The Virtual Digital Online
2020 Brooklyn Folk Festival Schedule:

All performances are free, no tickets required
Donations gladly accepted!
Workshops are ticketed

The festival performances will be broadcast on several platforms including FacebookVimeo and Youtube

Workshops will be taught via Zoom.  Check back to this website for more details on how to listen, watch and participate!

Friday, Oct. 23rd

8pm – Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Balkan vocal and accordion duet

8:45pm – Bruce Molsky – Fiddle, banjo and guitar songs, ballads, and tunes

9:30pm – Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars – Dance party at your house!!  Stay home, gather your “pod” and dance!

10:15pm – Puppet Show! with the Boxcutter Collective

Saturday, Oct. 24th


1pm – Flatfoot Dancing Workshop with Sara Rowbottom of City Stompers - This 50-minute workshop will offer beginner to intermediate dancers the opportunity to hone some key skills and techniques to leave the stresses of 2020 behind and let loose on the dance floor, whether that’s in your living room or masked up in the park. We’ll go over some basic skills and how to add to and embellish them as you gain in skill, put them together in a ‘step’, and practice adding the step to our improvisation. Leather soled shoes and a wooden floor will work best, but feel free to log in as you are!


2pm – Fiddle workshop with Bruce Molsky – Learn old-time fiddle styles and tunes from an acclaimed fiddler, teacher and friend of the festival.

3pm – Songs in Struggle workshop with organizers from The Poor People’s Campaign – Learn about the role of music in grassroots organizing for social change, and sing along with lots of great songs!
100% of proceeds from the workshop go to the Poor People’s Campaign to benefit their work.  PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

Performance/Lecture (ticket required):
4:30pm – Dom Flemons presents Black Cowboys – Singer and multi-instrumentalist will sing and discuss the music of Black cowboys in the American west.  This performance/lecture will be broadcast via Zoom with an audience cap of 100 people.
Tickets: $20

Listening Party (come on in):
5pm – Dust-to-Digital presents: The Harry Smith B-Sides listening party. Label founders Lance and April Ledbetter will discuss and play selections from their brand new box set, which features the flip side of every original 78rpm record featured on Harry Smith’s influential Anthology of American Folk Music.  [We will be posting details on how to watch/listen soon.]


7:30pm – Nora Brown – Songs, ballads & tunes with both fretless and fretted banjo

8:15pm – Aaron Frazer (of Durand Jones & The Indications) – Folk and original songs, acoustic set

9pm – Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton – Blues, ragtime, old time, on guitar, banjo, harmonica, fiddle and piano

10pm – Film screening: Musical Holdouts – Courtesy of – This film by John Cohen on American traditional music features varied individuals and groups who have not become part of the “melting pot” of American society.  From front porch banjo pickers in Appalachia and the Bluegrass Festival circuit to black children on the Carolina sea islands, cowboys, and Cheyenne and Comanche Indians, they have all retained their cultural identities despite pressures from the mass media and popular culture.

Sunday, Oct. 25th

Noon – Dan + Claudia Zanes
 – Music for children and families

1:30pm – Harmony Singing workshop with Phillis Elkind – Gather your pod and learn to sing in harmony with your friends and family members.  This workshop will be taught via Zoom.
“Singing harmony requires good listening skills.  We’ll do some exercises to improve our ears, in the context of harmony. Then we’ll learn a song – its melody and harmony parts.  Your singing will be on mute – but you’ll be singing along with recorded parts that will bring the harmony into your home. 

3pm – Banjo workshop with Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton – Learn finger-picking banjo styles with a contemporary master of the classic banjo style, who rarely teaches.  The class is formatted as a presentation by Jerron, followed by questions from students.
Class size limited to 25 people.  Tickets are $50

4:30pm – Finger-picking Guitar workshop with Valerie Turner of Piedmont Blūz – Finger-picking country blues guitar master teaches a variety of styles.  Suitable for all skill levels.  This workshop will be taught via Zoom.


7:30pm – Piedmont Blūz – Country blues duet

8:15pm – Ali Dineen – Original and folk songs with guitar and piano

9pm – Feral Foster – Original and folk songs with guitar

10pm Film Screening – Medicine Fiddle – Courtesy of – This film explores the music and dance heritage of the Fur Trade among Native and Métis families on both sides of the U.S. and Canadian border. Fiddling and step (clog) dancing was introduced to Native peoples by European fur traders, lumberjacks and homesteaders in the 1600s. Over the past two centuries, in the confines of family gatherings on remote reservations, this music has survived and has permeated the cultural memory of mixed-blood descendants. Some of the music and dance has absorbed a Native musical influence, and a Native spiritual culture sustains it

Now you can tune into the Brooklyn Folk Festival from anywhere.  And it’s free!  Tell friends, and look out for more updates coming soon!