Philadelphia Folk Festival celebrates 50 years

August 10, 2011 – The Philadelphia Folk Festival returns to the Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Pa. next week (Aug. 18-21) and will mark its golden anniversary.

The festival, sponsored by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, began in 1962 and is the largest and longest-running festival of its kind in the country. The concert features contemporary and traditional folk music in genres including world/fusion, Celtic, singer/songwriter, folk rock, country, and dance. It is held each summer during the third weekend in August.

This year’s headliners include Tom Paxton, Tom Rush, Levon Helm, Arlo Guthrie, and one of my favorites, local musician Jim Boggia. For a complete lineup of acts and workshops, and for ticket and camping information, visit their site at


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