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

11 Hours of Folk! Tomorrow!

Festival Poster 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.

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