The Delmarva Folk Festival returns on October 7 and 8



Delaware Friends of Folk recently announced the lineup for the 31st Annual Delmarva Folk Festival, which will take place Friday and Saturday, October 7 and 8 at the G&R Campground near Houston.

Performers from Delmarva, southeastern Pennsylvania and the west coast of Maryland will take to the stage over the weekend.

Isabel Angela, Delmarva’s current folk heroine, will open the festival by hosting the finals of the 16th Delmarva Folk Heroes competition at 7 p.m. Friday. The six artists were selected at the Friends of Folk open-mic cafe events on July 16 and August 20. They are Frank Hogans, Bert Delpierre, Lavendar Browne, Josh Brokaw, Acorn Whiskey and Tre’ Folk Trio. These artists will perform and the public vote will select the new Delmarva Folk Hero.

Saturday will offer a rich lineup of folk, old-time, world, jazz and bluegrass, as well as special activities for children, and craft and food vendors offering beer from local brewers. Weekend cabins and campsites for tents and RVs are available.

The music will resume at noon on Saturday with an opening set from the brand new Delmarva Folk Hero. The program will continue with sets from two talented local singer-songwriters, Caroline Hermance from Dover and Jason Webb from Wilmington. Next come Bryan and the Barn Owls who play folk, old-timer and Americana; then Skribe of Annapolis, Md., performing folk garage-style originals.

Tabla master Shafaat Khan will offer a rhythm/drums workshop at 4 p.m. Next, Delaware’s Joe Baione Trio will bring cool jazz to the late afternoon audience, followed by Wicked Sycamore, an all-female trio featuring contemporary folk steeped in traditional, Americana and bluegrass roots. Next, Music that Heals the Soul by Indian classical musician Ustad Shafaat Khan will feature tabla, sitar and other traditional Indian instruments. The last two acts will have the audience dancing: Delaware-based American jam band Stackabones with their psychedelic hootenanny, and Zydeco Jed with their festival closing set from 9 p.m.. soulful vocals, virtuoso guitars, rhythm that doesn’t stop and classic material featuring rock and soul favorites, evocative originals and the sweet sounds of New Orleans zydeco.

Tickets are on sale and prices remain the same as last year: Friday $10 (teen and adult), Saturday only $30 (non-campers must leave by 11 p.m.) or $35 for a late-night combo week that includes wild camping. Teen tickets for Saturday are $15 and kids 12 and under are admitted free. Friends of Folk members receive a special voucher for free entry to the Coffeehouse with the minimum purchase of a Saturday ticket. For more details and to buy tickets online, go to

All cabins and camping options (other than primitive) are booked directly with G&R Campground. Questions can be directed to [email protected]

This event is partially supported by an Arts Access grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. Shafaat Khan’s appearance is presented in part by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.

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