Northwest Scottish Fiddlers

The Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, under the direction of Calum MacKinnon, are excited to play for the Everett Public Library once again! Music from Scotland will be the main feature, with trips to the Shetlands, Cape Breton. You’ll hear traditional Scottish arrangements, to more modern sets, taught by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at our January fiddle workshop. There’ll be very new compositions, as well as old standards that have been played for centuries. Something for everyone! PLEASE JOIN US! Saturday, April 29th at 2pm. FREE!

2017 Concert Season opens with The Bills this Saturday – January 21st! Hear the band interviewed on KBCS at 11 AM

We are pleased to begin our 2017 concert season with The Bills – a wonderful 5 piece Canadian combo, celebrating 20 years of touring as a group.  Advance tickets will be available on-line until 2PM Saturday through Brown Paper Tickets 
You can hear the band interviewed on KBCS Radio 91.3 FM at 11 AM, on Our Saturday Tradition with Ginger Hopper.

The concert takes place at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall (in the lower brick building) The house will open by 7PM for the 7:30 show.  At this point tickets are expected to be available at the door – our website will be updated if this changes. See the concert listings for more info about this and other upcoming events.

The Seattle Family Dance starts again on January 8th(earlier time: 2 :30 – 4:30 PM)!

Family Dance at Phinney Neighborhood Center, sponsored by the Seattle Folklore Society.

Family Dance this Sunday, January 8th! Come hear (and dance to) the next exciting young band – “The Mossbacks” – at the Phinney Neighborhood Center Community Hall this Sunday from 2:30 to 4:30 pm!

These talented youth play with skill and confidence far beyond their years. They are all multi-instrumentalists: Carter Schafer (15) plays fiddle, piano, and banjo; Oliver Knaphus (10) plays fiddle and guitar; and Sam Zito (15) plays bass, fiddle, and mandolin.

Sherry Nevins will call fun dances for all ages. Spread the word!

Future 2017 Family Dance dates:
February 12th (the 2nd Sunday this month!)
March 5
April 2

Workshops, dances, concerts and more to keep you busy during the Winter break!

Our concerts are on break, until January 21st – but Seattle offers a wealth of music and dance! Here are a few activities that missed the deadline to be listed in our December or January Flyers – We will add more “Late breaking news” periodically

Don’t forget that the Emerald City Contra dances offer a great way to work off holiday dinners, with great music and callers, and a friendly community!
December 23rd features Purple Heys (Sean Bolton on fiddle, Melissa Coffey on whistle, flute, sax, and fiddle, and Doug Plummer on piano). You’ll dance to a mixture of cheerful French Canadian tunes, fast moving Irish music, and rollicking old-time standards full of precise fiddle licks, sparkling whistle melodies, inventive chord accompaniment, and the smile-inducing saxophone. Laura Mé Smith calls. Emerald City Contra Schedule

Monday, December 26 – French Canadian tune workshop and jam (workshop 4-6 PM, potluck and jam follows) If you enjoyed the Quebecois session at our 50 Years of Folk Festival, you can find fiddler Lisa Ornstein back in Seattle, teaching a workshop and leading a jam at a private home in NE Seattle. More info on Québec and Acadie tune workshop here

December 29 8-11 PM – The Onlies (Leo, Riley, and Sami ) are home for the holidays and excited to announce a reunion benefit concert next Thursday, December 29th at the The Hillman City Collaboratory! 5623 Ranier Ave S 8pm concert and a square dance to follow with local caller and friend Tony Mates. All funds will go to support clean water–at Standing Rock and in Flint. Look for more details to come on the Collaboratory Webpage

Tickets will be available at the door for Heidi Muller & Bob Webb Nov. 26; tickets also on sale for 2017 Winter Season!

Heidi Muller & Bob Webb close out the 2016 concert season on Saturday, Nov. 26
Heidi Muller & Bob Webb close out the 2016 concert season on Saturday, Nov. 26

SFS is delighted to have Heidi Muller and Bob Webb back for a concert on Thanksgiving weekend. The duo will be releasing and playing songs from their new CD, Up Hurricane Creek – their fourth CD together, and the first one in eleven years that features Heidi’s songwriting (following recent recordings of holiday/solstice songs and dulcimer music). Advance tickets will be available until noon at, then will be available at the door by check or cash.

The 2017 season will start up again on January 21st. Here is a season preview – watch our website for updates and additions(Advance tickets available for each show 60 days prior through Brown Paper Tickets, or in person by check or cash at other SFS concerts. Prices vary, but there is always a discount for members, seniors 65+, and full-time students. Youth – age 6–17 – are always half of the general price)
January 21: The Bills—Energetic Canadian roots – fiddle, mandolin, acordion, guitar, great vocal harmonies – celebrating their 20th year of touring!
January 28: Dan Crary, Bill Evans, & Martin Stevens —Innovative bluegrass & more
February 11: Jim Malcolm — One of the finest voices in Scotland
February 18: Frankie Gavin—traditional Irish fiddle; a founding member of De Daanan
February 26 (Sunday): David Francey—Outstanding songs/stories; three-time JUNO winner
March 4: Pat Donohue—Grammy-winning acoustic guitarist and frequent Prairie Home Companion regular plays swing to jazz to bottleneck blues to folk
March 11: Local songwriter showcase
March 25: MAC—Fiery Celtic tunes by Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (pipes), Colin Cotter (guitar)

December 2nd Contra Dance takes place at OmCulture

Just a reminder that the Emerald City Contra Dance moves to OmCulture for the December 2nd dance! (The Phinney Center is setting up for Winterfest, their annual craft and entertainment fair) KGB

December 2 – KGB – Julie King (piano), Claude Ginsberg (fiddle), and Dave Bartley (mandolin, guitar-like instruments, percussion). One of Seattle’s top bands combines original tunes with a few contra classics with a sound and energy that sounds like it came from another country. Susan Petrick calls.

Take note! This dance takes place at OmCulture near Gasworks Park. Find it at 2210 North Pacific Street in Seattle.

Dance from 7:30pm to 10:00pm, beginner’s workshop at 7:00
$9 general admission. $8 for SFS members, PNA members, and seniors. $5 for students. Free for people under the age of 16.
First time contra dancers get a coupon for free admission to their next dance.
Coupon redemption limited to first five coupons on any single night.
Emerald City Contra Dance schedule

Fall Concert tickets now on sale!

Tickets for our first 6 Fall concerts are now on sale!
Tickets go on sale 60 days before each concert. You may purchase them through Brown Paper Tickets , or at other prior SFS events, including our free 50th Anniversary “50 Years of Folk” Festival and celebration on September 17th.
Here is the Fall season – see listings for more description of each concert:

Sept 24: Eliza Gilkyson
Oct 1: Bruce Molsky
Oct 2: Tannahill Weavers
Oct 8: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Oct 16: Jamie Laval
Oct 22: Kenny White
Nov 5: (TBA)
Nov 13: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Nov 19: Lucy Kaplansky
Nov 26:  Heidi Muller & Bob Webb

SFS Annual Picnic scheduled for Sunday, August 14th

SFS Annual Picnic Invitation Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Please come to the Seattle Folklore Society’s annual potluck picnic. Bring your instruments, voices, and a big pot of your favorite family recipe. The picnic is a great time to meet our board members and each other, talk about SFS, and join in some singing.

The Picnic is Sunday, August 14th from 5 to 8 PM. Jack Aldrich has once again graciously opened his home to us. Jack’s address is in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood. (Call 206-782-0505 for address)

All of us on the SFS board are looking forward to seeing you at the Picnic!

Fall 2016 Concert Series Announced

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.

Sept 24: Eliza Gilkyson
Oct 1: Bruce Molsky
Oct 2: Tannahill Weavers
Oct 8: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Oct 16: Jamie Laval
Oct 22: Kenny White
Nov 5: (TBA)
Nov 13: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Nov 19: Lucy Kaplansky
Nov 26:  Heidi Muller & Bob Webb

More information on each show will be added to the individual listings before tickets go on sale.


Friday March 25th, The Whateverly Brothers at the Couth Buzzard

(This date was incorrectly listed in the March SFS Flyer.) The Whateverly Brothers are known for their broad-spectrum folk and wide-ranging repertoire. From doowap to Celtic to singer-songwriter to sea shanties, they give each song a special treatment. Band members: Dan Roberts, Chris Glanister, Rob Kneisler. Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe. 7:30 – 9:30, free (donations encouraged). Info:,, or