Once again tens of thousands of music enthusiasts arrived at the Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township this weekend for the 55th Philadelphia Folk Music Festival.
It is the longest-running festival of its kind in North America, originating on the Colket Wilson Farm in Paoli in 1962.
The festival has showcased a broad spectrum of talent from new and local artists to music legends past and present. Bonnie Raitt, Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Odetta, and The Band are a sampling of performers who have entertained the loyal crowds.
This year’s headliners included Los Lobos, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Iris DeMent.
The Festival’s campgrounds have drawn generations of family members, created lifelong friendships, and spawned an eclectic variety of campsite styles.
On a sad note Philadelphia Folk music icon, and one of the festival’s founders, Gene Shay was ill and unable to attend this year. Co-emcee Wesley Stace filled in, alternating between singing about Donald Trump’s hair and introducing the performers.