Country rock crooners The Mavericks and British guitar god Richard Thompson (with his Electric Trio) will headline the Philadelphia Folk Festival when it's held at the Old Pool Farm in Upper Salford Township for the 52d time from August 16 to 18.
This year's bill also includes Texas swing band Asleep at the Wheel (fronted by Montgomery County native Ray Benson), modern jug band Carolina Chocolate Drops, ukulele wiz Jake Shimabukuro, David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket: The Essential Songs of Philadelphia, Camden county vintage rocker Ben Vaughn, bluesman Otis Taylor and gospel knockouts Como Mamas.
Also on the bill for the fest: Luella & The Sun, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars, Spirit Family Reunion, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, The Stray Birds, Star & Micey, Otis Taylor, Caravan of Thieves, Amy Helm, Jeffrey Gaines, Gabe Butterfield, Burning Bridget Cleary, Andy Statman Project, Runa, David Francey, Frank Fairfield, Joe Crookston & the BlueBird Jubilee, The Toy Hearts, The Amigos Band and Mike 'Slo-Mo' Brenner.
WXPN-FM deejay and folk Godfather Gene Shay will emcee as always. Tickets are on sale at www.folkfest.org. Check out Como Mamas below.