The Brooklyn Folk Festival

Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre are proud to announce the 6th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival taking place Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th, 2014!

The Brooklyn Folk Festival

Red Hook

Down Home Radio Show and The Jalopy Theatre are proud to announce the 6th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival taking place Friday, April 18th through Sunday, April 20th, 2014!

The 3-day festival includes 25 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more!

The Brooklyn Folk Festival will feature the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Indonesian, and Balkan music, and much more! This year the festival will be held at the Bell House, a wonderful venue on 7th St. btwn 2nd and 3rd avenue.

Six years ago, local string band musician Eli Smith, host of the online Down Home Radio Show, dreamed up the Brooklyn Folk Festival to showcase the talent emerging from the exploding local folk music scene, as well as luminaries from the 1960s generation that sparked the New York City folk music revival. Smith teamed up with Geoff and Lynette Wiley of The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre, a Red Hook venue that quickly became a home to up-and-coming musicians and traveling bands after opening its doors five years ago in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Here is a sampling of previous years’ talent, many of which can be seen regularly playing at the Roots ‘n Ruckus show, hosted by Feral Foster, every Wednesday night at The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre.

Friday April 18th:

8pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – Jug Band Music
8:45pm Feral Foster – Songwriter and Blues singer
9:30pm TBA
10:15pm Eva Salina – Balkan music
11pm Dom Flemons (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) – Blues, Old time, Songster
11:45pm Jan Bell and the Maybelles – Folk, Americana, Country

Saturday April 19th:
Afternoon Concerts

1:30pm Peter K. Siegel and Eli Smith – Songs of the American Labor Movement
2:15pm Piedmont Bluz – Country Blues
3pm Pat Conte – Blues guitar
3:45pm Wyndham Baird – Folk and Popular music with guitar, harmonica and piano
4:30pm Blueridge Entertainers – Old Time Stringband duet from North Carolina
5:15pm Willy Gantrim – Original songs and Blues
6pm The Tillers – Old Time String Band and Folk Music from Southern Ohio
6:45 East River String Band with R. Crumb – Country Blues, Ragtime and Old Time music
7:30pm Tahuantinsuyo – Music from the Andes, styles represent the peoples of the ancient Incan empire

Evening Concerts
8:45pm Gamelan Kusuma Laras – Gamelan gong and string orchestra from Java, Indonesia
9:45pm The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen – Old Time String Band
10:30pm Frank Fairfield – Old Time Music on the fiddle, banjo and guitar
11:15pm Drunken Catfish Ramblers – Blues, Ragtime, Old Time direct from New Orleans, LA

Sunday April 20th:
Afternoon Concerts

1:15pm Kerri Lowe – Original songs
2pm The SpYder Stompers – Blues, Old Time and Folk from Ohio!
2:45pm Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops) – Old time and Blues and banjo and guitar
3:30pm Nathan M. Godfrey – Old time and Blues and banjo and guitar direct from Calgary, Alberta, Canada!
4:15pm Stone Mountain Wobblers – Old-Time String Band, from Georgia!
5pm Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Roberts-Gevalt – Ballads and Old Time Music from Virginia!
5:45pm The Whiskey Spitters – Ragtime, Country Blues and Old Time – the Jalopy House Band!
6:30pm Pete Seeger Tribute and Sing-a-long

Evening Concerts
8:15pm  Spuyten Duyval – Folk/Americana
9pm Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton – Country-Blues guitar, Old Time banjo & fiddle and stride piano!
9:45pm Dubl Handi – Old Time and Folk music

Workshops and Film Screenings:
All workshops and film screenings are included with the price of admission..!

1pm Old Time Jam Session with Hilary Hawke
3pm Old Time Mandolin workshop
4pm Blues Guitar Workshop
5pm Banjo Workshop with John Cohen

1pm Banjo Toss – The famous banjo throwing competition.  Win a free banjo!
2pm Georgia Style Fiddle Workshop
3pm Film: Musuo Song Journey – Documentary about unaccompanied singing among a non-hierarchical tribe in mountainous South Western China.
4pm Films by Alan Lomax Films with hosted by Nathan Salsburg, curator of the Lomax Archive
6pm Film: “Musical Holdouts” – a film by John Cohen, followed by Q&A with the filmmaker


Afternoon Concert Pass: $15
Evening Concert Pass $20
All Day Concert Pass: $30
3 Day All Festival Pass: $80

**All workshops, films screenings and the square dance are included in the basic ticket price

Advance tickets are for sale on the Bell House website. Scroll down to the dates of April 18th – 20th when the festival is taking place.  Click on one of the dates.  There you will see all the ticket options.