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Seattle Folklore Society

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he purpose of the Seattle Folklore Society is to preserve and foster awareness and appreciation of folk and traditional arts in the Seattle area. Our non-profit folk organization, founded in 1966, has one of the largest and most stable memberships in the country. We produce folk music concerts, dances, song circles, camps and a newsletter, the SFS Flyer. Many of our members are active concertgoers, dancers and players of the acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, ukulele and other folk instruments. The SFS is a member of Folk Alliance.

50 Years of Folk Festival

0 Years of Folk Festival

Sep 17, 2016, 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Phinney Center Concert Hall, Brick Building
6532 Phinney Ave N, Seattle

An all-day Free Folk Festival and evening Showcase Concert. Join us to celebrate the 50th Year of SFS!
11-5: participatory activities and & listening in intimate spaces in 2 buildings at the Phinney Neighborhood Center
5-7: Dinner Break (bring your dinner to sit down together on the grounds, or support one of our many local restuarants); jam space open
7-10PM: Showcase Concert in the Community Hall
2 additional rooms open upstairs for jamming or singing

More information on the event page: http://www2.seafolklore.org/wp/events/50-years-of-folk-festival/

SFS Flyer


he SFS Flyer - one of the benefits of becoming a member - is mailed to about 1,000 members, most of whom are in the Puget Sound area. It contains information on upcoming Seattle Folklore Society concerts, song circles, dances, and volunteer opportunities. A monthly calendar of events around the area, free members' ads (the "Unclassifieds"), and articles complete the Flyer.

Are you promoting a folk concert, dance or other event of interest to our members?  Tell us about your event. Event information is due by the 15th of the month prior. The SFS Flyer, which is sent to all our members, comes out on the first of the month and includes an extensive event calendar. The online event system is the preferred way to submit events for the SFS Flyer.  You must register with the system to submit an event, but there is no charge for this.

If you have written an article of interest to our members, submit it by email to flyer@seafolklore.org. Articles are due by the 10th of the month prior.

Space for display ads is available at reasonable rates. The deadline for all copy for the Flyer is the 10th of the month prior to the issue date; display ad space needs to be reserved by the 12th of the month. All submissions to the Flyer need to be by snail mail or email (not voice mail). Calendar copy, ad copy, payments, and all inquiries should be sent to:

SFS Flyer
P.O. Box 30141
Seattle, WA 98113

If you have questions or want to reserve advertising space, or for general Flyer information call the flyer voicemail at (206) 782-0505, or send email to flyer@seafolklore.org. You can email change of address information to members@seafolklore.org.


he SFS concert committee produces many folk music concerts each year. You are invited to come to a concert committee meeting the first Monday of the month at 7pm in Seattle. Email us or leave a message on the concert line at (206) 923-8923 for the location of the next meeting. We love to have drop-in guests, even if you are just interested in seeing what it takes to produce a concert. We have a compilation CD (produced in 2000) available of some of our favorite Northwest folk acts.

We are always reviewing music. Types of music that we have produced have included traditional singers, singer-songwriters, instrumental soloists, and instrumental ensembles from the USA and many regions of the world. Performers, see our performer info page.

The concert committee has its own voicemail line for reservations and information: (206) 923-8923, and an email address concerts@seafolklore.org. To receive e-mail notification of upcoming concerts, join our mailing list. If you wish, you can make concert reservations online.

Song Circles

ctive since the '70's, Seattle Song Circle meets every Sunday night in various homes to swap songs. Participants may sing, request a song, or just come to listen. This group is known for its "phunny" sense of humor, but even more for its members' wide-ranging knowledge of folk songs, many of whom actively research special areas of song. Song Circle is held every Sunday evening in a living room around Seattle. First and Third locations are fixed, other Sundays vary. For more information by email contact songcircle@seafolklore.org. The archives contain regional information on song circles in the Northwest.

Rainy Camp is a successful song camp supervised by a small committee whose active seasons are Fall and Winter. The Camp, which currently takes place at Camp Don Bosco near Carnation, features numerous song workshops on many themes, including ballads, sing-alongs, work songs, and so forth. For more information, see the Rainy Camp page, or call Bruce Baker, Committee Chair, at (206) 783-6824, or send email.


or information about jam sessions, email jams@seafolklore.org, or see our page on places to play folk music in the Seattle area.


ontra dances and English country dances are held regularly. The calendar published monthly in the SFS Flyer shows the schedule, or check out our Dance Resources page. Call our folk dance voicemail hotline at (206) 782-0505 for the latest info, or consult the invaluable Seattle Folk Dancing web page. Email questions to dance@seafolklore.org.

National folk dance info is available from the Country Dance and Song Society.

The Seattle Folklore Society sponsors the Fifth Saturday Dances, the Emerald City Contra Dance, and the Big Dance. SFS also sponsors a dance camp, Northwest New Years Camp.


More Info

SFS Concert Schedule
Advance Ticket Sales
Concert Mailing List
Late Breaking News New Site!

Dance Resources
Seattle Song Circle
NW Folk Links
Places to Play
NW Folk Radio

Compilation CD
SFS Board of Directors
Volunteer Opportunities
Join SFS & Membership Benefits
Submit an Event
How to Contact SFS

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Seattle Folklore Society
P.O. Box 30141
Seattle, WA 98113
(206) 782-0505

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