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Announcing our headliners for the 12th Annual Haverford Music Festival!

Our nationally renowned headliners will be Brooklyn-based Americana band The National Reserve; founding member of Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews; prog rock revampers Corporal Quorum featuring Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding) and guitarist Kurt Bloch (band member of The Fastbacks and Young Fresh Fellows), and multi-talented Americana artist Queen Esther.

Our headliners will be supported by many diverse and highly talented performers from throughout the region and beyond on stages behind and in front of the Oakmont School Building at 50 E. Eagle Road (intersection of East Eagle Road & East Hathaway Lane) in Havertown, PA. Area businesses and vendors will fill booths along East Hathaway Lane. There will be food vendors, an Official Beer & Wine Garden hosted by Conshohocken Brewing Co. and City Winery Philadelphia; plus children’s activities – a full day of late-summer fun for the entire family.

Led by singer/guitarist Sean Walsh, the Brooklyn-based Americana combo The National Reserve fuses a wide variety of classic roots traditions into their own strain of rugged, heartfelt rock ‘n roll. A handful of releases supported the band’s early touring, but it was a series of residency gigs at local Brooklyn clubs in 2016 and 2017 that built their reputation as a truly compelling live band. in advance of their breakout album, Motel La Grange, which was released in 2018 by Ramseur Records. The National Reserve is currently working on a new album.

As a founding member and vocalist for Fairport Convention, Iain Matthews helped to change the voice of folk music in the UK. He moved on to create Matthews’ Southern Comfort, exploring his interest in American music; they had a hit single with Joni Mitchell’s “Woodstock.” Never one to stand still for very long, Iain worked with another band, Plainsong. Between various Plainsong and Matthews’ Southern Comfort line-ups and especially as a solo artist, he’s made more great albums than we can name (If You Saw Thro’ My Eyes, Tigers Will Survive, Valley Hi, Some Days You Eat the Bear / Some Days the Bear Eats You, and Stealin’ Home – featuring another hit single “Shake It” – are just a few favorites). Today, Iain Matthews lives in the Netherlands and remains a busy recording artist and performer. He will be accompanied at the festival by guitarist Jim Fogarty.

Wesley Stace has been making terrific records since the ‘80s, under both his real name and his former stage name, John Wesley Harding, and he played a great set at 2015’s Haverford Music Festival. But in June of 2018, he was part of a one-off project called Corporal Quorum, a quartet of stellar musicians and like-minded record lovers who also included drummer Patrick Berkery of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, bassist Eddie Carlson of Poi Dog Pondering, and Seattle-based guitarist Kurt Bloch, who, playing with The Split Squad at last year’s Haverford Music Festival, blew everybody away with his dazzling solos. After recording a limited, vinyl-only album of very deep British prog, psych and folk covers and playing a few live dates, Corporal Quorum disappeared – until now! We’re excited to present the band and their unique set of songs done originally by such artists as Procol Harum, Strawbs, Barclay James Harvest, Griffin, Bill Fay, Duncan Browne and Aphrodite’s Child.

Described as “the unknown queen of Americana” (Feedback, Norway) and “a brutal, original, explosive singer” (Vanity Fair, Spain), Queen Esther’s creative output musically is the culmination of several critical Southern elements, not the least of which are years of recording and touring with guitar icon James “Blood” Ulmer. Raised in Atlanta, GA and embedded in Charleston, SC’s Lowcountry, Queen Esther uses her Southern roots to explore American culture and customs. Thanks to a publishing deal with BMG instigated by esteemed singer/songwriter Alejandro Escovedo, Queen Esther started her imprint El Recordings and has released several critically acclaimed albums, including the internationally praised Black Americana project Gild the Black Lily (2021).

The 12th Annual Haverford Music Festival returns returns on Saturday, September 7, 2024, from 12 noon to 9 p.m. at the intersection of Darby Road and Hathaway Lane in Havertown, PA. There will be over 16 music acts on our stages, plus great food, beer and wine garden, activities for the kids and fun for the entire family! 

The festival is now being run by the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit – HTEAMS (Haverford Township Education, Arts & Music Society) – and we’re seeking sponsorships! Become a sponsor and let the residents of Haverford Township, and throughout the region, know you support entertainment, arts and music in our community! The Haverford Music Festival is a free admission event funded solely through sponsorships and donations. More information on sponsorships can be found here.
Voluntary donations to help keep the festival free will be greatly appreciated and gratefully accepted. Donations can be made here to keep Haverford Music Festival alive for years to come.

 

 

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsor

WXPN

Platinum Sponsors

Gold  Sponsors

Adam-Mechanical
Franklin Mint
Inspirations Through Movement
Paint
PECO An Exelon Company
Penn Live Arts
Penn Live Arts

Silver  Sponsors

Barkley’s BBQ
Carmona Mobile Foods
Haverford Democrats

Haverford YMCA
Humpty’s Dumplings
Jazzy River Designs
Renewal by Andersen

Shugar Shack Soul Food
Stretch Funeral Home
WSFS Bank

 

Bronze  Sponsors

Leonard Insurance
PA Treasury
Marty’s Guitars

 

 

"The …always charming… Haverford Township Music Festival
is one of the best free festivals in the Philly region.

 

— Dan DeLuca
Philadelphia Inquirer

Thank you all for your kindness and passion and taking such good care of us! Thanks to all the Wonderful folks at Haverford Music Festival!

— Dana Fuchs

2023 Festival Headliner

"Had a wonderful time…This [Haverford Music Festival] is staffed by people who are in it for the right reasons. A breath of fresh air."

— John Paul White

2018 Festival Headliner

We’re excited to share that HTEAMS (Haverford Township Education, Arts & Music Society) has earned a 2022 Gold Seal of Transparency with Candid!
Now, you can support our work with trust and confidence by viewing our nonprofit Profile.

For general information please contact us at: [email protected]

Please contribute what you can today.
It will help us tremendously since our fundraising for this year has been hampered by the pandemic.

You may donate through PayPal to Haverford Twp Education Arts and Music Society
by clicking on the DONATE button below:

Or donate through Venmo to @HTEAMS

 

Our Mission
“The Haverford Music Festival is a family music festival that strengthens the cultural identity of Haverford Township, serves as the primary fundraiser for the HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP EDUCATION, ARTS AND MUSIC SOCIETY – or HTEAMS, and provides funding for projects that enhance the quality of life in Haverford Township.”