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NAFF17 Headliner Announcements Coming Soon!

The Northern Appalachian Folk Festival continues a tradition of bringing great live performances to Downtown Indiana —free!

Guided by a folk-roots aesthetic, the NAFF lineup celebrates blues, country, folk, Americana, and other influences on contemporary music

Acts on the NAFF bill range from rising local and regional talent to national recording artists. NAFF headliners have included Dar Williams (2016), Southern Culture on the Skids (2016), Rusted Root (2015), Joe Grushecky along with his Houserockers (2014), and prominent folk figure Si Kahn (2013).

While we’re not yet ready to fully unveil our 2017 lineup, a deep bench of local talent has signed on to support our headliners. Check out our after-shows here.

Locally Made!

• Alyssa Hankey
You may’ve caught this blues and country-infused folk rocker opening for Raelyn Nelson (Willie’s granddaughter) at Club Café in Pittsburgh.
Franky Johnson
Of classic rock ‘n blues act Jagstone, among other projects, will go solo and unplugged at NAFF17
Caleb J. Murphy and The Bright Future
Folksoul outfit which includes Dom Versace, Ben Saylor and Felix Noy
Melville Walbeck
Bother/sister folk duo played the inaugural Northern Appalachian Folk Festival in 2013 and will be helping us celebrate our fifth anniversary. The pair are regulars on stages around the region, from Pittsburgh’s Club Cafe and Ethnic Fest in Johnstown to more intimate venues at points in between.
Homegrown Grass Band
Spring Church-based bluegrass quartet often includes a rotating cast of guest banjo players

Click on the links, explore their sounds and warm up for NAFF by catching their shows at Western PA venues.

Previous Festival Lineups

2016 Dar Williams  Southern Culture on the Skids • The Stickers (country) • Jimmie Ross and The Jaggerz (R&B and soul) • Ray Owen (Americana and humor) • Ken Waldman (Anchorage, AK/poet, storyteller and fiddler) • Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers (Pittsburgh/folk) • The Early Mays (Lewisburg, WV/folk) • Diablo Dimes (Shenandoah Valley/blues and roots) • Marv Ashby and High Octane (Hedgesville, WV/Bluegrass) • Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers (Stockdale, PA/string band) • Left Lane Cruiser (Fort Wayne, IN/blues-rock) • Jayke Orvis (Pittsburgh/roots and Americana) • Tom Breiding (Pittsburgh/labor troubador) • Rosie and the Jammers (Johnstown, PA/polka) • Simple Pleasures (Blairsville, PA/Civil War, gospel, traditional)

2015 Rusted Root  Bastard Bearded Irishmen (Pittsburgh/Celt rock) • Chris Higbee (Pittsburgh/country) • Poogie Bell Band (Pittsburgh/jazz) • Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing (Indiana, PA/progressive) • Coastal Remedy (Indiana, PA/alt-rock) • Unknown String Band (Pittsburgh/”folk-grass”) • Jukehouse Bombers (Indiana, PA/blues rock) • Melville Walbeck (Indiana, PA/folk and Americana) • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers (Indiana, PA/roots) • Grist for the Mill (Indiana, PA/classics)

2014 Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers • Grand Ole’ Ditch (Cumberland, MD/Bluegrass) • Honey Spine (Western New York/acoustic duo) • Kim and Reggie Harris (Upstate New York/folk and gospel) • Simple Gifts (Central PA/folk) • Cormorant’s Fancy (Central PA/Celtic) • Trains, Moonshine and Jesus (Central PA/Bluegrass) • Backstabbing Good People (Pittsburgh/rock and soul) • Shelf Life String Band (Pittsburgh/Bluegrass) • Well Strung Bluegrass (Slippery Rock) • Tree (Johnstown, PA/Celtic and Bluegrass) • Up in the Batten House (Pittsburgh/”old-time,” folk tunes of Southwestern PA)  NewLanders (Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvanian folk) • Cornsilk (Indiana, PA/folk)

2014 Northern Appalachian Folk Festival, Jim Harris photo

Jim Harris photo

2013 Si Kahn • Sue Massek (folk) • Coastal Remedy • Wisaal (fusion) • Jazzam (jazz-funk) • Well Strung • Striped Maple Hollow • Julia Voris (fiddler) • Fiddlin Joe’s Legacy • Mountain Therapy • Melville Walbeck • Trains, Moonshine & Jesus • Endless Mike and the Beagle Club • Luckenbach, Penna Pickers • Voices of Joy • Unknown String Band • Rowan Cunningham Band

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