AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER
at the Library of Congress was created by Congress in 1976
"to preserve and present American Folklife." The Center incorporates the Archive of Folk
Culture, which was established at the Library in 1928 as a repository for American Folk
Music. The Center and its collections have grown to encompass all aspects of folklore
and folklife from this country and around the world.
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American Folklife Center
Library of Congress
101 Independence Ave. SE
Washington DC 20540-4610
AUGUSTA HERITAGE CENTER
of Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia is dedicated
to making traditional music, crafts, dancing and folklore available to visitors and residents
alike. Since 1973, thousands of people of all ages, from all 50 states and many foreign
countries have found their way to this picturesque mountain town and learned, shared and enjoyed
this interesting and valuable heritage.
Augusta Heritage Center
of Davis & Elkins College
Jennings Randolph Hall, 1st Floor
100 Campus Drive
Elkins, WV 26241
Augusta office phone: 304-637-1209
BALTIMORE FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
is a nonprofit, educational organization
dedicated to preserving and promoting folk music, dance, and tradition.
BFMS sponsors regular dances, concerts,family events, and related activities year-round.
Baltimore Folk Music Society, P.O. Box 7134 Waverly Station, Baltimore, MD 21218-0134.
BRANDYWINE FRIENDS OF OLD TIME MUSIC
is a non-profit organization
that is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the
traditional music of the United States, particularly that of the
Southern Appalachians; classic early country music;
and also bluegrass. Formed in 1972 in Wilmington,
Brandywine Friends of Old Time Music
P.O. Box 3672
Greenville, DE 19807
Please Note!!: This is a changed number (Old Number: 302-635-3001)
CALLIOPE: PITTSBURGH FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
A nonprofit educational and presenting
organization that promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and
its allied arts. Calliope programs are unique to western Pennsylvania.
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Ave. 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh PA 15232
Calliope promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary folk music and its allied
Calliope’s tri-partite mission as presenter, educator, and community-builder has evolved
naturally and steadily since our founding in 1976. We continue to evolve as the product
of Pittsburgh’s enthusiasm for celebrating the many musical forms and influences that
shape the American experience.
Calliope’s first mission is to remain the premier presenter of traditional and roots-based
music in Western Pennsylvania. We strive to present performing artists of national and
international reputation, to promote and encourage regional performers, and to reward
audiences with experiences of music rarely presented elsewhere in our region.
Our second mission is accomplished through the Calliope School of Folk Music, Dance, and
Craft, which provides accessible instruction of the highest quality for teaching heritage-based
music and craft to adults, teens, and children through classes, workshops, jam sessions, and
collaborations with other organizations.
CORNSTOCK FOLK FESTIVAL
Cornstock Folk Festival is an organization that promotes a three day celebration of
acoustic and roots music set in the "gateway to the Endless Mountains" of Northeastern PA.
Festival goers not only experience an eclectic lineup of music and workshops,
but also some of PA's most beautiful scenery. The 2014 festival will be held August 29, 30, 31 at Lazy Brook Park
located in the gateway to the Endless Mountains, 20 miles west of Scranton, PA on Rt. 6 at 55 Overlook Road,
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Cornstock Folk Festival
84 Church Rd
Mansfield, PA 16933
based in Washington, DC, seeks to create new
and better opportunities for
all those involved in the performing folk arts. Founded in 1989, the Folk Alliance was created
to increase public awareness of the vital artistic
and cultural importance of folk music and dance, because the founders believed that through
folk music and dance, living cultural expressions and traditions are shared, heightening
understanding of all cultures, and enriching our quality of life.
Folk Alliance Headquarters (NEW INFO):
509 Delaware St. #101
Kansas City, MO 64105
CT Folk seeks to educate, entertain, and
inspire a diverse audience through music and conversation to create a socially responsible
and environmentally sustainable community.
New Haven, Connecticut
How we make a difference:
CT Folk is committed to being a comprehensive guide to the Folk, Roots and Americana music
community, and to environmental initiatives in Connecticut and the surrounding region.
CT Folk is dedicated to the furtherance of environmental initiatives that affect our local
community and to the furtherance of music in all of its varied forms which may include,
but is not limited to: Folk, Roots Country, Bluegrass, Roots Rock, Blues, Jazz, Zydeco,
World, Western Swing, Roots Gospel, Celtic, and more.
We provide performance opportunities for emerging talents, support the development of new
work, pay tribute to individuals who have made distinctive or significant contributions to
our musical and environmental culture, recognize those who have contributed to the betterment
of the community, provide educational programs and events, and give rise to social and civic
issues in our local community through musical endeavors.
P.O. Box 6295
Hamden, CT 06517
DELAWARE FRIENDS OF FOLK
Delaware Friends of Folk is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the cause of folk music and folk musicians in our area.
We stage coffee houses, concerts, and monthly pick-ins where people gather to play music together.
This program is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Jan Crumpley • (302) 827-FOLK
FOLKLORE SOCIETY OF GREATER WASHINGTON
furthers the understanding, investigation,
appreciation, and performance of the traditional
folk music and folklore of the American people. FSGW presents over 200 folk events
in the metropolitan DC area each year, including festivals, concerts,
dances and swaps.
FSGW President, April Blum
8300 Osage Terrace
The Folk Project is New Jersey’s leading acoustic music and dance organization.
It is a community of over 600 music lovers, musicians and dancers. Our member
volunteers have been showcasing acoustic and traditional music in North Jersey
for over 30 years. We invite you to join our audiences, enjoy our shows, and become
a part of our dynamic, nonprofit organization.
Project volunteers present more than 100 events annually, with a unique mix of
homegrown and nationally acclaimed performers. We present music styles that go
well beyond what you may consider traditional American folk music, including blues,
swing, gospel, jazz, sea chantey, Irish, vaudeville, doo-wop, gypsy, jug band and
rock ‘n’roll. Musicians come from as close as our local Jersey neighborhoods to
as far away as Europe and China
The Folk Project is also an artistic community that offers support, instruction and
performance opportunities. Our performing members range from local beginners to full-time
touring professionals. We provide multiple showcases for every level of talent and many
ways to interact with other musicians.
Our concerts, dances, festivals, parties and member shows are a great way to participate
in this very active and social community, centered on a love of music, dance and fun.
The Folk Project
PO Box 41
Mendham, NJ 07945
GOLDEN LINK FOLK SINGING SOCIETY>
in Rochester, New York
Golden Link offerings include concerts of folk performers, a monthly newsletter,
a lending library of folk music recordings and books, a folk musician's reference service,
folk music workshops, an annual weekend folk festival, free weekly Tuesday night sing-arounds,
and much, much more
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 92398, Rochester, NY 14692.
Vern Lindberg email@example.com
GREATER PINELANDS DULCIMER SOCIETY>
(Mt. Laurel,NJ) meets and
jams at the Pinelands Folk Music Center in Burlington County, New Jersey where aficionados of
old time, Celtic, Gospel or folk music come to relax, sing, make music and obtain musical
necessities. Concerts, performances and lessons are going on almost all the time.
incorporated in 1979, and since then GPDS members have been gathering together regularly to play, to sing, and to enjoy traditional music.
Our membership includes folks of different backgrounds and cultures who share a common bond. We've become an ever-changing family of friends linked by the desire to play folk instruments, among which the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimers stand out.
GPDS, Inc. P.O. Box 292
Rancocas, NJ 08073
Meetings and Programs
We hold our business meetings on the first Tuesday of each month from September through June. Our meetings are usually brief and are followed by a program or jam session. Occasionally we will sponsor a special event, a performer, pot luck social or an open stage, where all members are invited to perform. Meetings start at 7PM and are held at the Saint Paul Lutheran Church Study House, 910 Marne Highway, Hainesport, NJ 08036.
Jam sessions are hosted by members and their families usually on the third Friday of each month at 7PM. All skill levels are welcome to attend. Come to play, sing or listen, but come mostly to have fun.
GREEN WILLOW FOLK CLUB
specializes in presenting the
opportunity for audiences in the Wilmington, Delaware area to see top caliber touring Celtic
and British Isles musicians in intimate, friendly performance
venues. In 1999, Green Willow was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1999 through
the auspices of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance.
The Green Willow Folk Club is dedicated to the preservation and growth of Celtic and British
Isles folk music. Artists from Ireland, Scotland and England are most prominently featured,
as well as performers from Canada, the United States, Australia, France, and Spain. From
Child ballads to sea music, from strathspeys to reels, the Green Willow seeks to keep
alive the folk music traditions of Celtic communities from all over the world.
Green Willow Folk Club
P.O. Box 15070
Newark, DE 19711
Telephone: (302) 456-3242
JUST PLAIN FOLKS
is a growing free society of songwriters,
recording artists and just about anyone
connected to original music composition.
JP Folks warmly embraces and welcome ALL genres of music, and everyone who creates,
facilitates and consumes music around the world.
Just Plain Folks
5327 Kit Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46237
PHILADELPHIA FOLK SONG SOCIETY
is the oldest,largest
and most successful volunteer folk organization in North America...since 1957. Dedicated
to promoting folk music in the Delaware Valley and beyond.
Philadelphia Folksong Society office: 7113 Emlen Street Philadelphia, PA 19119
The PFS office is open Monday-Friday from 10 am to 5pm.
Phone: 215-247-1300 | 800-556-FOLK Fax: 215-247-0293
PRINCETON FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
has encouraged the growth of folk music in central New Jersey for 35 years sponsoring
monthly house sings for members and monthly concerts by visiting folk singers and
The Princeton Folk Music Society has encouraged the growth of folk music in central
New Jersey for 40 years. We sponsor a monthly house sing for members on the first
Friday of each month and a monthly concert by visiting folk singers and songwriters,
usually on the third Friday of each month. Non-members are welcome to attend our monthly
concerts - we hope to see you at the next one!
21 Melville Road, Princeton Junction NJ 08550-2807
Write us, call us at 609-799-0944
SMITHSONIAN CENTER FOR FOLKLIFE PROGRAMS
The collections of the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies focus on the expressive
traditions of communities in the United States and worldwide including materials on occupational
folklore, family folklore, American musical traditions, and African American, Native American
and other ethnic performance traditions. The archives organizes these collections, preserves them,
and provides access to them by preparing catalogues and assisting with onsite consultation.
The archives also collaborates with diverse communities and institutions in the development
of strategies and practices for the collection, preservation, and dissemination of their
own cultural traditions or those entrusted to their care.
Street and Delivery Address:
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Capital Gallery Building
600 Maryland Avenue SW
Suite 2001 MRC 520
Washington, D.C. 20024
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
P.O. Box 37012, MRC 520
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012
SUSQUEHANNA FOLK MUSIC SOCIETY
is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization
dedicated to preserving and encouraging the traditional arts in Central Pennsylvania.
SFMS currently sponsors concerts, dances, craft workshops and jam sessions from September
The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS), based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is a
nonprofit education and arts organization dedicated to the advancement, promotion
and preservation of traditional, contemporary and international folk music and folk culture.
Every year, from September through June, Susquehanna Folk presents dozens of events
for the cultural enrichment of South Central Pennsylvania. We present artists from
around the globe as well as hometown performers. Many of our events have a "hands-on"
component that strengthens the connections between music and folks. In addition, SFMS
brings folk culture into local schools each year through Arts in Education residencies.
Call SFMS at (717) 745-6577.
Write SFMS at 378 Old York Road, New Cumberland, PA 17070
See our Board of Directors Page for individual email addresses.
TURTLEDOVE FOLK CLUB
(a non-profit organization) exists to foster
and promote traditional, contemporary and multicultural folk music and dance, and related
performing arts in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The TurtleDove Folk Club seeks to
strengthen its surrounding social community through presenting shows in the folk arts
with a focus on education, cultural enlightenment and grassroots networking.