Brooklyn Folk Festival 2016

The Brooklyn Folk Festival is an annual weekend festival held in Brooklyn’s St Ann’s Church. Now in it’s 8th year, founder Eli Smith of the Down Home Radio Show has been curating this festival from it’s beginning, presenting us old time string bands, folk, blues, traditional bands, and folk music from all over the world.


The festival not only showcases music, but encompasses the community sense of folk music, with workshops, food, stalls, shared performance, and more! There was a small stage showcasing more local bands throughout the day, as well as the main performers in the Church.


These ranged from old-school folk, including a performance from classic folk musician John Cohen of The New Lost City Ramblers – and old-time string band – who was performing with the Down Hill Strugglers – part of which was founder Eli. This included the violin, which is my all-time favourite instrument. They performed classic folk dance tunes, as well as more old time ones such as ‘Goodbye Honey I’m Gone’, and Cohen performed some himself too.


Following them, there was and Afro-Caribbean band Bulla En El Barrio, a percussion and vocal band, who incorporated dance into their musical performance. It was great to see folk from all around the world being acknowledged at this festival, as well as the music from the deep roots of America!


I only saw a small snippet of this 3 day festival, but it was definitely the best introduction to this beautiful New York music scene I could have got!


We caught an interview with John Cohen, which we will feature on our radio show this week, so tune in to take a listen!