The Folknik July/August 2003
(Volume XXXIX, Number 4)
the San Francisco Folk Music Club
(click here for membership info)
Francisco Folk Music Club is a nonprofit corporation
dedicated to the enjoyment, preservation and promotion of
acoustic music in individual, family, and community life.
Lowered for '03-04!
We have lowered the price for children aged 3-12 this year. The Committee and the SFFMC Board recognize that Camp Harmony has become very expensive for our many members with younger children. We also have taken note of the many Harmony kids who have grown into valuable members of the folk community, and we want this trend to continue! We hope more families will discover how fun and rewarding this camp can be.
Our prices are still tentative, but we expect an adult early bird will pay $260 for 5 days of camp and kids will be $135. Early bird (on or before November 1) per-day registrations probably will be $55 for adults and $29 for kids (aged 3-12). Registrations postmarked after November 1 will most likely be $61 for adults and $32 for kids per day.
There is, as usual, no full camp discount for later registrations. We will welcome on-site registrations WITHOUT MEALS (Drop Ins) for about $43 per day for adults, $25 per day for kids.
We will still have some Campership funds available to all campers who need them on a first come-first serve basis. If you are flush this year, please consider donating to this fund. Your donations are tax deductible! There will be a place on the Harmony Form to make a contribution, or you can send an extra check to SFFMC. Please mark it "Camp Harmony Donation."
Your comments on camp are of interest to us on the Camp Harmony Committee. We know that we cannot please everyone, but we do consider your suggestions. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail to Mary Luckhardt, 920 32nd St, Richmond, CA 94804. We look forward to a wonderful camp in 2004! back to top
At Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, near Boulder Creek (off Hwy. 9, south of Big Basin State Park), on Bear Creek Rd. It's the same place as last year's Labor Day and this year's July 4th campouts.
Register early; the ranger wants a rough count of attendees in advance. We send a confirmation letter and directions after you register. Registration form is here and will also be in the online folknik for July/Aug, 2003. The SFFMC website is www.sffmc.org
This camp is open to people who have not joined SFFMC, but we encourage them to join (which they may do at camp). If you have friends who are interested in folk music, please invite them. We usually have plenty of room. There are tent spaces and 8 tent cabins with cots.
RV Parking: We may have to park RVs elsewhere than Cubland, our usual spot. The new spot may be the parking lot. Please be flexible; it's the Scouts' decision.
Workshops: Let's revive the workshop tradition at summer campouts! This needs someone to encourage and coordinate advance workshops and to set up a bulletin board like the one at Camp Harmony - a large board or cardboard marked with days and time slots. To volunteer for this, contact Phyllis Jardine, email@example.com, (925) 846-4549.
Anyone can lead a workshop; list them with the subject, the leader's name, and the place, e.g. in the kitchen, around the pool. If we don't get workshops set up ahead of time, we can still do them at camp.
SFFMC volunteers will register campers and direct parking; please follow their directions. Back vehicles into spaces after unloading (Boy Scout Rule).
Final camp cleanup includes the kitchen, restroom and litter patrol throughout the campsites. These jobs are essential and always need volunteers! Please sign up for them at the registration desk as soon as you can after arriving.
Other ways to volunteer: early arrivals (check in: 2:00 pm Fri.) can help post signs, register and direct parking.
And please show up for your chore. If you cannot, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.
Registration supervisors: preferably people who have done registration before. Involves setting up registration table and information at start of day, occasionally helping volunteers at registration and ensuring that the cash box and cash are safe at days-end. This can be divided into 2 or more blocks of time per day.
Cleanup coordinator: preferably one who has done cleanup before. Involves going to the dining hall on the last day and delegating cleanup chores to listed volunteers. Also involves ensuring the kitchen is locked at the end of cleanup.
You may store your potluck food in the fridge or freezer in the kitchen until the dinner. Label everything, and don't leave anything in the kitchen when you leave camp. The deadline to retrieve food will be posted - probably noonish on Monday. After that, food will be put on the outside tables, then thrown away if unclaimed.
We can use the stoves, pots & pans, serving dishes & utensils, etc. in the kitchen. Bring your own plates and silverware; disposable suggested. Sorry, there's no dish washing machine.
Boy Scout Rules
Musical meetings of the San Francisco Folk Music Club are held every other Friday at 885 Clayton Street, between Carl and Parnassus Streets in San Francisco. Singing and jamming in three separate rooms start at 8:00 p.m. Guests are always welcome, no one is expected to "perform," and there is no charge. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger food contributions.
The SFFMC board meets on the second Tuesday of each month—potluck at 6:30 p.m., meeting at 8:00 p.m. All Club members are welcome to attend the potluck dinner and the Board meeting.
Long-time member Mitch Gordon gives beginning classes in Irish button accordion, which he proclaims as "the ideal Irish session instrument." Classes are held in Berkeley on the first Thursday evening of the month, and rental instruments are available. Contact Boaz Accordions at (510) 845-1429, or Mitch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jamie Delman has guitars for sale: a 1964 Gibson LG-1 acoustic, dark sunburst, in mint condition, for $1100; a mid-70s L6-S electric for $575; a great Carlos "beater" with good tone and action, for $150; and a 1975 Yamaha FG-200 with a beautiful warm tone, for $300. Call Jamie at (415) 552-7595.
Thanks to Bev and Jerry Praver, Peter Ross, and Estelle Freidman, we have a plethora of articles about folk music clubs in the British Isles-so much that we have to spread them over two issues, with Ireland and Scotland coming first and England waiting for the next issue.
As always, to announce a marriage, a baby, a new CD, special gigs or events, instruments for sale, or other similar news, e-mail email@example.com.
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday August 24, at the home of Marian Gade, 136 Highland Blvd., Kensington, (510) 524-9815. The more, the merrier - to help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and to make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments. back to top
In May, 2002 we visited Ireland for three weeks; our primary goal was to visit as many singing sessions as possible. Music is plentiful in Ireland but not easy to find unless you do lots of homework, and most of it is instrumental. We did a lot of research on Mudcat (mudcat.org/threads.cfm) searching the past discussion and asking a lot of questions. A good web site to start with is www.geocities.com/Broadway/Alley/4749/clubslist.html.
Friday, May 3 - An Góilín at Mayes Pub in Dublin. An excellent evening with lots of fine singers. One guest, Siobhan Moore, was brilliant. (For more on An Góilín, click here.)
Saturday, May 4 - Hughes Pub in Dublin. A fine instrumental session, thinly attended.
Thursday, May 9 - went to McCarrol's Pub in Ballycastle, County Antrim. A fine instrumental session with some group singing. This session went so late they served free sandwiches at midnight!
Friday, May 10 - McGrory's Pub in Culdaff, Inishowen. Another excellent instrumental session but again thinly attended.
Sunday, May 12 - Crane Bar in Galway. A good instrumental session; we missed the singing the night before.
Monday, May 13 - Singers Circle at O'Sullivan's in Kilea, County Tipperary. A fine singing session that lasted half the night. One attendee was Michael Smith, Ireland's Minister of Defence.
Tuesday, May 14 - Roadside Pub, Lisdoonvarna, County Clare. A so-so instrumental session; more tourists than people.
Wednesday, May 15 - Ennis Singers Club, Brandon's Bar, Ennis. Meeting cancelled due to the McNamara Clan gathering (the club leader is a McNamara). Went on to Linnane's Pub, also known as Kitty's Corner, Kilfenore, County Clare. The best instrumental session we have ever attended, with some members of the old Kilfenora Ceili Band.
Thursday, May 16 - Jim of the Mills Pub, about two miles west of Ballycahill in County Tipperary. Hard to find but a wonderful mixed session. Open only Thursday night; no sign, so the gardaí can't find it either. Lasts until dawn.
Sunday, May 18, Cork Traditional Singers, Spailpín Fanach Pub, Cork. A fine singing session with no instruments permitted; ended before midnight.
Tuesday, May 21 - Fingal Singers Club, O'Connors Pub, Ballyboughal, County Dublin. Despite its name, a mixed session, but both singing and playing were excellent.
There's still a lot of smoking, and this is Ireland, so nothing starts when they say it will and locations and times change at the drop of a Guinness. It takes time before and during your trip to find these places, but the rewards are great. Bev and Jerry Praver back to top
to Ireland? Listen closely . . .
The Singers Club announces at the opening its friendly creed, one we can all use: "There is no standard set for the singing here, but we set a very high standard in listening," the evening's host, Gerry O'Reilly, explained. The close attention and appreciation made each song special. So if you are heading to Ireland, check it out. There is a small (€2) fee, and the bar serves a great Guinness. The club has a website with all the information: goilin.com.
And check out, too, the Rough Deal String-band, a trio in which Bill Whelan plays a fine five string firstname.lastname@example.org banjo on vintage tunes. Their email address is . Thanks to long distance SFFMC member Bill for this tip and his music. Estelle Friedman back to top
Miller's Folksong Tours of Scotland
Three of many memorable musical moments for me were: Ed leading us in "The Rolling Hills of the Border" and "The Broom of the Cowdenknowes" as we drove along the river Tweed in the Borders area, where Ed is from; Margaret Bennett singing a Gaelic song in a pub where you could hear a pin drop, and leading us in the "Skye Boat Song" as we drove on the bridge from the Highlands to the island of Skye (where Margaret was born); Adam McNaughton in Glasgow singing for us his moving song "Yellow in the Broom," which is sung from a Traveller's (or Tinker's) perspective.
During the days Ed, who has a doctorate in Scottish folklore, and our driver-guide shared their knowledge as we visited such historical sites as the battlefield of Culloden and Pictish sites and stones. We also encountered unusual museums like the Scottish Fisheries Museum and the Newtongrange Mining Museum, where Brian McNeill sang us his powerful song "The Prince of Darkness." The tour wasn't completely music-oriented; we had two free days and additional free time for hiking or the usual tourist activities. For more information on future tours--there is another one in September--contact Ed directly at email@example.com Peter Ross back to top
On July 12 we have:
Homespun Rowdy: John Norwood and the gang's singular bluegrass harmonies and sharp picking (homespunrowdy.com).
Riggy Rackin: Riggy returns with songs from his extensive repertoire (riggy.com).
Art Peterson: One of our favorite accordion-slingers.
James Brown: James blows a mean harp and writes funny song parodies (wastedspace.com/harp).
Ron Fielder: Ron is a staple at Bay Area jams with his rousing renditions of old favorites.
And on August 9:
Rick Dougherty: A lead singer for the Limeliters. Rick has graced stages for more than 30 years with his unforgettable voice and finger-picking guitar. (limeliters.com/rickpage.html).
Garrin Benfield: Garrin is known for his passionate performance style and heartfelt songwriting (garrin.com).
Jolie Holland: Her web site calls her music "spooky American fairytales" (jolieholland.com).
Jimmy Bruno: A Bay Area singer-songwriter whose songs have been recorded by Shawn Colvin, Mary Lou Lord and Cliff Eberhardt.
AJ Roach: A Hoot favorite returns! AJ will be joined by captivating vocalist Mia Thompson (roachmusic.com).
Hootenanny Night is presented monthly by the SFFMC at Café International, 508 Haight St. (at Fillmore), San Francisco, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. It starts with a performer showcase and ends with a folk music. For more information contact Richard Rice at (415) 775-0221, firstname.lastname@example.org , or visit sfhootenanny.homestead.com. back to top
On May 17, fiddler and singer Freyda Epstein died in an automobile accident on her way to Musicalia, a folk music gathering near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Freyda was known to many in the folk music community here as co-director of the World Harmony Chorus, and she traveled with them to Cuba in November 2001. Last winter, she also traveled to South Africa as part of a cultural exchange.
Freyda had a rich deep alto voice, and sang and fiddled with great passion. Besides her gifts as a musician, she was devoted to sharing her knowledge, both in her work with the World Harmony Chorus and as an Alexander Technique instructor. She is also remembered for her wry and wacky sense of humor, her sharp wit, and her warmth and friendliness.
A native of Boston, Freyda moved to Elkins, West Virginia, in the 1970s and joined the seminal folk group Trapezoid, performing and recording with them from 1980 to 1988. I was fortunate to meet and hear the "Zoids" frequently, and Freydas duet singing with soprano Lorraine Duisit was unbelievably beautiful. After leaving Trapezoid, Freyda formed her own group, Freyda and Acoustic AttaTude; their debut album "Midnight at Cabell Hall" won a silver medal from NAIRD. In the 90s, she recorded a highly regarded childrens CD, "Globalullabies", using melodies from around the world.
Survivors include a brother, Paul Epstein, and sister, Deborah Lakin. Daniel Steinberg has put up a page about Freyda with links to other sites: www.instantharmony.com/freyda.html. Suzy Thompson back to top
Mitch Gordon, long-time club member, gives beginning classes in Irish button accordion, an instrument he proclaims as "the ideal Irish session instrument." Classes are held in Berkeley on the first Thursday evening of the month, and rental instruments are available. Contact Boaz Accordions at (510) 845-1429, or Mitch email@example.com back to top
We meet to share songs with a socio-political message. Come sing for peace and justice every second Sunday at Louden Nelson Center Room 11, Santa Cruz from 2-4 pm. All are welcomed and everyone gets a chance. Please call (831) 338-7283 for more information. The next meeting is July 13. back to top
The 20th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest is now accepting entries; submission deadline August 11. Two winners in each of ten categories will be awarded prizes and inclusion on a Winners CD. Grand prize is $1,000.
Sponsored by Songwriters' Association of Washington (SAW), in conjunction with BMI, Oasis CD Manufacturing, TAXI, Omega Recording Studios and Songwriters' Market.
Songwriters Assoc. of WA website (www.saw.org) has rules and brochure (or request to be mailed one) or call (301) 654-8434 or write to SAW, PMB 106-137, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, Washington, DC 20016 or contact the Contest Director, Jean Bayou, firstname.lastname@example.org back to top
This summer, Laura Lind and Adam Miller will be performing a series of free family concerts of traditional folk music at Bay Area public libraries. Concerts start July 3 and run through August 23. Locations included are San Jose, Menlo Park, San Bruno, San Carlos, Mountain View, Stanford, Los Altos, Benicia and Palo Alto. Please contact Adam and Laura at email@example.com more information. back to top
These sessions take place at McGrath's Irish Pub at 1539 Lincoln Ave., at the corner of Stanton, on the lovely island of Alameda. McGrath's also hosts great acoustic music from all over and has several other sessions. For more information: (510) 522-6263, firstname.lastname@example.org, or www.mcgrathspub.com. Sea Chanteys and Songs of the Waterways Jam: Tuesday nights 7:30 pm-12:00 or 12:30 am. Americana jam with some traditional American and a bit of British folk, too. Sundays, 7:30 pm-12:00 or 12:30 am back to top
Music Festival; July 3-6
2nd Annual Boonville
Folk-Blues Festival; July 12
& Friends Picnic & Music Fest July 20
Bluegrass Festival July 26-27
Fiddle Camp August 3-10 & 10-17
Folk Music Camp August 3-10
Band in Concert August 8
York August 8-10
Music FestivalAugust 9-10
XXIX August 15-17
Camp August 17-22
5th Annual Delta
Blues Festival September 13