Festival News

A vintage microphone with "SFMS" in a marquee over the top where radio call letters would be.

Posted November 25, 2019

SFMS is seeking a folklorist to do fieldwork and ethnographic documentation between January 15 and August 31, 2020. As a recently-named Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) Folk Arts Provisional Partner, SFMS is charged with surveying folk and traditional artists living and working in Dauphin, Cumberland and Lebanon counties. Read on for more details about this part-time contract. Read more...

The four members of Altan stand inside the ruins of an ancient stone church, with a tall arched doorway behind them.

Posted November 20, 2019

SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. This winter we'll enjoy concerts by Twisted Pine (from our 2018 festival!), new songs from Missy Raines Trio, and Irish music from Altan and HighTime. Read more...

Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle

Posted October 7, 2019

Our 2020 festival will feature a youth festival band, or "Kids' Academy", coordinated by traditional musician Jane Rothfield. Kids 6-16 will learn several traditional tunes by ear and then perform them on the main stage! All instruments and ability levels are welcome. Come to our info session on October 11, or email for more information. Read more...

Tim O'Brien & Jan Fabricius

Posted October 7, 2019

SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. This fall we'll enjoy concerts by Jane Rothfield & Allan Carr, Tim O'Brien & Jan Fabricius, Hubby Jenkins and Peter Mulvey. Our World Music & Dance Series is also hosting a Bulgarian Folk Dance workshop with Iliana Bozhanova & Todor Yankov. Read more...

A young woman models a bright green 2019 festival T-shirt.

Posted October 7, 2019

Did you miss out on getting your festival T-shirt? Fear not! You can get one by mail, with FREE shipping. Read more...

The 3 members of the Old Blind Dogs pose on a Scottish moor, in front of a stone fireplace, with lamps and tables as if they were indoors.

Posted August 1, 2019

SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. As summer ends, we'll enjoy two more "Soundwaves" concerts (Justin Angelo Band and Rue de la Pompe) and we'll kick off our new season with Genticorum and the Old Blind Dogs. Our World Music & Dance Series is also hosting an evening of Bulgarian Folk Dancing with Bulgarika. Read more...

Alyssa Arter

Posted July 24, 2019

If you have the swing down in your soul, but are struggling to get it from there to your feet, you have the opportunity of a lifetime at the 2019 Susquehanna Folk Festival. On Saturday at 12:30, Alyssa Arter, a swing dance instructor and co-owner of Victrola Dance Hall, in York, PA, will be offering workshops in Swing Dance and Cajun Dance, as well as performing with the Ladybirds during the Late Night Festival Club on Saturday. Read more...