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Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
We all need a little hopeful news, right? We have posted the schedule for the 2020 Susquehanna Folk Festival and it's pretty fantastic -- starting off Friday evening with a concert featuring Cumberland Honey and Colebrook Road, and a contra dance with Wild Asparagus! Lots of workshops, lots of jamming, and of course LOTS of performances. New this year is a Festival Youth Band program for kids age 6-16. Check it out! Read more...

Events

Beginners' Contra Dance Workshop with George Marshall

George Marshall
Dance Hall Friday, 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm
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Contra Dance with Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall

Wild Asparagus
Dance Hall Friday, 8:00 pm to 10:30 pm
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Festival Youth Band Rehearsal (first of 3)

Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
Heritage Center Saturday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Harmony Singing Workshop with Colebrook Road

Colebrook Road
Pickin' Place Saturday, 11:15 am to 12:30 pm

Advanced Contra with Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall

Wild Asparagus
Dance Hall Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
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International Folk Dancing with Zita Angelo

Five men and women perform an international folk dance.
Family Zone Saturday, 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Blues Jam with Happy Traum

Happy Traum
Pickin' Place Saturday, 12:45 pm to 2:15 pm

Meet the Masters: John Hammond

John Hammond
Heritage Center Saturday, 1:00 pm to 1:45 pm

John Hammond is one of the world's premier acoustic blues artists: a Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33+ albums to date, a 50+ year career, a Grammy award (along with 8 nominations!), 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins. He is the only person who has ever had both Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time! In fact, Jimi Hendrix was discovered while playing in John's band.

“Meet the Masters” are a series of artist interviews in front of a live audience. The "Meet the Masters" program is intended to give audiences the opportunity to learn about the lives and music of celebrated folk masters.

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Bal Folk with Box & String and Maria Cramer & Robin Bannerji

Box and String
Dance Hall Saturday, 1:15 pm to 2:30 pm

Bal folk is traditional French dancing, as popularized all over Western Europe and the world. At a bal, you will experience the excitement and calm of folklife itself. From the blissful synchrony of a whole room stepping together in a spellbinding Breton chain dance, to the surging passion of a partner-swapping gigue, to the friendly — or flirtatious — intimacy of a partnered bourrée.

The steps are simple, straightforward, and honest; they are suitable for dancers of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. The music is infectious and begs to be danced to. The band guides the evening’s program, and the dancers can interpret the tunes however they wish. The atmosphere is relaxed and designed for community enjoyment.

 

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Meet the Masters: George Marshall of Wild Asparagus

George Marshall
Heritage Center Saturday, 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

George Marshall is one of the country’s premiere callers, specializing in New England-style contra dances. He is renowned for his knack of matching music to dance and for his smooth, concise teaching and presentation. He began dancing, playing, and calling dances in the 1970s, founding the reknowned contradance band Swallowtail as a college student. He calls, teaches, and plays full time, touring nationally with Wild Asparagus or Swallowtail. He also produces music and dance events including a week-long February dance vacation in the Caribbean.

“Meet the Masters” are a series of artist interviews in front of a live audience. The "Meet the Masters" program is intended to give audiences the opportunity to learn about the lives and music of celebrated folk masters.

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Hip Hop Workshop with Kulu Mele

Kulu Mele dancer
Dance Hall Saturday, 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm
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Limberjack and Limberjill with Randy Heisley-Cato

Randy Heisley-Cato
Family Zone Saturday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm

A limberjack is a rhythm toy that looks like a person doing an old-timey clogging dance.  Anyone can do it!  Give it a try.

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African Dance with Kulu Mele

Kulu Mele dancers
Dance Hall Saturday, 3:30 pm to 4:15 pm

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Intro to Ukulele Workshop with Kevin Neidig (ages 8 and up)

Kevin Neidig playing ukulele
Pickin' Place Saturday, 4:20 pm to 5:20 pm

International Folk Dancing with Zita Angelo

Five men and women perform an international folk dance.
Dance Hall Saturday, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
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Fiddle workshop with Jane Rothfield of Coracree

Jane Rothfield
Heritage Center Saturday, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Songs, Crankies, and Appalachian Rhythm Toys with Box and String

Box and String
Family Zone Saturday, 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Come see what families made and played with, back in the days before television and cell phones.

A "crankie" is a box with a window cut into it, and a spindle on each side, and hand-cranks to pull a roll of art-covered paper from one spindle to the other.  When the cranks are turned, the crankie shows a scrolling series of pictures that illustrate a story.  Come see it in action!

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Women in Song: featuring Cara Luft of the Small Glories and Sarah Beth of Indian Summer Jars, with Kira Schlechter moderating

Cara Luft
Patio Stage Saturday, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

A Workshop Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Songwriters will discuss themselves, their work, the unique role of women in music, and what this critical historical milestone means to them. Each artist will present a song representative of their perspective. Moderated by freelance music journalist Kira Schlechter.

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Beginners' Contra Dance Workshop with George Marshall

George Marshall
Dance Hall Saturday, 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm
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Contra Dance with Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus
Dance Hall Saturday, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
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Bal Folk with Box & String and Maria Cramer & Robin Bannerji

Box and String
Dance Hall Saturday, 9:20 pm to 10:45 pm

Bal folk is traditional French dancing, as popularized all over Western Europe and the world. At a bal, you will experience the excitement and calm of folklife itself. From the blissful synchrony of a whole room stepping together in a spellbinding Breton chain dance, to the surging passion of a partner-swapping gigue, to the friendly — or flirtatious — intimacy of a partnered bourrée.

The steps are simple, straightforward, and honest; they are suitable for dancers of all ages, experience levels, and abilities. The music is infectious and begs to be danced to. The band guides the evening’s program, and the dancers can interpret the tunes however they wish. The atmosphere is relaxed and designed for community enjoyment.

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Swing Dance classes with Carla Crowen (formerly Heiney) and Rafal Pustelny

Rafal Pustelny
Dance Hall Sunday, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
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Shape Note Singing School with Topher Lawton

Mystery fiddler from festival logo
Pickin' Place Sunday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Shape note singing is full-voiced, energetic, and deeply emotional a cappella harmony designed for beginners to pick up and sing. It originated in early American Christian congregational singing, and while the themes — struggle, love, death, and devotion — are intense, they are deeply resonant in every age.

This workshop will orient singers to the form of shape note singing using the most popular songbook, The Sacred Harp, and teach the class how to lead songs in the center of the hollow square. A regular sing will follow the singing school.

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Festival Youth Band Rehearsal (second of 3)

Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
Heritage Center Sunday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Guitar Workshop with Happy Traum: Steady Thumb Fingerpicking for Blues and Country/Folk

Happy Traum
Patio Stage Sunday, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Swing Dance classes with Carla Crowen (formerly Heiney) and Rafal Pustelny

Carla Crowen
Dance Hall Sunday, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
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Storytelling Workshop with Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin
Family Zone Sunday, 12:00 pm to 12:45 pm

Shape Note Sing

Women shape-note singing
Pickin' Place Sunday, 12:45 pm to 2:00 pm

Shape note singing is full-voiced, energetic, and deeply emotional a cappella harmony designed for beginners to pick up and sing. It originated in early American Christian congregational singing, and while the themes — struggle, love, death, and devotion — are intense, they are deeply resonant in every age.

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Swing Dance with The Revisionists and a dance performance by The SugarSnaps

Danny Jonokuchi (with trumpet) and a woman grin for the camera.
Dance Hall Sunday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Guitar Summit: Alan Carr from Coracree, Happy Traum, Hawktail's Jordan Tice, and Jeff Selby of The Quixote Project, with Kevin Neidig moderating

Close-up of a hand on a guitar fretboard, fingering a C chord
Patio Stage Sunday, 1:20 pm to 2:30 pm

The panelists will discuss and demonstrate their own personal approach to the guitar. Questions will be encouraged on things such as gear, tunings, technique and other guitar-centric topics.

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Fiddle Workshop with Brittany Haas of Hawktail

Brittany Haas
Heritage Center Sunday, 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

Limberjack and Limberjill with Randy Heisley-Cato

Randy Heisley-Cato
Family Zone Sunday, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

A limberjack is a rhythm toy that looks like a person doing an old-timey clogging dance.  Anyone can do it!  Give it a try.

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Festival Youth Band Rehearsal (last of 3)

Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
Pickin' Place Sunday, 2:15 pm to 3:00 pm

Mandolin Workshop with Dominick Leslie of Hawktail

Dominick Leslie
Pickin' Place Sunday, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Storytelling Workshop (for grownups) with Andy Offutt Irwin

Andy Offutt Irwin
Heritage Center Sunday, 3:30 pm to 4:45 pm
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Meet the Masters: David Bromberg

David Bromberg, photographed in profile, grinning, against a stone building wall.
Patio Stage Sunday, 3:50 pm to 4:50 pm

For David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon.

“Meet the Masters” are a series of artist interviews in front of a live audience. The "Meet the Masters" program is intended to give audiences the opportunity to learn about the lives and music of celebrated folk masters.

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Beginners' Contra Dance Workshop

Men contra dancing
Dance Hall Sunday, 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm
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Bass Workshop: "On the Bottom" with Paul Kowert of Hawktail

Paul Kowert
Pickin' Place Sunday, 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Contra Dance with Coracree

Coracree
Dance Hall Sunday, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Swing Dance Teachers Seminar with Carla Crowen (formerly Heiney) and Rafal Pustelny

Rafal Pustelny
Heritage Center Sunday, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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