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Episode 10: “Music By and For the People” – Frankly: Faith and Culture in Brooklyn

Canon John welcomes Eli Smith, musician and co-founder of the Brooklyn Folk Festival, which St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church has hosted since 2014. They discuss the longstanding partnership between the church and festival, and the points of intersection in the respective missions of the two institutions. Canon John learns about the diversity of music genres that qualify as folk, defined as any “grassroots musical expression of community” by Smith. Though disappointed to have to move the Brooklyn Folk Festival online this year, Smith expresses an unshakeable faith in the music to connect audiences gathered virtually. And he holds out hope to return to St. Ann’s next year.

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