Folksong Society to host Haimish Harmonies klezmer music series this fall

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The Philadelphia Folksong Society works to promote the past, present and future of folk music, and now that the organization is at home in a new performance venue, it has even more time and space to accomplish that goal. This fall, new Roxborough venue will host Haimish Harmonies: A Series of Klezmer Connections, showcasing the centuries-old tradition of Jewish folk music through the sounds of some of today’s best performers. Continue reading →


2nd Annual Heartwood Music Festival begins this Sunday

Ben Arnold
Photo by Breanna Keohane

Following the success of its inaugural year, Heartwood Music Festival is returning this Sunday, June 12th with a sweet selection of local talents and serene surroundings. Taking place at the Awbury Arboretum from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the single day fest features the perfect natural backdrop for a day filled with live music, food, crafts and more.

This year’s lineup includes local musician Ben Arnold, who notably did a Free at Noon performance at World Cafe Live with us back in February, as well as a Key Studio Session – he’ll be on the XPoNential Music Festival lineup as well. Also on the bill, you’ll find Bethlehem and Sad PatrickDe Tierra CalienteDriftwood SoldierJoe Crookston and Meghan Cary: Sing Louder.  Continue reading →


Philadelphia Folksong Society is converting an old Roxborough church into a new music venue

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Photo by Howard Pitkow |

Just like this year’s Folk Fest headliner Arlo Guthrie sings about a woman named Alice who lives in a church, the Philadelphia Folksong Society is about to make a local church its home.

During last night’s opening night concert at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, executive director Justin Nordell made an enthused announcement to the festival crowd that PFS is planning to move its base of operations to a decommissioned Lutheran Church at the corner of Roxborough and Ridge Avenues. Between a performance space and classroom / office space, it will become a multipurpose facility for all of the Society’s year-round programming. Continue reading →


Celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday with Mason Porter, Hezekiah Jones and more (tonight at World Cafe Live)

Next Saturday marks the 100th birthday of the man who charted the course of American folk music as we know it, Woody Guthrie. In celebration, a roster of regulars from the Philadelphia folk scene are converging on the World Cafe Live stage tonight to pay tribute in song. Led by long-standing West Chester folk trio Mason Porter, the bill will feature Hezekiah Jones, ubiquitous harmonica player Bob Beach, local troubador John Flynn, piano-playing storyteller Ben Smith, host of The Folk Show on WXPN and regional folk guru Gene Shay, and many more. Members of the Philadelphia Folksong Society receive a $2 discount at the door, and a portion of the show’s proceeds will benefit the Lansdowne Folk Club. The Woody Guthrie 100th Birthday Celebration With Mason Porter and Friends takes place at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut Street, tonight at 7 p.m. Admission to the all-ages show is $10.