Just a few hours until we will be setting up for the all-day festival to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of SFS! Both of the buildings at the Phinney Center will be ringing with songs, fiddle, autoharp, and dancing feet from 11am – 5PM. Starting at 7PM, the day will conclude with a special Showcase Concert:
In a concert that represents the continuing traditions of 50 Years of Folk, four performances conclude the day-long Folk Festival on September 17th at the Phinney Neighborhood Center. The concert features Phil and Vivian Williams, the founders of the Seattle Folklore Society, young musicians carrying on folk music traditions, and is hosted by well-known singer and song-writer, Bryan Bowers.
Phil and Vivian Williams co-founded the Seattle Folklore Society 50 years ago and have made substantial contributions to the folk and traditional arts in the Pacific Northwest in four main areas: performance, research and documentation, education, and folk arts organizations. As musicians, they are highly acclaimed performers of old time fiddle, bluegrass, and traditional ballroom dance music. Their scholarship includes extensive recording and researching of the fiddle and dance music of the Pacific Northwest.
Squirrel Butter, Charlie Beck and Charmaine Slaven, explores the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, and Cajun. Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo and fiddle, and Charmaine will play the guitar while step-dancing to the music. Charlie and Charmaine anchor the old-time music, honky-tonk, and square dance communities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Skolkis will take listeners on a rollicking musical tour of Denmark, Norway, and Sweden and pay tribute to master musicians who inspired them. This quartet features original compo-sitions and traditional tunes, plus selections written by renowned Scandinavian artists. The group’s name, in Swedish, means “playing hooky,” and it’s a good fit for the group’s playful stage presence.
From his rather unglamorous beginning as a street singer, Bryan Bowers has become a major artist on the traditional music circuit. He has redefined the autoharp and is also well known as a singer-songwriter. Bryan has a dynamic outgoing personality and an uncanny ability to enchant a crowd in practically any situation. He will emcee the concert and share his music to end the evening.
The concert, in the Community Hall in the Brick Building, will start at 7pm on Saturday, September 17, and is free, as is the rest of the program of the “50 Years of Folk” Festival.