In March 1993, a small, all volunteer folk music club opened its doors and began presenting folk, acoustic, and blue’s music to Lansdowne and the surrounding communities. The founders never envisioned the club would make it past the first year, but now, twenty years later the Lansdowne Folk Club has become a stalwart in the folk music scene.
Founded by Lee Jones, Mike Joyce and several friends, the club focused on the talents of local and regional folk and blues music acts, but in a short time the LFC was presenting both national and international performers. Acts such as Dave Van Ronk, The Kennedys, Susan Werner, Walter Hyatt, The Waybacks, John Renbourn and Jacqui McShee, Ben Arnold and Jim Boggia have played the club.
All folk club concerts take place in the recently renovated ballroom of Lansdowne’s “Twentieth Century Club,” a Victorian-era jewel, at 84 S. Lansdowne Avenue in Lansdowne, PA.
As the years have gone by, the staff has changed but the friendly, neighborhood feel of the folk club lives on.
A Message from Our Founders – January 9, 2013
On Thursday, January 24th, 1989 the Lansdowne Folk Club began its 20th year of providing folk, acoustic, and blues music in the community of Lansdowne and the greater Philadelphia metropolitan area.This is a historic event in the folk community for an all volunteer organization.
Over these years, we have faced many challenges which we have always overcome because of the continuing support from you, and the dedication of the volunteers at the club.
Looking back over the years, we have produced over 230 concerts in the 20th Century Club, which has just been newly renovated. Artists from around the world, nationally, regionally and locally have graced (and signed) our stage!
As we embark on our 25th season, we hope you will continue to be as supportive as ever and continue to help and influence the Lansdowne Folk Club to be a great place for enjoying an evening of music and fun.
On behalf of all the volunteers, I extend are gratitude to you for making the Lansdowne Folk Club a very special place in our lives.
Lee Jones & Michael Joyce