The Philadelphia Folksong Society has announced the initial lineup for the 52nd Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, which will return to the 40-acre Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Twp, Pa., from Aug. 16-18.

The Richard Thompson Electric TrioThe MavericksAsleep at the WheelCarolina Chocolate DropsJake ShimabukuroAmy HelmReverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band,Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars and Jeffrey Gaines are among the announced performers, and the festival will be yet again hosted by Gene Shay.

Richard Thompson/Photo by Pamela Littky“We are really excited about this year’s lineup,” said Richard Kardon of Point Entertainment.  “One of the highlights for us is being able to put together a really ‘Philly-centric’ Saturday show.  David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket: Essential Songs of Philadelphia presents the soundtrack of the past several decades in Philadelphia.  It’s a veritable ‘Who’s Who’ from the Philly music scene.”

While more artists will be announced, you can view the full early lineup, get more info and buy tickets at

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