Philadelphia Folk Festival Announces Tony Trischka’s EarlJam – A Tribute to Earl Scruggs to perform on Sunday, adds 15 more acts to 61st Event!

[Philadelphia, May 15, 2024] – The Philadelphia Folk Festival is excited to announce the addition of a stellar lineup of performers to its highly anticipated 61st edition, taking place from August 16th to 18th at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township, PA. The Festival is presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, whose mission is to preserve the past, promote the present, and secure the future of folk music and related forms of expression.

Since its inception in 1962, the Philadelphia Folk Fest has been a cornerstone of excellence in folk music. This year, we are thrilled to welcome to the Martin stage on Sunday night, Tony Trischka’s EarlJam – A Tribute to Earl Scruggs. Tony Trishka is the legendary Father of Modern Bluegrass and he will be performing his latest album, which is a fitting homage to a bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs. Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriter Hall of Fame inductee John Oates headlines Saturday evening, and the dynamic Philadelphia-based group Gangstagrass, are set to ignite the stage on Friday night.

Joining the already impressive announced list performers are; Alexis P. Suter Band, Calvin Arsenia, Cassie & Maggie, Crys Matthews, Dave Gunning, Dom Flemons, Genevieve Racette, Jess Klein, Jonathan Byrd, J.P. Cormier, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, performing two shows*, Nigel Wearne, Stephen Wade, Pete Muller and the Kindred Souls, and the Secret Sisters. These talented musicians will enrich the festival experience, adding to the rich tapestry of folk music that the Philadelphia Folk Festival is renowned for.

There are still more acts to be announced, including the MAC (Music Artists Cooperative) performers, and the children’s performers, plus crafts and food vendors, afternoon workshops, and so much more!

Tickets for the festival are currently on ‘Last Call,’ which is the final sale level of pricing, before gate prices apply on August 15th. The Festival offers various ticketing options, from individual day passes to the VIP Camping experience, and all levels in between. The Festival also offers add-on tickets for those that want reserved parking or to use the tram cart shuttle all weekend long. The Festival also offers different promotional codes to accommodate all budgets, which includes discounts for PFS members and college students. Additionally, the Society has introduced a new First Timer Ticket, providing a 25% discount off the entrance price for newcomers to experience the festival for the first time, which expires July 15.

The best way to experience the Festival for many is to volunteer. Volunteer tickets are $119 for adults, but they include camping and daily meals for the entire weekend, along with some of the best folks you’ll ever meet. We are seeking all skill levels and all ages to assist, and have a wide range of committees, from archives to kids creations, camping to hospitality, and grounds to production. Visit for a full list of committees and to learn more.

For those who relish the camping experience, the Philadelphia Folk Festival offers exclusive perks for campers, including early entry at 10 am on Thursday, August 15th, and a special concert on the Camp stage featuring Shanna in a Dress, Miss Emily, and the Adam Ezra Group Thursday evening. Camping at the festival provides an immersive experience where attendees can connect with fellow music enthusiasts amidst the natural beauty of Old Pool Farm, among thousands of your best friends. Bring your musical instrument and get ready to sing under the stars.

The festival grounds boast a general store stocked with essential supplies for campers, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for all attendees.

With multiple stages hosting a diverse range of folk acts, craft vendors offering unique treasures, and impromptu jam sessions under the starlit sky, the Philadelphia Folk Festival promises an unforgettable weekend of music, community, and friends.

The two shows being performed by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer are Cathy & Marcy’s Old Time Coalition with Becky Hill and Rachel Eddy, and FROM CHINA TO APPALACHIA- with Chao Tian.

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About Philadelphia Folk Festival:

The Philadelphia Folk Festival, presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, is one of the longest-running and most respected folk music festivals in the United States. Since its inception in 1962, the festival has celebrated the rich tapestry of folk music, showcasing both established artists and emerging talents. With its picturesque setting at the Old Pool Farm and vibrant atmosphere, the Philadelphia Folk Festival continues to captivate audiences and foster a sense of community among folk music enthusiasts. The 61st edition occurs Aug 16-18, 2024, visit for more information.


Kimberly Sinclair

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