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Lyle Lovett to Lovers League: 54 scenes from the 54th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival

Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com
Two friends enjoying the main stage of the Philadelphia Folk Festival | Photo by Hope Helmuth | hopehelmuth.com

The annual Philadelphia Folk Festival is, on one level, about the music – and this year the music came in all scales. A headlining Saturday night set from Americana titan Lyle Lovett. Sets by buzzworthy up-and-comers Shakey Graves and Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear. And the music of the Philadelphia region was represented in force, from Band of Rivals and Lovers League performing in the campground to PhillyBloco taking the main stage and Hoots and Hellmouth helping close the festival out on Sunday night.

But in addition to being a great festival for hearing music, it’s a great festival for seeing a music community. Philly Folk is easily among the most photogenic music gatherings in our region, and to mark its 54th year, we’ve gathered together 54 photos from last weekend’s festival, shot by photographer Hope Helmuth. Continue reading →

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Song of Innocence: Watch Lovers League’s new video for “Hide and Seek”

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Lovers League | Photo By Lisa Chosed

With their second album due out on May 12th, the single “Hide and Seek” off Lovers League’s album 2 could be some of their most beautiful work yet.  Gentle and pure, with a child-like spirit at heart, the band puts together a mellow and melodically pleasing song and appropriate video cut from old Little Rascals footage that draws listeners in closer. Continue reading →

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Stream Lovers League’s sweet self-titled debut

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Photo courtesy of Lisa Chosed

Folk-pop band Lovers League released their self titled debut last week. Earlier this year, the band released the single “Cowboy”. The band was formed by singers Dani Mari and Reverend TJ McGlinchey. Primarily singing as a duet, Reverned TJ McGlinchey’s jangly blues makes the perfect accompaniment to Dani Mari’s vintage pop.

Starting off with the incredibly catchy “Cowboy”, the album alternates between fast tempo folk songs and slowed down pop ballads.  Lovers League is a sweet expansion on the theme of young, infatuated love. In particular, listening to “Take Me To An Island” is like taking an island honeymoon. Overall, the album has a summery, sweet sound, perfect for a band called Lovers League. Listen to the track below.

The group will be performing at the 2nd Street Festival. Get more details here. Listen to “Take Me To An Island” below.

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Lovers League invites you to embrace your inner “Cowboy” (playing Connie’s Ric Rac on 10/26)

lovers leagueLovers League, formed by Philadelphia-bred singer/songwriters Dani Mari (Lockets) and Reverend TJ McGlinchey, has released its new single “Cowboy”. The track highlights Mari and McGlinchey’s catchy harmonies backed by a bluesy bass line and folksy guitar work embodying the best of both singers’ vibes. The band will host a single release party to share more new music on October 26th at Connie’s Ric Rac.