PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES
INTERNATIONAL STAGES FEATURING PERFORMERS FROM
IRELAND, CANADA, WALES, SOUTH KOREA, AND SCOTLAND
Bringing the Total to more than 160 Artists for the 59th Annual Edition, August 13-16, 2020
“FEST IN PLACE” WITH PFF AS WE PRESENT OUR NEW MULTI-STREAM ONLINE DIGITAL FESTIVAL
TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE @ FOLKFEST.ORG
(JULY 21, 2020 – PHILADELPHIA) The Philadelphia Folk Festival announces International partners adding 55 performers to the already stacked lineup to present a Brand New Global Digital Edition of the Festivall! Join PFF over the weekend of August 13-16, and hear performers from Culture Ireland, the National Arts Centre Canada, Showcase Scotland Expo, Home Routes / Chemin Chez Nous (Canada), SORI (South Korea), and Wales Arts International. Each country is presenting a stellar lineup of talent on our Camp Stage. The platform, created specifically for this event by Mountain View Staging, allows viewers to stop, pause and watch PFF from any web browser via a Smart TV, phone, laptop, home theatre, etc. Tickets are as low as $25USD per day, and can be purchased at folkfest.org.
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is pleased to be able to offer viewers a brand new, immersive and interactive musical experience from the comfort of their home or bubble. Audiences will watch performances on the virtual representations of Philly Folk Fest’s favourite stages – the Martin Guitar, Camp and the Front Porch – these stages will literally come alive with music for 12 hours a day, featuring 165 performers from 8 countries. After 59 years of festing in person, this year, PFF invites you to “Fest in place” with us. This shift to a digital experience dashes geographical constraints and opens our doors in a new way, welcoming in our global partners and performers.
The addition of the international stages adds an exciting new dimension to this year’s event. “I am thrilled to have a dedicated stage with country-specific curated programming this year. Being able to present some of the finest artists from across the world and put a digital arm around our global partners is incredibly rewarding“ says Festival and Programming Director, Lisa Schwartz. “I believe that music is what connects us and we could all use a positive reminder right now that we are all in this storm together. So, creating an event that can be enjoyed from anywhere in the world where there is internet, I hope will go a long way to bringing our community closer, especially at a time when we are forced to be apart.
“With so many musicians having to cancel long planned tours and gigs and having their ability to earn a living completely gutted, it occurred to me that perhaps there was a way that I could help artists from other countries to increase their visibility and grow their fanbase in North America and elsewhere without having to travel. It is so important to give the artists something to focus on and get excited about until they can play gigs again. The music and culture of these countries is so rich and so vibrant, it is meant to be shared and I am certain that our audience is going to love it!”
PFF is thrilled to be able to present a truly international collaboration and celebration of music, and is excited to announce the following partners and performers on the PFF Camp Stage:
CANADA – NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE
The National Arts Centre raised its curtains for the first time in 1969. A bilingual, multi-disciplinary home for Canada’s most creative artists, the NAC strives to be artistically adventurous in each of its programming streams — the NAC Orchestra, Dance, English Theatre, French Theatre, Indigenous Theatre and NAC Presents. The Centre’s national role is reflected in its motto: “Canada is our Stage.”
Presenting: AHI; Alfa Rococo; Celeigh Cardinal; Don Brownrigg; Jennah Barry; Leela Gilday; Mariel Buckley; Mélissa Ouimet; OKAN; Sarah MacDougall & Ivan Coyote; Silla & Rise; and William Prince
CANADA – HOME ROUTES
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous creates new performance opportunities for French and English speaking musicians and audiences in rural, remote and urban communities across Canada, hosted by volunteers in their homes and other community venues. Home Routes has been pairing artists with hosts throughout Canada for more than a decade, presenting more than 7000 performances at nearly 1500 locations before 207,000 fans to date, generating more than four million dollars in artist revenue and royalties since its beginnings in 2007.
Presenting: Hauler; James Keelaghan; Sierra Noble with Double the Trouble and the Ivan Flett Memorial Dancers; and The Small Glories
IRELAND – CULTURE IRELAND
Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide and creates and supports opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. The organization develops platforms to present outstanding Irish work to international audiences, through showcases at key global arts events, including the Edinburgh Festivals, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the Venice Biennales.
Presenting: Corner Boy; Daoirí Farrell, The Henry Girls, Karrie with Jimmy Smyth; Kíla; Liam Ó Maonlaí; Lisa Canny; Lisa O’Neill; Mark Redmond; Mick Flannery; Moxie; Nava; The Ocelots; Shane Hennessy; Slow Moving Clouds; SON – Susan O’Neill; Téada; and We Banjo 3
SCOTLAND – SHOWCASE SCOTLAND EXPO POSTCARDS FROM SCOTLAND INITIATIVE
Showcase Scotland Expo promotes Scottish music and artists to markets and countries outside the UK. Showcase Scotland Expo exists to further the live export opportunities for Scottish based artists working in the genres of folk, traditional, world and acoustic music. Showcase Scotland Expo aims to forge relationships with overseas music trade events and to lobby for showcase opportunities for Scottish based artists.
Presenting: Blazin’ Fiddles; Breabach; Brìghde Chaimbeul; Claire Hastings; Elephant Sessions; Fara; Hannah Rarity; Ímar; Kinnaris Quintet; Kris Drever; Moishe’s Bagel with Fiona Hunter; Niteworks; Ross Ainslie and Ali Hutton; RURA; Ryan Young; Siobhan Miller; Skerryvore; and Talisk.
SOUTH KOREA – SORI
SORI is a New York City based artist service agency specializing in Korean music. SORI’s mission is to introduce powerful works of Korean music to a global, culturally curious audience in NYC and beyond; build a supportive platform for Korean global music artists; and create new and unique experiences.
Presenting: Ak Dan Gwang Chil (ADG7); and Kim So Ra
WALES – WALES ARTS INTERNATIONAL
Wales Arts International is the international agency of the Arts Council of Wales. Wales Arts International provides advice and support to artists and arts organizations from Wales who work internationally, and as a contact point for international artists organizations and agencies working in or connecting with Wales. Their purpose is to: ensure Welsh artists engage internationally; help develop and enrich artistic practice, careers and ambition; grow new global opportunities for the arts and culture of Wales; and invest in artistic collaborations that inspire and connect people in diverse communities in Wales.
Presenting: Al Lewis live at Tafwyl
About HOW PFF59 digital fest will work: This year’s Inaugural Global Digital Edition is possible due to PFFs partnership with Mountain View Staging, who have more than 20 years experience presenting digital events and conferences. MVS has created a platform for audiences to enjoy multiple stages, fully integrated chat features, campfire open mics, ZOOM campsites, crafts and merchandise tents. Viewers will be able to watch all stages and all performances from the comfort of their home, bubble, or virtually anywhere on a mobile device. For those not tech savvy, PFF is providing “how to” information on “how to set up your device” and “how to get the best Fest experience” in advance of the weekend, allowing audiences to test their setups before the weekend. Viewers will even have the option to pause, stop and rewind the show (similar to ‘pay per view’ and ‘on demand’). As a special bonus ALL #PFF59 footage will be available for SEVEN DAYS POST FEST! So for the first time ever, viewers will have the opportunity to watch every single minute!
PFF59 Global Digital Edition includes exclusive performances by:
Adia Victoria; Alanna Royale; Allen Stone; Amythyst Kiah; Aoife O’Donovan; Ben Gibbard ; Billy Bragg; Birds of Chicago; Buffy Sainte-Marie; Chris Smither; Courtney Marie Andrews; Devon Gilfillian; Eric Bazilian; Gangstagrass; Irish Mythen; Ivan Neville; John Flynn; Josh Ritter; Katherine Priddy ; Los Lobos; Matt Nakoa ; Molly Tuttle; Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy; Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco, Turrisi; Richard Thompson; Robert Earl Keen ; Shakey Graves; Sierra Ferrell; Steve Forbert; Susan Werner, TALISK , Teddy Thompson, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines; The Lone Bellow; The Milk Carton Kids; THE SUITCASE JUNKET ; Tom Rush; Trixie Mattel; Watkins Family Hour
Daily times & the Campfire Open Mic: This year’s festival will run 12 hours per day, Noon ET to Midnight Friday and Saturday, and 10AM ET to 10PM ET on Sunday. Thursday night will recreate the Festival’s beloved Campfire Open Mic that will repeat Friday and Saturday nights, with a winning performance that will be chosen as the first act booked for the 60th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival in 2021. Plus more live performances and scheduling details to be shared.
Access to Archival Footage: Ticket holders will have exclusive access to archival footage as well and other bonus content in advance of the event itself as an extra incentive to register early.
Tickets are available NOW to purchase on a pay-what-you-can scale, beginning at $25 USD for a single day attendee ticket / $75 for the weekend, and increase to $1,500 for Benefactors (with portions tax deductible.) Several purchase options include a Fest Pack with PFF59 Printed Program and a wristband mailed to your home to complete your Fest experience! To view the full price list of ticketing options and to purchase visit folkfest.org.
TICKETS / PASSES → Purchase here, all prices are in USD → folkfest.org
$25 Single day pass
$50 Two day (s) pass $50
$75 Attendee (3 days / all weekend)
*More ticket options and details at folkfest.org
ZOOM Campsites: ZOOM campsites can be purchased for $25 (for PFS members) or $30 (for non-members), where festers can set up their digital campsites with branding / backgrounds so we can still #FestinPlace together even whilst apart. Campsites can be kept private, invite only, or public – offering campers the opportunity to allow new friends to join them online. Purchase here for $25 → https://pfs.org/pff59camping/
Stay Safe, Fest in Place
Fest in place with us from August 13-16, while the Philadelphia Folksong Society does the unthinkable by bringing the vibrant experience of North America’s oldest continuously run outdoor music festival to the digital world. With social distancing and safety concerns threatening to derail a decades-long tradition, this folk community responded – as it always has – with ingenuity, compassion, and the indomitable spirit of people-power.
While the technology to deliver this year’s event may be brand new, the indomitable spirit and culture is nearly six decades old. Since its inception, the Philadelphia Folk Festival has been produced nearly exclusively by tireless volunteers. Sheer determination and moxie led to the first event on Wilson Farm in September of ‘62, and the same can be said of this year’s 59th version. This year we’re able to welcome our extended Folk Family from around the world, simultaneously continuing vital traditions while creating entirely new ways of connecting and communing.
ABOUT the PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL:
Presented by the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is the longest continuously run outdoor music festival in North America. Founded in 1962, the 59th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival Global Digital Edition occurs August 13-16, 2020. This year #PFF59 takes place online, find out more and #festinplace at folkfest.org. Follow PFF on facebook and instagram @PhiladelphiaFolkFestival and on twitter @folkPhilly.
ABOUT the PHILADELPHIA FOLKSONG SOCIETY:
Founded in 1957, The non-profit Philadelphia Folksong Society offers programs of presentation, participation, and education throughout Greater Philadelphia and the nation year round and contributes to the preservation of a vast variety of musical styles and historical perspectives. PFS has acquired international recognition and local acclaim through popular programs such as the Philadelphia Folk Festival.. Follow PFS on facebook, twitter and instagram at @FolksongSociety
ABOUT MOUNTAIN VIEW STAGING:
Mountain View Staging is proud to have the opportunity to provide our technical support services and virtual event expertise to the Philadelphia Folk Festival. We are excited to find innovative ways of connecting people during these difficult times and the Folk Festival is an excellent opportunity to adapt what we have learned with our technology clients for a new audience.
Philadelphia Folk Festival 2020 branding is by John Warner.
MEDIA LINKS to performer images →
VIEW the lineup at pfs.org/59thlineup
LISTEN to our PFF59 playlist on spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5XECNRDqssnrQigZ7F1pVs?si=OYj7UULcQ4OMRdyjF6cllQ
Wales Arts International: https://wai.org.uk/wales-arts-international/wai-homepage
Canada National Arts Centre: https://nac-cna.ca/en/
Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous: https://www.homeroutes.ca/
Culture Ireland: https://www.cultureireland.ie/
Showcase Scotland Expo: http://www.showcasescotlandexpo.com/
Philadelphia Folk Festival: Philadelphia Folk Festival | August 13-16, 2020
Mountain View Staging: Mountain View Staging – Engaging your audience with Technology
Kimberly Sinclair | PR | Spincount
Lisa Schwartz | Festival and Programming Director | Philadelphia Folksong Society
Justin Nordell | Executive Director | Philadelphia Folksong Society
Sam Bolenbaug | Project Manager | Mountain View Staging