MUSIC

A Modern Folk Revival

The little Brooklyn theater playing home to a folk revival

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May 16, 2014 at 7:57 AM ET

New York’s folk scene didn’t die in 1960s Greenwich Village. For the past nine years, the Jalopy Theater and School of Music in Red Hook, Brooklyn, has been home to a modern folk revival. A combination music school, theater, tavern, instrument repair shop and retailer, the Jalopy hosts all forms of folk music. Because folk music is so diverse a genre, so are its practitioners who flock to the Jalopy to perform, work and hang out. Vocativ followed Jalopy owner Geoff Wiley, banjo teacher Eli Smith and singer-songwriter Feral Foster through their tight-knit community of young folk musicians and buskers. This is “a folk way.”