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26th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival @Ellis Square, First Presbyterian Church, & Grayson Stadium
Arvel Bird

ALL across town this weekend, you’ll find an intimate and engaging collection of performances in the 26th Annual Savannah Folk Music Festival. With an emphasis on diversity and top-quality music, The Savannah Folk Music Society’s annual event is a celebration of local talent that’s open to the whole family. Over the course of three days, you’ll hear a mix of traditional folk, old time, blues, international, and more. Best of all? The whole shebang’s free.

If you’re a young performer, check out the Youth Songwriting Workshop; while August 15 was the deadline for this year’s Songwriting Competition, head over to First Pres on Saturday to hear the 2015 entries, and scope out a performance from the big winner on Sunday at Grayson Stadium.

The Society’s old time dances are always a blast (don’t worry, beginners are welcomed with open arms and pros will walk you through the steps), and with music from Paving Gravy, you can’t go wrong.

Check out the silent auction on Friday and Sunday—Gretsch has donated a slew of guitars that Savannah artists have transformed into completely original, playable works of art. On Sunday, a Gretsch guitar signed by all performers will be auctioned off, too.

Check out the full schedule below:

Friday, October 9, Ellis Square:

7:00 - 7:40 p.m.: Chris Desa

7:45 - 8:15 p.m.: Clark Byron

8:20 - 8:50 p.m.: Lauren Lapointe

8:55 - 9:30 p.m.: Jason Bible

9:35 - 10:05 p.m.: Jean Paul & Dominique Carton

10:10 - 10:45 p.m.: Savannah Ceili Band

10:50 - 11:00 p.m.: Ensemble Sing-along

Saturday, October 10, various locations:

2 - 3 p.m.: Youth Songwriting Competition (First Presbyterian Church)

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.: Youth Songwriting Workshop with Rupert Wates (First Presbyterian Church)

7:30 - 11 p.m.: Old Time Country Dance featuring music by Paving Gravy (Savannah Arts Academy Gym)

Sunday, October 11, Grayson Stadium

1:30 - 1:40 p.m.: Opening Announcements

1:40 - 2:40 p.m.: Rupert Wates

2:45 - 3:45 p.m.: Arvel Bird

3:50 - 4:50 p.m.: Ken and Brad Kolodner

4:50 - 5:00 p.m.: Youth Songwriting Competition Winner

5:05 - 6:05 p.m.: Runaway Home

6:10 - 7:15 p.m.: Tim and Myles Thompson