Phil Cook, Anya Hinkle, Lalenja Harrington, and Wendy Hickman preform with other artists on a dark stage.

Tickets for this festival tradition and celebration are now on sale.

Greensboro singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett will host a gathering of renowned folk musicians – including Phil Cook, Anya Hinkle, and actor/activist Sarita Ocón – for “Songs of Hope & Justice” in downtown Greensboro’s Van Dyke Performance Space on Thursday evening, September 5th at 7 p.m. 

This will be the 5th annual presentation of “Songs of Hope & Justice,” a popular pre-festival concert focused on themes of freedom and social justice that has become a celebratory tradition leading into the Festival weekend – which is scheduled for September 6, 7 & 8 this year.

Participating performers gathering for this special evening include top instrumentalists, singers and songwriters from across the country, including Phil Cook, Anya Hinkle, Lalenja Harrington, DaShawn and Wendy Hickman, Molly McGinn, bassist Alex Bingham, drummer Daniel Faust, and actor/activist Sarita Ocón.

“These concerts have become increasingly popular and added great meaning to the Festival,” said Festival Director, Amy Grossmann, “and we are delighted to continue the event that traditionally precedes the North Carolina Folk Festival.” 

Tickets for the event start at $25, and because the seating capacity is limited, seats will sell quickly. For tickets and information visit

The writer of several Grammy-winning songs, singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in the piedmont of North Carolina, and her songs tend to reflect the stories of the region, both traditional and contemporary. Phil Cook is a prolific songwriter, instrumentalist and producer based in Durham NC who has collaborated with world-renowned musicians including The Blind Boys of Alabama, This Indigo Girls, and Hiss Golden Messenger and has released two highly acclaimed solo albums. Singer-songwriter Anya Hinkle is steeped in the southwest Virginia tones of bluegrass and folk music that season the original songs of her Asheville NC-based “Appalachiacana” band Tellico.  At this year’s MerleFest, Anya took home first place in the prestigious 2019 Chris Austin Songwriting contest in the bluegrass category with ‘Ballad of Zona Abston,” a song based on the true story of a woman who grew up in a mining town in middle Tennessee.