Why now?

Despite its singular significance in musical history, no major celebration has taken place in Greenwich Village. Yet in the wake of feature films and documentaries and the success of such bands as Mumford & Sons, interest in folk, country and Americana is once again at a high.

Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square will mark 50 years since Bob Dylan’s electric debut at Newport, Joan Baez’s Farewell Angelina, The Byrds’ Mr Tambourine Man, Phil Ochs’ I Ain’t  Marching Anymore, Judy Collins’ 5th Album and Paul Simon’s solo outing, as well as the eponymous debuts in Britain of Martin Carthy and Bert Jansch. The Museum of the City of New York is curating an exhibition, Folk City, in 2015.