59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival August 13-16, 2020

THE SHOW MUST GO ON...LINE

PFS Presents Tom Paxton & the DonJuans-9/20 at 3pm

KEEP THAT FESTIVAL FEELING GOING ALL YEAR LONG WITH THE PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY DIGITAL CONCERT VENUE!

Okay Fest Family! We’ve heard you LOUD AND CLEAR! You don’t love having the Digital Concert Venue on Facebook, but you did love the digital Festival… SO LET’S MOVE THE DIGITAL CONCERT VENUE TO OUR DIGITAL FESTIVAL PLATFORM, STARTING WITH A PHILLY FOLK FAVORITE: TOM PAXTON!

*****RESCHEDULED FROM JUNE 28TH BY TOM*****

Due to the constantly changing reality surrounding the global health crisis of COVID-19, the FIRST priority of the Society is the health and well-being of our community. Following the wild success of its first livestream with Mari Black on March 13, 2020, the Society has worked to to keep the music playing, lift spirits, and make sure the artists in our extended Folk Family can continue to live day to day. We all know music is a universal language and we will be utilizing it as we present artists local, regional, and international – old favorites and new discoveries – to a digital audience of music lovers from the comfort of their own homes!

PFS is excited to bring you a living folk legend! With their tours cancelled and tens of thousands of dollars lost, this is the time to support the musicians we love and #KeepTheMusicPlaying

ALL CONCERTS WILL START PROMPTLY AT THEIR START TIME WITH AN INTRO FROM PFS AND THE ARTIST WILL BEGIN AT FIVE PAST. IF YOU ARE LATE OR MISS THE CONCERT, DO NOT FRET AS IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO VIEW ON DEMAND IN 3-5 BUSINESS DAYS FOLLOWING THE EVENT!

About Tom Paxton:
Tom Paxton has become a voice of his generation, addressing issues of injustice and inhumanity, laying bare the absurdities of modern culture and celebrating the tenderest bonds of family, friends, and community.

In describing Tom Paxton’s influence on his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger has said: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.” Pete goes on: “In a small village near Calcutta, in 1998, a villager who could not speak English sang me What Did You Learn In School Today? in Bengali! Tom Paxton’s songs are reaching around the world more than he is, or any of us could have realized. Keep on, Tom!”

Brought to New York courtesy of the US Army, Tom remained there following his discharge. His early success in Greenwich Village coffeehouses, such as The Gaslight and The Bitter End, led to an ever-increasing circle of work. Then in 1965 he made his first tour of the United Kingdom — the beginning of a still-thriving professional relationship that has included at least one tour in each of the succeeding years.

He and his late wife, Midge, have two daughters, Jennifer and Kate. All three women have served as inspiration for many songs, and now three grandsons, Christopher, Sean, and Peter are adding to the sources of inspiration.

Tom received a 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy during the 51st Annual GRAMMY® Awards. He was nominated for a GRAMMY for Comedians and Angels in 2007, and Live in the U.K. in 2006. He was also nominated for GRAMMYS in 2003 for his Appleseed Records CD, Looking For The Moon, and in 2002 for his children’s CD, Your Shoes, My Shoes. He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from ASCAP, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC in London.

Tom Paxton’s place in folk music is secured not just by hit records and awards, but by the admiration of three generations of fellow musicians. An internationally recognized and loved cultural figure, he has always chosen goodwill over commercial success. His generosity has taken the shape of a benefit concert performance for a little girl fighting leukemia, or a personal note of encouragement to an up-and-coming songwriter. This is the man who wrote and lives the words, “Peace will come, and let it begin with me.”

PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO ASSOCIATED TECHNOLOGY COSTS IN PROVIDING THIS CONCERT ON OUR OWN STREAMING PLATFORM INSTEAD OF FACEBOOK, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO PLEASE CONSIDER PURCHASING YOUR TICKET AT THE $15 OR ABOVE LEVEL IF POSSIBLE TO OFFSET THESE COSTS. 

We thank you so much for your support and understanding in a time of so much uncertainty. Sending much love to our entire extended folk family. Stay well.

Best,
Justin Nordell
Executive Director
Philadelphia Folksong Society

PFS DIGITAL CONCERT VENUE

SUGGESTED TICKET – $15

SUPPORT ARTISTS & PFS

LIVE MUSIC STARTING AT – $5