Old Time Musicians Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell perform in York, PA on December 3rd (PART TWO)

PART TWO–dirk-powell-smalldirk-and-rileyAmerican traditional music icons Riley Baugus and Dirk Powell come to York for a Saturday, December 3rd concert at 7:30 PM sponsored by Susquehanna Folk Music Society to be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George Street.

This will be a very rare opportunity to see these two important folk music luminaries perform together.

The Powell and Baugus concert will be preceded by a 6 PM 45-minute square dance workshop with caller Kim Forrey who grew up in York County and now lives in Annapolis, MD. She has been calling dances for 10 years. There is a $5 separate fee for the workshop. Dancers are also encouraged to free-style dance during the concert.

Concert tickets are $24 General Admission, $21 for SFMS members and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets online at http://www.brownpapertickets.com or toll-free (800) 838-3006. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society website at http://www.sfmsfolk.org.

Because of the expansive histories of each of these two old-time music masters, we will be presenting separate Folkmama Blog Posts for each musician. Today’s post will focus on DIRK POWELL.

A post on Riley Baugus, published on November 29, 2016, can be found here: https://folkmama.wordpress.com/2016/11/29/old-time-musicians-riley-baugus-and-dirk-powell-perform-in-york-pa-on-december-3rd/


Dirk Powell has expanded on the deeply rooted sounds of his Appalachian heritage to become one of the preeminent traditional American musicians of his generation. In addition to his widely influential solo recordings, he has recorded and performed with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Jack White, Joan Baez, Steve Earle, Kris Kristofferson, Linda Ronstadt and Jackson Browne.

In addition to performing under his own name in a wide variety of settings, Dirk also tours regularly with Joan Baez, playing 7 instruments during each performance.

Dirk is a recognized force within the international musical scene. His bonds with Louisiana and with the mountains of Kentucky are unmistakable – but so is his far-reaching vision and ability to translate the essence of tradition to audiences who need the timeless and sustaining messages that tradition brings.

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society is privileged to be presenting such an esteemed musician.

Here are some of the amazing things that Dirk has done.

  1. COLD MOUNTAIN: Dirk worked extensively with Anthony Minghella on the Academy Award-winning film Cold Mountain included on-set consulting, arranging traditional and original music for the screen, performing the banjo parts of a central character, and acting.
  2. TELEVISION APPEARANCES: Dirk has appeared twice on Late Night with David Letterman and also on The Today Show and the American Masters series on PBS.
  3. RADIO: Dirk has appeared on the radio programs All Things Considered, World Café, Weekend Edition, A Prairie Home Companion, E-Town, Mountain Stage, and many others
  4. STUDIO WORK: Dirk was a featured studio musician on four recordings that won Grammys
  5. RECORDING STUDIO: Dirk designs and runs a recording studio that has been used by Joan Baez, Linda Ronstadt and James McMurtry.
  6. Dirk was a founding member of the important Cajun group Balfa Toujours
  7. Dirk has been a regularly featured artist in the award-winning BBC series The Transatlantic Sessions.