St. Ann's Church | 157 Montague Street | Brooklyn Heights
The Brooklyn Folk Festival, brought you by The Jalopy Theatre & School of Music, features the best in old-time string-band music, folk, blues, song writers, jug band, bluegrass, traditional Irish and Balkan music, at the beautiful historic St. Ann’s Church located at 157 Montague St. between Clinton and Henry in Brooklyn Heights from Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017.
The 3-day festival includes 30 bands, vocal and instrumental workshops, a family-friendly square dance and swing dance, jam sessions, film screenings, the famous Banjo Toss contest and more! The venue is wheelchair accessible.
In 2008, Eli Smith, banjo player and host of the online Down Home Radio Show, dreamed up the Brooklyn Folk Festival to showcase emerging talent from the phenomenal local folk music scene, incredible performers from the 1960s generation of the New York City folk music revival, and the best folk musicians from all across the country. To produce the festival, Smith teamed up with Geoff and Lynette Wiley, owners of The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre, a Red Hook, Brooklyn venue that is home to many up-and-coming folk musicians and traveling bands since opening its doors in 2006.
Featuring: Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton ● Willie Watson ● Rev. Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir ● Jim Kweskin ● The Last Poets ● Thunderbird American Indian Dancers ● Anna & Elizabeth ● Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers) ● Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob ● Meredith Axelrod ● Feral Foster ● Tennessee Stiff Legs ● Fada ● Martha Burns ● Spitzer Space Telescope ● Pat Conte ● Bill and the Belles ● Amythyst Kiah ● Preachin’ In That Wilderness ● Locust Honey String Band ● Jay Gandhi ● Eva Salina and Peter Stan ● Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blue ● Gotham Jazz Men ● Horse-Eyed Men ● Ethan Leinwand ● Main Squeeze Orchestra ● Guthrie, Lomax & Seeger’s “Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People” – 5oth Anniversary Celebration with Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore ● Cole Quest & the City Pickers ● Ukrainian Village Voices
Friday April 28th Main Stage 8pm – Ukrainian Village Voices – Rural Ukrainian vocal music 8:45pm – Jim Kweskin – Jug band, blues and folk songs 9:30pm – Thunderbird American Indian Dancers – Songs and dances from the Mohawk, Hopi, Winnebago and other traditions. 10:15pm – Anna & Elizabeth – Old time songs and ballads 11pm – Feral Foster – Original and folk songs 11:45pm – Tennessee Stiff Legs – Western swing band, from Tennessee! First time in NY!
Parish Hall Stage 8:45pm – Ethan Leinwand – Barrelhouse blues piano from St. Louis, MO 9:30pm – Cole Quest & the City Pickers – Bluegrass songs and tunes 10:15pm – The Freakniks – Original and traditional music, from LA, CA! 11pm – Skalopy – Jalopy’s in-house ska band!
Saturday April 29th Afternoon Concerts Main Stage Noon – Jalopy Jr. Recital 12:45pm – Fada – Traditional French music from the Occitan region 1:30pm – Martha Burns – Old time songs and ballads, from the mountains and range! 2:15pm – Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues 3pm – Spitzer Space Telescope – original and traditional old-time fiddle tunes, English/Irish ballads and sea shanties. 3:45pm – Peter Stampfel & the Ether Frolic Mob – “Paleo Hillbilly Rock meets Great American Songbook and does dirty things together” 4:30 – Pat Conte – Blues, gospel and old time songs and tunes 5:15pm – Bill & the Belles – Oldtime, early Country and popular songs and tunes! 6pm – Amythyst Kiah – Traditional and original blues and folk songs from Johnson City, TN, first NY appearance!
Parish Hall Stage Noon – Old Time Slow Jam with Hilary Hawke 1:30pm – Ethan Leinwand – Barrelhouse blues piano from St. Louis, MO 2:15pm – The Hay Rollers – Bluegrass songs and tunes! 4:30 – “Hard Hitting Songs for Hard Hit People” with Mat Callahan & Yvonne Moore – Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the publication or Lomax, Seeger and Guthrie influential and classic book! 5:30 – Ethan Leinwand – Barrelhouse blues piano from St. Louis, MO 6pm – Harmonica Contest – Who is the best harp player in NYC!?!?
2pm – DIY Instrument building 3pm – FILM: The Mountain Music Project – Exploring similarities between Southern Appalachians music and that of the Nepali musician caste in the Himalayas. 4pm – Panel discussion TBA 5pm – Old time banjo workshop with Hilary Hawke 6pm – Puppet show!
Evening Concerts Main Stage 7:15pm – Thomas McCarthy – Traditional songs and ballads from the Irish Traveler community. First American festival appearance! 8pm – Jerron “Blindboy” Paxton – Blues, old time and folk songs on guitar, banjo and fiddle 8:45pm – Willie Watson – Folk songs and ballads on guitar and banjo 9:30pm – Rev. Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir – Wild anti-consumerist gospel shouters and Earth loving evangelist sermonizing. 10:45pm TBA 11:30 TBA
Parish Hall Stage 7pm – Main Squeeze Orchestra – All female accordion orchestra! 8pm – Salsa Dance with the Willy Martinez Band
Sunday April 30th Afternoon Concerts Main Stage 2pm – Family Sing-a-long 2:30pm – Deedle Deedle Dees – Fun kids music, with themes from history!! 3:15pm – Preachin’ in the Wilderness – Blues and folk songs 4pm – The Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen – Old time string band 4:45pm – Meredith Axelrod – Blues and folk songs 5:30pm – Queen Esther – Traditional and original songs 6:15pm – Locust Honey String Band – String band, all the way from Tennessee!
Parish Hall Stage 2pm – Old Time Jam Session with Hilary Hawke 3:15pm – Gotham Jazzmen – Traditional Jazz 4:30pm – The Jalopy Choir – Singing Balkan vocal music! 5:30pm – Square Dance with the 5-Mile String Band! 6:30pm – The Whiskey Spitters – Jalopy’s own in-house string band!
Workshop Room 3pm – Harmonica workshop with Seth Shumate (all the way from Arkansas!) 4pm – FILM: Shake ‘Em On Down – Documentary film about legendary blues musician Mississippi Fred McDowell, includes Q&A with filmmaker Scott Baretta. 5:30pm – 10pm – Special art installation and performance with Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle and Tim Eriksen.
1PM SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS This event is held off-site. Please assemble at the corner of Smith and 9th Street at 1pm, we will then have a parade to the banjo tossing arena!
Evening Concerts Main Stage 7:15pm – TBA 8pm – The Last Poets – Radical poetry with music, the roots of rap from NYC 8:45pm – Jay Gandhi – Indian classical and folk music 9:30pm – Eva Salina & Peter Stan – Balkan music 10:15pm – TBA
Parish Hall Stage 7:15pm – The Horse-Eyed Men – Original and traditional songs
Workshop Room 5:30pm – 10pm – Special art installation and performance with Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Elizabeth LaPrelle and Tim Eriksen.