Big City Folk Festival and Rockaway Artist's Alliance presents Big City Folk Festival 2018. where: Fort Tilden, sTudio 7

when: Friday, June 22nd, from 4pm and Saturday June 23rd, from noon

This year's Big City Folk Festival will take place at Rockaway Artists Alliance beautiful sTudio 7 Gallery space in Fort Tilden on Friday June 22nd and Saturday June 23rd. Presenting over 30 acts from all over US, Ireland, Canada, UK and Australia it promises to be an excellent weekend of live music in one of the peninsula's most inspiring locations.

Festival host Niall Connolly is a songwriter from Cork, Ireland. He has released 8 studio albums and has over 15 years of international touring experience. In 2007, shortly after moving to New York City, he formed Big City Folk. "I missed the community of musicians at home," he says. "I wanted to find a space to share and hear new music. I wanted to create a safe space for new songs."

Connolly began hosting weekly songwriter nights, finding musicians at live gigs, or online (back in the MySpace days!), and inviting them to perform and share their newest music. Eleven years later, Big City Folk hosts dozens of events all over New York State and a festival every other year.

The year's event also includes a gallery exhibition paintings, drawings and sculptures by Jason Novetsky, titled 'Conundra - ( Mapping the Limits of Reason).'

Public Transit Directions:

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RSVP on Facebook

Friday June 22 and Saturday June 23

Listen to the festival playlist on Spotify!

Friday, June 22rd, 4pm to 11pm:
Doors at 4pm

4:30pm Karen Dahlstrom
5:00pm Rattrap Bumpkin (Rockaway local!)
5:35pm John Cathal O'Brien
6:00pm Patsy (Rockaway local!)
6:35pm May Cheung
7:00pm A Valley Son
7:35pm Silbin Sandovar
8:00pm Blame Mercury (Rockaway local!)
8:35pm Clare Sands
9:00pm Caves and Clouds
9:35pm Fully Human (Liv Hally from Oh Pep!)
10:00pm Niall Connolly Band
10:35pm 'The Healing' - Open Jam with house band the Travelers

Saturday, June 23rd, 12pm to 11pm:
Doors at 12pm

1:00pm In the Round with Lara Ewen/John Simonelli (Rockaway local!)/Neko Peoples
2:10pm Michael Brunnock & Niamh Hyland (Rockaway local!)
2:40pm In the Round with Jaimee Harris/Graham Weber/Burt Lee
3:50pm August Wells
4:20pm In the Round with Chris Michael/Belle Skinner/Ryan Morgan
5:30pm Maude Gun
7:00pm Fond Farewells
7:35pm Warren Malone
8:00pm Amy Sheehan
8:35pm Jasper Lewis
9:00pm Mississippi Cotten
9:35pm Chris Q. Murphy
10:00pm Matt Cranstoun
10:35pm BCF DJ Playlist!

from top left: Niall Connolly photo by Anthony Mulcahy/Mulography; Warren Malone photo by Anthony Mulcahy/Mulography; BelleSkinner photo by Mila Kapustina; Caves and Clouds by Kristi Knupp; Lara Ewen photo by Katie Basile; Rockaway Artist Alliance photo by Niall Connolly.

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