The Green Willow Folk Club is dedicated to the preservation and growth of Celtic and British Isles folk music. Artists from Ireland, Scotland and England are most prominently featured, as well as performers from Canada, the United States, Australia, France, and Spain. From Child ballads to sea music, from strathspeys to reels, the Green Willow seeks to keep alive the folk music traditions of Celtic communities from all over the world.
The Green Willow Folk Club is a 501 (c)(3), nonprofit, educational organization. It is a member of the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance and joins this international organization in its efforts to advocate for all kinds of folk music.
The Green Willow Folk Club was founded in 1983 by Michael and Carla Dinsmore, inspired by their trip to the Edinburgh Folk Festival in Scotland. We celebrated our 30th anniversary in 2013! Our thanks to the loyal patrons, venue hosts, local print and radio media, the Green Willow founders and Board of Directors, and our volunteers for preserving and promoting a home in the Brandywine Valley for Celtic and British Isles music. But, of course, we especially thank the artists who have both inspired us and entertained us for three decades.
Some of the Artists Presented by the Green Willow Folk Club Since 1983
from Ireland: Danu, John Whelan, Nomos, Kevin Burke, Karan Casey, Craobh Rua, Flook, Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane & Robbie O’Connell, Sean Keane, Lunasa, The Cassidys, Dervish, Grada, Goitse, Nuala Kennedy, Comas, Niamh Parsons, John Spillane
from Scotland: Old Blind Dogs, Malinky, Dick Gaughan, Battlefield Band, Tannahill Weavers, JIm Malcolm, Ceolbeg, The Wrigley Sisters, Dougie MacLean, Archie Fisher, Johnny Cunningham, Silly Wizard, Paul McKenna Band, Wolfstone, Ian Bruce, Ian Walker, Iain Mackintosh, Brian McNeill, Aaron Jones and Claire Mann, Catriona McKay and Chris Stout, Back Of The Moon, Bodega, Jeana Leslie and Siobhan MIller
from England: The House Band, The Watersons, The Copper Family, Fairport Convention, Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick, John Roberts & Tony Barrand, John Renbourne, Pete Coe, Artisan, Jez Lowe, Iain Matthews, Little Johnny England, Artisan, Pete Coe, Tom Lewis
from Wales: Calennig
from the United States: Clandestine, Nightingale, Cathie Ryan, Pint and Dale, Magical Strings, Touchstone, Natalie Haas, Hanneke Cassell, The Outside Track, Maggie Sansone, Matt and Shannon Heaton, Annalivia, The New Saint George, Lisa Mosciatiello, Rosie Shipley, Gordon Bok, French Toast, Slyte of Hand, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
from Canada: Mad Pudding, Figgy Duff, James Keelaghan, Rare Air, Finest Kind, Eileen McGann, Genticorum, The McDades, Finest Kind
from Australia: Eric Bogle, Martyn Wyndham-Read, Ian Campbell-Smith
from Cornwall: Anao Atao
from France: Kornog
from The Netherlands: Ad van der Veen
from Asturia (Spain): Brenga Asturia
from Faroe Islands: Spaelimenninir