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Grab your banjo, fiddle and bagpipes, the Eisteddfod Folk Festival is in town.

This weekend, folk musicians and aficionados celebrate the legacy of traditional American and British music at this three-day festival in Downtown Brooklyn.

On Saturday evening, Aug. 14, folk icons like Oscar Brown; Andy Cohen; and a Brooklyn choir, Bishop Nathaniel Townsely, Jr. and the Gospel Jubilee, will have concertgoers kicking up their bare feet.

Sunday evening promises to be equally as folksy with Ralph Boddington, Heady West, NexTradition and the Ladino duo, Danny and Joe Elias playing their unique blend of Spanish and Jewish music.

Also on Saturday and Sunday, workshops are available for those interested in sharpening their folk skills. Guest performers will cover a range of subjects including banjo styles, labor songs, jug bands and gospel music.

Vocalist Julia Friend (pictured) will join her father Alan Friend, who plays guitar, banjo and concertina, for a "Friends for Life" workshop on Saturday from 11 am to noon; on Saturday, from 2 to 3 pm, Julia will participate in the "Strong Women" workshop; and on Sunday from 12:30 pm to 2 pm, Julia will moderate the "Ballad Workshop."

Folkwares and records are also on sale at the festival.

The Eisteddfod Festival kicked off Friday, Aug. 13. Remaining concerts are Aug. 14 at 7:30 pm and Aug. 15 at 2:15 pm. Concert tickets are $25. Performances are held in the Dibner Library Auditorium at Polytechnic University, 6 Metrotech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. Saturdays workshops are $30 and Sunday’s workshops are $20. For more information, call (718) 426-8555 or visit

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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