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



Mwenso and the Shakes

Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who present music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Immigrating from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Greenwich Village, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii the Shakes […]

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James McMurtry

Texas singer/songwriter James McMurtry, known for his hard-edged character sketches, comes from a literary family; his father, novelist and screenwriter Larry McMurtry, gave James his first guitar at age seven, and his mother, an English professor, taught him how to play it. McMurtry began performing his own songs while a student at the University of […]

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Jake Shimabukuro

With only four strings, Jake Shimabukuro is a humble master whose mission is to connect and inspire people. Whether one on one or in front of an audience of thousands, Jake shares a deep emotional connection with the listener that is open, magical and transcendent. Often referred to as the Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce […]

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Bella White

While traditional bluegrass is usually associated with the American South, the genre has surely found a safe and loving Canadian home in the form of Calgary-born singer/songwriter Bella White. Armed with a piercing voice, edged with teardrops, White’s debut album Just Like Leaving, rings out as a coming of age anthem. The twenty year-old singer/songwriter […]

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Katherine Rondeau

Katherine Rondeau is a full-throttle singer-songwriter who focuses her folk passion through a thoroughly modern lens. And that voice! Iconic Folk DJ Rich Warren of the Midnight Special said it best: “She possesses an amazing set of pipes and knows how to use them.” Katherine’s soaring alto moves effortlessly through the folk genre with “a […]

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Elephant Sessions

Elephant Sessions transcend boundaries and shake the very foundations of expectation. Hailing from the Highlands of Scotland, Elephant Sessions released their new album “What Makes You” on May the 10th of 2019. 2018 saw awards in abundance. Opening the year as winners of Album of the Year at the BBC Scotland Trad Awards, they went […]

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Emily Drinker

Emily Drinker is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Philadelphia. She blends folk, soul, and pop with a ukulele, talented backing band, and soulful 3-part harmonies through live looping. In 2019, Emily planned and completed her very first tour in the U.S., toured with a friend’s band in Colombia, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, was featured […]

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