September 11-12, 2020

A Fun, Friendly Weekend of Music

A Virtual Festival

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering will be a virtual event this year! Now from the comfort of your home, you can still enjoy a wonderful weekend of playing, singing, jamming, listening, learning and sharing your enthusiasm for folk music in a fun and friendly virtual environment. This is a great chance to learn new skills and songs. Add your voice to a weekend dedicated to extending and enriching your enjoyment of music!


There will be virtual workshops, jamming, a social hour, and a faculty concert. The festival is designed for all levels, from non-musicians to advanced players.


One Zoom Link for the Festival

We will use one Zoom link for the entire festival.


That's right, come to one workshop, come to the whole event--it is your choice. From the comfort of your home, be part of the virtual Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering.


Just use this link to join us:



The Virtual Schedule

Mark your calendars for the virtual Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering:
Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12


Friday, September 11

6 to 7 pm

Social Hour via Zoom

Stop by on Zoom to say hi, catch up with old friends, and meet new friends.


7 to 9 pm

Faculty Concert & Jamming via Zoom

Hear faculty performers and then partake in a faculty-led jam session on Zoom.


Saturday, September 12

5 workshops and a Jam via Zoom


9 to 10 am

How to Jam Online- Jamulus, JamKazam, Jammr, Linda Littleton

See a demo of three platforms available for online jamming: Jamulus, JamKazam, and Jammr. Our jams this weekend will use Zoom, only because that's what people are familiar with. All three of these platforms offer better sound quality and less latency (lag) than Zoom. You'll see what they look like and learn how to interact with them.


10:15 to 11:15 am

Learn to Play by Ear, Brett Ridgeway

Free yourself of the dependency of reading music or tab to learn a tune. Using simple ear training exercises and traditional techniques, you can learn to play any instrument by ear.


11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Pennsylvania History Through Play-Along Songs, Van Wagner

Van, who was to be this year's headliner, specializes in songs about Pennsylvania. You'll receive an electronic copy of Van's songbook, providing lyrics and chords for several interesting songs that Van will teach.


2 to 3 pm

Understanding Scales, Chords & Keys, Henry Koretzky

We'll look at the basics of music theory to help you understand how folk music is put together. We'll define building blocks like scales, chords and keys and then see how they can be combined to express a wide variety of music.


3:15 to 4:15 pm

Super Cool Easy Tunes, Simple Gifts

Learn some great tunes that are easy to play. We'll work by ear, but sheet music will be available for those that need it.


4:30 pm

Jamming with Simple Gifts via Zoom

Stick around for another jam session!


Join us for any or all of the 2 day virtual festival.

Here is the Zoom link for the full festival.


We hope to see you then!


There is NO registration, but we hope you will make a donation to help support the musicians, Simple Gifts, and the Huntingdon County Arts Council.


We hope to see you then!



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.



Folk College

Coming next May: Folk College, May 28-30, 2021 at Juniata College, in Huntingdon, PA.

Folk College features a wide variety of talented musicians from near and far who demonstrate and teach their music in workshop and concert settings. Folk College is a fun and friendly weekend of playing and listening to folk music—a fantastic three days of workshops, concerts, jams and friendship.

Activities are held at Juniata College, a beautiful setting in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, nestled in the picturesque Allegheny Mountains. Within one weekend, you’ll have a choice of 68 workshops ranging from old-time to blues to international, and you’ll get to sing, dance, play, listen and learn. All instruments are welcome, and there are workshops for every level from total beginner to professional. Each evening features a faculty concert followed by faculty-led jam sessions. Saturday after the concert, we hold a contradance with an open band. You’ll also have an opportunity to be coached by a professional musician in a band setting and to perform in the student concert.


About the Huntingdon County Arts Council

Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering is a joint project of Simple Gifts and the Huntingdon County Arts Council. The Art Council is dedicated to providing art and cultural opportunities in Huntingdon County. Our programs are designed to provide enjoyment and enrichment as well as educational and professional opportunities to the general public, students, amateurs and professional artists." Founded in 1972, the Arts Council receives support from its membership, local governments, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and various granting organizations.


For more information about the Arts Council, to request a membership form, or for more information about the Greenwood Furnace Folk Gathering, please contact the Huntingdon County Arts Council at or by calling (814) 643-6220.


This project is partially funded by a grant from  the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency.



Simple Gifts








Two woman, lots of instruments, with the sound of the world in their hearts.


2020 Faculty

Van Wagner


Henry Koretzky


Brett Ridgeway



Gene & Gayla Mills

Fiddling Thomsons

Larry Mutti

Holly Foy







Contact us: (814) 643-6220 •