Updates to Lake City Contra Dance Events

Thursday May 9, 2024- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – Ruthie Carroll, Dave Bartley & Marni Rachmiel cavort with great skill and humor on fiddle, concertina, mandolin, guitar, flute & sax! Caller Abigail Golden brings a delightful selection of dances! Info at https://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Saturday May 11 – The Haller Lake Community Dance has been rescheduled this month for Saturday May 18.

Saturday May 18 – The Haller Lake Community Dance is ON for this evening, featuring LIVE music and family-friendly reels, circles, contra & square dances taught on-the-spot by caller Sherry Nevins. The fun will happen outdoors (weather permitting) at the Haller Lake Community Club from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 12579 Densmore Ave N, Seattle, WA 98133

Events that missed the December 2023 Flyer

Celebrate Winter Solstice in this online event, suitable for ages 12 and up. We’ll reflect on the earth’s position and the science of this occasion, then stretch our bodies, imaginations, & intentions to release into the gifts of this longest night.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 21, 2023 6:30 – 8:30pm
Location: Online. Zoom link sent upon registration.
Admission: Register through https://wintersolstice.bpt.me/
Sliding Scale Admission $0 – $40, contribute-as-you-can.

Events that missed the September 2023 Flyer

These events from Dusty Strings missed the September Flyer:

Blues Harmonica Master Class with Grant Dermody. Saturday, September 2, 11am-1pm. Cost: $90. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. In this special master class, Grant will share his approach and techniques, share tips from the pros, and answer questions about practicing and musicianship. Every participant will have the opportunity to receive individual attention, and Grant may invite students to play for constructive feedback. Grant will also share his deep knowledge of the blues and stories of his life as a career blues musician. Register at dustystrings.com.

Beginning Ukulele 1 with Birch Pereira. Four Wednesdays, September 6, 13, 20, 27. 12pm-1pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Learn the fundamentals of this popular instrument! You’ll start off learning how to hold, tune, strum, and play basic chords and melodies from TAB. You’ll learn basic strumming and rhythmic patterns, develop good practice habits, and even start singing along to familiar songs as you play! This class is perfect for total beginners and those with a little bit of experience. Register at dustystrings.com.

Beginning Guitar 1 with Jonathan Shue. Four Saturdays, September 9, 16, 23, 30. 11am–12pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Over the course of four weeks, you’ll learn at least three basic chords and strum patterns used throughout popular music. You’ll develop good practice habits and a strong foundation for playing guitar with ease so you can enjoy your instrument for years to come! We’ll explore popular songs from the 20th century from folk to rock. Register at dustystrings.com.

Swinging the Blues with Eric Madis. Saturday, September 16. 11am–1pm. Cost: $50. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N, Seattle. This class teaches a jazz approach to the blues, including understanding the song structures and harmo-ny/theory of blues. Learn a blues tune/progression, new chords and techniques for soloing, include scales, arpeggios and classic riffs. For intermediate guitarists. Eric Madis is a working musician and recording artist and has taught guitar throughout the U.S. and Canada since 1976. Register at dustystrings.com.

Anything Goes! Broadway Showtunes for Ukulele with Susan Howell. Five Tuesdays, Sept. 19, 26, 3, 10, and 17. 12pm–1pm. Cost: $120. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. Learn and explore Broadway showtunes from Cole Porter to Leonard Bernstein to Lin-Manual Miranda. Suggestions welcome!

Songwriting Intensive with Tai Shan. Five Tuesdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17. 7pm–8:30pm PST. Cost: $150. Online via Zoom. Join Nashville songwriter Tai Shan for a four-week online songwriting course designed to get you writing a new song every week! During each session, Tai will provide you with a prompt to use as inspiration to write a song, poem, or chord progression. The following week you will bring your creation to share with the group (either live or with a basic recording from your phone). Scared you will not know what to write? In every class we will explore the tools you need in your songwriter’s tool chest to work as a professional songwriter.

Guitar Master Class with Muriel Anderson. Saturday, September 23. 11am-1pm. Cost: $90. In person at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave N. In this special master class, Muriel will share her innovative approach to technique, arranging, interpretation, and inspiration. Participants will learn new riffs or tunes, and Muriel will play a few tunes, as well. Every participant will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive individual attention on techniques, playing, and musicianship to help you make the most of your time with your guitar.

Events that missed the June Flyer

(Please send your listings by the 15th of the previous month to include them in our calendar listings. The next issue will be a combination July/August – plan ahead!)

Friday, June 2
Not 2 Much presents “Noite Brasileira: featuring Adriana Giordano
Northwest favorites Marina Albero (Synths/Keys) and D’Vonne Lewis (Drums) create a powerful soundscape of rhythm and textures while opening space for some unique players to join and take us on a musical journey.  10:30pm, The Royal Room Tickets: $20 advance, $25 doors https://theroyalroomseattle.com/

Jim Page and Grant Dermody in Concert 7pm at the Couth Buzzard
Seattle’s Bard, guitarist Jim Page, and harmonica legend Grant Dermody — together in an intimate coffeehouse setting. Masks strongly encouraged.

Saturday, June 3
Celebrating Stew Hendrickson, 2-5pm at the Couth Buzzard
Stewart Hendrickson has long been a valued member of the Seattle folk scene, and a treasured friend to the Couth Buzzard. His work in reviving the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society brought many talented artists to our venue over the years, and his hosting abilities shone during the monthly concerts he organized. Weekend visitors were occasionally lucky enough to catch a solo show, highlighting Stew’s own fiddle and ukulele playing and powerful voice. Come by between 2:00 and 5:00pm on Saturday to wish Stew well and visit with him as he leaves Seattle for his next chapter. We will miss him greatly!

Pagdiriwang Philippine Festival
Saturday, June 3 | 11:00am – 6:00pm PT
Sunday, June 4 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm PT
Seattle Center Armory & Mural Amphitheatre, FREE | In-Person
Bring the whole family to observe the anniversary of Philippine independence at the largest Filipino art and cultural festival in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Traditional and Contemporary Dance Performances
  • Variety of Classical and New Music
  • Film Festival
  • Tattoo Exhibit and Demonstration
  • Workshop about the Ancient Writings of the Philippines
  • Culinary Arts and Cooking Demos
  • Art, Photography, and Artifacts Exhibits
  • Children’s Activities

Sunday, June 4
New England Jam, 6-8:30pm at the Couth Buzzard
hosted by Laurie Andres & WB Reid

Wednesday, June 7
Alan Hirsh concert at the Greenwood Senior Center,  1-2pm
Join music historian and veteran performer Al Hirsch as he plays and discusses favorite American folk tunes.
Info: 206.297.0875

Saturday, June 10
FORTNIGHT OF DOOM rescheduled to June 24
Due to the scheduling of a memorial for marvelous musician and sweet soul Harper Tasche, Magical Strings and the Whateverly Brothers are rescheduling FORTNIGHT of DOOM 4/V  “Busted All Over?” June 10th to Saturday, June 24th at the usual 5 PM, on our FB and YT page/channel.  Happy Solstice y’all!

Tuesday, June 21
Summer Solstice Labyrinth Walks, 7–9pm
Celebrate the longest day of the year by walking labyrinths together. The labyrinth is an ancient way to reflect and center. This outdoor family-friendly event includes multiple labyrinths, stations for chalk art and crafting, and the evening will conclude with a led circle dance.  Saint Mark’s Cathedral, 1245 10th Avenue East, Seattle, 98105. No charge to attend; contributions welcomed. RSVP at  https://summersolsticelabyrinths2023.bpt.me/ or walk up the day of the event. Produced by Gathering Ground. Info: GatherinGround.Seattle@gmail.com or (206) 880-3641.

Combined July/August Flyer

As in years past, there will only be one Flyer for the months of
July and August. The deadlines for the combined issue are
June 10 for articles and June 15 for events and advertising.
The issue should arrive in mailboxes around July 1. Please
make a note of it, and send your calendar listings in early!

Events that missed the November Flyer

These calendar items were submitted too late to make it into the November Flyer, but we don’t want you to forget them!

Nov 3, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “Bandwidth” (Keith Moe, Gordy Euler, Carl Thor); Rich Goss & Elizabeth Bretschneider callers – Portland & Olympia Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 10, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “The Engine Room”: Noah VanNorstrand (of Great Bear & Buddy System – VT), Alex Sturbaum (of Countercurrent, One Dollar Whiskey, Lobsters of Destiny, & Natterjack), & Kelsey Wells (of Turnip the Beet – VT) – fiddles, banjo, guitar); George Marshall caller (W MA) Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 17, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “La Famille Léger” (Devon, Louis, & Dejah Leger – fiddle, accordion, piano); Amy Wimmer caller Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

WEDNESDAY Nov 23, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – Thanksgiving eve – “Chicken Feathers” (WB Reid, Bonnie Zahnow, & Laurie Andres) host an open band night – musicians are welcome to sit in! Lindsey Dono caller PLUS the fabulous ContraCrafters will be showing & selling their creations! Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

Nov 24 – No Lake City Contra Dance – Happy Turkey Day!

Dec 1, 2022- Lake City Contra Dance at the Seattle Latvian Center – “Click Bait” (Ryan McKasson, Dave Bartley, Anita Anderson – fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, piano); caller TBA Info at http://seattledance.org/contra/lakecity or https://facebook.com/groups/LakeCityContraDance/ or (206)525-0932.

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.

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. http://www.thebellinghamfolkfestival.com/schedule

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

Menucha “Lunch and Learn” workshops with Mary Flower, Pat Donohu, more. Menucha.org/programs/lunch-learn 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 concerts@seafolklore.org 

On-line Concert Series:
Abbey Arts (Fremont Abbey & Ballard Homestead): fremontabbey.org
Alberta Rose Theater (Portland, OR): albertarosetheatre.com
Kenyon Hall Saturday night series: kenyonhall.org
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 nwfolklifestreaming.org, 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 FiddleVideo.com 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 FiddleVideo.com 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 concerts@seafolklore.org ) 

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