The 2020 Brooklyn Folk Festival schedule:

Friday April 17th

Main Stage
7:30pm Nora Brown – Banjo songs, ballads and tunes
8:10pm Che Apalache – Bluegrass & South American music from Argentina!
9:00pm The Cactus Blossoms (Duo Performance) – Original country music with harmony vocals
9:50pm The Legendary Ingramettes – Gospel music from Richmond, VA!
10:40pm Miriam Elhajli – Originals and traditionals from the U.S. and South America

Parish Hall Stage
7:30pm The Lucky 5 – Hot jazz

Louisiana Dance Party! with the…

8:30pm Hi-Lo Aces – Cajun dance band – Come down for a two-step!
9:30pm Jackson & The Janks (Feat. Sam Doores of The Deslondes) – R&B from New Orleans
10:30pm Frankie Sunswept & The Sunwrays – Jalopy’s own cosmic R&B band!

Monroe Chapel Stage (located at 48 Monroe Place, around the corner)
8:00pm Puppet Show! –  Those beautiful Boxcutter Collective babies are back! What will they bring us this year? Stay tuned to find out.

Saturday April 18th

Afternoon Concerts

Main Stage

12:00pm Family Sing-a-long! with Emily Eagen and Chris Q. Murphy
12:50pm Tepeyolohtli Sones de Tarima – Family friendly music in the Sones de Tarima tradition of Guerrero, Mexico!
1:40pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – Traditional and original jug band music
2:30pm Ginny’s Kitchen – Old time string band
3:20pm The Hayrollers – Bluegrass music!
4:10pm The Harry Smith B-Sides – Honoring John Cohen with the release of his final album project, forthcoming on Dust-to-Digital. This set features live performances of the songs on this compilation.
5:00pm Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Balkan music duet
5:50pm Wyndham Baird – Folk songs

Parish Hall Stage
12:00-1:30pm – Old Time Jam Session with Harry Bolick – bring your fiddles, banjos, guitars and more!
1:30-2:45pm Exceedingly Good Pub Sing with Ken Schatz – An open singing session, come sing together!
3:00pm Adah & Her Brother – Original songs and traditional Yiddish music
3:45pm Duo Filamistrocca – Italian music!
4:30pm Sinner Friends – Old time country music
5:30pm Square Dance! – Swing yer partner! – Caller: Randy Wilson, Hindman Settlement School, Knott County, KY

Monroe Chapel Stage (located at 48 Monroe Place, around the corner)

12:00pm Vocal Harmony Workshop – Learn to sing together in harmony, with Don Friedman and Phyllis Elkind
1:00pm Films by John Cohen – program TBA
3:00pm Making the Harry Smith Anthology B-Sides – Presentation by Lance & April Ledbetter of Dust-to-Digital discuss the making and meaning of the Anthology of American Folk Music B-Sides collection

Workshop Room
2:00pm “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
4:00pm “By the People: The Library of Congress’ Crowd Sourced Transcription Project”–  Todd Harvey of the American Folklife Center & Nathan Salsburg of the Association for Culture Equity will present ‘The Man Who Recorded the World: On the Road with Alan Lomax’, and ask participants to join with the Library of Congress to help make this important data available to the public.

7:30pm Nat Myers – Traditional and original blues

Evening Concerts

Main Stage

7:00pm Feral Foster – Original songs
7:50pm The Lovestruck Balladeers – Trad jazz, ragtime, and more!
8:40pm Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton – Blues, old time and ragtime Music
9:30pm Les Filles de Illighadad – Tuareg music played in traditional tende style, from Niger!
10:20pm The Birdman of Rome – “King of the Roman buskers” all the way from Italy!

Parish Hall Stage
7:50pm Willy Gantrim – Blues and originals from New Orleans, LA
8:40pm Sam Doores – Original songs from New Orleans, LA
10:20pm Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All-Stars – Salsa Dance!

Sunday April 19th

Afternoon Concerts

Main Stage
2:00pm Dan + Claudia Zanes – Sing from “The House Party Songbook”: An All-Ages Performance Featuring Songs From Their Family Roots Music Treasury
2:50pm Family Sing-a-long with Kyle Tigges and Friends
3:40pm The Four o’Clock Flowers – Folk, blues & early jazz duet
4:30pm The Down Hill Strugglers – Old time string band
5:20pm The Honky Tonk Heroes – NYC All Star Band, featuring Charlie Giordano, Gene Yellin, Tim Kiah, Trip Henderson and Andy Statman – playing old time and honky tonk music
6:10pm Ali Dineen & Band – Original and traditional songs

Parish Hall Stage
2:00pm Old time jam session
3:40pm Jalopy Jr. Folk Stringband ensemble performance
4:30pm The Jalopy Chorus – World harmony song traditions, led by Eva Salina
5:20pm Bobby Blue the Balladeer – Originals and “Songs of The Wild Wild West” in English and Spanish
6:10pm Barry Clyde – Folk and blues songs

Monroe Chapel Stage (located at 48 Monroe Place, around the corner)

2:00pm Stars and Trains: Symbols in Folk Music – presented by The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism.  Guiding stars and criss-crossing trains carried the people and their songs to the farthest points of our country. In this presentation we will look a some of the most prevalent symbols in folk music and delve deeply into their meaning.

3:00pm This Machine Kills Fascists – K.R. Gaddy, author of Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis, will share photographs and songs of the pirates, and what it means to resist oppressive power through music.

4:00pm Vincent Cross & Malachy Bourke – Traditional Irish songs and tunes from the Sam Henry collection that have become part of the American folk tradition

5:00pm How I Got Over – Songs of resistance, endurance, complaint and faith-keeping from the field-recording collections of John and Alan Lomax. With live performances by folk fest artists and commentary on the source artists / communities by Alan Lomax Archive curator Nathan Salsburg.

6:00pm The Lil’ Dogies – Harmony singing of old time & country music, all the way from Kentucky!

Workshop Room
1:30pm Banjo Workshop – Introduction to Eastern Kentucky old time banjo playing with Randy Wilson, Hindman Settlement School, Knott County, KY

2:30pm Irish Fiddle Styles workshop – with Malachy Bourke

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!
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Carroll St. F/G train is just two blocks away!

Evening Concerts

Main Stage

7:10pm Julia Patinella – Flamenco singing, with guitar
8:00pm The Other Years – Originals and traditionals, from Kentucky!
8:50pm TBA – Special Guest!
9:45pm TBA – Special Guest!

Parish Hall Stage
7:10pm Megg Farrell – Early blues, jazz and Western swing
8:00pm Fatboy Wilson & Old Viejo Bones – Blues, folk, and originals
8:50pm Nora Brown & Jackson Lynch – Old time songs and instrumentals

And don’t miss the OFFICIAL AFTER-PARTY at the Jalopy Tavern – every night after the festival!  Featuring drink specials and more great live music!