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Philadelphia Folk Festival announces initial lineup with Los Lobos, Buffy Sainte-Marie and more

Buffy Sainte-Marie | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/
Buffy Sainte-Marie | Photo by Cameron Pollack | http://cameronpollack.500px.com/

This morning brings the initial line-up of the 55th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, happening August 18-21 at Old Pool Farm in Schwensville, PA. Among the two-dozen names are LA outfit Los Lobos and folk musician Buffy Saint-Marie, both of whom added to their deep catalogs with new albums last year.

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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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Meet ten of the local artists just added to this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Cynthia G. Mason | Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The 54th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, taking place August 13th to the 16th at Old Pool Farm, will feature close to 40 Philadelphia-area artists – some 36 of them just added this week in conjunction with the Folksong Society’s Philadelphia music co-op. While we’re looking forward to all of their performances, we’ve decided to give you a taste of what’s in store. Full list below. Continue reading →

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Listen to the new Old Crow Medicine Show album, Remedy, playing the Folk Festival in August

Photo by Andrea Behrends/Courtesy of the artist
Photo by Andrea Behrends/Courtesy of the artist

Old Crow Medicine Show are releasing their new album, Remedy, on July 1st on ATO Records. Listen to the album in its entirety here via NPR Music. Stephen Thompson of NPR Music writes:

Remedy may well be the group’s farthest-reaching, most ingratiating record yet. From the opening strains of “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” on, Old Crow Medicine Show plays loud and fast and loose, while remaining in complete control of every ramshackle moment. The songs get speedier from there — cue “8 Dogs 8 Banjos” for a pace of the breakneck variety — before dipping into slower and more earnest fare like “Dearly Departed Friend.”

Old Crow play the Philadelphia Folk Festival on Friday, August 15th.

Listen to Remedy here.

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Philadelphia Folk Festival adds Jason Isbell, and World Cafe recording sessions with Sturgill Simpson and Caroline Rose to the lineup

Photo by Rachel Del Sordo
Photo by Rachel Del Sordo

The already packed 53rd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival lineup is getting four more additions, including singer-songwriter Jason Isbell, who will be a headliner on Sunday night of the festival. A former member of the band Drive-By Truckers, singer-songwriter Isbell has a southern rock, alternative country influenced sound. The festival also added a bonus concert exclusively for All-Festival Camping Ticket holders on Thursday, August 14 — the night before the festival official starts. The concert will be held in the campgrounds and hosted by World Cafe host David Dye. The night will feature bluegrass and country music singer Sturgill Simpson, vintage country songstress Caroline Rose and roots band Parsonfield. For more information about the festival and tickets, go to the Philadelphia Folk Festival website here. Below, listen to Isbell perform “Live Oak” from his Free at Noon concert from August 2013.

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Watch Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket perform “Open My Eyes” at Philly Folk Fest

Photo by John Vettese
Photo by John Vettese
Todd Rundgren and David Uosikkinen’s In The Pocket each performed a set at this year’s Philly Folk Festival on Saturday night, however, during the In The Pocket set, Rundgren came out to perform his classic “Open My Eyes,” which was one of the highlights of the night. Watch the video below, and check out our recap of the show here.