SCHWENKSVILLE PA – The Illinois-based Giving Tree Band, dubbed the “The Greenest Band In The Land” by Mother Earth News, will make its Philadelphia Folk Festival debut in August, and in return the group has offered the festival – which runs Aug. 20-22 (2010) at the Old Pool Farm near Schwenksville PA – a grant to seed two new green initiatives at this year’s edition of the folk music extravaganza.

Sing bye-bye to that waste.

The band currently is touring behind its upcoming album, “The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious,” and  is set to play Aug. 21 (Saturday). Its seed grant will help the festival:

  • Partner with its food and beverage coordinator, Festival Food Management, to provide 99.9% recycled, biodegradable, or compostable paper goods, plastic cutlery, and cups to all its customers; and
  • Reduce its hard-copy mailings by a third, with hopes of greater reduction by its 50th annual Festival next year. A “PFF Goes Green” booth at the Festival this year will allow ticket-buyers and advocates to sign up and receive future e-mail promotions rather than mailings.

The festival has participated in environmental consciousness in past years too. It won awards since the early 1990s, such as Pennsylvania Resources Council in Achievement and Special Events Recycling. The new efforts are intended to extend into the festival’s 50th anniversary during 2011, and may “open other possibilities for eco-friendliness,” festival spokeswoman Carrie Gorn said.

“The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious” marks the third full-length release for The Giving Tree Band, which calls Yorkville IL home. Recorded in its home studio, the album “represents their strongest song-craft to date, and is poised to be a break-out release for the folksy group,” Gorn said. Aside from its musical strides, The Giving Tree Band continues its green efforts as a band. They have a tradition of producing carbon-neutral records, and now tour in a bio-diesel van.

This year’s three-day collection of traditional and contemporary music performances, dance, crafts, camping, and children’s activities will be highlighted by an exclusive East Coast, solo performance from Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy.

Among the other top attractions at the 49th annual festival are Taj Mahal, Richard Thompson, Chris Smither and the Motivators, Susan Werner (joined by Natalia Zukerman and Trina Hamlin), vocal group Sonos, Vienna Teng, Gandalf Murphy and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams, A.A. Bondy, The Sweetback Sisters, Shannon Whitworth, Mickey Clark and the Blue Northern, Malinky, Iain Matthews, Butch Ross, Blame Sally, and Annie and the Beekeepers.

Tickets for the Philadelphia Folk Festival are now on sale and can be purchased online. Daily event tickets with early-bird pricing start at $44; early-bird pricing ends July 20.  Attend all three days and camp for just $145 in tent camping and $170 in vehicle camping.

For more information about the festival and tickets, call its office at 800-556-FOLK.

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