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!

Rob Kneisler Album Release Concert July 9th


July 9, 7pm at Egans Ballard Jamhouse

Nancy K. Dillon, Wes Weddell and Dan Mohler will be backing up Rob and the Whateverly Brothers are planning to help out somewhere in there. Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Email: (reservations are taken) $10 admission

(The SFS Flyer regrets that the above calendar listing was omitted in our July/August Flyer)


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

Correction for SFS 2022 spring schedule (and other Choro concert reccomendations)

The April 16 Brazilian choro concert had to be cancelled as the artists we hoped to present are not able to perform. We are sorry to disappoint our audience and hope to have choro concerts next season. In the meantime, here are a couple of choro related events coming up:

Friday March 11, 8 pm
Douglas Lora, Brazilian guitarist and composer
Chapel Performance Space at Good Shepherd Center, 4th Floor
info & tickets:

Friday April 15, 7 pm
Choro Tomorrow from Olympia
Market Stage at Crossroads Shopping Center in Bellevue

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:

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.

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.