Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a wonderful weekend of playing, singing, jamming, dancing and listening to folk music. There are activities for all levels from non-musician to advanced players, and all ages from mature children through adult are welcome. Come and enjoy the friendly, relaxed setting at a beautiful state park. Forty-seven different workshops in 8 time-slots cover a wide range of musical styles and interest, from Irish Tunes to Pentatonic Scale to Beginning Penny Whistle to Hymn Singing, plus much more. Enjoy 2 concerts, a contra and square dance, plus lots of formal and informal opportunities to jam.
One of the unique features of Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is the small size and friendly atmosphere. We are all here to learn, share and enjoy the music, and our musical faculty have been chosen to encourage each of us to learn and share in a positive environment. Our small workshop size allows for easy interaction with the faculty and each other, to provide a wonderful opportunity to experience and live the music.
Escape and relax in the mountains at historic Greenwood Furnace State Park, a gorgeous state park located in central Pennsylvania, between State College and Huntingdon. The park is nestled on the western edge of the Central Pennsylvania area known as the Seven Mountains. The park features outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities, with miles of hiking and mountain biking trails. The state park also offers historic exhibits and programs for the whole family to enjoy.
An important initiative of the festival is to examine the traditional music of rural Pennsylvania to gain a better understanding of what Pennsylvania music is and to preserve and perpetuate this musical heritage. We include several workshops where you'll learn Pennsylvania music. In addition, each year we identify a musician (or musicians as is the case this year) with a unique musical perspective, bring them to the festival so that all can learn from them, and honor them as Pennsylvania Heritage Musicians.
The photo is John and JoAnn Dively receiving the Pennsylvania Heritage Musicians Award in 2008.
This year we are honoring Claudia Wilson. See the Heritage Musicians for her story.
Coming next May: Folk College, May 26-28, 2017 at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA.
Folk College features a wide variety of talented musicians from near and far who demonstrate and teach their music in workshop and concert settings. Folk College is a fun and friendly weekend of playing and listening to folk music—a fantastic three days of workshops, concerts, jams and friendship.
Activities are held at Juniata College, a beautiful setting in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of 68 workshops ranging from old-time to blues to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, listen and learn. All instruments are welcome, and there are workshops for every level from total beginner to professional. Each evening features a faculty concert followed by faculty-led jam sessions. Saturday after the concert, we hold a contradance with an open band. You’ll also have an opportunity to be coached by a professional musician in a band setting and to perform in the student concert.
Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.
Peggy Shutes Kaiser