2019 Performers

  • Kittel & Co. featuring John Doyle

    Kittel & Co. inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities. The trio includes the amazing award winning fiddler Jeremy Kittel; mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham; and for this festival only, John Doyle: an Irish born musician who is considered to be one of the world’s best acoustic guitarists. Read more...
  • BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet

    For the past 40 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Read more...
  • Hot Club of Cowtown

    Country music that swings? Jazz with a twang? This Austin-based trio walks the line between the Gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt's Quintette du Hot Club de France and the western swing of Bob Wills & the Texas Playboys. Read more...
  • Cherish the Ladies

    “It is simply impossible to imagine an audience that wouldn’t enjoy what they do,” says the Boston Globe speaking of Cherish the Ladies, the long-running, Grammy-nominated, Irish-American super group. Read more...
  • Pride of New York

    Described as “a killer ceili band,” Pride of New York is making a rare appearance at the Susquehanna Folk Festival. The group features four of the best Irish-American instrumentalists around: Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, and Brendan Dolan. They reach back to the old country for their tunes, bringing them alive with real zest and spirit! Read more...
  • The Stringrays

    The Stringrays is an inimitable trio of musicians with a shared interest in exploring great fiddle tunes. Their playing is fueled by a love of the living tradition of New England fiddle music and its cousins. Expect dynamic, lyrical improvisation and fresh, dance-inspired interplay. The band features fiddler Rodney Miller with Owen Morrison on guitar and Stuart Kenney on bass and banjo. Read more...
  • Dom Flemons

    Dom Flemons is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the banjo, fife, guitar, harmonica, percussion, quills, and rhythm bones. Read more...
  • The Faux Paws

    With instrumentation that includes saxophone, banjo, fiddles, mandolin, foot percussion, guitar, and voices, the Faux Paws pack a vast amount of music and heart into a small package. Their elastic, infectious, genre-transcending arrangements bring influences of rock and pop to their eclectic traditional music base. Read more...
  • Spiral Q Puppet Theater

    Spiral Q unleashes the power of art to connect people, actions, values, neighborhoods, organizations, and movements to each other and to their collective creative force for change. Read more...
  • Bil Lepp

    A nationally renowned storyteller and five time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, Bil Lepp tells outrageous and witty stories that, while not always completely true, are always honest. Read more...
  • Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell

    Central Pennsylvania is home to many fine musicians and four of the best—Kevin Neidig, Henry Koretzky, Ken Gehret, and Bruce Campbell—will be appearing together at the Susquehanna Folk Festival. Read more...
  • Irish Blessing

    Words are made to bless, flutes and fiddles to sound, and feet to dance. Irish Blessing presents the purest forms of traditional Irish music and dance. Read more...
  • The Give and Take Jugglers

    Inspired by vaudeville and street performing traditions, this heartwarming and playful troupe performs juggling, tight wire tricks and aerial daring. Come see their Little Circus show, learn to juggle, and try out their Balance Playground! Read more...
  • Bluestone

    Veteran local band Bluestone has been on the scene for the last 25 years, and the boys have played with some of the best in the business. Firmly grounded in traditional, hard-driving Bluegrass, the band's repertoire also incorporates gospel, country, blues, swing and folk influences. Read more...
  • Michael Arthur

    Contemporary singer/songwriter Michael Arthur’s poignant songs explore the breadth and depth of the human experience. Accompanying himself on solo acoustic guitar, Michael employs lush open guitar tunings as the canvas for his powerful and emotive vocal performances. Read more...
  • Justin Angelo Band

    Lancaster, PA's Justin Angelo blends folk and blues guitar with brilliantly crafted lyrics that poetically illustrate his deep sense of passion, emotion and consciousness. Read more...
  • Will Mentor

    Will Mentor is a contra and square dance caller from Northern Vermont known for his clear teaching, upbeat wit, and relaxed stage presence. He loves to choreograph evenings with a variety of dances and tempos that at times surprise and always delight, all the while keeping intact his guiding principle as a caller: "It's about the dancers!" Read more...
  • Terry Bachmann and Karl Senseman

    Terry Bachmann and Karl Senseman have both individually and collectively been calling contra dances and community/barn dances for over a decade. Read more...
  • Janine Smith

    Janine Smith is a traditional dance caller from the Washington, DC area with a humorous (OK, sometimes goofy) and infectious passion for music and dance. Read more...
  • Alyssa Arter

    One of this swing dance teacher's favorite quotes is a Japanese proverb: "We're fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance!" Read more...
  • Zita Angelo

    Zita is the longtime organizer of World Dance Lancaster, which hosts regular classes and events centered on ethnic folk dances of eastern Europe. Read more...
  • Debbi Kauffmann

    Debbi Kauffmann is a gifted and powerful singer with a deep appreciation for both Appalachian and Irish music traditions. Her long musical history includes performing with Bluegrass, Irish and Old-Time bands as well as with Henry Koretzky in the duo Rootbound. Read more...
  • The Ladybirds

    The Ladybirds are Central PA’s premier solo jazz and blues dance performance troupe from The Victrola Dance Hall. They specialize in routines highlighting the 1920s-1950s utilizing Flapper, WWII, and Rockabilly inspirations. They'll be doing a short dance set during the Late Night Festival Club. Read more...
  • Roger Hammer

    Roger Hammer is a singer-writer who specializes in his brand of "hand-crafted folk rock built on the blues." He's a familiar face at local jams. Read more...
  • KLMN-tine (Karen Lee Miller-Newman)

    Karen Lee Miller-Newman is a creative craftswoman and singer, a native of Newport in Perry County, PA. For many, many years she's taught crafts to children and adults in the area, notably Victorian pressed floral design and whimsical, functional items crocheted from plastic strips. Her sing-along repertoire includes traditional folk tunes as well as songs from the British Isles. Read more...
  • Ian Zolitor, Master of Ceremonies

    Our emcee for the festival is Ian Zolitor, the host of WXPN radio's Folk Show. Read more...
  • ...and more!

    Watch our website for more performers to be announced. Read more...