Folk music is part of the heart and soul of Savannah, GA history and culture. American folk music is a living art form with deep roots that continue to develop new branches while growing in popularity. Savannah celebrates this musical heritage with an annual festival featuring nationally and regionally recognized folk musicians. Sponsored by the Savannah Folk Music Society and the Cultural Affairs Department of the City of Savannah, Bureau of Leisure Services, the whole weekend is free and open to the public!
If the weather cooperates, this open air festival will be at Ellis Square, Trinity United Methodist Church at 225 West President Street. In case of rain, some outdoor events will be moved to Stewart Hall at First Presbyterian, 520 Washington Avenue.
The weekend opens with Folkfest, Friday from 7 to 11 pm, featuring performances by Savannah folk musicians. The evening’s events also include Part 1 of the silent auction which offers a number of Gretsch guitars.
On Saturday, come to First Presbyterian’s Stewart Hall. From 2 to 3 pm the Youth Song Writing Competition finals will move and entertain you with the level of talent these young performers have to offer. At 3:30 pm until 5:30 pm there will also be a two-hour workshop with Doug MacLeod .This is an unbelievable opportunity to learn from one of the greatest acoustic blues musicians alive!
7:30-11 pm: Events move to the Savannah Arts Academy gym at 500 Washington Avenue where there will be a fun Old-Time Country Dance. Curley Maple will get the dancers moving while the caller will teach and call out the dances. Even if you don’t dance, you’ll love the music and the spectacle of new and experienced contra dancers stepping to the music.
Sunday’s Concert is the highlight of the festival starting at 2 pm and continuing until 7:30 pm at Grayson Stadium (1401 East Victory Drive). Hear the greats: Doug MacLeod, Al Petteway, Amy White, Curley Maple and Deidre McCalla will be playing! You’ll also hear the winner of the Youth Songwriting Competition and the silent auction will finish up with Part 2.
For more information on the festival, call (912) 786-6953. Plan ahead for your Savannah, GA lodging during Savannah Folk Music Fest 2012. All our Savannah Villas are only a few minutes’ drive from the Savannah Folk Music Festival venues.