Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Amythyst Kiah and more


The 2022 edition of Brooklyn Folk Festivalpresented by the Jalopy Theater & School of Music, happens October 21-23 at St. Ann and Holy Trinity Church. with live performances, film screenings, talks, workshops, family events, the annual Banjo Toss competition, and more.

There are over 30 musical acts performing this year, including Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Amythyst Kiah, Nora Brown, Jerron Blind Boy Paxton, Dueto Dos Rosas, Inkarayku, Ukrainian Village Voice, Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, Love Struck Balladeers, Dan & Claudia Zanes and more.

Tickets for the 2022 Brooklyn Folk Festival are on sale now, and you can check out the full lineup and schedule below.

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Thursday October 20

NYC FILM PREMIERE: Different Johns – a documentary film that explores the different lives of John Cohen: folk musician, photographer, teacher, filmmaker and one of the faces of the Beat Generation. The film highlights America: its artists, its history, its reality – through this story of an unconventional American.

“You could say that the treasures of the earth lie between the eyes of John Cohen.”
–Patti Smith

The film’s director, Robert Carr, will present the film and a Q&A after the screening. This film screening is part of the “All This is a Record of My Search: John Cohen at 90 / Music / Films / Photographs” program of the Brooklyn Folk Festival 2022.

Friday, October 21 Main Stage

8:30 p.m. Voices of Ukrainian villagesrural vocal music from Ukraine

9:00 p.m. Nora Brownsongs, ballads and tunes with banjo

9:45 p.m. Kiah amythystoriginal and traditional songs

Church hall scene
8:30 p.m. Megg Farrelhonky tonk band!
9:15 p.m. Jackson and the JanksNew Orleans style R&B and more!

Saturday October 22

Afternoon concerts
main stage
12:00 p.m. Sing as a family with Emily Eagan and Chris Q. Murphy

12:50 p.m. Jacob Wysoskiblues and folk songs
1:40 p.m. Bill Carney’s Pitcher Addictsjug band music
2:30 p.m. Clinton Davisold violin, banjo and guitar

3:20 p.m. This is all a record of my research: John Cohen at 90: Music / Films / Photographs, musicians influenced by John Cohen will play music from his years of work. Participating musicians include The Down Hill Strugglers, Nora Brown, Tim Eriksen, Stephanie Coleman, Jerron Paxton and many more!

4:10 p.m. Tim Eriksenold songs and ballads, unaccompanied singing, with banjo and guitar

5:00 p.m. Ever Lovin’ Jug Bandoriginal and traditional jug band music from Canada!

5:50 p.m. Stillhouse Serenadeold time, blues and country Parish Hall Stage

1:00 p.m. Old-school string orchestra jam session, led by a violinist Stephanie Colman bring your violins, banjo, guitars, etc.

2:30pm Artie’s Jug Workshop taught by the Ever-Lovin’ Jug Band – Learn to play the jug! (DIY bass instrument is fun!)

5:30 p.m. Square dance!

9:30 p.m. – Salsa dance! with Willie Martinez and the NYC Salsa All Stars

workshop room

12:30 p.m. – Film screening: The lonely high sound (1963), a film by John Cohen
The songs of Eastern Kentucky congregants, miners, and farmers express the joys and sorrows of life among the rural poor. This classic film evocatively illustrates how music and religion help Appalachia maintain their dignity and traditions in the face of change and hardship. The film stars famed Appalachian banjo picker Roscoe Holcomb and places him firmly in the context of the land and the people he spent his life with.

1:00 p.m. – Film screening: Sara and Maybelle: from the original Carter family (1981), a film by John Cohen

A rare filmed performance by two members of the original Carter family, whose recordings helped found the country music industry. Here, Sara and Maybelle demonstrate their famous guitar playing and harmonious singing on “Sweet Fern” and “Solid Gone.”

1:15 p.m. – Film screening: Carnival in Q’eros: where the mountains meet the jungle (1991), a film by John Cohen
This groundbreaking documentary shows the remarkable carnival celebrations – never before seen by outsiders – of an isolated community of Indians in the Peruvian Andes. Their culture offers important clues to the Inca past and the roots of Andean cultures.

2:00 p.m. – The John Cohen Collection at the Library of CongressMaya Lerman and Todd Harvey from the American Folklife Center discuss the breadth, depth, and importance of the John Cohen Collection to our national library, and how to access it!

5:00 p.m. – Book event: Well of Souls: discovering the hidden history of the banjo with author Kristina Gaddy

7:00 p.m. – Musical performance by Les P’tits Dogiesduo of harmonious songs, old music and country, straight from Kentucky!

Evening concerts

main stage
7:00 p.m. wild fosteroriginal & folk songs

7:50 p.m. Ba Ban Chinese Music Society, dedicated to the preservation, creation and dissemination of traditional and contemporary Chinese music. Named after an ancient piece of folk music, “Ba Ban” literally means “Eight Beats”, which is the structural basis of note grouping in traditional Chinese music.

8:40 p.m. love balladstrad jazz, ragtime and more!

9:30 p.m. Inkaraykumixed music from the Peruvian Andes with dancers!

10:20 p.m. Jerron “Blindboy” Paxtonblues, old time and ragtime Music

Sunday October 23

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT: THE BANJO TOSS – Banjo Throwing Contest!
Gather at the Gowanus Dredgers Boathouse, 165 2nd St., on the canal!

Close to Carroll St. F/G!

Afternoon concerts

main stage
2:00 p.m. Dan and Claudia Zanesmusic for children and families,

2:50 p.m. Bob Malenkyblues guitar

3:40 p.m. Taylor Plasoriginal and traditional songs

4:30 p.m. Ernie “Dad” Vega, blues, folk, trad jazz and more! 5:20 p.m. The Down Hill Strugglers, old-school string band

6:10 Dueto Dos Rosasvocal and guitar duo from Oaxaca, Mexico!

Church hall scene

5:00 p.m. The Jalopy Choir – choral group from the Jalopy Theater singing songs from the world’s vocal traditions

workshop room

2:00 p.m. – Eastern Kentucky Banjo Workshop with Brett Ratliff: Learn songs, tunes, and banjo techniques of old, traditional to Eastern Kentucky.

3:00 p.m. – Alan Lomax Archives/Association for Cultural Equity, TBA presentation

4:00 p.m. – Dust-to-Digital Listening Session: DtoD’s Lance Ledbetter plays and discusses special tracks from their catalog

Evening concerts

main stage

7:20 p.m. Brett Ratliffold banjo songs, eastern Kentucky tunes

8:10 p.m. The other yearsvocal duo with fiddle, guitar, banjo, from Louisville, KY

9:00 p.m. Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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