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Philadelphia Folk Festival
1962-still truckin'
The smiling banjo has been luring folkies since 1962—and still going strong today (2021) despite the changing formats due to.

From 1962 to 1965, the Philadelphia Folk Festival took place in Paoli, Pennsylvania, at the Wilson Farm. The inaugural concert included performances by Pete Seeger, the Greenbriar Boys, and Reverend Gary Davis. By 1967, they had a permanent home at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville. In 2001, a 40th anniversary 4-CD set was issued.

Other years.

Note: In the listings below, only our spotlight years of 1965-1971 are listed. Be sure to see the full details are at the Philly Folk links below.


4th Annual
Wilson Farm, Paoli, Pennsylvania
September 10-12, 1965
Friday, September 10:
Barbara Dane
Buffy Sainte-Marie
Glenn Ohrlin
Jean Redpath
Jean Ritchie
Mississippi John Hurt
The Greenbriar Boys
Theodore Bikel
Tom Paxton
Tom Rush
Saturday, September 11:
Grant Rogers
Jackie Washington
Judy Collins
Obray Ramsey
Patrick Sky
Phil Ochs
Skip James
The Chad Mitchell Trio
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Sunday, September 12:
Ali Akbar Khan
The Beers Family
The Moving Star Hall Singers
The Pennywhistlers
Tom Paxton

 


5th Annual
Spring Mountain Ski Resort, Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
September 9-11, 1966
Friday, September 9:
Buffy Sainte-Marie
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The Youngbloods
Tom Paxton
Saturday, September 10:
Judy Collins
Patrick Sky
The Chad Mitchell Trio
The Doc Watson Family
Tom Rush
Sunday, September 11:
Reverend Gary Davis

 


6th Annual
August 25-27, 1967
Friday, August 25:
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup
Blind Connie Williams
Jesse Fuller
Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band
Son House
Saturday, August 26:
Andy Robinson
Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys
Doc Watson
Eric Andersen
Roger Sprung
Sunday, August 27:
Carolyn Hester
Chris Smither
Pete Seeger
The New Lost City Ramblers
Tom Paxton

 


7th Annual
August 23-25, 1968
Friday, August 23:
Doc Watson
Janis Ian
Jerry Jeff Walker
John Jackson
Joni Mitchell
Patrick Sky
Roger Sprung
Stavin' Chain
Sweet
The Pennywhistlers
Saturday, August 24:
Bill Monroe & The Bluegrass Boys
Buddy Guy
Hedge & Donna
Joe Heaney
John Denver
Louis Killen
Oscar Brand
Penny Lang
Phil Ochs
Steve Gillette
Sunday, August 25:
Andy Robinson
Bonnie Dobson
Buddy Guy
Dave Van Ronk
Joan Baez
John Denver
Michael Cooney
Norman Kennedy
Son House

 


8th Annual
August 22-24, 1969
Friday, August 22:
Eric Andersen
Doc & Merle Watson
Patrick Sky
Theodore Bikel
Michael Cooney
Chicago Blues All-Stars
Sir Douglas Quintet
Saturday, August 23:
Tom Paxton
The Incredible String Band
Dave Van Ronk
Theodore Bikel
Bonnie Dobson
Chris Smither
John Jackson
John Denver
Sunday, August 24:
Tom Rush
Odetta
Pennywhistlers
Bill Monroe & Bluegrass Boys
Jerry Jeff Walker
Hedge & Donna
Rosalie Sorrells
Norman Kennedy
Muddy Waters Blues Band

 


9th Annual
August 28-30, 1970
Friday, August 28:
Irish Rovers
John Hartford
Wildweeds
Tom Paxton
Jim & Ingrid Croce
Rosalie Sorrells
Jean Redpath
J F Murphy & Free Flowing Salt
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Saturday, August 29:
Buddy Guy Blues Band
Bonnie Raitt
Utah Phillips
John Jackson
Hedy West
John Hartford
Jaimie Brockett
Hedge & Donna
Tony Hughes
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Patrick Sky
Norman Kennedy
Kate McGarrigle & Roma Baran
Happy & Artie Traum
Jack Elliott
Sunday, August 30:
Fairport Convention
Fraser & DeBolt
Pennywhistlers
Dave Van Ronk
Sarah Grey
Livingston Taylor
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Doc & Merle Watson
John Hartford
John Denver
Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys
Oscar Brand
Michael Cooney

 


10th Annual
August 27-29, 1971
Friday, August 27:
Martin, Bogan & Armstrong
Rosalie Sorrels
Doc & Merle Watson
Saturday, August 28:
Balfa Brothers
John Hartford
Happy & Artie Traum
The Johnstons
Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys
Bonnie Raitt
John Jackson
Paul Siebel
Doug Kershaw
Sunday, August 29:
Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert
J B Hutto & His Hawks
Martha Radclyffe
Paul Geremia
Wilfred Guilette
Bessie Jones
Dan Smith
Dave Van Ronk
David Bromberg
Erick Frandsen
Fraser & DeBolt
Hedy West
Jack McGann
Janis Ian
Joe Heaney
Louis Killen
Mac Wiseman with Joan and Roger Sprung
Michael Cooney
Mike Seeger
Norman Blake
Norman Kennedy
Oscar Brand
Patrick Sky
Raun MacKinnon
Steve Goodman
Steve Mandell
The Flying Burrito Brothers
Utah Phillips

 


Links!
Philadelphia Folksong Society
Philly Folk Festival Season

 

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