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August 6, 1999 | By Tom Infield, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not rain, not heat, not the bugs of summer - nothing has halted the Philadelphia Folk Festival, now in its 38th year. Each August, longtime festival-goers greet one another as old friends. They have watched each other's children grow up, watched each other grow gray at the temples. The kids now have kids of their own, who form another generation of fans. Altogether, as many as 20,000 people annually descend on the Old Poole Farm in Schwenksville, Montgomery County, for the festival.
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August 17, 1990 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
Folkies young and old will gather at the Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville next weekend for the 29th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. The three-day event, the oldest festival of its kind in the country, is expected to attract nearly 20,000 devotees of the musical form. Besides daily concerts by some of the top names in folk music, the festival will feature music workshops, crafts, juggling, special children's events and dancing. Headliners include Livingston Taylor, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Rush, Christine Lavin, U. Utah Phillips, Peter Bellamy, Michael Cooney and Priscilla Herdman.
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August 24, 1995 | By Louis S. Hansen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Jim Weiss and Chris Griffith hoisted the 3-foot-tall, steel contraption onto a hump in the clover at the Old Pool Farm. A row of wooden stakes cut an otherwise green field. "This is the slammer," Weiss said, showing off a hollow steel sleeve with thick, 2-foot-long arms on either side. "We're the nitty-gritty stake slamming committee. " With cheers and hoots from a dozen friends, Griffith and Weiss, face to face, grabbed the steel arms and fit the slammer over the top of a 7-foot-tall wooden post.
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August 20, 2010
The Philadelphia Folk Festival is back in rejuvenated form this year, also boasting the star power of Saturday afternoon headliner Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco fame) and Saturday night specials like Chris Smither (in a rare appearance with a band), Erin McKeown and Taj Mahal. At the same time, the fest has deliberately sought stimulating crossover talents who can appeal to a younger, "folk? say wha?" audience. We're talking the likes of piano popster Vienna Tang and quirky Bonnie "Prince" Billy (aka Will Oldham)
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August 3, 2011 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, takiffj@phillynews.com 215-854-5960
FOR SURE, there'll be some very familiar faces at the 50th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, returning to the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township in two weeks. Seasoned perennials such as Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush, Tom Paxton and David Bromberg are among the guests coming back for the big birthday party, along with some of their rarely here contemporaries (Levon Helm, Jorma Kaukonen) and young turks of note like the Wood Brothers, Justin Townes Earle, Hoots & Hellmouth, Dan Bern and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
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August 16, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
"DON'T MESS with my fest!" For sure, some old-school folkniks attending this weekend's Philadelphia Folk Festival will be whining that line. But we're thinking that the general populace will rejoice at some offbeat bookings for the 52nd annual get-together on the Old Pool Farm, in Upper Salford Township, acts intended to make this homey event even more user-friendly and connectable. As ever, there's lots at the fest that qualifies as tried and true folk music, from Celtic talents ( Burning Bridget Cleary , RUNA )
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August 24, 1990 | By Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
"What's the difference between a rock musician and a folk musician?" asks a wag in-residence at the Philadelphia Folk Festival. "A rock musician comes out, plugs in and plays. Boom, just like that. Before folk musicians get around to playing, they have to tell you who they are, who they used to be, why they play the version of a song they play, where they first heard it, and why they don't play another version. And all the while, they're tuning. Rock guitars never go out of tune.
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August 29, 1998 | By Walter F. Naedele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"We came to escape the hurricane," Dave Lind, an Ocean City carpenter, joked as he walked near his tent on the Philadelphia Folk Festival campgrounds yesterday. A festival camper since 1986, Lind might well escape the winds of Hurricane Bonnie this weekend, but he didn't escape traffic jams. On the back roads of Upper Salford Township, some waited as long as six hours to get to the camp when it opened Thursday morning. Yesterday was when the music began, the opening of the 37th annual event on a farm near Schwenksville in northern Montgomery County.
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August 28, 1998 | By Fred Beckley, FOR THE INQUIRER
The thing that Jack Williams likes about playing to 20,000 people in a hayfield is the closeness of it all. "The festival provides more intimacy for a greater number of people than any venue I know of," he says. "I think the people are focused very closely on the artist and the music rather than the event or the scene. " Williams, who will play Saturday afternoon at the 37th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, spent 30 years laboring in various unsigned rock bands before becoming a folk artist 10 years ago. He is celebrating his 40th year without a real job. "Back in my rock days," he recalls, "I played for 20 or 30 thousand people in a stadium and I never could see the . . . faces.
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August 27, 1999 | By Fred Beckley, FOR THE INQUIRER
Kelly Mulhollan recently reached his life's goal. "For a folk musician," he says, "it's not fame and fortune. It's to quit your day job. That's the highest level of attainment. " After too many years pounding nails and milling flour, the 40-year-old Fayetteville, Ark., dweller finally found his calling. Two of them, actually. He writes, sings and plays anything with strings in the neo-traditional bluegrass quartet Still on the Hill. And, along with Hillmate Donna Henschell, sings, strums, dances and sometimes plays with puppets in the children's duo Toucan Jam. Both groups will perform in the 38th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival this weekend at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville, Montgomery County.
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May 18, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Columnist
Tom and Paul Kelly still work in commercial radio, polling listeners and advising such stations as More FM Philadelphia on what music to play. Big Daddy Graham is still happy holding down the overnight schmooze slot at Sportsradio 94WIP. But for more pleasure and maybe their future, these guys are banking on Internet radio - the Kelly brothers are co-operators (with third partner, Al Clay) of the Havertown streaming service iRadioPhilly. And Graham is weekly host of a music party on Wildfire Radio, a streaming Internet radio operation based in Collingswood.
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May 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
That's Kanye "Ph.D. " West We'll never hear the end of it now. Already beloved for his rabid egomania,  Kanye West  now has even more to boast about. The Art Institute of Chicago on Monday awarded the megastar an honorary doctorate for his "transformative, genre-defying work. " In his speech to the college's graduating class, Kanye said the degree means his fans wont have to defend his smarts as vehemently as before. "This honor is gonna make your lives easier," he said. "You don't have to defend me as much, and I'm going to make all of our lives easier.
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January 19, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
The grandfather of Philadelphia folk music is retiring from the radio. Ever since he took over Joel Dorn's slot on WHAT-FM in 1962, Gene Shay has been on the air in his hometown with his Sunday night folk-music show. But on Feb. 1, the DJ who grew up Ivan Shaner in Nicetown will close the book on The Folk Show with Gene Shay , which has aired on WXPN (88.5-FM) since 1995. To say Shay is a Philadelphia music-scene institution would be an understatement. The influential DJ, who got his start as an intern at Temple University station WRTI while a student in the 1950s, brought Bob Dylan to town for his first Philadelphia show at the Ethical Society in 1963.
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January 8, 2015 | the Inquirer Staff
Dunham denies it all Lena Dunham  posted an Instagram pic of her and her left hand - bedecked with sparkly ringlike jewels! Worlds hemorrhaged! Surely, this meant she was engaged to her bf,  Jack Antonoff , he of that cool band  Bleachers ! Nuh- uh,  she says. So does her bff  Jenni Konner , who also happens to exec-produce HBO's  Girls , source of Dunham's fame. At an HBO premiere show for Season 4 of  Girls,  Konner said she and LD wear friendship rings and that's what it is so shut  up. Philly folk man to fold 'em Gene Shay , 79, the grand man of Philadelphia folk music, announced Tuesday that he'd do his final installment of The Folk Show for WXPN on Feb. 1. This man has done more than even a legend could do. He cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962, has been doing radio in our market since at least then, and has been on 'XPN since 1995.
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January 8, 2015 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER LONGTIME NBC10er Lu Ann Cahn has a new gig after departing the Peacock last month. She's going back to school. Cahn will be the first director of career services at Temple University's School of Media and Communication. She'll become an Owl in February after she completes her 30 Dares in 30 Days tour. Based on her book, I Dare Me , Cahn embarked on a road trip to try something new each day for 30 days. She returns home on Jan. 30.   Gene Shay retiring DJ Gene Shay will retire from WXPN's "The Folk Show" after his last show on Feb. 1. Shay, who turns 80 next month, told me that health issues and a desire to spend more time with his family spurred the decision to leave.
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November 19, 2014 | By Tom Wilk, For The Inquirer
Since the 1960s, bluesman Chris Smither has been a modern-day troubadour, playing thousands of shows across North America, Western Europe, and Australia. One city has been a special destination for him over the years: Philadelphia. "That was the first place outside of New England that I established myself," Smither says during a phone interview last month from his home in western Massachusetts. Smither performs Wednesday with the Motivators at World Cafe Live. He remembers the region's vibrant music scene and how it embraced a young singer/songwriter.
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August 20, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
THE PHILADELPHIA Folk Festival last weekend wasn't the same without Dante Bucci. Dante, who died last Wednesday, had been taking his unique way of making music to the festival since 2001. His instrument was the "hang," a kind of drum in the shape of a flying saucer, balanced on the lap and played with hands and fingers. The music Dante produced with this odd device, much of it of his own composition, was unlike anything heard from traditional instruments. Its sound is usually described as "dreamlike" and "haunting.
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May 30, 2014 | By Dan Deluca, Inquirer Music Critic
The summer concert season is a festival season. And in the Philadelphia area, it's one in which old and new traditions - from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, in its 53d year, to Made in America, in its third - shape the calendar. It all starts this weekend with the eclectic-as-ever Roots Picnic, part of a baker's dozen of warm-weather fests, concert series, and high-profile shows. The Roots Picnic (Saturday, Festival Pier at Penn's Landing). Now in its seventh year, the Roots Picnic is the de facto start of the summer concert season.
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April 12, 2014 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
NEW YORK - It was a big night in Brooklyn on Thursday at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, as Philadelphia pop-soul duo Hall & Oates joined Nirvana, Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, cartoon hard-rockers Kiss, and others in entering the Cleveland-based Hall as its 2014 class. Other inductees included '70s and '80s prog-rocker Peter Gabriel, singer-songwriter Cat Stevens, and country-rock hit maker Linda Ronstadt. She suffers from Parkinson's disease and did not attend the show but was paid tribute to in song by Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Stevie Nicks, Sheryl Crow, and Carrie Underwood.
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September 13, 2013 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
PHILADELPHIA music devotees will want to circle Oct. 24 on the calendar, the day the Philadelphia Music Alliance unveils nine new bronze plaques on Broad Street's musical Walk of Fame. Typical of such "lifetime achievement" awards, the honorees don't always survive to enjoy the occasion. The death last week of music producer, arranger and composer Bobby Martin will diminish the ranks accepting for the Philadelphia International Records' "house band," MFSB, collectively one of this year's Walk of Fame inductees.
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