The seventh annual edition of the popular Brooklyn Folk Festival is scheduled for April 17-19 at the historic St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn Heights—the first time the festival has been held at this venue. Among the most prominent performers this year are Daptone Records’ Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, fiddle player Frank Fairfield, multi-instrumentalist Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, folk legend Michael Hurley and inter-generational anti-folk musicians Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival, which has sold out every year, features music from a wide diversity of genres, including gospel, blues, old-time music, klezmer, trad jazz, singer/songwriter, Italian string music and jug band music. In addition to the musical performances, the festival includes workshops, film screenings, a banjo toss contest, a family-friendly square danc, and an open jam session.
Of particular note for this year’s festival is the “Treasures from the Archive Roadshow,” an outreach program of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This program honors the centennial of folklorist Alan Lomax’s birth and, in addition to live performances of materials learned from the collections at the Library of Congress, will involve the screening of some rare footage filmed by Lomax.