The Philadelphia Folk Festival is an annual folk music festival near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania in the vicinity of Philadelphia. It began in 1962 and is sponsored by the non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society. The event hosts contemporary and traditional artists in genres including World/Fusion, Celtic, Singer/Songwriter, Folk Rock, Country, Klezmer, and Dance.
We were particularly impressed by the most rockin’ ever (for this folk fest) Saturday bill of fare — a day-into-nighttime musical marathon starring Little Feat, John Hiatt and the Combo, Steve Earle and the Dukes, Lucinda Williams and rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson. Also making it out for the weekend were Mary Chapin Carpenter, Paul Thorn, Voices of the Wetlands All-Stars, Red Clay Ramblers, Lori McKenna, Mark Erelli, Mary Gauthier, the Holmes Brothers and the Sunday show-closer Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who killed at the fest last year and repeated again this year. We also became fans in an instant of City and Colour who we’re already listening to on heavy rotation in our offices despite them (him) not showing up for this autograph session.
Aside from the music, the crafts are also a big part of the folk tradition. The crafts area was very large – you could walk through and admire the craftsmanship; watch the glassblowers, metalsmith, artists, and candlemakers at work; and, of course, take home a one-of-a-kind item to help festival-goers remember the Festival during the winter.
One of the other featured artists present at the festival was Mary Lynne-Moffatt who makes one-of-a-kind, handmade creatures using wood, bead, nails and other found objects – she truly makes her little monsters come to life. Her work is simply amazing, fun and unique, just like her! You’ll get a sense of her creativity as you stroll the photos of her artwork in the below photo album.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival was a great experience for us. It was our first show where we were required to sell into the dark – open from 11am-11pm – and due to the long nature of the event we recruited three helpers – Erika, Deena and Laura. We want to publicly thank them for helping us with the event, we truly couldn’t have done it without them!
Our show inventory exceeded 300 journals and although we didn’t have all of the requests we received during the weekend we were able to fill the likes of David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Ryan Adams, The Beatles and Bon Iver among others.
We had an amazing (and exhausting) time, met some great people, had some nice conversations and will truly never forget our 2012 Folk Fest experience! Enjoy the photos.