – Watch as Judy (a tough-as-nails New York City grandma) rejects the false binary of the left/right political rhetoric, and joins a coven of activist witches to take down capitalism.
Saturday April 7th
12:00pm King Isto’s Tropical String Band – String band music of the South Seas
12:45pm Suzy & Eric Thompson – Old time string duet
1:30pm Piedmont Blūz– Country Blues guitar, harmonica, washboard
2:15pm The HickHoppers – Amazing old time string band from the great state of Georgia!
3:00pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – Traditional and original jug band music
3:45pm Clifton Hicks – Ballads and banjo songs from Georgia!
4:30pm Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – Old time string band
5:15pm The Horse-Eyed Men – Disgruntled country songs
6:00pm The Birdman of Rome – The Birdman returns, all the way from Rome, Italy! Not to be missed.
Parish Hall Stage
12:30pm Exceedingly Good Pub Sing with Ken Schatz – An open singing session, come sing together!
1:30pm Old Time Jam with Stephanie Coleman
3:00pm First ever! Brooklyn Fiddle Contest – Who is the greatest fiddler in Brooklyn!? Find out! Compete for prizes! Register to compete by emailing: email@example.com
4:00pm Square Dance!! with Johanna Sims and Alex Udis calling (all the way from Louisville, KY!)
5:30pm Poorboy Krill – Blues and Ragtime
1:00pm Caribbean Brooklyn – Reading from her book and performing the calypsos her mother would sing to her, Danielle Brown uses music to share her experiences growing up Caribbean American in Brooklyn.
2:00pm Bruce Molsky – Old Time Fiddle Workshop
3:00pm Songs from the Freedom Highway: Protest Music, Past and Present – w/ Nick Panken (of Spirit Family Reunion) & Special Guests
4:00pm Film: Linefork – Documentary on legendary KY banjo player Lee Sexton, followed by Q&A with the filmmaker
6:00pm Film: How They Got Over – Documentary about the golden age of Black gospel quartets, followed by Q&A with director Robert Clem and co-producer/narractor Jerry Zolten
7:15pm Wyndham Baird – Folk, Blues and Country songs with guitar, piano and harmonica
8:00pm Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Vintage Balkan Roma ballads
8:45pm Bulla En El Barrio – Afro-Colombian percussion and vocal band, exploring new and classic Bailes Cantados of Bullerengue
9:30pm Jerron Paxton – Blues, Old Time and Ragtime Music
10:15pm Spirit Family Reunion – Original and Folk songs
11:00pm Feral Foster – Original and Folk songs
11:45pm Steel City Jug Slammers – Jugband music from Alabama!
Parish Hall Stage
7:00pm Luca Ferraris – Songs with piano all the way from Italy!
8:30pm Skalopy – The Jalopy Theatre’s own ska band!
9:30pm Salsa Dance with Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars
Sunday April 8th
2:00pm Meredith Axelrod & Craig Ventresco – Blues, folk and ragtime duet! All the way from California! Do not miss!
2:45pm Elizabeth Mitchell & Suni Paz – Music for kids & adults!
3:30pm The Hayrollers – Bluegrass music
4:15pm The Four o’clock Flowers – Blues, Folk & Old Jazz
5:00pm Pat Conte – Blues, gospel and old time songs and tunes
5:45pm East River String Band w/ R. Crumb – Country Blues and Oldtime music
Parish Hall Stage
2:00pm Old Time Slow Jam Session with Hilary Hawke
3:00pm Jalopy Chorus – World harmony song traditions, led by Eva Salina
4:00pm Jalopy Jr. Folk Stringband and Jr. Folk Intermediate Ensemble Performance
4:45pm Square Dance! – with Ginny’s Kitchen & Alex Kramer calling
2:00pm “Tradigional” Songwriting workshop with Vincent Cross – learn to write original songs using traditional techniques
3:00 pm Banjo workshop: Lee Sexton’s Expanded 2-Finger Banjo Style- The Basics (and a little bit more too…) with Linefork co-director Vic Rawlings
4:00 pm Film: Gold – Filmed in August of 1968 in the remote foothills of the Sierra Mountains this wacky piece of celluloid captures the essence of the sixties with a reasonably coherent story. – 50th anniversary screening – followed by Q&A with the filmmaker – A cult classic!! Soundtrack by Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and the MC5
6:00pm An Introduction to the Global Jukebox – A guided tour from the Association for Cultural Equity /Alan Lomax Archive of the collections and functions of the Global Jukebox.
1:00PM SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS – Banjo Throwing Contest!
This event is held off-site.
Assemble at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd St., right on the canal! Sunday at 1pm!
Carroll St. F/G train is just two blocks away!
7:00pm The Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen – Oldtime string band
7:45pm Seyyah – Turkish and Balkan music
8:30pm Michael Daves & Chris “Critter” Eldridge – Bluegrass duets!
9:15pm Pokey LaFarge – Original, blues and folk songs!
10:00pm Julia Patinella – Flamenco, Spanish and Latin American vocal and guitar music