Birmingham Folk Festival

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The Birmingham Folk Festival was founded in 2006 as the Compound Folk Festival at Douglas Chapel Farms off Patton Chapel Road in Hoover (nicknamed "The Compound").

In 2008 the festival was incorporated as a non-profit under its present name by Stephen Collins. The event was relocated to Avondale Park. The festival features folk and bluegrass music as well as crafts and traditional foods.


The 2022 Birmingham Folk Festival was held on August 27. Axel Barron organized the event, which featured performances by Clarence "Bluesman" Davis and Jock Webb, the The Mountain Grass Unit, Sarah Lee Langford, Ruth Black & the Harmonettes, José Carr's Jazz Jam Session, and The Whistlebees.

Other groups performing included Sahi On Ko Djony, Footmad, and the Crestwood Community Band.


The 2009 Birmingham Folk Festival was held on October 11 at Avondale Park. Musical performers include Matt Boyer, Neil Couvillion, Sarah Green Band, Old Slouch Hat, Jon Black, Mandi Rae, Newgrass Troubadours, Back Row Baptists, Come Go With Us, Corduroy Road and Hightide Blues. Proceeds from the event supported Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Red Mountain Park.


The 2008 Birmingham Folk Festival was held on August 2 at Avondale Park. Musical performers included Anna Katherine, Jesse Payne, Art Wilson, Heath Green, the Overalls, Ethan Gardiner, Matt Boyer, the Kudzu String Band, Mandi Rae, Duquette Johnston, Chris Porter & Back Row Baptists, Act of Congress and the New Familiars. Proceeds from the event went to help support Mitchell's Place for patients with autism spectrum disorders.


The 2007 Compound Folk Festival was held on May 12 with performances by the Triceratops, Jen Black, Mandi Rae and Westover Water, Ethan Gardiner, the Great Book of John, Valley Creek Bluegrass, Act of Congress, Waltzing Matilda, Ethereal, Ben Navis, John Wesley Day and When We Were New. Proceeds from the festival benefitted the Peru Mission.


The inaugural Compound Folk Festival was held in 2006.

External links


  • Haden, Courtney (July 31, 2008) "Friendly folk: Local music lovers get a BFF." Birmingham Weekly
  • "Birmingham Folk Festival Coming to Avondale Park." (August 2022) Friends of Avondale Park newsletter