Corona Virus / COVID-19 Updates:

Seattle Song Circle is flourishing during COVID-19.  We started video conferencing in February and moved from a dozen people singing together in person to 3 times that from all over.  By the end of July, participants came in from Alaska to Maryland, from Australia to UK and Denmark.  And the weekly sing extended past 11 PDT.  The Seattle Song Circle is meeting 7PM Sundays via Zoom Conferencing, at this link: https://zoom.us/j/358495231

SFS new page of virtual sings with events most every day of the week.   

The Emerald City Contra Dance is cancelled until King County reaches Phase four of Washington State’s phased approach to reopening.,  and will update status of future dances on Seattledance.org The organizers note “We look forward to resuming the dances, but that won’t happen soon. Based on the most recent announcement by Gov. Inslee and his phased approach to reopening, the dance is a phase 4 activity. While we don’t know when phase 4 will happen, it’s highly unlikely to be soon, and may be fall or later. We will keep you posted when we get more information.” (In the meantime, the Thursday night contra dance has been organizing Stay-at-Home virtual dances – see the webpage for more info)


Looking forward to the 2021 Season!

SFS audiences – we have missed you!  On November 21st, we presented our first streamed concert, featuring Brazilian music by Eduardo Mendonça, Scottish songs from Iona Fyfe, and Southern roots music – blues, old-time fiddle tunes, Cajun dance music and more from Eric & Suzy Thompson! If you had a chance to see the concert, please give us some feedback at concerts@seafolklore.org.
January concerts have been announced (Jan.16th – Electric Bonsai  Band; Jan 30 – Chorro das 3) with more news about future concerts coming soon!

We are currently evaluating how to more forward for our 2021 season. 
In the meantime, here are a few more ways that SFS members and
other concertgoers can help:
Subscribe to our YouTube Channel! We are far short of the 1,000 subscribers that will more easily allow us to use this platform for live streams. This will only take a minute and will cost nothing. You can enjoy some excerpts of past concerts there now!
Additional donations through the SFS webpage will be used either to support artists directly or to fund expenses of producing streamed concerts.
Volunteers or techs with experience streaming live or setting up virtual concerts, please contact us at concerts@seafolklore.org or volunteer@seafolklore.org.

Ticket buyers of cancelled Spring concerts: If you purchased tickets in person at other SFS concerts, a credit will be held for you toward a future season until you notify us of a different preference. (You can also request a refund or ask to have the money donated to the artist whose concert was cancelled)
If you purchased tickets through Brown Paper Tickets, please contact them directly to follow up. We are aware that the company is having difficulties, and may not have processed refunds for April and May cancellations. Email refunds@brownpapertickets.com

If there are any questions, email us at concerts@seafolklore.org or leave a message at (206) 923-8923.

Please consider making a donation for artists who have had their concerts cancelled, through the SFS donate link:
You may find the  donate button on our website home page.  If you would like to donate to help compensate musicians who lost income from cancelled SFS or other events, click the”Donate” button and select “Concert” or “Emerald City Contra Dance”. You may leave then leave a note to direct it to a specific performer or band. Alternatively on-line proceeds will be divided up between dance bands whose date was cancelled or concert performers who did not receive adequate compensation.

Thanks to Seattle audiences for your support and appreciation of live music.

Streamed Events: We will try to help spread the word about on-line and virtual concerts – check the latest posts below.  Please send us word of events that should be publicized! We will try to update posts as we can.

Upcoming Seattle Folklore Society Events

Choro das 3: First Family of Brazilian Choro
Jan 30, 2021 (Sat), 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buy tickets online: https://knct.club/3nJDD1B
Award-winning Choro das 3 features three sisters and their father, playing tight interpretations and amazing improvisations on Brazilian choro, the street music that became the roots of samba and bossa nova. They may be young, but they have been playing for large audiences for 18 years, since they were girls, and they have self-produced 10 CDs. Live from Brazil in this virtual concert.
Alice Wallace, with James Kee
Feb 13, 2021 (Sat), 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buy tickets online: https://knct.club/3satkq0
Country songbird Alice Wallace presents a virtual concert especially for Seattle audiences, accompanied by talented Nashville mandolin player James Kee.  2017 Female Vocalist of the Year at the California Country Awards, Alice draws influence from iconic voices ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Patsy Cline, keeps the country yodel alive with songs from classic artists like Patsy Montana and Don Walser, and writes wonderful originals.
Virtual Contra/Community Dance to Benefit the Phinney Center
Feb 26, 2021 (Fri), 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Buy tickets online: (Links coming soon! Register by email, separate donation site)
The Raccoon Carnival invites you to gather (online of course)  for a night of music, community, and Zoom contra dancing to benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association! More information and registration link coming soon!
Tony McManus & Julia Toaspern
Feb 27, 2021 (Sat), 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm
Buy tickets online: https://knct.club/38TDALq
A master of the Celtic guitar and a talented multi instrumentalist/ singer, Tony and Julia deliver performances that leave audiences in awe at their instrumental fluency, their ability to lift audiences' spirits through the love and knowledge of the music, and Tony's gently wicked humor.

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