The New Paltz Band at the 70th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival
June 26, 2019
Kannscht du deitsch schwetze? Kaanscht du muukka funge? If you can read that, you already know a little Pennsylvania Dutch! And what better way to practice your Pennsylfaanisch Deitsch than by singing along with some traditional folk music?
Despite its name, Pennsylvania Dutch is actually a unique dialect of German spoken by immigrants to Pennsylvania from the Palatinate region in modern Germany.
The New Paltz Band, a German folk band known for singing in the traditional Pennsylvania Dutch dialect, will be performing several shows at the 70th Annual Kutztown Folk Festival in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.
The New Paltz band tells the stories of the people of Palatine, Germany—a place that was once riddled with economic, religious, and politic oppression and hardship—in words, songs, and pictures. The group’s music discusses the change since tens of thousands of Palatine went on an arduous journey to Pennsylvania some 300 years ago. In addition to Pennsylvania Dutch, New Paltz also performs their local German Palatine dialect.
The band will be making its US debut at the festival with performances each day from Saturday, June 29 to Thursday, July 4. German director Christian Schega will also be joining the festival to showcase his documentary, “Hiwwe wie Driwwe: The Roots of PA Dutch,” which explores the Pennsylvania Dutch dialect and the connections between Pfälzisch-speaking communities in America and the regional of Palatine in Germany.
Other activities at the 9-day festival include quilting, crafts, food, entertainment, and antiques. The festival is the oldest continually operated folk life festival in the United States and strives to bring the traditions and way of life of the Pennsylvania to a new audience.
Over 130,000 attendees are expected to attend this year’s festival. Find the jam-packed event schedule and information about tickets on the festival’s website. Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt (We hope to see you there)!
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