The Philadelphia Folk Festival On World Cafe

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The Philadelphia Folk Festival

Hundreds flocked to the Philadelphia Folk Festival last month at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Penn.

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Set List

  • Glossary, "Little Caney"
  • Glossary, "Lonely Is A Town"
  • Glossary, "Saving Money For The Weekend"
  • Glossary, "Shout It From The Rooftops"
  • Cadillac Sky, "Hangman"
  • Cadillac Sky, "Part Of My Heart"
  • Audra Mae, "Turtle Blues"
  • Audra Mae, "The Happiest Lamb"

This World Cafe broadcast is all about the 49th annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which took place August 20-22 at Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, Penn. Tons of folks turned out to camp at the festival grounds and enjoy the weekend of music. The lucky campers who arrived on Thursday were treated to performances by Cadillac Sky, Audra Mae and Glossary a day before the festival officially kicked off, and WXPN is sharing these performances with listeners here.

The Tennessee band Glossary just released its sixth full-length album. Mixing crashing guitars and pedal steel — the new and the old — Glossary has Southern roots but universal charm. Cadillac Sky, an acoustic bluegrass outfit from Ohio, has become well-known for its old-timey dance music. With blended harmonies, plenty of banjo and innovative songwriting from lead singer Bryan Simpson, this quintet has been cultivating a reputation across the U.S. Audra Mae, a singer and songwriter with a knack for the infectious, hails from Oklahoma City. She left her home at age 18 to record music, and the decision is paying off — she recently signed to Los Angeles indie label SideOneDummy Records.

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