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Written by Story and Photos by Kevin and Michelle Crilley Correspondents
August 24, 2016

Festival goers join hands and dance to the sounds of Red Cedar Strings Saturday afternoon at the Philadelphia Folk Festival Front Porch Stage. The Front Porch Stage featured local artists of the Philadelphia Folksong Society's Philadelphia Music Co-op.

                The Philadelphia Folk Festival celebrated its 55th birthday last weekend in Upper Salford Township.  This year's installment featured hot sultry weather for the first three days, so keeping cool and hydrated were key to enjoying the festivities.

                In another Philly Folk Fest tradition, heavy rain arrived on Sunday afternoon, but veteran festers knew to come prepared for any kind of weather, as the shows go on. 

                For the 20,000-plus attendees each year, folk fest means many things, but the music certainly is the key ingredient.  This year's lineup was a wonderful mix of old and familiar acts and up-and-coming artists.  Friday night's show got things heated up in a hurry, with acts to please music lovers of all ages. 

                Boston-based quartet Darlingside was surely a favorite of the 18-34-year-old crowd. Their incredible four-part harmonies using a single microphone were, in a word, mesmerizing.  In addition, each member plays multiple instruments and they really left the audience breathless.            ...



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