Folk Circle Association


Before we publish any events for 2021,

 we want to make sure it is feasible and secure to implement.


The Folk Circle Association Inc. is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that promotes participatory folk arts in Berea and beyond. We encourage people of all ages to express themselves and to create community through tradition-based dance, music, crafts, story-telling, international exchange, and other activities.

NEW CDs

"A Touch Of Berea" is made possible by generous local musicians, who have donated a tune for this exciting album. Proceeds will go to the Folk Circle Association.

Multiple thanks to Zoe Speaks/Mitch Barrett/Carla Gover, Berea Castoffs/Al White, Blind Ricky/Randall Conn/Danny Barnes/The Music Makers, Kristi Miller, Steven Emery Johnson, Dove Creek/Pam Perry, Berea College Bluegrass Band/Al White, McLain Family Band, Al, Alice & Ruth, Skip Jack/Deborah Thompson, Deborah Payne, Jennifer Rose, Donna & Lewis Lamb, and Robert Tincher. 

"Hands Four Spring Dance" anniversary CD. This CD is made possible by generous musicians from across America, who have donated a contra dance tune or waltz for this amazing album. Proceeds will go to the Folk Circle Association.

Gratitude to Berea Castoffs, Wild Asparagus, Hotpoint Stringband, Great Bear Trio, Groovemongers, Brittany Bay, Elixir, Perpetual e-Motion, Elftones, The Contrarians, Coffee Zombies, Contrary Travelers, Pigtown Alley, and Wake Up Robin.

Berea Celtic Fest CD - 10 Year Anniversary. It has only been possible to release this amazing CD because of the generous support by really cool musicians and singers from across America and Ireland. They have all participated in our wonderful annual gathering of Celtic music, songs, dance and storytelling. They include: John Skelton, Four Leaf Peat, Turlach Boylan w/Vincent Fogarty, The Red Wellies, Cloigheann, Russell Hopper & Rodney Lancashire, Helen Gubbins, Jil Chambless & Dan Vogt, Rebecca Baumbach, Liam's Fancy, Mai Hernon, Randy Clepper & John Sherham, Robert Tincher, Skip Cleavinger, Set Course, Corner House, Martin McCann, Brian Coakley & Jesse Winch.


This is a great GIFT FROM BEREA. It is easy to travel with, spreads joy, provides good memories, and it is affordable. $15.00, incl. tax.

2021

August (19) - 20-21- (22): The 12th Berea Celtic Fest. See www.berea-celtic.com . Director Sune Frederiksen.

September 24-25: 66th Fall Mountain Folk Festival. See program here on FMFF page. Directors Deborah Thompson/Howard Carlberg.

October 15-16-17: Richard Powers Waltz Weekend by Lexington Vintage Dance. Director Jan Pearce.

November 19-20: 2nd Kentucky Proud Folk Music and Dance Weekend by Hands Four. Coordinator Sune Frederiksen.

December 5: 29th Danish American Yule Fest. Coordinator Sune Frederiksen.

2022

January 21-22: Swing Shift by Oh Contraire and Lexington Traditional Dance Association.

February ??/??: Valentine Ball ?????

March 11-12-13: 2nd Spring In My Steps - dance weekend by Lexington Vintage Dance. Director Jan Pearce.

March ??/??: Spring Mountain Folk Dance by Berea College Dance Program.

March 26: Contra dance by Oh Contraire.

March 25-26: Bebop jazz weekend by the Folk Circle. Director Laura Bost.

April 22-23-24: 20th Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend. Wild Asparagus (potentially). Director Sune Frederiksen.

                         Visit from South Jutland Senior Movement Team led by Kim Hahn, Denmark.

May 7: Bluegrass Extravaganza by the Folk Circle. Director Kelly Caldwell. 

June

July

August

September

October

November 

December




Previous events.

2020

Aug. 21-23: 11th Berea Celtic Fest. This is available in our FB group. Please become a member.

September 26 7-9 PM: Online celebration of our 65th Fall Mountain Folk Festival. 

December 13: 26th Danish American Yule Fest. Stay tuned. Via ZOOM.

2019

January 25-26: Swing Shift - sponsored by Contraire Dance Ass'n and Lexington Dance Ass'n.

February 16: Valentine Ball sponsored by the Berea Festival Dancers.

March 29-30: Spring Mountain Folk Festival - Berea College Dance Program.

April 26-28: 16th Hands Four Spring Dance Weekend - www.hands4-berea.com 

August 15-18: 10th Berea Celtic Festival. www.berea-celtic.com - sponsored by Folk Circle

September 22: In concert, award-winning violinist Mads Tolling at Union Church. Sponsored by the Danish American Friendship Association "Rebild".

September 27-28 : Fall Mountain Folk Festival sponsored by Folk Circle

October 18-20: Waltz weekend - sponsored by Lexington Vintage Dance.

December 1: 26th Danish American Christmas Celebration.

English Country Dance and more every 2nd Saturday at Russel Acton Folk Center.

Contra dances every 4th Saturday at Russel Acton Folk Center.

Contra dances et al every 3rd Friday at 128 N. Broadway.

Russel Acton Folk Center.

Includes our music resource

store and office. Worth a visit.

 Berea Celtic Fest & Gathering`

Traditional. Authentic. Grassroots.

3rd weekend in August each year.

Always excellent callers

and bands.

Contra each 3rd Friday and 4th Saturday.