Events that Missed the November Flyer

We do our best to put together the most inclusive Folk calendar in our monthly Flyer, but depend on the community to send us listings. Here are a few that missed the deadline:

Saturday, November 6th, 4-7p PT FolkWorks is pleased to announce our end-of-the-year virtual musical celebration/party, a FUN-Raiser! Featuring live performances on-line with a variety of musical genres –something for everyone. Just like all music parties … There will be hosted rooms for song/tune swaps and chatting. FInd out more and register at

(various dates) –  Uncle Bonsai 40th Anniversary Tour:

Ticket links and info:
Nov. 5 – Traditions Fair Trade – 2 shows 5:30 & 8:30 (Olympia)

reservations/info: 360-705-2829
Nov. 12 & 13 – Triple Door, Seattle 2 different shows!
Nov. 19 Icicle Creek Arts Center, Leavenworth
Nov. 20 – Three Rivers Folklife Society concert, Richland


Saturday, November 20 | 7pm PT – Early Music Seattle presents The Virtual Concert Hall
Jan Leeflang – Bagpipes, Greet Wuyts – Accordion & Thomas Hoste, – Hurdy-gurdy

No charge | Suggested donation $20 Go to to view

With traces of traditional music still in their hearts and the influence of contemporary music in their ears, the members of Cecilia embody the drive to create, play, perform, and dance! The ensemble relishes the plain and simple things in life that have inspired their music. Cecilia plays pure dance music; clear arrangements with a strong rhythmic drive and beautiful melodies that will stay in your head long after you left the party!



Corrections and additions to the September 2021 Flyer

We regret that a printing error caused  the front page and back page of the September Flyer to have the June issue contents substituted – perhaps we are not quite ready to acknowledge the end of summer! (All interior pages are the current issue) If you regularly receive a paper issue, a replacement copy will be mailed soon, or you may request that a .pdf be sent by email.

Labor Chorus virtual songalong and more (Events that missed press deadline for the May Flyer)

(We will continue to update this space as we are able,  for a few events that missed press deadline. Please send your articles by the 10th and calendar listings by the 15th of the prior month for incusion for All times Pacific time zone
MAY 15, 5pm  –  SEATTLE LABOR CHORUS Virtual Singalong and fundraiser The evening will include songs lead specifically for this event by:
***  HOLLY NEAR – Internationally known singer and songwriter.
***  BILLY BRAGG – Internationally known labor singer and songwriter from England
***  BEN HUNTER – Seattle Songster
***  ELISE BRYANT –  Founder of the DC Labor Chorus
***  JANET STECHER – of Rebel Voices
*** ALEXANDRIA “AL” BRADBURY – Singer and wordsmith

Guests will lead community singing of great songs of labor, peace, and justice, as well as some golden oldies.  Bob Barnes and Martha Cohen will emcee this event LIVE.
More info:

Late Breaking News! (events that missed the Flyer deadline)

January 23-25 – The Bellingham Folk Festival has a great line-up: workshops, socializing, concerts! It may not be too late to sign up. Some concerts will be streamed on the Quarantine Happy Hour facebook page.

January 24 – Windborne free community sing (1 – 2pm PST) , and concert 4:30pm PST, $15 suggested donation) presented by the Susquehana Folk Music Society.

Menucha “Lunch and Learn” workshops with Mary Flower, Pat Donohu, more. Conducted by Zoom, prices vary

Streamed Concerts, Workshops, and other events (updated for late September/October)

Please send us your events and we will continue updating our web listing! Check earlier posts for archived concerts. E-mail 

On-line Concert Series:
Abbey Arts (Fremont Abbey & Ballard Homestead):
Alberta Rose Theater (Portland, OR):
Kenyon Hall Saturday night series:
Quarantine Happy Hour (programmed by alternating moderators Gabrielle Macrae and Barry Southern, Riley Calgagno,  Charmaine Slaven, and WB Reid) has been presenting wonderful online concerts for a few months. Every evening at 5:30, find a different live-stream concert (or view many past concerts archived.) It includes a virtual tip jar for the artists (follow link above to Facebook page)
Early Music Seattle plans free online concerts with donations encouraged.
Oct. 17 (7PM) Coming Together: Music from Moravia – Concert/documentary featuring Kris Kwapis, trumpet; Curtis Foster, oboe; Christine Wilkinson Beckman, violin; Nate Helgeson, bassoon; and Jillon Stoppels Dupree, harpsichord
Nov. 7 (7PM) Randal Bays – The Irish Baroque, with Clint Dye (guitar)

Festivals & Special Events:
Oct 9 – 17 Celtic Colours International Festival (Cape Breton) – nightly concerts

Oct.23-25 – Brooklyn Folk Festival on-line Performances are free (donations encouraged!); Workshops are ticketed.

Oct 24-25 – From Home to Home – Northwest Childrens Festival Live 11 AM – 1 PM
On-demand all weekend – Online at, Facebook, and Twitch, Committed to Access for All | Suggested Donation: $20 per family

Workshops and lessons On-line:
CDSS (Country Dance and Song Society) on-line calendar includes virtual dances, workshops, sessions, and more
Dusty Strings – many instrumental and singing workshops, as well as a virtual Harp Festival during the month of October

Andrew Finn Magill is offering various fiddle technique workshops this fall, including chopping/syncopation and backing up singers on fiddle.

Hanneke Cassel is teaching fiddle on-line. She is also offering free access to  a lesson teaching “Cali’s Wedding” :


Free lesson – Cali’s Wedding

A little over a year ago my sweet friend and beloved member of our music community, Cali McKasson Kovin, passed away. I wrote a tune for Cali and her husband Chris on their wedding day and then recorded this lesson for while Cali was still with us. We’ve just gotten around to editing it and wanted to share it with you as a free lesson. If you have a chance, check out Cali’s beautiful music with her brother Ryan McKasson and family at the Seattle Folklife Festival 2019.

Streamed concerts and other events – July update

(Please send us your events and we will continue updating our web listing! Check earlier posts for archived concerts. E-mail ) 

July 8 (5pm PDT)  – Faculty-Artists of the Mike Block String Camp will be performing LIVE online, presented by the Vero Beach International Music Festival, and serving as a scholarship fundraiser for our students at camp. We hope you can join us!
Performers include multiple Grammy Award-Winning and Nominated artists, representing an array of string styles:

Natalie MacMaster – Cape Breton Fiddle
Casey Driessen – Progressive Bluegrass Fiddle
Darol Anger – Jazz/Bluegrass Violin
Arun Ramamurthy – Indian Carnatic Violin
Rushad Eggleston – Sneth Cello/Vocals
Hanneke Cassel – Scottish Fiddle
Michael Thurber- Jazz/Pop Bass
Lauren Rioux – Old-Time Fiddle
Natalie Haas – Celtic/Scandinavian Cello
Trina Basu – Multi-Style Violin
Zach Brock – Jazz Violin
Joe K. Walsh – Bluegrass Mandolin/Vocals
Melissa Brun – Fiddle on Cello
Colin Cotter – Singer/Songwriter
Taylor Morris – Multi-Style Fiddle
Mike Block – Multi-Style Cello/Voice

Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music – “Virtual” Film release May 15th

Filmmaker Michael Murphy is presenting his new award-winning film, Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music, in an effort to raise money for Louisiana musicians who have lost income amid the Covid-19 pandemic. A celebration of the music and culture of New Orleans over the decades, it features performances by Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, Neville Brothers and Preservation Hall, archival footage of Louis Armstrong and other jazz legends as well as interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Bonnie Raitt, Sting and Robert Plant. The film will begin showing in more than 50 “virtual cinemas” on May 15th.

Tickets avialable from this link after May 15:

An intricate study and celebration of a quintessential cultural epicenter, Up From The Streets: New Orleans: The City of Music is a definitive look at one of the most influential components of American music. . The film was directed by Michael Murphy and produced by Robin Burgess and Cilista Eberle.
**Nominated for Best Feature Louisiana Documentary at 2019 New Orleans Film Festival
**Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival
**Nominated for Best Feature Documentary at 2020 DC Independent Film Festival
**Received Award of Excellence at Indie Fest Film Festival for Documentary Feature
**Juried Gold Award Winner for Best Feature Documentary at Houston WorldFest Film Festival, the world’s largest and 3rd oldest film festival.

About The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation:
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. In response to the devastating effects that COVID-19 has left on Louisiana’s music community, the Foundation has established
the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund created to support Louisiana musicians and music industry workers whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by this unprecedented crisis.


Streamed Concerts & Festivals – update for May

Please send notices about on-line concerts and other virtual events to, and we will try to keep this space updated. Some of the past events may also be available to view after the live stream is done. Tips and donations are very much encouraged for the performers offering their music!

April 30, May 2, May 3  –  The Roots – Rites of Spring
Part I: Russian vocal ensemble Juliana & PAVA join Thomas Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony on a journey that takes audiences through the musical traditions that inspired Stravinsky’s groundbreaking score.
Part II: Dausgaard and the Seattle Symphony perform the complete score of Stravinsky’s thrilling and heart pumping The Rite of Spring.

Watch on Facebook and YouTube:
Thursday, April 30, at 7:30pm:
Saturday, May 2, at 8pm:
Sunday, May 3, at 2pm:

Please consider making a gift today to help us continue sharing music with our community in Seattle and around the world:

May 1 (Noon – 1pm PDT) – John McCutcheon’s May Day/Labor Day show   John and a host of special guest honoring working people with songs and stories on May Day, the first Labor Day. On Facebook Live:

May 3 (Noon – 1pm PDT) – Batter Up! John McCutcheon’s Baseball Concert with Chuck Brodsky
John celebrates our (deferred) national pastime with he old pal Chuck Brodsky, Atlanta Braves’ organist Matthew Kaminski, Eddie Owen, and a special surprise Hall-of-Fame pitcher. Step up the plate this Sunday at 3PM Eastern (Noon PDT).

May 10 – Frontier Home Log On Festival – This one-day online mini festival and fundraiser will include a full day of workshops, and an evening concert. 100% of what we raise will go to musicians who have performed at Frontier Home. There’s never been a more important time to dig deep and help the music you love survive. workshop pass here – just $30 gets you access to all workshops.

The concert will be streamed to Facebook Live.
More info and schedule here:
Workshops by Evie Ladin, Joe Newberry, Moira Smiley, Gabrielle Macrae, and Jordan Tice!
Concert with Jefferson Hamer, Tatiana Hargreaves, Joe Troop, and new stop motion animation by West of Roan!

May 12 – Curtis & Loretta Livestream (can also be viewed later)

May 15 – Randal Bays 7PM – Fireside Fiddle (online musical visit with the Bays family) Tickets $15

May 16-17 Stay at Home Festival #3 Lena Jonsson, Yann Falquet, Los Rolling Ruannas, Paper Wings, and many more. See the schedule here: Link to the Livestream through the webpage:

May 21 – 25 COVID CONCERTS II – Trad Cafe edition
Thursday 21 May 2pm ET – Anna Massie
Brilliant and entertaining Scottish multi-instrumentallist, a member of Blazin Fiddles

Friday 22 May 2pm ET – Ruthie Dornfeld Wildly eclectic and influential fiddler fluent in many styles including N.E.contra, E.European, the vielle…

7:30pm ET – Wendy MacIsaac Great Cape Breton fiddler, a founding member of the band Beòlach

Saturday 23 May 2pm ET – Olav Mjelva  Virtuoso player of the Norwegian Hardanger and traditional fiddle, member of Nordic Fiddlers Bloc

7:30pm ET – Alasdair Fraser  Masterful and inspiring Scottish fiddler

Sunday 24 May 2pm ET – Mikael Marin 5-string violist with the brilliant Swedish band, Väsen

7:30pm ET – Bruce Molsky Legendary American old-time fiddler

Monday 25 May   2pm ET – Jani Lang  Hungarian fiddler living in Scotland, playing Hungarian, Romanian and Roma fiddle music

May 23 – 25 – Northwest Folklife Festival – From Home to Home 

See the Schedule here!  

Every Wednesday, 4-7pm PDT (7-10 Eastern time zone), Jonathan Byrd

Every Thursday, 7-8pm  (starting at 7:05pm PDT), Tony Furtado and Stephanie Schneiderman will give a house concert from their living room.
“Sidewalk Serenade Socially Distant” Special Guests:
Apr 16 – Casey Neill
Apr 23 – “Dean” (Luke & Rachael Price)
Apr 30 – Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin
Here’s where to view from:

Sunday, April 26, Birds of Chicago (The Ark Family Room Series) 4:30 – 6:30pm PDT  (Join the live stream from the Ark’s webpage – no Facebook account needed! See other on-line concerts listed on the Ark’s Facebook Page.

Every Sunday, 1pm –  Banjo/slide guitar session with Tony Furtado
A free, weekly Facebook-LIVE session with Tony Furtado – He will play banjo and slide guitar based songs/tunes, talk about other players and gear… and answer questions!

Cafe Lena streams nightly concerts as part of their Stay at Home Sessions.  Tuesday April 14th featured a Don White concert, just recorded in Nov. 2019; Alaisdair Frasier and Natalie Hass were featured on April 16 and Peter Yarrow on April 19th.  This is a great chance to see some marvelous concerts. After they air,  they will be up on Lena’s site to view.  See the full upcoming lineup, and the previously released concerts now available to view ( John Gorka, Joe Jencks, and others) at the Cafe Lena YouTube home page.
There is a tip jar available if you so desire, with the proceeds being split between the artist and Lena’s. It helps the artist, and the club in these difficult times.

Live Facebook concerts: Musicians of many genres are sharing performances on The Quarantine Sessions . Many local musicans have also been performing through the Quarantine Happy Hour Group.

Virtual Jams!

May 2, 10 – 11:30am – The Skandia Jam is alive and well . . . and virtual!  Join us for a session of music making on Saturday, May 2, 10:00-11:30am.
If you would like to attend the jam session, send an email to to get the Zoom link. We will send you the link, provide instructions for sound settings, suggest a couple of Zoom etiquette pointers, and ask if you’d like to lead any tunes. We hope to see you there!