Friday Fun at the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival

This summer's Susquehanna Folk Festival kicks off on FRIDAY, with two exciting opening night events to be held in tandem on Friday, July 26 from 7:30-10:30 PM. Take in a concert on the Patio Stage or head into the Dance Hall to join in a Contra Dance Ball. Come as you are or dress up in your finest! You can come and go as you please between the two events. Beer, wine, and light snacks will be available at the Smokehouse, located near the Patio Stage.

Contradance at the 2018 festival: several couples swing under a ceiling draped with wide fabric ribbons

Photo Credit

Bob Yahn

Thanks to a grant from the York County Convention and Visitors Bureau, we’ll be holding a Contra Dance Ball on the first night of the festival. The Dance Hall is air conditioned and has a wood floor. The evening will begin with a Beginners Contra Workshop at 7:30 and the instructor/caller will be Will Mentor, a popular caller from northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence.

Will Mentor, grinning and holding a microphone

The Contra Dance Ball begins at 8. Music will be provided by the Faux Paws, a hot new band that features Andrew VanNorstrand on guitar, Chris Miller on saxophones and banjo, and Noah VanNorstrand on fiddle and feet. All three musicians were formerly with Great Bear Trio.

The three members of The Faux Paws play fiddle and guitars in front of a rustic lodge fireplace.

Photo Credit

Dave Porkorney

On the Patio Stage, the concert opens with Bil Lepp, a storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest. Bil will be with us the entire weekend and you won’t want to miss a single performance! Aside from entertaining us with his stories from the stage and teaching workshops, he’ll also emcee the Susquehanna Folk Festival Liars Contest to be held Sunday afternoon.

Bil Lepp telling a story, looking into the camera with mischievous enthusiasm.

Photo Credit

Sam Payne

After Bil we’ll hear a full length performance from Neidig, Kortezky, Gehret & Campbell, a foursome of talented regional musicians who play a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, and Americana. Perennial favorites on all fronts, these guys continue to amaze us with their virtuosity and adaptability. You’ll see them just about everywhere at the festival: performing on stage, teaching, moderating workshops, and playing for dancing.

Montage: counterclockwise from bottom left: Kevin Neidig playing guitar, Henry Koretzky playing banjo-mandolin and singing, Ken Gehret playing fiddle, and Bruce Cambell playing bass.

The Friday festivities are included in your all-festival pass, but you can also come just for the evening. Hope to see you for this very special evening (and weekend) of amazing music and dance!