Arriving at the beginning of April is the ever popular Brooklyn Folk Festival, which is presented by the Jalopy Theater and School of Music. Last year I had a wonderul time hanging out watching shows, catching old friends and even participating in a workshop by Jan Bell about topical and political songwriting. This year I'll be hosting my own workshop on tradigional songwriting, that delicate branch of songwriting that is both traditional and original.
Here's a link to the full schedule (LINK), but I'd like to recommend that you check out Bruce Molsky’s Mountain Drifters – Old time string band on Saturday 4:30pm. He has a 2:00pm Old Time Fiddle Workshop that will be well attended too. Also, at 4:00pm check out the film Linefork a documentary on legendary KY banjo player Lee Sexton, followed by Q&A with the filmmaker. Yes sir!
On Sunday, I recommend you have listen to Thomas McCarthy at 4:15pm for some unaccompanied ballads from Ireland, and then at 5:00pm Pat Conte – Blues, gospel and old time songs and tunes. These two back to back will be an amazing contrast. On the evening show you can't got wrong with The Down Hill Strugglers w/ John Cohen at 7:00pm with some Oldtime string band sounds, then 8:30pm Michael Daves & Chris “Critter” Eldridge for some Bluegrass duets!. I've not seen Pokey LaFarge , but at 9:15pm he'll be picking some original, blues and folk songs! What a weekend!!