The Philadelphia Folk Festival will be celebrating its 52nd anniversary this year as one of the most beloved music festivals on the East Coast. Those who have attended the festival in the past—myself included—know it to be a special occasion out there off the beaten path in Schwenksville. Last year saw Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, and Steve Earle rocking the main stage, and this year’s lineup, revealed yesterday, looks just as promising. Top-billed is the incomparable Richard Thompson, who will be playing with his famed electric trio. Thompson is a seasoned veteran, in a league all his own, and will undoubtedly close the festival in unforgettable fashion. The Mavericks, Asleep at the Wheel, Jake Shimabukuro, and Carolina Chocolate Drops will also be featured prominently at Old Pool Farm. Per usual, there will also be an XPN Philly Local stage, this year featuring Philly acts like Modern Inventors, Toy Soldiers, and Ali Wadsworth. And it wouldn’t be the Philadelphia Folk Festival without Gene Shay, who will be returning for his 52nd consecutive year as the festival’s host.
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