Folk Alley

WXPN Radio

The premier guide for new and significant artists in rock, blues, and folk - including NPR-syndicated World Cafe ®

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XPN2 - XPoNential Radio

24/7 Musical discovery. A unique mix of emerging and heritage blues, rock, world, folk, and alt-country artists.

For online support visit the Listen Live page.

World Cafe Archives

Join Talia Schlanger as she navigates the World Cafe through performances and interviews with celebrated and emerging artists.

For online support visit the Listen Live page.

Folk Alley is XPN's 24/7 music stream featuring a blend of singer-songwriter, Celtic, acoustic, Americana, traditional and world sounds.

It is produced by WKSU in Kent, Ohio, and features the XPN Folk Show with Gene Shay

Gene Shay: Grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music

Gene Shay

Gene Shay produces XPN's weekly folk show and is the founder and original emcee of the Philadelphia Folk Festival. Gene has been deemed "The dean of American folk DJs" by The Philadelphia Daily News and "the grandfather of Philadelphia Folk Music" by The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Listen to The Folk Show with Gene Shay every Wednesday and Saturday 5-7pm ET on the Folk Alley stream. And 8-11pm every Sunday on WXPN.

The Philadelphia Folksong Society

Philadelphia Folk Society

Unique among cultural organizations, the Philadelphia Folksong Society is an educational group dedicated to the enjoyment of folk music and culture. For the past 50 years, PFS has encouraged the growth of folk music through concerts, workshops, sings, and festivals. The Philadelphia Folksong Society is nationally known for its signature event, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, held each August at the Old Pool Farm in Schwenksville, PA.

Philadelphia Folksong Society Calendar can be found here.

The Philadelphia Folk Festival

Photo by Lisa Schaffer,

Running nearly 50 years, the Philadelphia Folk Festival is one of the nation's oldest and most revered musical gatherings and is normally held the 3rd weekend in August. The Festival is hosted by Gene Shay and is a three-day extravaganza of traditional and contemporary folk performers, dance, crafts, camping, and children's activities.

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