60 Years Strumming: Historic Philadelphia Folk Festival Unveils 2022 Lineup

[The following is from the official press release.]

Philadelphia Folk Festival has announced the initial lineup for its 60th anniversary event taking place August 18-21, 2022 at its idyllic home, Old Pool Farm, just north of Philadelphia.

The weekend-long celebration will include headlining appearances from hip-hop fusion mavericks Michael Franti & Spearhead, Punch Brothers (reviving their celebrated American Acoustic ensemble featuring Americana heavyweights Watchhouse and Sarah Jarosz), and Americana-soul sensations The War and Treaty. Other standouts covering the gamut of folk, rock, roots, and global music include Arrested Development, Hiss Golden Messenger, Aoife O’Donovan, Talisk, and many more. Longtime friend of the festival, contemporary folk veteran Christine Lavin will return as an emcee and spotlight artist this summer. View the complete lineup below. 

The oldest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America, the Philadelphia Folk Festival brings together folk pioneers, music appreciators, and the genre’s bright young voices annually for a festival experience unlike any other. The beloved event, presented by the parent non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society, aims to celebrate the richness of the folk music canon through choice entertainment, workshops, and collaborative opportunities, all amidst the tranquil setting of rural Pennsylvania.

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Over its impressive tenure, the festival has cultivated a family-like atmosphere in which every attendee, regardless of prior experience, feels at home on the farm. With a legacy that continues to ripen each year, PFF is a model heritage event in the folk space and beyond.

Following a brief hiatus of in-person programming to lead two acclaimed fully interactive digital festival experiences in 2020 and 2021, “PFF is thrilled to be returning to its full physical form this year, while continuing the digital model that made the event more accessible than ever,” shares Justin Nordell, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society.

Following the wide acclaim of their first two digital festivals that engaged tens of thousands of attendees across 86 countries, PFF will be fully hybrid for its 60th. In addition to its physical form, the 2022 installment will include three digital stages broadcasting live during the event, alongside real-time footage of each physical stage. Streaming tickets and streaming access add-ons are a must-have for the festival goer who dreams of being everywhere all at once.

This year, the festival will continue its tradition of presenting the very best of local and regional talent onstage, but with a twist! Members of the PFS Philadelphia Music Co-Op are currently participating in the Martin Stage Melee, an old-school battle of the bands tournament set to showcase the bounty of homegrown talent in the Philadelphia region. Out of 32 acts, one fan-chosen winner will receive a coveted headlining slot at the 2022 festival.

In-person and streaming tickets are available for the semifinal and final Martin Stage Melee rounds to support the top 8 performers: Andrea Nardello, The Bent Benjamins, Emily Drinker, Erin Fox, Maggie Mae, Paul Saint John & the NightHawks, Rob Lincoln, and Turtle Ridge. Voters may cast their ballot in support of their favorite act up to 72 hours following the concert. The winner will be announced in July and join the lineup on the legendary Martin Guitar Stage. For more information, visit folkfest.org.

General Admission and “Friend of the Festival” (VIP) weekend passes are on sale now. Single Day passes, Camping (RV and Tent), and Virtual Streaming tickets are also available via the festival’s website. For more information on pricing, family rates, and PFS membership discounts, visit folkfest.org/60thtickets. All active 59th Festival tickets will be honored.

WHAT: Philadelphia Folk Festival 60th Anniversary 
WHEN: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, August 21, 2022
WHERE: Old Pool Farm (1323 Salford Station Rd., Upper Salford Township, PA)
TICKET PURCHASE LINK: folkfest.org/60thtickets
FESTIVAL WEBSITE: folkfest.org
SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: https://spoti.fi/3yGeNb9 

Philadelphia Folk Festival 2022 Lineup:

Michael Franti & Spearhead
American Acoustic: Punch Brothers and Watchhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz
The War and Treaty
Arrested Development
Hiss Golden Messenger
Aoife O’Donovan
Dustbowl Revival
Bettye LaVette
Tom Rush
Dom Flemons
Livingston Taylor
Davina & The Vagabonds
Jim Kweskin
Happy Traum
Raye Zaragoza
The Lee Boys
Los Texmaniacs
Crys Matthews
Billy Keane
Mo Kenney
Heather Maloney
Twisted Pine
Matt Nakoa
Abigail Lapell
Mari Black Trio
Mike McKenna, Jr.
Catherine Britt
Addison Agen
Cat Ridgeway & The Tourists
Susan O’Neill
Christine Lavin
And Many More to Come!

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