Brooklyn Folk Festival at St. Ann’s Church April 5-7

This year’s Brooklyn Folk Festival will take place at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church, enter at 157 Montague Street (near Clinton) from Friday evening, April 5 through Sunday evening, April 7. A complete schedule is here.

This year’s lineup includes some old favorites, including Frank Fairfield and Meredith Axelrod (photo by Brian Geltner), thirteen year old banjo and vocal phenom Little Nora Brown, bluesman Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, and John Cohen, whom your correspondent remembers well from his days with the New Lost City Ramblers and the Putnam String County Band. John will appear with the Down Hill Strugglers, a group that includes Eli Smith, emcee of the Festival.

The Festival will also include some notable new acts, including a multi-generational string band, the Ozark Highballers, whose first album is being released on Jalopy Records, an affiliate of the Jalopy Theatre and School of Music, sponsor of the Festival. Jalopy is located at 315 Columbia Street in Red Hook, and will host an after party following each Folk Festival evening session. Other new acts include two exciting ones from the State of Georgia: Kashiah Hunter and the ATL Crew doing Sacred Strings, and young blues artist Jontavious Willis.

For the kids, there will be a sing-along celebrating Pete Seeger’s 100th birthday. at 2:00 p.m Sunday.

It’s not all about music. There will be many events about folk related art and film, including a showing, on 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 6, of the film American Epic. There will also be the “world famous” Banjo Toss on Sunday afternoon.

You may buy tickets here.

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