In The Press!

Philadelphia Folk Festival’s Devoted Community of Music Lovers Revived Event Celebrating Its 61st Year Returning August 16th-18th 2024 At Old Pool Farm Upper Salford Township, PA

Philadelphia, PA — After a brief pause in 2023, the Philadelphia Folk Festival will make its triumphant return to Old Pool Farm on August 16th-18th thanks to the unwavering support of its devoted community of music lovers, local businesses, community sponsors, and lifelong festival attendees. Through a collective effort, dedication to the music celebrated at the farm each summer, the festival successfully raised the necessary funds to ensure its revival this August. With a lineup that pays homage to the festival’s rich heritage while embracing new and diverse talent, attendees can expect a weekend filled with stellar performances and cherished memories. This year’s performers include GangstagrassJohn OatesTony Trischka’s EarlJam – A Tribute to Earl ScruggsThe Secret Sisters and Adam Ezra Group amongst others.
Both the Philadelphia Folk Festival and presenter Philadelphia Folksong Society underwent strategic restructuring during their 2023 hiatus. Thanks to the unwavering support of the volunteer board of directors, festival volunteers, partners, donors, and PFS members, the festival now stands on solid financial ground, poised to deliver an unforgettable experience in its 61st year.
“In early 2023, the board of PFS made the very difficult decision to cancel the Philadelphia Folk Festival for that year,” says PFS board president, Miles Thompson. “PFS was deeply in debt from the previous festival and the general operations of the organization. This was the first time since 1962 that the Philadelphia Folk Festival would not happen. We discussed declaring bankruptcy. We discussed discontinuing entirely. But in the end, we decided that the magical experience that is the Philadelphia Folk Festival must survive.”
“We had no money, but we had PFS members, volunteers, and music lovers who form an amazing, supportive community, who love the experience and tradition of the festival, and who made it clear that they would do whatever they could to help bring the festival back,” he continues. “The board of PFS enacted a policy of having all regular meetings open to the public and being very transparent about our financial struggles and attempts to ‘right the ship.’ The board agreed to become a ‘working board’ taking on administrative duties and fundraising responsibilities that would otherwise be handled by paid staff.”
“Our members responded with an outpouring of support: people renewed their memberships before they were due; many members renewed memberships with extra money donated; Others donated to PFS or arranged for their employers to contribute what would have gone to personal retirement account. One person donated $25,000 from their family-trust. Many people rejoined PFS after taking some time away, a sign of trust in the new board and our collective vision to bring back the festival in 2024.”
“The Philly Folk Festival is a place where time and age stand still,” says 2024 performer and lifelong attendee,” Shannon Lambert-Ryan of the band RUNA. “Where friends become family. Where the magic of music and love is shared between generations, and where the memories of those who have gone before continue to dance with us.”
“Our family has been there from the very beginning when my grandfather and my four-year-old mom went to the very first Philadelphia Folk Fest at Wilson Farm in 1962! They started an annual summer celebration for our family that has continued and they will both be at fest this year. Our ‘union-made’ family spent our days on the hill singing labor songs with Pete Seeger and listening to the beautiful flute music of Bill Miller.  We spent our afternoons playing under the shade of Dulcimer Grove with the Give and Take Jugglers, and our evenings dancing with De Dannan, Wolfstone, and BeauSoleil. We were lulled on Sunday evening by the magic of Michael Cooney and our own, Gene Shay, singing ‘Shine on Harvest Moon,’ sending us on our way to dream of next year’s magic yet to come. Somewhere along the way, I found life come full circle as I celebrated my 25th birthday performing up on the Main Stage with the Guy Mendilow Band.”
“I met my husband, Fionán de Barra, at the Saturday night Performer’s Party and we now have a six-year-old son, Liam,” she continues. “We have performed at Fest several times with our own Celtic Roots band, RUNA! The joy of looking out from the stage and watching fest families, volunteers, campers and first timers singing and dancing with us makes my nostalgic fest heart burst.”

This press release was sent out on July 15, 2024 by Maggie Poulos about our historic comeback this year. It is a great story! 

PFS/MAC FREE Member Event Tuesday February 20th with The Hoppin’ Boxcars (3pc) at the Keswick Annex!

Join us for an evening of toe tapping fun on Tuesday February 20th, at 7:00 PM  Eastern for a Philadelphia Folksong Society Musical Artists Cooperative free monthly member concert and gathering at the Keswick Theatre Annex (287 North Keswick Avenue Glenside, PA 19038). Featuring The Hoppin’ Boxcars (3pc), with Grizzly (guitar/vocals), Juggy (spoons & whistles), and Hubcap (dobro/vocals).

This live musical show is free to all PFS members, and potential members are welcome! Bring your friends and visit our membership table.

About the Artists:

Winners of the 2022 Philadelphia Bluegrass/Folk/Country Band of The Year’ award, The Hoppin Boxcars are a multi genre, bluegrass looking band of bearded HoBoes who broke into the scene in early 2016, like a freight train chugging on down the line. Their songs are nostalgic, flavorful, foot stompin’ original songs written by lead singer Grizzly, about the adventures of four HoBoes, their musical friends, their family, & their imaginary dog, Mojo, that only Ziggy, & his brother, Juggy, can hear. Their songs make you smile and sing along!  

PFS Special License Plate Protocol

PFS Special License Plate Protocol

There is a statement on the application for PFS special license plates that must be attested to by one of the Board of Directors. This statement says that the person applying for the plate is “a member in good standing of the organization”.

As such, only active members of the PFS may order a special plate from the organization.

If you send in an application, we will check you against the database. If you’re not an active member, you will be asked to renew your membership before we can proceed with your application.


The PFS is currently processing these applications without adding any extra fees over with the DMV charges. However, starting August 1, 2024 we will be adding a fee for each application.


The fees will be: $45 for a regular plate ($13 more than cost) and $180 for a custom plate ($20 more than cost).

VOTE in PFS Board Elections

VOTE in PFS Board Elections

Voting is now open for the PFS Board of Directors. PFS members will be emailed an inviation to VOTE from Election Buddy.

Voting closes Friday, Jan 26 at 7pm ET. 

Invitations to vote will only be sent to PFS members in good standing. Please watch your inbox (and check your spam folder) for an email from Election Buddy inviting you to vote. For questions about elections, please contact George Ehrgott at 

Three PFS Directors are seeking re-election to the board, Eric Robbins, Eric Ring and Rob Kutzik. More below on each candidate. 

Eric Robbins BOD
Eric Ring BOD

Eric Robbins is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience auditing not-for-profit organizations. He advises Boards of Directors on accounting, financial reporting, tax, and other compliance issues related to the not-for-profit industry. Eric assists organizations with designing effective internal controls over financial reporting and over adherence to governmental regulations. As Treasurer of PFS, Eric heads up the Finance Committee and oversees the organization’s financial reporting. He has been a Folk Festival volunteer and attendee for over 30 years.

Rob Kutzik is the Director of Donor Relations at a New Jersey non-profit. He has more than 30 years of experience in small and medium-sized non-profits, having raised millions of dollars through diverse strategies. His specialties lie in non-profit management, fundraising, volunteer recruitment, marketing and sales, program development and program evaluation. Rob is also a prolific songwriter and accomplished musician, known by his middle name Rob Lincoln, who co-chairs the Philadelphia Area Songwriters Alliance. His PFF credentials include attending more than 40 Fests since 1977, performing there three times, running the PFS open mics online and at the venue, and being actively involved with the Philadelphia Folk Song Society’s Philly Co-op for a number of years.

Eric Ring is an attorney who practices in tax law, business law, and probate with experience in preparing business and non-profit tax returns. He is a graduate of Temple University Law School with a Masters in Law in the area of taxation. Eric has volunteered at the Philadelphia Folk Festival for over 20 years. His hobbies include concert photography. In collaboration with Jayne Toohey and John Lupton, he is one of the authors of the “Smiling Banjo” Book, a photographic history of 50 years of the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

Jan & Feb 2024 PFS member benefit shows

PFS member benefit show!
PFS member benefit shows.

PFS members, don’t miss these upcoming shows in Jan and Feb of 2024. As a membership perk, PFS members get discounts on tickets:

Lindsay Lou Jan 17 @ Milkboy

Broken Arrow (Neil Young Tribute) Jan 20 @ the Ardmore

Lamont Landers Feb 28 @ Milkboy

Promo codes to activate the discount were emailed to PFS members. If you did not get the email, contact