The lineup for this year’s Philadelphia Folk Festival - the 54th annual, to be held as always on the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford, near Schwenksville - will include old school folkies Arlo Guthrie and Tom Paxton, and new faces such as Kansas City family band Madisen Ward & the Mama Bear, Austin, Texas troubadour Shakey Graves and rising Americana songwriter Parker Millsap.
Folk scion Guthrie will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his song "Alice's Restaurant." Dance music from down Lousiana way wil come courtesy of zydeco accordionist Chubby Carrier and Cajun bandleader Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys. Locally connected world music will be represented in Brazliian percussion ensemble PhillyBloco and Colombian party band El Caribe Funk.
Among the pickers down on the farm with be America’s Got Talent alums The HillBenders - who will perform thier hillbilly version of The Who’s "Tommy" - and former Bob Dylan guitarist Larry Campbell along with his wife, Teresa Williams. Others acts on the bill include fiery bluesman Selwyn Bichwood and Canadian Celtic guitarist Dave Gunning.
This year’s Thursday Night campers-only concert is a winner with spirited rockers Low Cut Connie and formidable Nashville roots-country songstress Lindi Ortega.
And for the 54th consecutive festival, Gene Shay, the grandfather of the Philly folk scene who recently retired from his DJ post on WXPN's Folk Show, will be MCing and telling corny jokes.
More acts are yet to be announced. This year’s fest takes place from August 13-16. Tickets can be purchased and more information can be found at folkfest.org.