Please send notices about on-line concerts and other virtual events to email@example.com, and we will try to keep this space updated. TIps and donations are very much encouraged for the performers offering their music!
Stay at Home Festival #2 – April 3, 4, & 5 Live stream features Laurie Lewis, John McCutcheon, Anders Hall, Alex Hargreaves, and many more. Access through their webpage https://www.stayathomefestival.com/ or view on Instagram. See the schedule here.
Anders Hall, who is part The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc, whose Seattle April 4th concert was cancelled, will play Sunday morning – listed at 8AM PST, it may be at 7AM with daylight savings)
Live Facebook concerts: Musicians of many genres are sharing performances on The Quarantine Sessions
(PLEASE NOTE – THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. The Neptune Theater and Seattle Theater Group have cancelled all events until through March 31, They will attmept to rebook these artists) The Seattle Theater Group has just offered a special discount for SFS members for an upcoming concert: wonderful Cape Breton fiddler Natalie McMaster on Monday, March 16.
See more info here: https://www.stgpresents.org/calendar/5539/natalie-macmaster
ONE OF CAPE BRETON, NOVA SCOTIA’S MOST IMPORTANT EXPORTS AND A SUPERSTAR IN THE CELTIC MUSIC WORLD (THOUGH SHE’S FAR TOO HUMBLE TO ADMIT IT), FIDDLER AND STEP-DANCER NATALIE MACMASTER HAS BUILT A STERLING, MULTI-DECADE CAREER ON ELECTRIFYING PLAYING AND MUST-SEE LIVE PERFORMANCES.
Please use the passcode: fiddler to unlock a 15% SFS discount for tickets to Natalie MacMaster. This is a limited offer and is good as long as supplies last.
Monday, March 16, 2020
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 pm
All Ages / Bar with I.D.
$40.00 day of show
(not including fees) Purchase By Phone: 1-800-982-2787 or on-line
You may save on fees by buying in person at the Paramount box office located at 9th & Pine in downtown Seattle, open Monday through Friday, 10 am to 6 pm
A few events missed getting their listings in to the SFS Flyer, and an amazing amount of folk related events are happening just this mid-February weekend!(Organizers – please send your calendar listings to Flyer@seafolklore.org no later than the 15th of the month prior to your event for inclusion!)
West Coast Tionol – A celebration of Irish uilleann pipes! Feb 14-16, with special guest pipers, Joey Abarta and Cillian Vallely.
Opening party (address forwarded to registrants Friday Feb 14th.
Doric Lodge (619 N. 36th St. in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood)
Saturday & Sunday, Feb 15-16 – workshops, dconcerts, a dance, adn more!
Full Schedule: https://www.irishpipersclub.com/events/tionol2020
The Oly Old-time Festival (Olympia, WA) is now underway until Sunday
with workshops, concerts, and dances. Featured guests include Brad Leftwich and the Humdingers, the Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo, Ella Korth, Piney Gals, Sassafrass Sisters, and more.
In addiiton the Winter Feis festival of Scottish language, music, art, culture and dance is taking place at
If you are in the mood for a wonderful evening of Scottish song, tickets are still available for the Jim and Susie Malcolm concert in the Phinney Center Saturday Feb. 15th. (advance tickets on-line until 12:30 Saturday, then a few more should be available at the door, payable by cash or check).
Don’t forget the Emerald City Contra Dance, the Bryan Bowers concert presented but the Pacific NW Folklore Society, in the Couth Buzzard and the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing, all on Firday nght!
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
for reservations and location.
That is the question we need everyone to answer when they join or renew their SFS membership. We are happy to send out paper flyers to those who want them, but you have to tell us.
The new default way to receive the SFS Flyer is an email with a link that will let you download a pdf of it.
Don’t want the email? Tick the box asking for a paper one! It’s on your renewal form.
Don’t want to fill out the form? Write PAPER on the memo line of your check.
Joining at a concert? Tell the volunteer filling out the online form.
Renewing online? Scroll all the way down to the Mailing Information section.
Want to change delivery method ASAP? Go to SFS Flyer digital copy on the seafolklore.org page. You can let us know exactly how you want to receive it.
We know some members have been switched to pdf and want to switch back and we encourage you to let us know. We are happy you want to receive the Flyer, in whatever format suits you best! You can even receive PDF AND paper – tick that box!
Thank you for helping SFS save resources and funds!
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
A few households accidently got two Flyers this month. We are aware of the glitch in the mailing and are in the process of working this out. If you were one of these households, please pass on your extra Flyer to someone who will appreciate it!
The SFS Membership Committee
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
Folk music took an early hit. Sandy Macdonald made it into 2019, but not for long. He felt ill on New Year’s Eve, asked his wife to take him to the ER. But three blocked arteries couldn’t be repaired. Swedish Cherry Hill doctors did their best to fix heart and brain damage. “Extensive,” they said. Totally unexpected to his family and friends, the gentle folk giant passed away just after 1 AM.
Raised up on music from his Wenatchee, WA home, college radio host in Colorado, a backbone of the Seattle Folklore Society, Happy Camper’s guitar player/founder, long time anchor for KBCS Sunday Folks, partipant and advocate for the Puget Sound Guitar Camp, retired from King County’s mediators circle, panelist and supporter of FAR-West Conference and Wintergrass Music Festival, Sandy was the essence of folk music, authentic to his core, friend to all, advocate for the best in all of us.
Mary Anne Moorman
Co-Host, Collaborator, Friend
See the February Flyer for some more reminiscences and thoughts. We are planning a special concert on May 5th in Sandy’s memory.