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Performers

Kulu Mele dancer
Inspired by the voices of its ancestors, Kulu Mele preserves, presents and perpetuates the traditional dance and music of West Africa and the African Diaspora, and celebrates contemporary African American culture. Read more...
Debbi Kauffmann
Debbi Kauffmann is a gifted and powerful singer with a deep appreciation for both Appalachian and Irish music traditions. Her long musical history includes performing with Bluegrass, Irish and Old-Time bands as well as with Henry Koretzky in the duo Rootbound. Read more...
Hawktail
Progressive original folk from a surprisingly cosmopolitan string band featuring fiddler Brittany Haas, bassist Paul Kowert, guitarist Jordan Tice, and mandolinist Dominick Leslie. Read more...
Happy Traum
Happy Traum was active in the 1950s Greenwich Village folk scene, and he hasn't let up since then. Playing guitar and banjo, he has performed extensively in North America as well as abroad. Read more...
Coracree
Philadelphia based Coracree plays roots music from the heart, melding a mixture of Celtic, Old Time, European and original music with an old and contemporary sound. Their performances include lively fiddle tunes, soulful traditional ballads and an occasional clog dance. Read more...
The members of The Quixote Project (4 men) pose in front of a field of corn.
Winners of the Susquehanna Folk Festival 2019 Emerging Artists Showcase, The Quixote Project are a roots-music outfit that pulls from traditional genres to blur the lines of modern music. Read more...
Colebrook Road
Bridging the divide between straight-drive, traditional grass (Del McCoury Band, Lonesome River Band) and genre-warping progressive grass (the Punch Brothers, Front Country), Colebrook Road strives to find a common middle ground, creating new enthusiasts for bluegrass while expanding the definition of the genre for established fans. Read more...
Cumberland Honey
Hailing from the heart of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, Virginia Masland and Steph Landis bring sweet harmonies with folk influences, soul and a taste of bluegrass. Their original songs weave stories of life, love and a call to social action. Read more...
The Small Glories
Named by Folk Alliance International as 2019 Artist of the Year, roots powerhouse duo The Small Glories are Cara Luft (The Wailin' Jennys ) & JD Edwards — a musical tour-de-force partnership planted on the Canadian prairies. With a stage banter striking a unique balance between slapstick and sermon, these veteran singer-songwriters have a way of making time disappear, rooms shrink, and audiences feel as they are right there on the stage with the band. Read more...
Box and String
Box and String is the multi-instrumental duo of Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan. They play instrumental traditional roots music from the American Appalachians, England, Canada, Scandinavia, and France as well as their own original music composed in traditional styles. Read more...
Kevin Neidig
Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three. On guitar or a host of other stringed instruments, his arrangements are intricate and bold; his playing is agile and effortless. His singing is powerful, emotive, and ranges across many genres. He's also an impressive songwriter, with unique perspectives (both lyrically and musically) and ingenious arrangements. Read more...
Angela Autumn stands outdoors, looking a little wary and holding her left elbow with her right hand. She looks younger than her age of 24.
EMERGING ARTIST: Angela Autumn grew up in western Pennsylvania, but recently relocated to Nashville to follow her dreams. A country, bluegrass and folk artist who has been performing since age 12, she has been inspired by a recent resurgence of true folk musicians in her generation. She is passionate about bringing traditional music to the general public. Read more...
The six members of Buffalo Rose, all young people, stand in front of a stone wall. On the left is a mandolin player, on the right is a guitarist.  Two of the others are barefoot in the grass.
EMERGING ARTIST: Listening to Buffalo Rose is like driving on the open road with the windows down, letting the breezes of various musical styles wash over you. With mandolin, guitar, dobro, upright bass, and ethereal vocal harmonies, there's a singular beauty in every Buffalo Rose song. Read more...
Rob Kronen stands with his guitar on his shoulder, holding the neck with his right hand.  He's a young man with short sandy hair and beard, wearing a black tee and red plaid flannel shirt.
EMERGING ARTIST: Rob Kronen is a singer-songwriter and guitarist currently based in Central Pennsylvania. He has a passion for incorporating folk melodies into innovative sonic landscapes, as well as learning and teaching the techniques of hill country blues and Delta-style slide guitar. Read more...

News

Rob Kronen stands with his guitar on his shoulder, holding the neck with his right hand.  He's a young man with short sandy hair and beard, wearing a black tee and red plaid flannel shirt.
Congratulations to Rob Kronen for scoring top honors in our 2020 Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase, livestreamed on August 9. Here's a big round of applause to all five finalists for a very entertaining evening. We're looking forward to hearing more from all of them. Want to enjoy it again, or share it with friends? Watch the archive on YouTube! Read more...
Rob Kronen stands with his guitar on his shoulder, holding the neck with his right hand.  He's a young man with short sandy hair and beard, wearing a black tee and red plaid flannel shirt.
Meet Rob Kronen, a blues guitarist and singer-songwriter who will be performing in our Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase on August 9. Read more...
The six members of Buffalo Rose, all young people, stand in front of a stone wall. On the left is a mandolin player, on the right is a guitarist.  Two of the others are barefoot in the grass.
Meet Buffalo Rose, a rockin' multi-member band that will be performing in our Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase on August 9. Read more...
Angela Autumn stands outdoors, looking a little wary and holding her left elbow with her right hand. She looks younger than her age of 24.
Meet Angela Autumn, a Nashville singer-songwriter who will be performing in our Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase on August 9. Read more...
A vintage microphone with "SFMS" in a marquee over the top where radio call letters would be.
Our judges have selected five finalists to participate in our Virtual Emerging Artist Showcase to be live-streamed August 9. Ukulele and live-loop harmonies... Irish concertina... a Nashville singer-songwriter... Delta blues guitar... a 6-piece band rocking originals and covers... Read on to find out who they are! Read more...
David Bromberg, photographed in profile, grinning, against a stone building wall.
We're excited to announce our performers (at least, those confirmed so far) and preliminary plans for our 2020 Susquehanna Folk Festival. The incomparable DAVID BROMBERG headlines the festival, along with legendary Blues artists, terrific new progressive folk bands, a Swing Dance Intensive, and much more still to be announced! Read more...

Events

Cumberland Honey in concert

Cumberland Honey
Patio Stage Friday, 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm

Colebrook Road in concert

Colebrook Road
Patio Stage Friday, 9:15 pm to 10:30 pm

The Small Glories in concert

The Small Glories
Main Stage Saturday, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Advanced Contra with Wild Asparagus and caller George Marshall

Wild Asparagus
Dance Hall Saturday, 11:30 am to 12:45 pm
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Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble

Kulu Mele dancer
Main Stage Saturday, 12:20 pm to 1:20 pm

Sing-Along with KLMN-tine — for kids of all ages.

Karen Lee Miller-Newman (AKA KLMN-tine) holding her guitar
Family Zone Saturday, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Bluegrass Jam with Colebrook Road

Colebrook Road
Pickin' Place Saturday, 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm

Coracree in concert

Coracree
Main Stage Saturday, 3:00 pm to 3:45 pm

Fiddle workshop with Jane Rothfield of Coracree

Jane Rothfield
Heritage Center Saturday, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Songs, Crankies, and Appalachian Rhythm Toys with Box and String

Box and String
Family Zone Saturday, 5:00 pm to 5:45 pm

Come see what families made and played with, back in the days before television and cell phones.

A "crankie" is a box with a window cut into it, and a spindle on each side, and hand-cranks to pull a roll of art-covered paper from one spindle to the other.  When the cranks are turned, the crankie shows a scrolling series of pictures that illustrate a story.  Come see it in action!

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Women in Song: featuring Cara Luft of the Small Glories and Sarah Beth of Indian Summer Jars, with Kira Schlechter moderating

Cara Luft
Patio Stage Saturday, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm

A Workshop Honoring the 100th Anniversary of Women's Suffrage

Songwriters will discuss themselves, their work, the unique role of women in music, and what this critical historical milestone means to them. Each artist will present a song representative of their perspective. Moderated by freelance music journalist Kira Schlechter.

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Song Circle with Joe Cooney and Fred Heagy

Joe Cooney (with beard) and Fred Heagy (with short white hair) sit on the grass with Joe's guitar.
Pickin' Place Saturday, 5:40 pm to 7:30 pm

Colebrook Road in concert

Colebrook Road
Main Stage Saturday, 7:00 pm to 7:45 pm

Kevin Neidig in concert

Kevin Neidig
Patio Stage Saturday, 7:20 pm to 8:20 pm

The Small Glories in concert

The Small Glories
Main Stage Saturday, 9:40 pm to 10:40 pm

The Quixote Project in concert

The members of The Quixote Project (4 men) pose in front of a field of corn.
Main Stage Sunday, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Shape Note Singing School with Topher Lawton

Mystery fiddler from festival logo
Pickin' Place Sunday, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

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.

This workshop 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.

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Guitar Workshop with Happy Traum: Steady Thumb Fingerpicking for Blues and Country/Folk

Happy Traum
Patio Stage Sunday, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Hawktail in concert

Hawktail
Main Stage Sunday, 12:20 pm to 1:40 pm

Old Time Jam with Debbi Kauffmann

Debbi Kauffmann
Heritage Center Sunday, 1:00 pm to 1:50 pm

Guitar Summit: Alan Carr from Coracree, Happy Traum, Hawktail's Jordan Tice, and Jeff Selby of The Quixote Project, with Kevin Neidig moderating

Close-up of a hand on a guitar fretboard, fingering a C chord
Patio Stage Sunday, 1:20 pm to 2:30 pm

The panelists will discuss and demonstrate their own personal approach to the guitar. Questions will be encouraged on things such as gear, tunings, technique and other guitar-centric topics.

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Fiddle Workshop with Brittany Haas of Hawktail

Brittany Haas
Heritage Center Sunday, 2:00 pm to 2:50 pm

The Quixote Project in concert

The members of The Quixote Project (4 men) pose in front of a field of corn.
Patio Stage Sunday, 2:45 pm to 3:30 pm

Festival Youth Band Performance

Jane Rothfield clicks her heels while playing fiddle
Main Stage Sunday, 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm
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Mandolin Workshop with Dominick Leslie of Hawktail

Dominick Leslie
Pickin' Place Sunday, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Sing-Along with KLMN-tine — for kids of all ages.

Karen Lee Miller-Newman (AKA KLMN-tine) holding her guitar
Family Zone Sunday, 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

Happy Traum in concert

Happy Traum
Main Stage Sunday, 3:50 pm to 4:50 pm

Happy Traum in concert

Bass Workshop: "On the Bottom" with Paul Kowert of Hawktail

Paul Kowert
Pickin' Place Sunday, 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm

Hawktail in concert

Hawktail
Main Stage Sunday, 5:15 pm to 6:30 pm