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.
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
The Feb 9th Concert with Genticorum is on as scheduled!
We are looking forward to some hot French-Canadian tunes to warm the hall! Here is a note from the concert producer:
Dear Genticorum ticket holders.
The concert IS BEING HELD tonight. If you cannot come due to road conditions, and purchased advance tickets on-line, contact Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006 before 5pm. You can opt for a refund or a credit to be used for another show. If you bought your tickets in person at an SFS concert, e-mail us by 5PM. (You should have received an e-mail notification – reply to that or contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
Please park up on Greenwood and walk down to the brick building. 65th is closed and some of the steep side streets are not good. Drive carefully!
Genticorum is looking forward to sharing their music with you!
(Please note that the Phinney Center closures do not affect the concert schedules – it is an independent decision. Make your own choice, but be prudent if road conditions are a concern)
(We will add events to this list as we become aware of them)
Friday, Feb. 8th – These events are cancelled or postponed:
Emerald City Contra Dance
Chanty Sing at NW Seaport
English Country Dance at the Swedish Club
Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints at the Shanty Tavern with Alex Dunn
Wes Weddell Album Release Show with Ben Mish Trio & Lizzie Weber at The Royal Room (postponed)
Small Potatoes concert at the Couth Buzzard (hosted by the Pacific NW Folklore Society)
Dusty Strings is closing early Friday, check the Facebook page for updates on store hours
The Fremont Abbey Katie Kuffel concert at is rescheduled for 2/16.
Saturday, Feb 9 – Cancelled or Postponed:
Hands-On Skills Fair (Northeast Sustainable Seattle) at Meadowbrook Community Center (Their webpage is not updated, but an e-mail notification stated the event is cancelled for 2/9 and hopes to reschedule for a later date)
Dusty Strings Music School closed for the weekend (check the Facebook Page to see if there are store hours.) Old Time jam with Molly Tanenbaum cancelled.
All events at the Hugo House on Friday-Sunday, Feb. 8-10 have been canceled.
Tony Furtado’s show at Ballard Homestead on Saturday, Feb. 9 has been rescheduled to Thursday, Feb. 21, at the same location.
Crossroads Mall (Bellevue) – All music events canceled for the weekend of Feb 8-10
Sunday, Feb 10 – Cancelled or Postponed:
Seattle Song Circle (scheduled at the Greenwood Senior Center) – cancelled
SUPA (Seattle Ukulele Players Association) Uke song circle is cancelled
Fado Irish session – cancelled
University of Washington School of Music – Scholarship Recital
Fremont Abbey Open Space is cancelled.
We suggest calling ahead to verify other events.
The Seattle Times also reports:
- Seattle Children’s Theatre has canceled all performances on Friday, Feb. 8.
- Michelle Obama’s appearance at the Tacoma Dome on Friday, Feb. 8, has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 24.
- Strawberry Theatre Workshop has canceled its Friday, Feb. 8 performance of “Everybody.”
- Theatre Off Jackson’s performance of “140 LBS” on Friday, Feb. 8, has been canceled.
- Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park has canceled its event with John Kimon Friday, Feb. 8. The store plans to reschedule, but does not have a set date.
- Several events at Seattle Public Libraries on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9, have been canceled or rescheduled.
- Seattle Repertory Theatre has canceled the Friday, Feb. 8 evening and Saturday, Feb. 9 matinee performances of “Last of the Boys.”
- Seattle’s Chinatown International District’s Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 2.
- Pike Place Market’s Love is in the Market on Saturday, Feb. 9, has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23.
- Woodland Park Zoo’s Valentine’s Day events on Saturday, Feb. 9, have been canceled.
- MoPOP’s Sound Off! Semifinals No. 1 on Saturday, February 9, has been canceled, with bands rescheduled to play at one of the other two semifinals either Saturday, Feb. 16 or Saturday, Feb. 23.
- Elliott Bay Book Co.’s reading event with Peg Edera on Saturday, Feb. 9, has been canceled. The store plans to reschedule, but does not have a set date.
- Seattle Art Museum closed at noon Friday, Feb. 8, and will be closed Saturday, Feb. 9. All on-site events at the downtown museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park are also canceled.
- Seattle Symphony’s Tiny Tots programs on Saturday, Feb. 9, have been rescheduled to Saturday, March 2.
- Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers has canceled its Saturday, Feb. 9, “Symphonies of Psalms” concert.
- One Day University’s A Morning of History on Sunday, Feb. 10, has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 30.
- University Book Store’s event with author Gaby Dunn on Monday, Feb. 11, has been canceled.
- The Archdiocese of Seattle’s Catholic High School Choir Festival on Monday, Feb. 11, has been rescheduled to Thursday, March 28.
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.
The Board has decided to postpone the annual meeting as a precaution, due to current icy conditions. A new date – likely another Tuesday night – will be announced soon. This is the meeting where we elect our board for the next year and discuss the past year. The SFS Annual Meeting is open to all SFS members. Stay tuned (and stay safe and warm!)
Starting with the November 2018 issue, members electing to receive the monthly newsletter, the SFS Flyer, as a PDF will receive an e-mail with a link to download their edition instead of an attachment. This will allow a faster delivery for members and make it easier for our hardworking membership data coordinator. (Please consider opting in for the .pdf version to save SFS mailing and printing costs, and possibly receive your Flyer a few days earlier as a bonus! Once downloaded, you have the option of reading on your computer or printing the Flyer at home) If you have questions about your membership status, renewal, the format in wihich you receive the Flyer, or any other member questions, feel free to e-mail us at email@example.com
We had a database transition issue that left a number of members out of both the mailed and e-mailed Flyer lists for October. It’s being addressed and you can expect your November Flyer to arrive as usual.
Thanks for your understanding and, as always, your support of SFS!
-the Membership Committee
CORRECTION: Contrary to the article printed in the September SFS Flyer, Doug McLeod will NOT be teaching at Dusty Strings this year. An article from 2017 was mistakenly included in the recent issue. The Flyer editor regrets the error.
Dusty Strings Music School celebrates ten years!
As Education Director for Dusty Strings, it’s an ongoing joy to work with our artists and teachers as we continue developing a program for students of all ages, levels, and backgrounds to learn and grow. This month marks Dusty Strings Music School’s tenth anniversary and, thanks to our teachers, students, staff, and visiting artists, we’re thriving more than ever!
At Dusty Strings, our mission is simple: to help bring music into people’s lives. Ten years ago, we were already a thriving retail business. The idea of creating a whole school within our store where students could have access not only to private lessons, but also to group classes, free jams, and exciting concerts and events, was an irresistible challenge we wanted fully to embrace.
Each year we’ve added more teachers with the goal of introducing our students to more types of musical styles. Just as in our retail store, we’ve sought to provide only the best knowledge and expertise of musical instruments and how to play them, in an environment that’s friendly, welcoming, and non-judgmental. Our core belief is that anyone can play a musical instrument and sing!
Today, there are forty teachers on our roster, all of whom are professional, working musicians that represent a broad spectrum of musical styles. More than 300 students come regularly for private lessons and group classes, many of whom have become familiar faces to our staff. Throughout the year, our concerts and special events continue to draw top-notch performers and eager audiences alike.
Music is for everyone. We strive to be a community where folks can play music together, make new friends, and endlessly explore the fabric of American musical forms and traditions. To all our students, parents, teachers, audiences and performers, we say thank you. Our School would not be what it is without you, and we look forward to the next ten years!
Dusty Strings Music Store & School