Deep in grungy, urban Queens (Ridgewood, to be exact) lives and plays New York’s greatest folk artist today: Feral Foster. A native New Yorker who cut his chops the old-fashioned way, Foster began his career playing at Washington Square Park like the masters Dylan and Van Ronk before him, amassing a network of artists and followers and honing his style. Washington Square led to his own showcase, “Roots & Ruckus,” which ultimately settled in at folk epicenter the Jalopy Theatre. Feral stands tall above the stage, presence and performance prowess booming, belting his intricate tunes and pounding the ground with his foot so audience members, already enthralled, can’t help but stare. Catch him at the Jalopy every Wednesday and at other venues around town.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014