The 36th Annual

North Georgia Folk Festival

is going virtual this year.

After 35 years of having our annual homecoming North Georgia Folk Festival in the hills of Athens, Georgia, we couldn't let the COVID-19 crisis keep us down.  So we decided to have the festival as a virtual event featuring music, art and storytelling - just as we usually do.

The event will be shown as a series of three episodes on YouTube and will be offered free of charge.  We will be asking for tips for the performers who have contributed music for this program and will provide links to the artists so you can follow up with them.

36th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival - The Virtual (and International) Event

Episode 1: Saturday, September 26, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)

Music, Art and Storytelling
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Episode 2: Saturday, October 3, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)    

More Music, Art and Storytelling
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Episode 3: Saturday, October 10, 2020 @8:00pm EST (GMT-4)

A special showing of "Sing My Troubles By" - a documentary by Neil Rosenbaum honoring older Georgia women who continue to perform the gospel, blues, mountain music and ballad traditions they grew up with.

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Here's the general link!    YouTube   #NGFF_20

Here's what we are looking forward to:

Music: Art Rosenbaum, Caroline Aiken, The Banditas, Cicada Rhythm, Fester Hagood, Georgia Sirens, Hawk Proof Rooster, Hog-eyed Man, Joe Willey, Lisa Wooten, MrJordanMrTonks, John McCutcheon, Hope For Agoldensummer, Nina Ricci, Paul Edelman, Rob Sutherland and Tommy Jordan, Around the Globe Sea Chantey Singers, Skillet Lickers, String Theory and Veronika Jackson.

Artists: Beth Zorbanos (corn shuck dolls), Cathy Pentz (jewelry), Janice Hall (face jugs), Chelsea Born (Jewelry), Rebecca Gilliard (sweet grass baskets), Vanda Guthrie (graphic art), Rob Sutherland (pottery), Peter Loose (folk art) and Tex Crawford (folk art).

Storytellers: Art Rosenbaum, Mary Jean Hartel and Pat Shields.

NGFF_20 Pandemic T-Shirts

Note: The T-Shirt webstore is now closed and all shirts have been shipped.  If you missed your chance to get a shirt, and you would like one, let me know.  We need to have at least 24 new orders to make this work.


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The North Georgia Folk Festival is going virtual this year but you can still get your T-shirt or Hoodie so there won’t be a gap in your collection and you can support the North Georgia folk Festival - at the same time!  The shirt design features an original drawing by Art Rosenbaum of our friends from Hawkproof Rooster, fully masked up against the pandemic.  We are taking advance orders for T-shirts and bandanas for a limited time.  This web store will close on October 11 so we can print your shirts and get them shipped out in time for you to wear them while you watch the first episode of the virtual festival scheduled to debut on Saturday, September 26, 2020.

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The North Georgia Folk Festival celebrated its 30th year in October, 2014. This video, "A Taste of the 2014 North Georgia Folk Festival" by Neil Rosenbaum, features performances by Norman Blake, Bluebilly Grit, and The Skillet Lickers, along with interviews and memories of past performers now gone. 

Please contact Tommy Jordan, Festival Director, at with any questions about the festival or use the contact form here.

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The North Georgia Folk Festival is produced by volunteers from the Athens Folk Music and Dance Society in partnership with Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services.

Co-Sponsored by Duplicating Systems, Flagpole, Good Dirt Clay Studio, WUGA-FM, RubySue Graphics, LickSkillet Public Relations and the National Ladies Homestead Gathering.

The Athens Folk Music and Dance Society is an Athens, Georgia-based 501-c3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to celebrating, sharing and sustaining traditional arts and music.  More at

This program has been supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its partner agency - the National Endowment for the Arts.

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