Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering: September 8-10, 2023

The Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a weekend of music with plenty of opportunities to share, jam, dance, and learn.

Musical Fun

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a wonderful weekend of playing, singing, jamming, dancing and listening to folk music. There are activities for all levels from non-musician to advanced players, and all ages from mature children through adult are welcome. Come and enjoy the friendly, relaxed setting at a beautiful state park. Forty-seven different workshops in 8 time-slots cover a wide range of musical styles and interests, from Irish Tunes to Pentatonic Scale to Beginning Penny Whistle to Hymn Singing, plus much more. Enjoy 2 concerts, a contra and square dance, plus lots of formal and informal opportunities to jam.


One of the unique features of Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is the small size and friendly atmosphere. We are all here to learn, share and enjoy the music, and our musical faculty have been chosen to encourage each of us to learn and share in a positive environment. Our small workshop size allows for easy interaction with the faculty and each other, to provide a wonderful opportunity to experience and live the music.

Do You Play Alone?

Do you look to play with others but are nervous to go to a music camp? Join us at Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering 2023, and we will be that supportive community that you need –a comfortable and safe place to grow musically.

We pride ourselves on being a “fun and friendly weekend,” and we mean it! Just take a look at this comment from a past attendee:

Making music together in a welcoming, encouraging environment — what could be better? I’ve learned so much, in the workshops, in the jams, at lunch, everywhere!”
Judy Minot

We have workshops at all levels–from non-musicians (our Try A workshops) to advanced levels. Check out the full schedule with the link below.

We hope you will join us!


Simple Gifts
Folk Gathering’s host band is two women (Linda Littleton and Karen Hirshon) playing twelve instruments, performing styles that range from old time to Celtic to Klezmer and beyond. Combining tradition with innovation, Simple Gifts creates some of the finest arrangements in folk music today: swing fiddle creeps into a Romanian dance, spoons show up in an Irish reel, and the concertina ventures far beyond styles considered traditional for that instrument. Based in the hills of central Pennsylvania, Simple Gifts switches with ease among two violins, concertina, mandolin, banjolin, recorders, bowed psaltery, hammered dulcimer, baritone fiddle, guitar, piano, and percussion.

Henry Koretzky

Henry Koretzky is a mandolinist/ guitarist/singer from Harrisburg, PA, who has performed in a wide variety of styles and groups, from bluegrass with Cornerstone, Sweetwater Reunion, and High Strung, klezmer with The Old World Folk Band, old-time with the duo Rootbound, as well as swing, celtic, contemporary folk, and contradance music. He has taught at Folk College in previous years as part of The Keystone Rebels and as part of a duo with singer/songwriter/ guitarist Kevin Neidig, and has also been a staff regular at Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering.

Register for Folk Gathering

Registrants under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 


Includes all workshops, concerts, and jams. Does NOT include Intensive Classes.
Choose from ONE of the Intensive Classes to take your skills to the next level. It starts right before the music camp begins. 
Classes are on Friday, September 8, from 3 to 5 pm.

Beginner's Sampler

Please go to the Beginner's Sampler page to register for this unique opportunity for beginners to try a variety of instruments. These workshops are designed for people with little or no musical background.

Saturday breakfast through Sunday lunch (5 meals)


Greenwood Furnace State Park has camping facilities, and they've set aside a special area for music camp participants. YOU MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY WITH THE PARK TO RESERVE YOUR CAMPSITE.

Camping choices are:
(1) The park has two options for camping. If you’ll be in a tent, you can call the park directly (814/667-1800) to request a spot in our special area by the workshop activities. Make sure to tell them you are part of the music camp.

(2) For RVs and campers (and tents, too if you prefer), call PA State Park central reservations (888/PA-PARKS) or register online to reserve a site in the public camping area at Greenwood Furnace State Park.


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