The 2019 Brooklyn Folk Festival schedule:
Friday April 5th
7:30pm Tenores de Aterúe– Sardinian vocal quartet
8:10pm Jake Xerxes Fussell– Folk & Blues from North Carolina
9:00pm La Cumbiamba NY – playing Gaitas y Tambores from Colombia
9:50pm Jontavious Willis – Blues from Georgia
10:40pm Feral Foster & Ali Dineen – Folk, Blues, Country and original songs
Parish Hall Stage
8:00pm Ukrainian Village Voices – Vocal and instrumental music from rural Ukraine
Louisiana Dance Party!
8:45pm Jackson & The Janks (Feat. Sam Doores of The Deslondes) – R&B from New Orleans
9:40pm The Big Dixie Swingers – Western Swing and Jazz from New Orleans!
10:30pm The Revelers – Cajun, Zydeco, and ‘50s inflected swamp-dance music!
8:00pm Puppet Show! – Those beautiful Boxcutter Collective babies are back! Last year their show predicted Amazon’s move to NYC, the opening of the rainforest to more devastation by capitalism and the rise of witchcraft across the country. What will they bring us this year? Stay tuned to find out.
9:30pm Vincent Cross presents: Ballads of James “The Rooster” Corcoran
Saturday April 6th
12:00pm Dan Zanes & Claudia Eliaza – Sing from “The House Party Songbook“: An All-Ages Performance Featuring Songs From Their Family Roots Music Treasury – Presented by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
12:50pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – Traditional and original jug band music
1:40pm Nate Polly – Country songs from E. Kentucky, presented by the Appalshop
2:30pm The Mammals – Folk and original songs
3:20pm Little Nora Brown – Banjo songs, ballads and tunes
4:10pm The Ozark Highballers – Oldtime string band from Arkansas!
5:00pm The Lovestruck Balladeers – Trad jazz, ragtime, and more!
5:50pm Amythyst Kiah – Folk, blues, and original songs
Parish Hall Stage
12:30pm Exceedingly Good Pub Sing with Ken Schatz – An open singing session, come sing together!
2:30pm Square Dance!! with John Harrod, featuring a flatfoot dance performance by the City Stompers!
4:00pm Mara Kaye – Early jazz and blues songs
5:00pm Barry Clyde – Folk and blues songs
5:50pm The Hayrollers – Bluegrass!
12:00pm Revealing the Banjo’s Earliest History – Through historical images and accounts, banjo-maker Pete Ross and writer Kristina Gaddy explore the Origins of the banjo and it’s development from the 1600s through the early 1800s in the hands of enslaved African Americans. They reveal fascinating discoveries about the banjo’s role in cultural-spiritual practices like Vodou and the origins of the word “banjo.”
1:00pm “Playing (with) Trash” – Come spend an hour making your own musical instrument! We’ll use everyday found objects and simple tools. No experience necessary, great for kids and adults! – with Zeke Leonard
2:15pm Old Time Jam Session – Bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars, mandolins and harmonicas for a good old string band jam session! – Led by fiddler Stephanie Coleman
3:30pm Fiddle Workshop – Glimpses of the African-American Fiddle Tradition in Kentucky: This workshop will explore what is known about the African- American fiddle tradition in KY – with master Kentucky fiddler John Harrod, presented by the Appalshop
4:30pm Izzy’s Impact: Remembering Izzy Young and the Folklore Center – This panel will be moderated by Scott Barretta and will feature thoughts, stories and remembrances (and some music) from Izzy’s friends John Cohen, Peter K. Siegel and Matt Umanov. There will also be a selection of photographs and memorabilia from the Folklore Center curated by archivist Mitch Blank
6:15pm Film: Catfish Man of the Woods – Clarence “Catfish” Gray is a fifth-generation herb doctor living near Glenwood, West Virginia. In the film, Gray gives his healing techniques and his personal philosophy of life. “A beautiful film, keenly observant and irresistibly appealing. It is difficult to imagine an audience that would fail to respond.” –The Washington Post
Presented by the Appalshop.
7:00pm Film: American Epic – This new documentary features the untold story of how the ordinary people of America were given the opportunity to make records for the first time. Featuring interviews with Mississippi John Hurt, decedents of the Carter Family and more + Incredible never-before-seen archival footage!
This is a special cut of the film – made especially for the Brooklyn Folk Fest!
Following the screening is a live performance by Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton who appears in the film.
Opening remarks and song from the Sunrise Movement
7:00pm The Local Honeys – Stringband from E. Kentucky! Presented by the Appalshop
7:50pm Frank Fairfield & Meredith Axelrod – Folk, blues and popular songs from the 19th and early 20th century
8:40pm Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Blues, Old Time and Ragtime Music
9:30pm Kashiah Hunter & Friends – Sacred Steel from Atlanta, GA!
10:20pm The Brain Cloud – featuring Tamar Korn and Dennis Lichtman – Western Swing
11:10pm The Big Dixie Swingers – Western Swing and Jazz from New Orleans!
Parish Hall Stage
Sunday April 7th
2:00pm Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Children’s Concert & Sing-a-long! with Emily Eagen and Chris Q. Murphy – Presented by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
2:45pm Jim Kweskin – Jugband, Folk, Blues, and early Jazz
3:30pm John Harrod – Old time fiddling from Kentucky! Presented by the Appalshop
4:15pm The Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen – Oldtime string band
5:00pm Baby Gramps – Folksongs?!
5:45pm Ian Felice (of the Felice Brothers) – Original and folk songs
Parish Hall Stage
2:00pm Emma Rose and Friends – Bluegrass songs and tunes
2:45pm Flatfooting Dance workshop with Megan Downes of City Stompers
4:30pm Jalopy Chorus – World harmony song traditions, led by Eva Salina
5:15pm Jalopy Jr. Folk Stringband ensemble performance
6:00pm – Cooking Presentation: How to Make a Pierogi – with Polka Dot Cafe of Greenpoint
2:00pm Vocal Harmony Workshop – Learn to sing together in harmony, with Don Friedman and Phyllis Elkind
3:15 pm Songs from the Freedom Highway: Protest Music, Past and Present – w/ Nick Panken (of Spirit Family Reunion) & Special Guests
4:30pm Alan Lomax’s 1959 “Southern Journey”: Its Legacy 60 Years On – With a state of the art stereo tape machine – and the assistance of the young English folksinger Shirley Collins, Lomax made the first-ever recordings of now-legendary figures like Bessie Jones, Mississippi Fred McDowell, work songs at Parchman Farm and the thunderous hymnody of the Sacred Harp. Alan Lomax Archive curator Nathan Salsburg will survey the music and performers and explore its inspiration and legacy.
5:30pm Film: The Ballad of Shirley Collins – “Not just a delicious glimpse into the young Collins, but a glorious insight into the music, character and attitudes of rural America.”- Mojo
“Music Documentary Of The Year” – Louder Than War
This is the NYC Premiere!
7:00pm Film: Evelyn Williams (27 min) – This film is a portrait of a coal miner’s daughter and wife; a domestic worker and mother of nine; a college student in her 50s and community organizer; an Appalachian African American. She is a woman whose awareness of class and race oppression has led her to a lifetime of activism. Now in her 80s, she is battling to save her land in eastern Kentucky from destruction by a large oil and gas firm. Presented by the Appalshop.
8:00pm Lil’ Dogies – Harmony singing of old time & country music, all the way from Kentucky!
1:00PM SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS – Banjo Throwing Contest!
This event is held off-site. Flapjacks social at noon! Banjo toss at 1pm!
Assemble at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd St., right on the canal!
Carroll St. F/G train is just two blocks away!
Opening remarks and song from the Poor People’s Campaign
7:00pm Bruce Molsky, Tony Trischka, and Michael Daves – Bluegrass & old time music!
7:45pm Anna rg (of Anna & Elizabeth) – Traditional and original songs
8:30pm Joan Shelley – Original songs from Louisville, KY
9:15pm Yacouba Sissoko – Kora (harp) music from Mali