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Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Music, art, creativity and community — this is the stuff that’s in the air at the annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, from the mainstage headliners to the sidestage workshops to the famed Dulcimer Grove and the bustling campground scene. This year, the festival was packed with sounds and songs from big names Graham NashOld Crow Medicine Show, and Taj Mahal; local favorites Black Horse MotelLadybird, No Good Sister, and The End of America; and Helen Leicht’s annual XPN Local Showcase featuring Jesse Hale Moore, Greg Sover Band, and Vita and the Woolf.

And then, of course, there are the pick-up players at colorfully constructed campsites, the folks strumming acoustic guitars while lounging in hammocks, the budding artists making sketchbook illustrations and watercolors of the action. Philly photographer Lisa Schaffer has been a Folk Fest fixture for as long as we’ve known her, and this year she presents us with the sights she saw; 56 images for the 56th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. 

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Helen Leicht and Birdie Busch at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Black Horse Motel at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Graham Nash at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Greg Sover Band at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Helen Leicht and Greg Sover Band at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Jesse Hale Moore at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Keb Mo at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Ladybird at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.comPhiladelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

No Good Sister at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Old Crow Medicine Show at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Recycling committee volunteers Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Samantha Fish at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Samantha Fish at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Taj Mahal at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Teresa Williams and Larry Campbell at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

The End of America at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

The Infamous String Band at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

The National Reserve at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

The National Reserve at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Vita and the Woolf at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Vita and the Woolf and Helen Leicht at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

Whitehorse at Philadelphia Folk Festival | photo by Lisa Schaffer | SkylerBug.com

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