Tickets will be available at the door for Bruce Molsky, October 1st; Tannahill Weavers Concert is sold out!

Don’t miss multi-instrumentalist Bruce Molsky, in a solo concert this Saturday, October 1st. Advance tickets still available until noon on Saturday through Brown Paper Tickets . Tickets are also expected to be available at the door – cash or check only $20 general, $18 member/student/senior and $9 Youth (age 6-17).
“Molsky is easily one of the nation’s most talented fiddlers…he transports you … geographically, historically, and most of all emotionally” – Mother Jones
“It is no exaggeration to say that Bruce Molsky is one of the greatest American fiddlers of all time. His playing is mesmerizing and transporting, and best experienced live” – WBUR (Boston NPR)
“An absolute master” – No Depression
“An incredible power of history and tradition in his vocal” – Linda Ronstadt

It’s a two concert weekend! Both Saturday’s and Sunday’s concerts start at 7:30 PM (The Hall opens for seating at 7:00)

Fall Concert tickets now on sale!

Tickets for our first 6 Fall concerts are now on sale!
Tickets go on sale 60 days before each concert. You may purchase them through Brown Paper Tickets , or at other prior SFS events, including our free 50th Anniversary “50 Years of Folk” Festival and celebration on September 17th.
Here is the Fall season – see listings for more description of each concert:

Sept 24: Eliza Gilkyson
Oct 1: Bruce Molsky
Oct 2: Tannahill Weavers
Oct 8: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Oct 16: Jamie Laval
Oct 22: Kenny White
Nov 5: (TBA)
Nov 13: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Nov 19: Lucy Kaplansky
Nov 26:  Heidi Muller & Bob Webb

Free All Day Festival planned for September 17th!

Seattle Folklore Society will commemorate 50 years of promoting music, dance, and traditional arts in Seattle this Fall! From the very first concert (Nov. 15, 1966 –  when founding members John Ullman, Irene Namkung and Phil and Vivian Williams presented  blues players Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb at the University Friends Center) to the many dances, concerts,  songcircles, and camps that continue to happen year round, we have a lot to celebrate!
On Saturday, September 17th, there will be a whole day of music, dancing, singing, and workshops, for all ages at the Phinney Neighborhood Center, followed by a special evening Showcase Concert. This festival is co-sponsored by the Phinney Neighborhood Association.
From 11AM  – 5PM, the emphasis is on participation. Bring your instrument and join a jam, or try a free workshop. There will be 6 hours of participatory dance (New England Contra dance, old-time squares, Scandinavian couple dance, English & Scottish Country, and more). There will be hosted jams in many genres, from an inclusive traditional Irish session to Brazilian choro. (There will even be a special beginner-friendly session, following music teacher Betsy Alexander’s “Fiddling-from-Scratch” workshop, with both adult and child-sized violins available to borrow.) Participatory song sessions include Show Tunes, Sea Shanties, and all kinds of harmony singing.
Daytime listening spaces include a special noon mini-concert (Pioneer Dance Music of the Far West by Phil & Vivian Williams), 4 hours of acoustic music organized by Far West Folk Alliance, and a story telling session currated by “Auntmama” (KBCS DJ and Seattle Storytellers Guild past-president Mary Ann Moorman).
From 7-10PM, there will be a 4-act Showcase Concert featuring SFS founders Phil and Vivian Williams, the wonderful duo Squirrel Butter , autoharp virtuoso Bryan Bowers, and Scandinavian combo Skolkis.
In additon, there will be a couple of rooms open for jamming and more singing.

The Seattle Folkore Society gratefully acknowledges support from the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Seattle Office of  Arts and Culture, Skandia Folk Dance Society,  and many, many volunteers  to make this festival possible.
Merchants Fred Meyer(Greenwood ), Starbucks (Phinney Ridge) ,  The Ridge Pizza, Essential Bakery, Trader Joe’s (Ballard), Grocery Outlet (Crown Hill), and Top Banana are helping to keep our performers, workshop leaders, and volunteers fed and appreciated.
Watch our website for more updates and schedule confirmations!
Sign up to volunteer HERE,  or  e-mail for more information!

SFS Annual Picnic scheduled for Sunday, August 14th

SFS Annual Picnic Invitation Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Please come to the Seattle Folklore Society’s annual potluck picnic. Bring your instruments, voices, and a big pot of your favorite family recipe. The picnic is a great time to meet our board members and each other, talk about SFS, and join in some singing.

The Picnic is Sunday, August 14th from 5 to 8 PM. Jack Aldrich has once again graciously opened his home to us. Jack’s address is in Seattle’s Maple Leaf neighborhood. (Call 206-782-0505 for address)

All of us on the SFS board are looking forward to seeing you at the Picnic!

Fall 2016 Concert Series Announced

The SFS Concert Committee has a great list of concerts lined up for Fall 2016. Check out the full line-up here and mark your calendars. Tickets go on sale at Brown Paper Tickets for each show approximately 60 days before the concert date.

Sept 24: Eliza Gilkyson
Oct 1: Bruce Molsky
Oct 2: Tannahill Weavers
Oct 8: Nordic Fiddlers Bloc
Oct 16: Jamie Laval
Oct 22: Kenny White
Nov 5: (TBA)
Nov 13: Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Nov 19: Lucy Kaplansky
Nov 26:  Heidi Muller & Bob Webb

More information on each show will be added to the individual listings before tickets go on sale.


Friday March 25th, The Whateverly Brothers at the Couth Buzzard

(This date was incorrectly listed in the March SFS Flyer.) The Whateverly Brothers are known for their broad-spectrum folk and wide-ranging repertoire. From doowap to Celtic to singer-songwriter to sea shanties, they give each song a special treatment. Band members: Dan Roberts, Chris Glanister, Rob Kneisler. Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe. 7:30 – 9:30, free (donations encouraged). Info:,, or

A Winter Solstice Concert update

There is a change to a published member event due to a scheduling conflict.
[Note: this is not the SFS concert — that is later that night at Phinney Ridge as usual]


Celtic and Balkan tunes & seasonal songs and poems, strings plucked & bowed, clarinet & drums will fire up one of the longest nights of the year.
with Stanley Greenthal & SeaMuse

Saturday, December 19th – at 4 PM
Café Solstice
4116 University Way NE – Seattle
$15 cover, $6 youths 6 to 17
Call: 206-325-9011 for reservations, or email:
Tickets also available from brown paper tickets

Old-Time Music Session moved from Wedgwood Ale House — December 8 & 15, 2016

For the next two Tuesdays the jam will not be at the Wedgwood Alehouse.

December 8- Barbara Taylor hosts the next Tuesday jam, at a location in Madison Valley. From 8 to 11 pm- call Tony at 206 723-3897 for details.

December 15- Frank Blade hosts, at Gift of Grace Lutheran Church, in Wallingford. Frm 8 to 11 pm, at  2102 N 40th St- between Meridian and Bagley on N 40th St., in lower Wallingford.

April SFS Flyer — printer’s mistake

The April SFS flyer winging its way to you may have someone unusual, or unknown to you listed on your address label. I would like to think that this is the universes way of creating new connections  in the community. You might think that we have messed up our membership database. The reality is that our printers have did something wrong with the list of addresses we sent them, and they have misprinted the additional household members on the wrong flyers.

Our apologies for this, and I hope it has not caused too much distress.

We will be talking with the printer to see how we can avoid this in the future.

–Richard Letts, SFS Membership