10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival returns to St Ann's Church

The 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival is coming April 6 to 8, 2018, at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights

10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival returns to St Ann's Church

St Ann's Church | Brooklyn Heights

The 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival is coming April 6 to 8, 2018, at St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn Heights. With over 40 bands, workshops, jam sessions, square dance, salsa dance, fiddle contest, film screenings and the Return of the Famous Banjo Toss Competition, it will be a remarkable weekend with something for nearly every musical taste.

This year the festival brings home many favorite performers from its decade long history, along with exciting new underground-grassroots folk and traditional groups from New York City and around the nation. The 10th annual Festival will feature Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton, R. Crumb with The East River String Band, Spirit Family Reunion and folk music legend John Cohen with the Down Hill Strugglers. The festival also includes Indian Classical Music from the Women’s Raga Massive, old time string band music from Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, a performance for children by Elizabeth Mitchell and Suni Paz, celebrating the release of their new Smithsonian Folkways album, and Grammy nominated Moroccan band Innov Gnawa.


The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen "Leaving Home"


In addition to musical performances, the festival will also feature the NYC premiere of the documentary “Linefork,” about living legend Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton, “How They Got Over” about the golden age of Black gospel quartets and a 50th anniversary screening of counter-cultural cult classic film “Gold” with rare Q&A with the director.


Linefork Trailer


Performers at the 10th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival include:

Jerron Paxton
Spirit Family Reunion
East River String Band w/ R. Crumb
Elizabeth Mitchell & Suni Paz
Innov Gnawa
Women’s Raga Massive
Radio Jarocho & Zenen Zeferino
Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters
Eva Salina & Peter Stan
Bulla En El Barrio
Feral Foster
Mamie Minch & Tamar Korn
Pat Conte
Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues
Suzy & Eric Thompson
Piedmont Bluz
The HickHoppers
King Isto’s Tropical String Band
Little Nora Brown
Clifton Hicks
Julia Patinella
The Horse-Eyed Men
The Birdman of Rome
The Crimson Ragdolls
Jackson & The Janks
Steel City Jug Slammers
Wyndham Baird
Thomas McCarthy
Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars
The Hayrollers
The Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen
The Jalopy Chorus


The 10th annual festival has sold out every year and will remain at its home, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, in Brooklyn Heights, where its world-famous stained-glass windows will frame the stage. The Festival is produced by the newlynon-profit Jalopy Theatre & School of Music, located in Red Hook, Brooklyn.  The three-day event has grown in attendance and scope each year.  The festival’s partnership with St. Ann's allows for a main stage inside the church, room for food, drink and vendors, plus a second stage and additional rooms for workshops and film screenings.

Adding to the festivities, the Festival features the World Famous Banjo Toss, banjo throwing contest (as featured in Associated Press), a family-friendly square dance, a Saturday night Salsa dance, a Sunday kid’s concert with Elizabeth Mitchell & Suni Paz and several open jam sessions.  There will also be group singing sessions, workshops in blues guitar, old time banjo playing, fiddle and more, along with jam sessions.

"This 10th annual Brooklyn Folk Festival promises to be a truly special event as we expand the scope of the programming and welcome home favorite performers from the ten year history of the festival," Eli Smith, founder and host of the Festival, said. "This year we expect a powerful array of sounds, with music from a huge diversity of genres including blues, old time music, traditional music from Morocco, Mexico, the Balkans, Ireland, Puerto Rico, India and elsewhere, trad jazz, song writers, jug band music and more!”

The performances are separated into afternoon and evening shows, day passes and a full-festival three-day pass. All workshops, film screenings, and the square dance and salsa dance are included in the price of admission.

Tickets are on sale now! at www.brooklynfolkfest.com/tickets


The venue, St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1844. An important example of Gothic Revival architecture in America, the richly ornamented church is notable for its elaborately vaulted roof and window tracery. Before it was removed in 1906, its spire was the most visible landmark in Brooklyn and was used by ship captains to navigate the harbor. The Festival will take place in the main hall of the church, with workshops, film screenings and the square dance in the side hall and upstairs rooms. Food, drink and retail vendors will be on site.