A Modern Folk Revival

The little Brooklyn theater playing home to a folk revival

Credit: Sean Ryon

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.”

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.”