5th Annual SLC Folk Festival is in Full Swing

It’s that time of year again.  No, not the high-stress push to the end of the semester, but rather, the weekend where we relax mind and body with music.  The Folk Festival is back, perfectly synchronized with beautiful weather and somewhat downtrodden spirits, which it is sure to uplift. Starting tonight, Friday, April 13th, and continuing to Saturday, April 14th, the festival will incorporate old traditions, such as free homemade baklava, as well as give participants a few surprises. The largest free folk festival in New York State, Sarah Lawrence students should be proud to showcase both fellow students and outside talent.

In its fifth year, the lineup includes Sarah Lawrence students as well as some more well-known folk artists.  The Apple Kickers, a duo of SLC alum, kick off the weekend tonight at 7.

“We have a couple of SLC student performers, the Songwriter’s Collective is doing a set, and just a bunch of really great people from all around, from New York and beyond,” says Liam O’Brien ’12. This is his third year running the Folk Festival.

Additionally, Joe Pug, who gave up his job as a carpenter four years ago to pursue music, is featured.

“He’s a pretty big deal in folk music these days, he’s really awesome. So I definitely recommend making it to his set on Saturday,” says O’Brien.

Along with the great music, there will also be a new tradition, the barn dance, that will be held in Reisinger Concert Hall on Saturday.

“There’s this guy, Dave Harvey, who’s going to come and he’s going to teach these social dances. If you think of like square dancing or contra-dancing, it’s a lot like that, and the Bluegrass Ensemble is going to accompany,” says O’Brien

New to this years festival is also a little gift. Keep an eye out for free CDs with mix of songs from the bands at the festival around campus.  They can be found in the Pub, Library, Music Library, and Teahaus.

“They’ll be scattered around, look for them, they’re like Easter eggs,” says O’Brien.

And not to worry, the Folk Festival tradition of homemade baklava will make surprise appearances throughout the weekend.

“So if you come for a good chunk of the festival, chances are you’ll be getting some free baklava,” says O’Brien. “We have an ancient recipe that has been handed down to us through the five years.”

Schedule of Events

Friday, April 13
7 p.m.—The Apple Kickers
7:30 p.m.—John Powell
8:00 p.m.—SLC Songwriters showcase
8:30 p.m.—Charlie Hunter
9:15 p.m.—Bevel Summers
10:00 p.m.—Plume Giant

Saturday, April 14
2-5 p.m.—Barn Dance with the Bluegrass Ensemble in Reisinger
5:30 p.m.—SLC student performer
6 p.m.—Tumbling Bones
6:45 p.m.—Chris Faroe
7:15 p.m.—Brown Bird, Blonde Bird
7:45 p.m.—South County
8:30 p.m.—SLC student performer
8:45 p.m.—Elliott Harvey
9:15 p.m.—Friendly Strangers
10 p.m.—Joe Pug

Lauren Busser, likes to think that magic exists. (Errol got lost with her Hogwarts letter.) She is currently writing for Bronxville Patch.com, The Phoenix, and WizardingLife.com as well as sending the occasional op-ed to newspapers. When not writing as a journalist she can be found reading Gothic novels for her senior thesis entitled Rivalry and Sorority or knitting obsessively with sock weight yarn.

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