About Us

More About The SongKeeper Project

The SongKeeper Project seeks to preserve American folk music as well as the folk music heritages of Ireland, England, and other lands and cultures.  Through interactive, educational concerts and workshops that allow audiences to participate and engage deeply with the folk music of the United States and other countries, the SongKeeper Project helps build community as well as teach history, culture, and social and environmental consciousness to groups of all ages, from schoolchildren and their families to college students and senior citizens. We send accomplished and experienced folk singers to hold these events, all of whom is highly educated with either a Master's or Ph.D. degree.


Meet Our Founder

The SongKeeper Project was established by Dr. Joel Henry Stein, a folk music expert and ethnomusicologist in Los Angeles.  He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses at UCLA’s Herb Alpert School of Music and served on the faculty of the American Festival for the Arts, a conservatory for high school students in Houston. As a performer, Stein’s repertoire of traditional folk songs spans hundreds of tunes from the U.S., Ireland, England, South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. Joel’s gift for song-leading resulted in a residency at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, where he led family sing-along concerts three times a day for two years in addition to directing workshops and developing curricula.

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