Thursday, October 20th

NYC FILM PREMIERE, 8:00pm: Different Johns – a documentary film that explores the different lives of John Cohen: folk musician, photographer, teacher, filmmaker and one of the faces of the Beat Generation. The film shines a light on America: its artists, its history, its reality – through this story of a un-conventional American. 7:30pm Doors / 8pm Screening

“One could say that the treasures of the earth may be found between the eyes of John Cohen.”
– Patti Smith

The film’s director, Robert Carr, will present the film and a Q&A following the screening. This film screening is part of the “All This is a Record of My Search: John Cohen at 90 / Music / Films / Photographs” programming at the 2022 Brooklyn Folk Festival. There will be special guests playing old time string band music following the screening.

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Friday, October 21st

Main Stage

8:30pm Ukrainian Village Voices, rural vocal music from Ukraine
9:00pm Nora Brown, songs, ballads and tunes with banjo
9:45pm Amythyst Kiah, original and traditional songs

Parish Hall Stage

8:30pm Megg Farrell, honky tonk band!
9:15 pm The Jackson Lynch Band, New Orleans style R&B and more!

Saturday, October 22nd

Afternoon Concerts
Main Stage

12:00pm Family Sing-a-long with Emily Eagen & Chris Q. Murphy
12:50pm Jacob Wysoski, blues and folk songs
1:40pm Bill Carney’s Jug Addicts, jug band music
2:30pm Clinton Davis
, old time fiddle, banjo and guitar
3:20pm All This is a Record of My Search: John Cohen at 90 /Music / Films / Photographs, musicians influenced by John Cohen will play music from his years of work. Participating musicians include The Down Hill Strugglers, Inkarayku, Nora Brown, Peter K. Siegel, Brett Ratliff, Tim Eriksen, Wyndham Baird, Stephanie Coleman, Jerron Paxton and more!
4:10pm Tim Eriksen, old time songs and ballads, unaccompanied singing, along with banjo and guitar music
5:00pm Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band, original and traditional jug band music, from Canada!
5:50pm Stillhouse Serenade, old time, blues and country music

Parish Hall Stage

1:00pm Old-time string band jam session, lead by fiddler Stephanie Coleman bring your fiddles, banjo, guitars, etc!

2:30pm Artie’s Jug Workshop taught by the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band – Learn to play the jug! (DIY bass instrument, it’s fun!)

5:30pm Square Dance!

Workshop Room

12:15pm – Film screening: The High Lonesome Sound (1963), a film by John Cohen
Songs of church-goers, miners, and farmers of eastern Kentucky express the joys and sorrows of life among the rural poor. This classic film evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachians maintain their dignity and traditions in the face of change and hardship. The film features the noted Appalachian banjo picker Roscoe Holcomb and places him firmly in the context of the land and the people with whom he spent his life.

12:50pm – Film screening: Sara & Maybelle: of the Original Carter Family (1981), a film by John Cohen
A rare filmed performance of two members of the original Carter family, whose recordings helped found the country music industry. Here Sara and Maybelle demonstrate their famous guitar picking and harmony singing on “Sweet Fern” and “Solid Gone.”

1:10pm – Film screening: Carnival in Q’eros: Where the Mountains Meet the Jungle (1991), a film by John Cohen
This groundbreaking documentary shows the remarkable Carnival celebrations — never before seen by outsiders — of a remote community of Indians high in the Peruvian Andes. Their culture offers important clues into the Inca past and the roots of Andean cultures.

2:00pm – The John Cohen Collection at the Library of Congress, Maya Lerman and Todd Harvey of the American Folklife Center discuss the breadth, depth and significance of the John Cohen collection at our national library, and how to access it!

5:00pm – Book event: Well of Souls: Uncovering the Banjo’s Hidden History with author Kristina Gaddy

7:30pm – Music performance by The Lil’ Dogies, Heather Summers & Walker Shepard, harmony singing duet, old time & country music, all the way from Kentucky!

Evening Concerts

Main Stage

7:00pm Feral Foster, original & folk songs
7:50pm Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, dedicated to the preservation, creation and presentation of Chinese traditional and contemporary music. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, “Ba Ban” literally means “Eight Beats” which is the structural basis for the grouping of notes in traditional Chinese music.
8:40pm The Lovestruck Balladeers, trad jazz, ragtime and more!
9:30pm Inkarayku
, mestizo music of the Peruvian Andes w/ dancers!
10:20pm Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, blues, old time and ragtime music

Parish Hall Stage

9:30pm – Salsa Dance! w/ Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars

Sunday, October 23rd

1:00PM – 2:00pm SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS – Banjo Throwing Contest!
Throw a banjo into the Gowanus Canal! Whomever throws a banjo the farthest wins a free banjo and/or a banjo class at the Jalopy School of Music!
Boathouse Flapjacks Social will be 12-2pm
OHNY free canoeing is all weekend from 1-6pm 
Event is held off-site.
Assemble at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd St., on the canal!
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Close to Carroll St. F/G station!

Afternoon Concerts

Main Stage

2:00pm Dan + Claudia Zanes, music for children and families, Grammy Award winning!
2:50pm Bob Malenky, blues guitar
3:40pm Taylor Plas, original and traditional songs
4:30pm Ernie “Papa” Vega, blues, folk, trad jazz and more!
5:20pm The Down Hill Strugglers, old time string band
6:10 Dueto Dos Rosas, vocal and guitar duet from Oaxaca, Mexico!

Parish Hall Stage

Puppet Show!!
2:30pm The Boxcutter Collective will perform The History of Laughter
This show is the result of a collaboration with Bread and Puppet Theater….From out of nothing, an ancient god’s divine laughter creates the universe, then promptly abandons the scene. Ruled over by flimsy paper authorities, the newly created masses attempt to escape the darkness.

Jalopy School of Music Student Showcase:
Lead by Jalopy school director Emily Eagen
4:00pm Jalopy Jr. student showcase
4:30pm Adult student showcase
5:00pm The Jalopy Chorus – choral group of the Jalopy Theatre, singing songs from world vocal traditions, lead by Eva Salina

Workshop Room

2:00pm Eastern Kentucky Banjo Workshop w/ Brett Ratliff: Learn old time banjo songs, tunes and techniques, traditional from Eastern Kentucky.

3:00pm The Living Archive: Creating Contemporary Connections with Archival Collections
What does it mean to be a living archive? Anna Lomax Wood and Kiki Smith-Archiapatti from the Alan Lomax Archive / Association for Cultural Equity discuss connections between communities of origin and archival materials.

4:15pm Dust-to-Digital Listening Session: Lance Ledbetter and April Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital play and discuss special recordings, including their work with field recordist Art Rosenbaum (1938-2022).

6:00pm Film Screening – If I Had My Way! : The Unseen “Festival” Rare never before seen footage!
From 1963-1966 Academy Award winning director Murray Lerner assisted by George Pickow, Toshi Seeger and Harold Alt filmed over 80 hours of concert and interview footage at Newport. Some of this footage became the 1967 film “Festival”. This compilation consists of 90 minutes of amazing performance footage NOT used in “Festival” most of which has been stowed away and unseen for nearly 60 years. — Film archivist Joe Lauro will present the footage and do a Q&A

Footage includes:
Mississippi John Hurt, Rev. Gary Davis, Staples Singers, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe & Doc Watson, Dock Boggs, Maybelle Carter w/ the New Lost City Ramblers, Mississippi Fred McDowell, The Stanley Brothers, Alan Lomax, Odetta, Joan Baez, Morning Star Gospel Singers, and more!

Evening Concerts

Main Stage

7:20pm Brett Ratliff, old time banjo songs, tunes from Eastern Kentucky
8:10pm The Other Years, vocal duet w/ fiddle, guitar, banjo, from Louisville, KY
9:00pm Bonnie “Prince” Billy

Have you played the Brooklyn Folk Festival’s video game?

The Banjo Toss: Banjo Throwing Competition Video Game
The game is now available on your computer and on your smartphone!

The Banjo Toss: Banjo Throwing Competition replicates in digital format the signature absurd contest of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, held annually on the banks of the Gowanus Canal, a federally designated superfund site.

Players get 10 chances to wrack up points by hurling the special throwing banjo as far as they can into the canal. Watch out for the Gowanusaurus! and don’t forget to aim for the water!

Whoever gets the high score in the video game during the week of the festival (with screenshot to prove it) gets a free 8 week banjo class at the Jalopy School of Music!

How to Win: Post a screenshot of your highest score on the social media giant of your choice: Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #banjotossvideogame and also tag the Brooklyn Folk Fest (Facebook: @BrooklynFolkFestivalTwitter/Instagram @BklynFolkFest ).

Online contest begins on Friday, Oct. 21st, 2022.