Seattle Folklore Society will commemorate 50 years of promoting music, dance, and traditional arts in Seattle this Fall! From the very first concert (Nov. 15, 1966 – when founding members John Ullman, Irene Namkung and Phil and Vivian Williams presented blues players Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb at the University Friends Center) to the many dances, concerts, songcircles, and camps that continue to happen year round, we have a lot to celebrate!
On Saturday, September 17th, there will be a whole day of music, dancing, singing, and workshops, for all ages at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, followed by a special evening Showcase Concert. This festival is co-sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
From 11AM – 5PM, the emphasis is on participation. Bring your instrument and join a jam, or try a free workshop. There will be 6 hours of participatory dance (New England Contra dance, old-time squares, Scandinavian couple dance, English & Scottish Country, and more). There will be hosted jams in many genres, from an inclusive traditional Irish session to Brazilian choro. (There will even be a special beginner-friendly session, following music teacher Betsy Alexander’s “Fiddling-from-Scratch” workshop, with both adult and child-sized violins available to borrow.) Participatory song sessions include Show Tunes, Sea Shanties, and all kinds of harmony singing.
Daytime listening spaces include a special noon mini-concert (Pioneer Dance Music of the Far West by Phil & Vivian Williams), 4 hours of acoustic music organized by Far West Folk Alliance, and a story telling session currated by “Auntmama” (KBCS DJ and Seattle Storytellers Guild past-president Mary Ann Moorman).
From 7-10PM, there will be a 4-act Showcase Concert featuring SFS founders Phil and Vivian Williams, the wonderful duo Squirrel Butter , autoharp virtuoso Bryan Bowers, and Scandinavian combo Skolkis.
In additon, there will be a couple of rooms open for jamming and more singing.
The Seattle Folkore Society gratefully acknowledges support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Skandia Folk Dance Society, and many, many volunteers to make this festival possible.
Merchants Fred Meyer(Greenwood ), Starbucks (Phinney Ridge) , The Ridge Pizza, Essential Bakery, Trader Joe’s (Ballard), Grocery Outlet (Crown Hill), and Top Banana are helping to keep our performers, workshop leaders, and volunteers fed and appreciated.
Watch our website for more updates and schedule confirmations!
Sign up to volunteer HERE, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!