Claudia Schmidt is back again for the fifth year in a row at Couth Buzzard Books for a Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Concert on Sunday, June 9. She loves the intimate, totally-acoustic setting of the Couth where she and the audience can interact at the same level. If you listened to the Prairie Home Companion show in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s you certainly knew Claudia Schmidt, one of Garrison Keillor’s regular performers. She is ubiquitous, a folk, jazz and blues singer, poet, and multi-instrumentalist. Her work is “a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment… what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder.” Garrison Keillor said “when
Claudia sings a song, it stays sung.” With her infectious energy and joy Claudia will perform on Sunday, June 9, 7:30 pm, at Couth Buzzard Books, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle. No reservations, come early for a good seat. A $15 donation is requested at the door.
(This article missed being included in our June Flyer. Submitted by Stewart Hendrickson)
Paul Anastasio and Fire of Tierra Caliente (Paul Anastasio, Juan Manuel Barco and Elena DeLisle) are back! The trio will be hosting two FREE back to back workshops and concerts this Spring. This series of concerts/workshops is generously paid for through a grant from 4Culture.
The concerts will feature Paul Anastasio’s original music in the style of Tierra Caliente, Mexico.
The workshops will feature accessible pieces from the traditional repertoire of the Hotlands. All instruments welcome.
Advance orders of Paul Anastasio and Fire of Tierra Caliente’s new CD, Ecos de Tierra Caliente, a collection of Paul’s original tunes in the Calentano style, will also be available at the concerts!
Join the group
May 31st at the Hillman City Collaboratory – 5623 Ranier Ave S – at 5:00 for a workshop, and then again at 7:00 for a concert. Stay tuned to find out if there will be a potluck dinner before the concert.
June 7th at 4:30 for a workshop followed by a concert at 7:30 in a private home setting. Please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org reservations and location.
SFS has started a YouTube channel! Thanks to videographer Mark Jaroslaw for filming some of our recent concerts, and to Richard GIllmann for setting up the channel. You can see short clips from concerts by Frankie Gavin, Joe Jencks, Jim Malcolm, and Low Lily, with more content coming soon. Take a look: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLZUJ8Fw8hVKnljoyhC9wyw
Please help us keep up with all the folk-related events in the Seattle area, by sending your listings for inclusion in our mothly newsletter. Email to email@example.com by the 15th of the previous month. Here are a few events that missed the dealine:
Thursdy Feb. 28 – Aunt Mama’s Story Table celebrates Black History Month! Seattle Storytellers Guild and Auntmama invite you to hear Jourdan Imani Keith, Amber Flame, Kathya Alexander 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Madison Park Starbucks, 4000 E. Madison Join us for Tales, Tunes, Poetry, Essay, You Say
Saturday – March 2 – Moon Dog Stringband, with Vivian Leva – 7:30 at the Ballard Homestead: Vivian Leva grew up steeped in the Appalachian and country music of her Lexington, VA home. On “Time Is Everything”, her label debut, Leva earns a spot in the lineage of great neo-traditional songwriters like Gillian Welch and Sarah Jarosz. The Moon Dog Stringband is a new old time/bluegrass trio featuring Seattle-born Leo Shannon (also of The Onlies) and Grand Ole Opry regulars Sterling Abernathy and Jake Stargel. Tickets/info: here
Sunday, March 3 – Shake the Hall, Smash the Wall Contra Dance – Fundraiser Contra Dance to benefit immigrant rights. 3 – 7PM: All proceeds from the event and CD sales go to the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. Washington Hall (153 14th Ave, Seattle WA) Music by Countercurrent & friends, Callers: Lindsey Dono, Michael Karcher, & Susan Michaels Minimum donation $10 (no upper limit!)
Light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available, feel free to contribute those if you wish
Come to the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood for all day activities! Here are a few highlights of Make Music PhinneyWood (see an updated schedule at www.phinneycenter.org/calendar/makemusicday/ after June 19th)
Please help share pictures and experiences on social media #MakeMusicSeattle.
Different Drummer, a multi-genre chamber ensemble comprised of violin, cello, double bass and percussion, invites listeners to an open rehearsal in the Heart of Phinney Park 10am – 1pm
The Greenwood Library features storytimes in the morning, instrument making and Junk Jam Band with Seattle ReCreative 3-5pm, an Instrument Petting Zoo with Music Center of the Northwest 4-5:30pm, and a Rounds Singing workshop for adults (all ages welcome) led by Sandy Buchner aka Zelda Starfire 6-7:15. Workshop participants have a chance to show off with a short performance at 7:20 in the Library Courtyard! https://www.spl.org/…/greenwood-br…/greenwood-branch-events…
A-1 Piano will have a piano on the street for passersby to do impromptu concerts.
Seattle Song Circle hosts an open sing (5-7pm) and the Ukestra performs and leads a “strum -a-long” (concert 7-7:45, hosted jam for singers and all instruments 7:45 – 8:30pm) on the lawn of the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N.
An open jam of northern dance tunes (French Canadian, Irish, New England & beyond) will be hosted by Brad, Valerie, & friends, and a participatory dance by Sarah Comer’s Open Old Time Dance Band and the Seattle Collaborative Contra Band will take place in the Greenwood Hardware parking lot. (Jam session 5-7:15/ Easy Dances for All! 7:30 – 9pm )
Salmon Bay Community Lending hosts 2 participatory jams: Jazz from 6-7:30 & Tango 7:30 – 9. Bring your instrument; lead sheets provided! There is also an open kids musicmaking area.
Betsy Alexander teaches a free “Fiddling from Scratch” workshop 6pm at Illuminations Learning Studio (7720 Greenwood Ave N ) for all ages of the fiddle curious. Loaner instruments are available for both children and adults for the workshop.
Watch for these performances (subject to change):
All-ages performances in the Screening Room of Naked City Brewery (8564 Greenwood Ave N) Happy hour prices 3-5pm
The Temporaries 3:15-4:00
Little Sara and the Night Owls 4:15 – 5:00PM
Heart of Phinney Park (67th & Greenwood, east or west corners): Steve Church -folk, blues, & jazzy originals 3:30 – 4:00pm
Do Peterson Band – classic soul & folk 5pm
Strawberry Rocket – original rock trio 6pm
Phinney Ridge Orchestra 8:00
Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra 8:30
The Phinery (6500 Phinney Ave N)
Phinney School of Music 5-5:30 pm
Starbucks (outside) 5-6pm
Ken Elia – Solo classical guitar and arrangements of pop/rock/jazz
Phinney Books: Mathew Benham – Jazz Guitaist 6-8 pm
3 Wishes Clothing: TBA
Couth Buzzard (in front of the store):
Jim Page – Seattle’s great songwriter and activist shares stories and songs starting at 3pm and throughout the evening.
Stage Door Cafe:
Stewart Hendrickson – solo fiddle, mostly Scandinavian 4pm
Johnson & Johnson Antiques (6820 Greenwood Ave N):
Cedron and N’Shama Sterling – Music that Touches the Heart – 7-9pm
Beats & Bohos (7200 Greenwood Ave N):
Kelly Blanchard & Blue Star Creeper 7 – 8pm
Abby London 6pm
The Lost Boy presents the Kewl Kidz 8pm
Verity Courtyard (8533 Greenwood Ave N):
Abraham Neuwelt – percussion & handpan 3:30 – 5:30
SaeMonae – solo rap 7pm
Phoebe Kinks – indie alternative band 7:30 pm
Moon Candy – all-women country rock band 8pm
Jav DaHart – solo songwriter a mix of hip hop, pop, rock and poetry 8:30pm
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/
E-mail 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:
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.
The SFS Concert Committee has a great list of concerts lined up for Fall 2016. Check out the full line-up here and mark your calendars. Tickets go on sale at Brown Paper Tickets for each show approximately 60 days before the concert date.