December & Early January Dances!

Just a sampling of the dances this month (see more dancing of all sorts listed in the SFS Flyer, or on the wonderful dance resource seattledance.org)
December 6 – A reminder that the Emerald City Contra Dance will not be in the usual location this week . The dance will be at OmCulture, 2210 N Pacific St, this night only as the Phinney Center readies for their Winter Festival. Music this week will be provided by Uncle Farmer, with Susan Petrick and LIndsey Dono sharing the calling (role terms will be Larks and Robins)

December 15 – The South Park Square Dance is now sponsored by SFS. This is a wonderful monthly community dance, with all ages and skill levels welcome, no experience needed! This event is very family friendly.
5-6PM Potluck & Jam
6-8PM Dance!
This month: Live dance music by Forrest Carroll and friends, calling by Amy Lynn Carroll
South Park Hall is a renovated 1926 building, located at 1253 S, Cloverdale St, Seattle, WA.

December 6, 20, January 3:  Skandia hosts Scandinavian dances the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month at the Cedar Valley Grange, 20526-52nd Ave. West, in Lynnwood. December 20th is sure to be extra festive. The January 3rd dance will be free, with an all-comers band.

January 4 – Old-time Music and Dance Party The Old-time
Music and Dance Party is back to dance away the winter blues! On
Saturday, January 4th, gather at the Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Community Hall. There will be a potluck and jamming from 12:30 to 2pm, then the Open Old Time Band will put all their hard work into practice from 2 to 4:30, while Sarah Comer teaches easy dances that make sure everybody has fun and nobody gets left behind. Bring your friends (and your instrument if you’ve got one!), whip up a potluck snack, and join in the fun. We hope to see you there! PNA Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., Seattle (in the lower brick building). $5 suggested donation. Questions? Email Sarah Comer at fiddleteacher@hotmail.com.

Make Music Day June 21st – in Federal Way, too!

(Received too late to be included in the June Flyer, posted by Janine Barber):

MAKE  MUSIC FEDERAL WAY DEBUTS ON JUNE 21

Over 15 Free Outdoor Music Making Events to be Held across Federal Way as Part of Annual Global Celebration

 Federal Way Lions Club, Federal Way, June 21, 2019 – The first annual Make Music Federal Way, a wild and wonderful mix of over 15 free outdoor musical events, will make its debut on Friday, June 21. Make Music Federal Way is part of Make Music Day, a global music celebration that takes place on the summer solstice each year and brings people of all ages and skill levels together to make music. This year, over 80 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Connecticut will host thousands of Make Music performances across the country as part of the world’s largest annual music event.

Make Music Day began in France in 1982 as the Fête de la Musique, and has spread to over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. Completely different from a typical musical festival, Make Music concerts are performed by anyone who wants to take part and enjoyed by everyone who wants to attend. From classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock, live music of all kinds resounds on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, store fronts and other public spaces on the longest day of the year.

Highlights of Make Music Federal Way will include:

Town Square Park, 31600 Pete Von Reichbauer Way South

o   Sing-along at 9:30 am

o   Flag Raising at 10:30 am with trumpet and drums

o   Free Lessons in Blues Harmonica, Bucket Drumming, and Guitar strum-along (BYOG – bring your own guitar!)

o   All day drawings for gift baskets

o   A Touch of Class Big Band

o   Arthur Murray School of Dance

o   Japanese Calligraphy for Music Day

o   Instrument Petting Zoo

  • Libraries at 320th Street and 1st Avenue South
  • Funeral Alternatives:  Tibetan Singing Bowls
  • Songs for Children:  LA Fitness (Enchanted Pkwy) and We Rock the Spectrum

Any musician, amateur or professional, young or old, is invited to take part. Likewise, businesses, buildings, schools, churches, and other institutions can visit the website to offer their spaces as concert locations.

A full schedule of events will be posted on the Facebook page for Make Music Federal Way

About Make Music Day – Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in over 1,000 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, over 80 U.S. cities and the entire states of Vermont and Connecticut are organizing Make Music celebrations, encompassing thousands of music making opportunities nationwide. Make Music Day is presented by the NAMM Foundation and coordinated by the nonprofit Make Music Alliance. For more information, please visit www.makemusicday.org.

This event is sponsored by the City of Federal Way, the Federal Way Lions Club, 4Culture, Sound Publishing, and King County Libraries in Federal Way.

 

Claudia Schmidt in Seattle Concert, Sunday, June 9

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)

Free Concerts & Workshops by Paul Anastasio & Fire of Tierra Caliente – May 31 & June 7

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: sono@springwood-usa.comfor reservations and location.

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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.

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Thank you for helping SFS save resources and funds!

New SFS YouTube Channel is up and running!

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

Calendar Additions: Late-February through March

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 flyer@seafolklore.org 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

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!)