Susquehanna Folk Music Society Announces New Season

By Jess Hayden

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society, Harrisburg area’s champion of traditional and contemporary folk music, dance, stories and craft, is excited to present its new season of concerts, dances, workshops, jams and coffeehouses. This veteran group doesn’t own a venue, but instead uses a variety of interesting spaces to help create the cozy, informal atmosphere so often appreciated by folk music enthusiasts. Susquehanna Folk events are staffed by volunteers and frequently include opportunities for audience members to get to know one another over refreshments at intermission or during a potluck meal before the event.

Look for the group to return this season to one of their favorite haunts; the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn. Part of Fort Hunter Museum and Park in Harrisburg, this attractive historic barn has housed many Susquehanna Folk concerts, jams, coffeehouses and workshops. Concerts slated to be held at the barn this season are Nashville songwriter Darrell Scott on September 30th, multi-instrumentalist Harvey Reid on October 26th, string band music and quirky humor from Molasses Creek on November 2nd, an eclectic mix ranging “from Celtic to Cowboy” with Small Potatoes on November 17th, local favorites Voxology on March 23rd, and Canadian singer-songwriter Garnet Rogers on April 13th. A jam, open to all, is held on third Sundays 1-3 pm, October through May.

New this season will be a series of Sunday afternoon matinee concerts held in collaboration with Greenbelt Events at the Gallery of the Appalachian Brewery in Harrisburg. This lovely, intimate space has old-world charm but boasts the latest in sound and lighting technology. This series of concerts includes Canadian fiddling and step dancing virtuoso April Verch on January 13th, a spotlight on local talent with Neidig, Koretsky, Gehret and Campbell on February 3rd, Blues Hall of Fame Inductee John Hammond on February 24th, and Americana music favorites Red Molly on May 19th. Concert goers are encouraged to stay for dinner or to try out one of the establishment’s famous brews! Parking is conveniently located and free of charge.

For those wishing to venture to York, Susquehanna Folk will hold three concerts there at another new venue; Marketview Arts. This recently transformed

Historic Fraternal Order of Eagles building has been turned into a downtown arts center complete with a large space which adapts well for concerts. In this venue the group will feature the Irish-American group Girsa on October 7th, beautiful three part harmony from the trio Brother Sun on January 26th, and country blues from the legendary Rory Block on April 21st.

Beyond its concert series Susquehanna Folk also features world class international dance instruction and dancing to live ethnic music. On October the 27th Balkan Dance Day will be held at Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church in Harrisburg with dance instruction by Michael Kuharski and on December 1st there will be a dance party with the Balkan music band Sviraj at the St Lawrence Club in Steelton.

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society has a website with information and tickets at www.susquehannafolk.org. All venues are handicapped accessible. The group gratefully acknowledges funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund.

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