Events that missed the September Flyer

Emerald City Contra Dance

The Emerald City Contra Dance is starting up again September 9, after a long hiatus due to COVID. Information about the bands arrived too late to be included in the September SFS Flyer.
Friday, September 9: Greg Frock (Baltimore) w/ Ryan McKasson and Anita Anderson. Come join the fun when fiddler Ryan McKasson (Syncopaths, Kalos, Contra Sutra) and pianist Anita Anderson (End Effects, Roguery, Spin) welcome caller Greg Frock from Baltimore. Greg actively seeks out new, interesting, and accessible dances from all over the country, and bands (and crowds!) love him and his clear calling style. He hasn’t been in the PNW for a few years, and it’s about time he returned. Ryan’s special feeling for Scottish and Cape Breton tunes gets good support from Anita’s “forthright and driving underpinnings,” as Warren Argo used to say, and together the dance package will keep you all moving.

Friday, September 16: Dale Russ (fiddle) and Mike Saunders (guitar). A master Irish fiddler teams up with a guitar player that has mastered every style.
Friday, September 23: SonoOnos. Sono Hashisaki, Olga Hauptmann & Jay Finkelstein, fiddles & guitar

Friday, September 30: Larry Unger and Audrey Knuth

Events that missed the July/August Flyer

We did not receive very many calendar listings for the summer (July/August) issue of the SFS Flyer!  We will attempt to add additional events in occasional “late
breaking news” posts here; check for updates. The next deadline is August 15, for the September issue; please send us your events.
There seems to be a (hopefully, temporary) issue with the online calendar, so please email your events to

August 27—Fortnight of Doom

When we said waaaayyy back in June that we would have a great guest, we were right. August 27, 5-6:30pm on the Whateverly Brothers’ You Tube and Facebook feeds, we happily welcome KAT EGGLESTON back for her annual visit with Chris and Dan.  To us, she is a goddess of guitar, a model of vocal charisma, and a grippingly evocative songwright.

Dancing til Dusk 2022, 16 summer evenings of free music, dance lessons and dancing in downtown Seattle parks

1st hour is a beginning dance lesson, bring a partner if you want to take the lesson!

As of this writing  masks are optional but highly recommended while on the dance floor. We also highly recommend that you are both Vaccinated and Boosted for both yours and others health and safety. This policy is subject to change.

Rain Hotline: 206-264-5646

Thursdays in Westlake Park

July 7 — Kiki Valera y su Son Cubano | Salsa

July 14 — Portage Bay Big Band | Big Band Swing

July 21 — The Everlovers | Rock & Roll, Roadhouse & Variety

July 28 — Swingin’ In the Rain with Dina Blade | Variety

Tuesdays in Hing Hay Park

July 12 — Joel Astley & Friends | Blues

July 19 — Ranger and the “Re? Arrangers” | D‘Jango Reinhart Swing

July 26 — Birch Periera and the Gin Joints | Americana Rock ’n Roll Revival

Aug 2 — Jonathan Doyle/Matt Weiner/D‘Vonne Lewis Trio | Lindy Hop Swing

Thursdays in Freeway Park

Aug 4 — Ben Thomas Tango Trio | Tango

Aug 11 — Lavender Country | Country

Aug 18 — Kate Voss and the Big Boss Band | Swing

Aug 25 — Joy Street Orchestra | Waltz & Variety

Tuesdays at Pier 62

Aug 9 — Curley Taylor and Zydeco Trouble | Zydeco

Aug 16 — Billy Joe Show | Honky Tonk/Swing

Aug 23 — DJ Koichi Tsunoda | West Coast Swing

Aug 30 — The Real Lady “A” | Blues, Soul & Funk

FUNDRAISER • Friday, Sep 9
Golden Gardens Bathhouse
6-9pm | Recommended donaton $25

With KGB | Waltz and more! This is a Ball Blanc; wear white!

Events that missed the April Flyer!

Please submit calendar items to the SFS Flyer no later than the 15th of the previous month. (The next deadline is April 15th, for the May issue) We would love to help you publicize your folk & traditional music, dance, and other arts events in the Seattle metropolitan area, or that are available online! Here are a few items that missed being included in the latest issue. We will attempt to additional items of interest for April as the month goes on.

April 8, 7pm – DANCE FROM HOME WITH THE RACCOON CARNIVAL – Dance or play along or just enjoy the music! (online, registration needed, free with donations asked for the Phinney Neighborhood Center): Gather online April 8th at 7pm for a night of music, community, and online contra dancing to benefit the Phinney Neighborhood Association! With a dozen-ish members in the band we can’t do a livestream, so instead we’ve spent months using a collaborative video app to record fiddles, guitars, banjos and bass, all one person at a time.The delightful Eric Curl will guide you through the dances, and you can download our tune book to play along at home! Not a dancer or musician (yet)? Feel free to come just to listen! Sign up here:
More info, and download the tunes if you want to play along here:
Free to attend, though donations for PNA encouraged and appreciated!PNA has been serving hot meals, helping seniors with pharmacy and grocery runs, and providing opportunities to keep the community connected throughout the pandemic. We’d like to help keep the good work going by directing all donations for this event to PNA.

April 8 – 10 – Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival – Seattle Center, 10am – 4pm each day

April 9, 7:30The Bushwick Book Club Seattle presents Original Music Inspired by the Works of Beverly Cleary An evening of musicians and artists premiering new, original works inspired by the written word. Performers include Debbie MillerVince MartinezFae WiedenhoeftSam RussellJulia FrancisEric Lane Barnes, Elle Vergara, Ailisa NewhallIbidunni Ojikutu and Rani Weatherby. Celebrate the life, work, and wisdom of beloved children’s author—and Pacific Northwest native!—Beverly Cleary, creator of Beezus and RamonaRalph S. Mouse, and many more books of heartwarming” honesty and humor. Themes: Childhood, independence, family  Tickets available here  HERE Venue: Townhall Seattle 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA 98101 info: $20 in-person & online, free for age 22 & under.

April 16, 7:30 – Sam Amidon, Eli Wills Woodlawn Hall 7400 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Produced by Abbey Arts) $15 – $25

April 22, 7:30pm – Jeffrey Martin w/ Bob Sumner Fremont Abbey 4272 Fremont Ave N $10 – $15

April 29, 7:30pm – Kenyon Hall  –  Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Romani campsite with their version of Hot Club Swing. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger’s sweet violin playing…his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional European melodies, and the music of Django Reinhardt. Tickets $15 for adults, $10 for children (ages 6-18; age 5 and under are free) and seniors (55+). Email  to request seats! You will receive an email response with confirmation details. *For these performances, for the protection of all our patrons, artists, staff members and volunteers, masks will be required and patrons ages 6 and over will be asked to show proof of vaccination for COVID 19 in order to purchase tickets.    

Throughout April: Various Music Events at C & P Coffee –  Marco de Carvalho, Roo Forrest,  Whateverly Brothers, & more:
5612 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98136

Streamed Events Calendar

Many thanks to Seattle singer Laura Bassett for putting together a public calendar to share news of streamed concerts or other events during challenging time!

View suggestions for live streamed concerts, virtual dances, and more, here:

Share your suggestions to add to the calendar here:

A Wealth of music this Weekend!

A few events missed getting their listings in to the SFS Flyer, and an amazing amount of folk related events are happening just this mid-February weekend!(Organizers – please send your calendar listings to no later than the 15th of the month prior to your event for inclusion!)
West Coast Tionol – A celebration of Irish uilleann pipes! Feb 14-16, with special guest pipers, Joey Abarta and Cillian Vallely.
Opening party (address forwarded to registrants Friday Feb 14th.
Doric Lodge (619 N. 36th St. in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood)
Saturday & Sunday, Feb 15-16 – workshops, dconcerts, a dance, adn more!
Full Schedule:

The Oly Old-time Festival (Olympia, WA) is now underway until Sunday
with workshops, concerts, and dances. Featured guests include Brad Leftwich and the Humdingers, the Evie Ladin & Keith Terry Duo, Ella Korth, Piney Gals, Sassafrass Sisters, and more.

In addiiton the Winter Feis festival of Scottish language, music, art, culture and dance is taking place at St Benedict’s School (4811 Wallingford Ave N, Seattle)

If you are in the mood for a wonderful evening of Scottish song, tickets are still available for the Jim and Susie Malcolm concert in the Phinney Center Saturday Feb. 15th. (advance tickets on-line until 12:30 Saturday, then a few more should be available at the door, payable by cash or check).

Don’t forget the Emerald City Contra Dance, the Bryan Bowers concert presented but the Pacific NW Folklore Society, in the Couth Buzzard and the Northwest Seaport Chantey Sing, all on Firday nght!

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
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

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 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

Make Music Day is this Thursday, June 21st!


Come to the Phinney/Greenwood neighborhood for all day activities! Here are a few highlights of Make Music PhinneyWood (see an updated schedule at after June 19th)
Please help share pictures and experiences on social media #MakeMusicSeattle.

  • Different Drummer, a multi-genre chamber ensemble comprised of violin, cello, double bass and percussion,   invites listeners to an open rehearsal in the Heart of Phinney Park 10am – 1pm
  • The Greenwood Library features storytimes in the morning, instrument making and Junk Jam Band with Seattle ReCreative 3-5pm, an Instrument Petting Zoo with Music Center of the Northwest 4-5:30pm, and a Rounds Singing workshop for adults (all ages welcome) led by Sandy Buchner aka Zelda Starfire 6-7:15. Workshop participants have a chance to show off with a short performance at 7:20 in the Library Courtyard!…/greenwood-br…/greenwood-branch-events…
  • A-1 Piano will have a piano on the street for passersby to do impromptu concerts.
  • Seattle Song Circle hosts an open sing (5-7pm) and the Ukestra  performs and leads a “strum -a-long” (concert 7-7:45, hosted jam for singers and all instruments 7:45 – 8:30pm) on the lawn of the Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N.
  • An open jam of northern dance tunes (French Canadian, Irish, New England & beyond) will be hosted by Brad, Valerie, & friends,  and a participatory dance by Sarah Comer’s Open Old Time Dance Band and the Seattle Collaborative Contra Band will take place in the Greenwood Hardware parking lot. (Jam session  5-7:15/  Easy Dances for All! 7:30 – 9pm )
  • Salmon Bay Community Lending hosts 2 participatory jams: Jazz from 6-7:30 & Tango 7:30 – 9. Bring your instrument; lead sheets provided! There is also an open kids musicmaking area.
  • Betsy Alexander teaches a free “Fiddling from Scratch” workshop 6pm at Illuminations Learning Studio (7720 Greenwood Ave N ) for all ages of the fiddle curious. Loaner instruments are available for both children and adults for the workshop.

Watch for these performances (subject to change):

All-ages performances in the Screening Room of Naked City Brewery
(8564 Greenwood Ave N) Happy hour prices 3-5pm
The Temporaries 3:15-4:00
Little Sara and the Night Owls 4:15 – 5:00PM

Heart of Phinney Park (67th & Greenwood, east or west corners):
Steve Church -folk, blues, & jazzy originals 3:30 – 4:00pm
Do Peterson Band – classic soul & folk 5pm
Strawberry Rocket – original rock trio 6pm
Phinney Ridge Orchestra 8:00
Phinney Ridge Youth Orchestra 8:30

The Phinery (6500 Phinney Ave N)
Phinney School of Music 5-5:30 pm

Starbucks (outside) 5-6pm
Ken Elia – Solo classical guitar and arrangements of pop/rock/jazz

Phinney Books: Mathew Benham – Jazz Guitaist 6-8 pm

3 Wishes Clothing:   TBA

Couth Buzzard (in front of the store):
Jim Page – Seattle’s great songwriter and activist shares stories and songs starting at 3pm and throughout the evening.

Stage Door Cafe:
Stewart Hendrickson – solo fiddle, mostly Scandinavian 4pm

Johnson & Johnson Antiques (6820 Greenwood Ave N):
Cedron and N’Shama Sterling – Music that Touches the Heart – 7-9pm

Beats & Bohos (7200 Greenwood Ave N):
Kelly Blanchard & Blue Star Creeper  7 – 8pm

Makeda Coffee:
Abby London 6pm
Ethos 7pm
The Lost Boy presents the Kewl Kidz 8pm

Verity Courtyard (8533 Greenwood Ave N):
Abraham Neuwelt – percussion & handpan 3:30 – 5:30
SaeMonae – solo rap 7pm
Phoebe Kinks – indie alternative band 7:30 pm
Moon Candy – all-women country rock band 8pm
Jav DaHart – solo songwriter a mix of hip hop, pop, rock and poetry 8:30pm

Emerald City Contra moves to Om Culture for (Dec. 1st) one night only

Just another reminder – the Friday night contra dance moves to Om Culture – 2210 N Pacific St , only for Dec. 1st! (This is a once-a-year move, while the Phinney Center gets set up for Winter Fest) The band is Contra Sutra – Dave Bartley (guitar, mandolin), Ryan McKasson (fiddle) and Marni Rachmiel (flute, saxophone) with special guest percussionist Julie Bennett from Olympia. Susan Petrick calls the dances. Admission to tonight’s dance is $12/$10 members/ $7 students.

Family Dance – November 5th, January 14, February 11, & March 11

Coming on Sunday, Nov 5 –
One-time change in schedule to the  FIRST SUNDAY
2:30 – 4:30 in Rm 7 of the “Blue Building”
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N,  Seattle

music by  Bonnie Zahnow, WB Reid, Terry Wergeland and their students – the Musical Socks
calling from Abi Hobart of Bellingham and Amy Carroll – SFD organizer

Future dances on:

Jan 14
Feb 11
Mar 11
And in May at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Come join the fun!

Simple dances for kids under 10 and their families
For more information, see