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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 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
When legendary radio DJ and Philadelphia Folk Festival co-founder Gene Shay retired from his post at WXPN's "The Folk Show" last year, aficionados of rural, rustic mountain music freaked out that their festival would go asunder. "Oh, I'll still be around," Shay said not long ago, he told me in May when I asked him if he'd be a part of this weekend's 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. "You can't get rid of me that easily. " Shay will handle PFF 55's pre-stage patter, with an assist from fellow WXPN regulars David Dye , Helen Leicht and Kathy O'Connell . Joining their storied ranks is author, musician and recently-minted local Wesley Stace - the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding - who will act as guest emcee throughout the campground's proceedings.
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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 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's keeping the Philadelphia Folk Festival - in its 54th annual incarnation - humming like a well-oiled music box this sunny weekend at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township? It takes a family. Make that three generations of family now, both bloodlined and "extended. " All bonding over the music, the colorful (often tie-dyed) scene, the shared and embracing sense of community. "Even people you don't know, you feel like you do," suggested second generation festival-goer and sometime volunteer Barrett Oterson.
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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 20, 2016 | By A.D. Amorosi, FOR DoTHIS
When legendary radio DJ and Philadelphia Folk Festival co-founder Gene Shay retired from his post at WXPN's "The Folk Show" last year, aficionados of rural, rustic mountain music freaked out that their festival would go asunder. "Oh, I'll still be around," Shay said not long ago, he told me in May when I asked him if he'd be a part of this weekend's 55th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. "You can't get rid of me that easily. " Shay will handle PFF 55's pre-stage patter, with an assist from fellow WXPN regulars David Dye , Helen Leicht and Kathy O'Connell . Joining their storied ranks is author, musician and recently-minted local Wesley Stace - the artist formerly known as John Wesley Harding - who will act as guest emcee throughout the campground's proceedings.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2016
SCA, the Swedish paper giant whose Americas arm, based in Philadelphia, makes napkins and other supplies for Burger King, Dunkin' Donuts, NFL stadiums, and hundreds of other institutional, janitorial, and food-service clients, has named Don Lewis president of the company's Away From Home Professional Hygiene Business Unit. He had been president of SCA Americas since 2012, overseeing all its businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, and South America. Klasko Immigration Law Partners L.L.P., Philadelphia has elected attorney Anusree Nair to the firm's partnership.
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March 14, 2016 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Staff Writer
Richard Drueding, 66, of Mount Airy, a gifted guitar player, composer, and recording artist, died Tuesday, March 1, of heart failure at the Bucks County Folk Music Shop in New Britain, where he had been a longtime teacher. He had just stepped outside after teaching a series of guitar lessons and was resting on a bench when he was stricken, said a friend, violinist Robert G. Sanders. "That was his last rest. " Mr. Drueding was known as an outstanding fingerstyle guitarist - a technique that uses all the fingers of the right hand.
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August 17, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
What's keeping the Philadelphia Folk Festival - in its 54th annual incarnation - humming like a well-oiled music box this sunny weekend at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township? It takes a family. Make that three generations of family now, both bloodlined and "extended. " All bonding over the music, the colorful (often tie-dyed) scene, the shared and embracing sense of community. "Even people you don't know, you feel like you do," suggested second generation festival-goer and sometime volunteer Barrett Oterson.
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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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