Seattle Song Circle

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Who We Are

We’re just a bunch of folks who enjoy getting together to sing — no particular expertise required (staying in key is nice, but you won’t be shot if you don’t). We sing mainly folksongs (your definition thereof), but you may hear almost anything at one time  or another. We have no dues or other memberships requirements, though we are associated with the Seattle Folklore Society.

Where We Meet

We meet every Sunday, at 7pm, usually in somebody’s living room. On the first Sunday of the month, the living room is generally at the home of Eric and Dana D’Asaro, 9739 Lakeshore Blvd NE, and on the 3rd Sunday at the home of Dick and Karen Seymour, 5415 Greenwood Ave. NW–but it’s not a bad idea to call to be sure that isn’t the one month it moved. Check with 24 hour hotline 425-998-6134 for each week’s location. This is typically updated late in the week.  People drift in and out any time between the official starting and ending times.  There is also a Yahoo Group you can subscribe to by entering your email in the box below.  The outdoor picture above was from a circle at Gig Harbor, a typical late summer adventure.

How It Works

Once we get started, singing goes around the group in a circle. When your turn comes,you may choose to sing something, request a song from the group in general or from a specific person, or pass (and those–aside from those of common courtesy–are all the rules we have). We all join in on choruses and anything else we recognize. There’s no official body of songs, though a lot of people bring Rise Up Singing (AKA “The Blue Book”) or other songbooks. Some people accompany themselves on various instruments, some don’t.

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Listen to us

Here are a couple clips from a typical sing.

Home to Ireland- Cathy Ross

Come take a ride in my airship Stew Hendrickson

Folkife Festival

Song Circle has sponsored an entire day of workshops at the Choral Courtyard  of Northwest Folklife Festival on Friday of Memorial Day weekend.  These are participatory workshops much in the RainyCamp tradition   To see a sample of a recent year  workshop series, click here.

RainyCamp Folk Singing Weekend

Rainy Camp is a  folk singing weekend that starts the last Friday in January. and runs through Sunday afternoon.   This tradition was first  held at Millersylvania State Park in 1990 and has been at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation for years.  It is now held at Lake Retreat conference center in Ravensdale.

For More Information

7×24 Info Line  Bruce Baker (425) 998-6134(206) 783-6824
Jean Smith (425) 747-7655
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