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Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
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
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...
Janet Bixler
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. March 2019 features concerts by Bon Débarras, Zoë Conway & John McIntyre, and The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers; our March jam session (bring your best Irish!), the storytelling workshop we announced last month, and a 10-mile run/walk that supports the arts and SFMS. Read more...
Zita Angelo
SFMS presents a full calendar of traditional arts events in south-central Pennsylvania. February 2019 features concerts by Tracy Grammer and Charm City Junction; our Winter Coffee House; our monthly jam... and a special sneak preview of one of our Festival dance workshops, in which Zita Angelo teaches waltzes and couple dances. Enjoy sweetie season! Read more...
Janet Bixler
Do you like to tell stories? Do you naturally embellish the truth? Would you like to win $100? If you answered yes to these questions, come to this fun, interactive, FREE workshop that will help you create and tell a dynamic story. Read more...
Contradance at the 2018 festival: several couples swing under a ceiling draped with wide fabric ribbons
The festival kicks off on FRIDAY this year, with a Contra Dance Ball featuring music by the Faux Paws, and a Concert with local favorites Neidig, Koretzky, Gehret & Campbell, plus some tall tales from storyteller Bil Lepp. Read more...

Events

Beginners Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Women contra dancing
Dance Hall Friday, 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Learn basic steps for this fun, community-focused dance style. No need to bring a partner!

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Chair Yoga for Musicians, with Eileen Kozloff

Eileen Kozloff
Pickin' Place Saturday, 10:00 am to 10:50 am

For musicians, and folks who love music festivals! RYT 200 Yoga Instructor and musician, Eileen Kozloff, will offer a Chair Yoga workshop that places emphasis on the mind, body, spirit connection, while increasing flexibility and range of motion, core strength and self care.

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Tin Whistle Workshop with Joanie Madden (of Cherish the Ladies and Pride of New York)

Joanie Madden
Patio Stage Saturday, 10:00 am to 11:00 am

International Dance Workshop with Zita Angelo and John Matulis

Five men and women perform an international folk dance.
Dance Hall Saturday, 10:30 am to 12:10 pm
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Harmony Singing Workshop with Debbi Kauffmann and Henry Koretzky

Deb Kauffman and Henry Koretzky
Patio Stage Saturday, 11:15 am to 12:15 pm

Swing Dance workshop with Alyssa Arter and Hot Club of Cowtown

Alyssa Arter
Dance Hall Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:00 pm
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Storytelling Workshop with Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp
Family Zone Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Intro to Ukulele Workshop with Kevin Neidig (ages 8 and up)

Kevin Neidig playing ukulele
Patio Stage Saturday, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

String wizard Kevin Neidig is bringing a carload of ukuleles and you're invited to try 'em out!  Learn a few simple fingerings, enough to play some tunes and get started with this super-packable, versatile little instrument.

Fiddle Workshop with Brian Conway of Pride of New York

Brian Conway
Patio Stage Saturday, 1:45 pm to 3:00 pm

The workshop will focus on the relationship between bowing, phrasing and ornamentation in traditional Irish fiddling. Repertoire will consist of traditional tunes rather than on recent compositions, with a particular focus on classic tunes which the workshop participants can play at sessions.

There is no age restriction.  The workshop is targeted to intermediate/advanced players.

Guitar Maintenance Workshop with luthier Kevin Shoaff

Kevin Shoaff tuning a battered electric guitar
Pickin' Place Saturday, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm

Kevin Shoaff will lead a workshop on routine guitar maintenance on topics ranging from basic setups to how often to change your strings. Kevin is a guitar luthier who has been building and repairing guitars for 20 years. For more information visit Kevin in the Festival Marketplace.

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Contra Dance Workshop with Janine Smith

Janine Smith
Dance Hall Saturday, 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm
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Fiddle Traditions: Western Swing — with Elana James of Hot Club of Cowtown

Elana James
Patio Stage Saturday, 3:15 pm to 3:55 pm

The fiddle takes center stage in many, many folk music styles. In our Fiddle Traditions showcase, a variety of fiddlers talk about their particular genre and style. Your moderator is local superfiddler Ken Gehret.

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Fiddle Traditions: Irish — with Brian Conway (Pride of New York) and Nollaig Casey (Cherish the Ladies)

Nollaig Casey
Patio Stage Saturday, 3:55 pm to 4:35 pm

The fiddle takes center stage in many, many folk music styles. In our Fiddle Traditions showcase, a variety of fiddlers talk about their particular genre and style. Your moderator is local superfiddler Ken Gehret.

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Fiddle Traditions: New England — with Rodney Miller of The Stringrays

Rodney Miller, grinning and holding his fiddle ready to play
Patio Stage Saturday, 4:35 pm to 5:15 pm

The fiddle takes center stage in many, many folk music styles. In our Fiddle Traditions showcase, a variety of fiddlers talk about their particular genre and style.  Your moderator is local superfiddler Ken Gehret.

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Intro to Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Will Mentor, grinning and holding a microphone
Dance Hall Saturday, 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm
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Shape Note Singing with Robin Bannerji & Maria Cramer

Maria Cramer and Robin Bannerji sit close together on grass with four Shape Note hymnals open on their laps.
Pickin' Place Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Shape note singing is full-voiced, energetic, and deeply emotional a cappella harmony designed for beginners to pick up and sing. It originated in early American Christian congregational singing, and while the themes — struggle, love, death, and devotion — are intense, they are deeply resonant in every age. In this workshop, we will orient singers to the form of shape note singing using the most popular songbook, The Sacred Harp, and teach the class how to lead songs in the center of the hollow square. A regular sing will follow the singing school.

Robin Banerji and Maria Cramer have been singing shape note music in community for three years, attending numerous all-day sings and conventions on the East Coast of the United States and abroad. They have led singing schools at several dance weekends, including Head for the Hills in Northeastern Pennsylvania and Dandelion Romp in Oberlin, Ohio.

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Guitar Workshop with John Doyle

John Doyle, holding his guitar and gazing off to the right
Patio Stage Sunday, 10:00 am to 11:15 am

Pete Seeger: His Life and Music — with Dom Flemons

Dom Flemons
Patio Stage Sunday, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
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Storytelling Workshop with Bil Lepp

Bil Lepp
Family Zone Sunday, 11:45 am to 12:45 pm

String Wizards, Part 1: Hot Club of Cowtown

Hot Club of Cowtown
Patio Stage Sunday, 1:45 pm to 2:15 pm

See some fantastic performers up close and personal! They'll talk about what it’s like playing together in a band, how their instruments complement each other, their musical influences, and a bit about each musician’s background. Expect lots of great music too!

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String Wizards, Part 2: Kittel & Co. featuring John Doyle

Jeremy Kittel, Josh Pinkham and John Doyle
Patio Stage Sunday, 2:15 pm to 2:45 pm

See some fantastic performers up close and personal! They'll talk about what it’s like playing together in a band, how their instruments complement each other, their musical influences, and a bit about each musician’s background. Expect lots of great music too!

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Contra Dance Workshop with Will Mentor

Men contra dancing
Dance Hall Sunday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
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