Tickets still available for all Fall concerts! (Bill Staines on Oct 21 expected to have limited tickets at the door)

We have lately had a flurry of panicked calls about a few of the most popular performers in our concert series, worrying about ticket availability.  Here is some reassurance that,  at least as of today, advance tickets are still available  for all Fall concerts. There are a few that might sell out by the day of the show (and you save a little by buying advance tickets), so we recommend buying advance tickets through Brown Paper Tickets or at prior SFS concerts. (We are no longer able to take reservations without an advance ticket sale. If you prefer to buy tickets by phone, you may also call the Brown Paper Tickets line at 1-800-838-3006) To find out if tickets will be available at the door, check our webpage listing or the concert line 206-923-8923. These will be updated on the day of the show.  Tickets at the door may be paid for by cash or check only.  Hope to see you at some of the wonderful and varied Fall concerts!


Well loved songwriter Bill Staines returns to the SFS Concert series Oct 21st!
Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards bring their string-driven originals and 4-part harmonies to the stage 10-28-17. Celebrating the release of the new CD “California Calling”

Events that missed the October Flyer (Johnny Clegg Farewell Tour)


With Cancer in Remission, South African Star to Bid Farewell
and Thank Fans in U.S. and Canada for Remarkable 35 Years Together

Neptune Theater in Seattle, Wednesday, November 1
Seattle show & ticket information here:

Nearly 40 years after he began one of music’s most remarkable careers, iconic South African musician JOHNNY CLEGG is returning for one last round of concerts throughout North America this fall to thank his fans on “Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey,” as he copes with the realities of his cancer.


Clegg was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 and underwent surgery and chemotherapy treatment. He continued a busy worldwide touring schedule while coping with treatment. Currently, he is finishing an autobiography of his incredible life story and groundbreaking career, a multi-generational journey combining near matchless music success with sustained ? and significant ? social, political and cultural impact.

The limited 12-city North American leg of the “The Final Journey World Tour” is supported by Clegg’s world-class live band and features an audiovisual element with highlights of Johnny’s extraordinary career.  A live album recorded during the overseas portion of “The Final Journey” will be released during the North America trek.

 A singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist and musical activist, Clegg exploded onto the international music scene while breaking barriers in his South African homeland by defying apartheid with two highly successful inter-racial bands, Juluka and Savuka. In the late 1970s, Clegg and Sipho Mchunu formed Juluka, South Africa’s first mixed-race band, resulting in two platinum and five gold albums. In 1986, Clegg formed Savuka, whose debut album, Third World Child, went double platinum with sales of over two million. The second album, Shadow Man, was Grammy nominated for Best World Music Album in 1993, shortly before Savuka disbanded.

Clegg and Mchunu temporarily rebooted Juluka three years later, recording Ya Vuka Inkunzi (also released as Crocodile Love). Since then, Clegg has recorded several solo projects including One Life (2007), New Survivor (2002) and A South African Story (2003). In 2010, Human, his first North American release in 17 years, he celebrated 30 years as a performer. Clegg performed 45 shows in 67 days across North America in 2014, supporting his second Appleseed Records release, Best, Live & Unplugged at the Baxter Theatre.

Through Juluka and Savuka, Clegg pioneered a uniquely South African music hybrid during a time of cultural and racial segregation. His music always has offered a vision of how South Africans could find each other, and the possibilities of a non-racial future. “The Final Journey” is built around Clegg’s unparalleled repertoire, beginning with the 1979 release of Juluka’s Universal Man and continuing through the Savuka years and his solo work.

 “I am immensely excited,” says Clegg, “to be able to bring to my fans around the world an autobiographical, audiovisual and intimate account of my life through my music and The Dance.”

Clegg’s recorded output as part of Juluka, Savuka and as a solo artist has earned him millions of record sales, countless awards and nominations and multiple international releases, all eagerly consumed by a truly global audience. He was the first to combine Western and African musical styles, sparking a revolution in South African music that still can be heard today through a number of artists.

Most potently, Clegg’s ability to illuminate the connectedness of all human beings through his music makes him a pioneer of social cohesion in South Africa. He also provided a portal for international audiences to gain a deeper understanding of the anti-apartheid movement and the journey toward, and ultimately into, freedom. For this, Clegg has received many different honors including an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), the South African Order of Ikhamanga, and the French Chevalier des Arts et Lettres (Knight of Arts and Letters), as well as several honorary doctorates.

“Johnny Clegg: The Final Journey World Tour” presents the most powerfully emotional live shows of a truly singular South African – a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, and activist like no other.

See an interview with BBC here

Fall Concert Season starts September 16!

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands open the Fall 2017 concert season 9/16/17

Tickets are now on sale for many Fall concerts, and our whole season is up on our concert listings! We welcome you back to the Phinney Community Hall for an exciting line up, including the addition of some special Sunday concerts in October and November. Advance tickets for all shows are available through Brown Paper Tickets  60 days before each show, or at prior SFS concerts (payable by cash or check only). As of Friday afternoon 9/15, the Laurie Lewis concert is sold out! Tickets are available for all other concerts.

The Annual SFS Picnic is August 13th at Magnuson Park

SFS Annual Picnic Invitation
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Please come to the Seattle Folklore Society’s annual potluck
picnic. Bring your instruments, your 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 13, from 4 to 8 p.m. This year,
we are holding it at Warren G. Magnuson Park, Shelter 2. The
park address is 7400 Sand Point Way NE. Shelter 2 is below
Kite Hill, near the E4 Parking lot at the end of Shoreline Drive.
Look for our SFS Park Permit signs. Please bring potluck food,
and in keeping with park regulations, non-alcoholic beverages.
You can download a map of Magnuson Park from the City at:
All of us on the SFS board are looking forward to seeing you at
the picnic!

The SFS Fall Season is up, some tickets are on sale

Our concert season will start on September 16, with Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands – award winning west coast bluegrass from an internationally renowned  singer, songwriter, fiddler, and bandleader with a high power band. The season continues with fine traditional Irish music by button accordion player John Whelan & fiddler Dale Russ, and blues from Steve James (Sept. 30), Alice Stuart (Sunday October 8).  Americana, old-time, bluegrass, contemporary songwriting, and more – view the whole season on our concert link! Tickets for each concert go on sale 60 days prior.

Free Seattle Summer outdoor concerts and dances

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:

Free Summer outdoor dances

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:
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 scheduled for Sunday, August 14th

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!

Music at the Phinney Farmers Market


Friday, July 29th, SFS is proud to sponsor a special concert featuring The Onlies from 5-7 PM at the Phinney Farmers Market. The Onlies play original and traditional fiddle-driven music, with Celtic, old-time American, and Canadian roots. Talented musicians, singers, and composers Leo Shannon, Riley Calcagno, and Sami Braman have just graduated from Garfield High School (Seattle), and have played together since they were two years old. Be sure to see them this summer before they head off for college and other life adventures!
(extra tips for the band encouraged, and CDs may be available for sale)
Come to the Phinney Farmers’ market every Friday from 3:30 to7:30pm in the parking lot of the Phinney Center, 6532 Phinney Ave N. Kick off your weekend with fresh local produce, dinner from a variety of food trucks, and music from 5 to 7pm. Check out the performers’ schedule at
The Phinney Farmers Market continues through September 30th. Support our local farmers and our local musical talent!

Friday March 25th, The Whateverly Brothers at the Couth Buzzard

(This date was incorrectly listed in the March SFS Flyer.) The Whateverly Brothers are known for their broad-spectrum folk and wide-ranging repertoire. From doowap to Celtic to singer-songwriter to sea shanties, they give each song a special treatment. Band members: Dan Roberts, Chris Glanister, Rob Kneisler. Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe. 7:30 – 9:30, free (donations encouraged). Info:,, or