Philadelphia Folk Festival
August 17-19, 2007
Like the Newport Folk Festival, the Philadelphia Folk Festival was born at the beginning of the Folk Revival of the late '50s and early '60s. Every year the festival's programmers strive to present artists who represent some of the best music in their particular folk niche: be it singer-songwriter, world beat, blues, or alt.country.
They fit a lot of music in between 4 pm and 11; many of the sets included here are 30 - 45 minutes long - just as the artists performed them.
Since 1962, radio host Gene Shay has been the emcee of this festival, which takes justifiable pride in its many traditions. Held every year in Schwenksville, outside Philadelphia, the fest has ample camping and several stages.
In the future, we'll be able to sample from the treasures in the festival's enormous music archive, thanks to the work of the festival's Archive Committee, which has captured every festival for over 25 years.
Audio capture by the Philadelphia Folksong Society Archive Committee, and Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Mastering, Springfield VA. Photography by Charlie Pilzer, Joan Kornblith, Jayne Toohey (www.2Ephoto.com), and Lisa Shaffer (www.skylerbug.com).