List of Events Cancelled or Postponed due to snow & ice this weekend

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 concerts@seafolklore.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

Eastside 2nd Saturday Contra Dance

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.

 

Remembering Sandy Macdonald

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.

In Sorrow,

Mary Anne Moorman
“Auntmama”
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.

SFS Annual Meeting postponed (cancelled for February 5th, new date TBA)

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!)

SFS Flyer Electronic Delivery

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 members@seafoklore.org

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 in the September SFS Flyer: Dusty Strings Music School celebrates ten years!

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.

Here is the correct article, which will be in the October Flyer:

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!

 

Jonathan Shue

Education Director

Dusty Strings Music Store & School

school@dustystrings.com

Make Music Day is this Thursday, June 21st!

 

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

Makeda Coffee:
Abby London 6pm
Ethos 7pm
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

Tickets for all upcoming shows available; Alice Wallace featured April 7th

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:

and a vintage favorite

Windborne workshop added – March 17, 1-3 PM

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 now on sale for 2018 Concerts!

 

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.

Find out more info about these and other upcoming shows on our concert listings

Family Dance – November 5th, January 14, February 11, & March 11

Coming on Sunday, Nov 5 –
One-time change in schedule to the  FIRST SUNDAY
2:30 – 4:30 in Rm 7 of the “Blue Building”
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N,  Seattle

music by  Bonnie Zahnow, WB Reid, Terry Wergeland and their students – the Musical Socks
calling from Abi Hobart of Bellingham and Amy Carroll – SFD organizer

Future dances on:

Jan 14
Feb 11
Mar 11
And in May at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Come join the fun!

Simple dances for kids under 10 and their families
For more information, see http://seattledance.org/family