Make Music Day is a celebration of music around the world on
June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as Fête de la Musique, it
is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120
countries. It is a true celebration of music, bringing together all
ages, amateur and professional musicians, and music lovers,
with all events free and open to the public.
As we shared in the past two issues of the Flyer, SFS is part of a group planning
coordinated events along the Phinney Greenwood neighborhood for “Make Music PhinneyWood!” From 3 to 9pm on Thursday, June 21st, we aim to fill the streets, courtyards, and parks along the business district of Phinney & Greenwood Avenues with as much music as possible. Volunteers are needed to help stage manage some locations, guide people or help with participatory events, help with a “make your own instrument” craft station, document with photographs, or simply add your energy to the event. We are looking at proposals for mini-workshops, song leaders, street musicians, and more.
This will be the first “Make Music Phinneywood.” You can see more information, as well as links to apply to perform, lead a workshop, or host events at www.phinneycenter.org/calendar/makemusicday/
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share your suggestions, ask questions, or otherwise get involved.
If you are not in the Phinney neighborhood, we also invite our
members to start events all across town. Host a jam, flash mob,
singalong, or song circle in your neighborhood! We would love
to see SFS mentioned as part of your folk-music-related
offerings. To see other events from last year and to get ideas
and info about registering an event for this year, see makemusicday.org/seattle. After you have registered with Make Music Seattle or another city in the Puget Sound region, please
let us know, so we can list a compilation of events.
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc returns on April 28 and 29 for a Saturday night Seattle concert and Sunday Workshops. From driving dance tunes to dreamy airs, this wildly popular band of master Nordic musicians, from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands have gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since 2009.
The Saturday concert is now sold out. There is a very small chance of a couple of tickets being released at the door
Music workshops by Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden) and Kevin Henderson (Shetland Islands) will be presented by Skandia (co-sponsored by SFS and the NW Scottish Fiddlers) on Sunday April 29. If interested, see below for more info.
Fiddle Workshops with The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
sponsored by Skandia Folkdance Society, Seattle Folklore Society, and Northwest Scottish Fiddlers
Sunday, April 29, 2018 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at a private home in north Ballard (Seattle), WA For address and additional information: email@example.com
10am – 11:15am Olav Luksengård Mjelva
10am – 11:15am Kevin Henderson
11:30am – 12:45pm Anders Hall
Cost: Skandia , SFS , & NWSF Members: two sessions $30, one session $20, Kids $10/session.
Non-members: two sessions $35, one session $25 Note: Cash or checks only
Happy April! No fooling here – we are really looking forward to the rest of our concert season. As usual, all shows have advance tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets, or by cash or checks at prior SFS concerts. On-line sales are available until around noon the day of the show, then remaining tickets will be offered at the door. (Our Concert Listing also has direct links for individual concert ticket sales)
This Saturday, April 7th, we are pleased to welcome Alice Wallace and her band to the SFS stage. Alice was recently named Female Vocalist of the Year at the first annual California Country Awards. With a style strongly influenced by classic country songstresses like Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, her impeccable vocals and melodic, literate song-crafting skills bring a fresh touch to authentic Americana music. Alice will be joined on stage by her top-notch band of musicians: Tom Bremer on guitar, Austin Callender on bass, and Josh Huppert on drums. She yodels too! Here is a live performance of her original Echo Canyon:
The New England vocal harmony quartet Windborne will also present a singers’ workshop on the afternoon of their SFS concert, in the Phinney neighborhood.
March 17, at 1pm at the Home Street Bank Community
Center, 7307 GreenwoodAve N, Seattle, WA 98103 – a few blocks from the concert (suggested donation, sliding scale $25 – $10). More details can be found on facebook.com/events/748194712038354, or leave a message at 206-923-8923.
There is limited seating: workshop attendees admitted on a first-come basis.
Tickets are now on sale for many 2018 concerts, and additional advance tickets will become available 60 days before each upcoming show. We have an exciting season coming up, starting with a 2-concert weekend on January 20 & 21st. Autoharp master, songwriter, and story teller Bryon Bowers is joined by Anna Schaad-Montgomery, fiddle and viola and Geoff Goodhue, guitar and mandolin for our opening date. On Sunday, Jan 21st, we present Sver, in a concert co-sponsored by the Skandia Folkdance Society. This dynamic Norwegian/Swedish group weave dreamy tunes with pounding and swinging renditions of traditional dance music along with their own original compositions, with fiddle, hardangerfiddle, viola, diatonic accordion, guitar, and drums. January 27th features four fine local songwriters (Annie Ford, Reggie Garrett, J. R. Rhodes and Nelson Wright) performing in the round.
February 3rd is the only Washington State appearance of the Irish traditional group Open the Door for Three (Liz Knowles – fiddle, Kieran O’Hare – uilleann pipes, Pat Broaders – vocals, bouzouki & guitar).
February 10th brings back articulate award winning songwriter Dan Weber.
February 17th will celebrate the CD release of the Downtown Mountain Boys.
Just another reminder – the Friday night contra dance moves to Om Culture – 2210 N Pacific St , only for Dec. 1st! (This is a once-a-year move, while the Phinney Center gets set up for Winter Fest) The band is Contra Sutra – Dave Bartley (guitar, mandolin), Ryan McKasson (fiddle) and Marni Rachmiel (flute, saxophone) with special guest percussionist Julie Bennett from Olympia. Susan Petrick calls the dances. Admission to tonight’s dance is $12/$10 members/ $7 students. http://seattledance.org/contra/emeraldcity
“Underground” Latin American Christmas Programs
Christmas music from 18th century Latin America, including music from Cuba, Mexico, Bolivia, and Argentina. Soprano Danielle Sampson and a stellar band led by Stephen Stubbs will perform works by Esteban Salas, Manuel de Zumaya, Manuel Gaytan de Arteaga, Domenico Zipoli and more. Between the pieces,Henry Lebedinsky will share some insights into the stories behind the music. This movable feast of Christmas treasures comes to three Underground venues, as well as offering some highlights of the program at the new Sanctuary in the CityFREE lunchtime concert series at the crossroads of Downtown and Belltown.
For more info on all the listed concerts, see the Early Music Underground website.
Saturday, December 2, 7:30-9:30 pm Cabaret Concert on Whidbey Island
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church 5217 Honeymoon Bay Rd.
Freeland, WA 98249
Admission: $25 general; $20 seniors (65+), under 12 FREE Sunday, December 3, 3:00-5:00 pm Matinee Concert with complimentary wine
Resonance at SOMA Towers 288 106th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
Admission: $25Tuesday, December 5, 7:00-9:00 pm Cabaret Concert with Signature Multimedia Show
Naked City Brewery and Taphouse 8564 Greenwood Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98105
Admission: $20, $15 under age 30, includes complimentary house beer, cider, or glass of wine (up to $7) 21+ only ADVANCE TICKET PURCHASE STRONGLY RECOMMENDED
Wednesday, December 6, 12:10-12:50 pm Sanctuary in the City – FREE Lunchtime Concert
Christ Our Hope at the Josephinum 1902 2nd Ave. (at Stewart St.)
Seattle, WA 98101
FREE, with donations gladly accepted
Downtown Seattle’s Out to Lunch (OTL) 2017 summer concert series is bigger than ever, with music every day of the week, and not just at lunch! This free, outdoor series brings live, lunchtime music to 12 downtown locations from July 5 to Sept. 1. All concerts take place from 12-1:30 p.m., except on Mondays, when you can find late afternoon entertainment to downtown venues from 4:30-6 p.m.
See more info here: https://downtownseattle.org/events/out-to-lunch/
Dancing til Dusk continues free evenings of music, dance lessons, and dancing until August 29 in various downtown locations! See the rest of the summer schedule here: http://www.danceforjoy.biz/dancingtildusk/august.html
Tuesdays are in Westlake Park; Thursdays are in Freeway Park. The series culminates Aug 29 with the Valse Café Orchestra – Waltz and more for a Ball Blanc.
SFS Annual Picnic Invitation Sunday, August 14th, 2016
Please come to the Seattle Folklore Society’s annual potluck picnic. Bring your instruments, voices, and a big pot of your favorite family recipe. The picnic is a great time to meet our board members and each other, talk about SFS, and join in some singing.
The Picnic is Sunday, August 14th from 5 to 8 PM. Jack Aldrich has once again graciously opened his home to us. Jack’s address is in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood. (Call 206-782-0505 for address)
All of us on the SFS board are looking forward to seeing you at the Picnic!