The Folknik March/April 2003
(Volume XXXIX, Number 2)
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.
Facilities are basic: portable toilets, water faucets, no showers, a few picnic tables. We have the usual concerts, jams, and campfire sings.
Bring wood for campfires, but remember that in an effort to protect the local oaks from Sudden oak Death virus, only commercially processed wood - certified to be uncontaminated, cut up lumber, or processed fire logs are allowed in the park.
Parking is in a central lot, not at campsites. There are loading and unloading areas, but cars must be moved out of these in a short time - unless you want to pay a parking ticket of $75 or more.
Register ahead of time! Park officials need a registration count before camp, and you get the Early Bird rate that way. Early Bird rate deadline is May 1; forms and $ must ARRIVE at 885 Clayton Street by that date.
Send the registration coupon and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your check to: SFFMC-Memorial Day, 885 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117. Confirmation and directions to camp are mailed back to you. back to top
SFFMC rang in 2003 in a joyous celebration at Camp Harmony, continuing our tradition of a great many years.
We don't want to brag, but with the help of zillions of hands right when we needed them, we had a great camp this year. Here are a few of the people that made Harmony 02/03 what it was:
Charlie Fenton, Committee Chair, Camp Liaison, Board Rep, Setup Supervisor, and the guy who makes it all happen.
Mary Luckhardt, Committee Secretary-Treasurer, Acting Registrar, Carpool Coordinator, and bed-counter.
Thanks to our local committee members Ray Frank, Phillip Garrison, David Luckhardt and Trish Waldon who come to meetings, and Robert Reed and Laurie Vela, who live too far away, but participate electronically.
Ray is our Health and Safety Officer, Kitchen Advisor and Crew Chief, and Concert Coordinator. Robert is the Parking Tsar and Laurie organizes Arts and Crafts and the Kid's Chorus. Phillip keeps us sane and organizes our equipment rental, David heads the Take Down Crew and Trish coordinates Sommer Lodge coffee.
Ray Fixler organized family housing, Jane Doyle organized special needs housing. Madge Strong and Joan Hall-Feinberg organized workshops and loaner instruments. Elizabeth Douglas organized the evening dances, and Adam Cavan organized Swing Nite.
Marv Sternberg and Shary Levy took home and recorded all the Lost and Found. Maxine Gerber and Brendan Doyle organize the supplies, know where everything is and who's bringing it next year. Arlene Immerman was our On Site Registrar and the Daily Supervisor every day. Beth Kotkin keeps track of all the signs and makes new ones. John Gregorin designed the buttons. Pete Sumner tuned the pianos this year, and repaired the trail when it got too muddy. Talk about an all 'rounder!
In the Kitchen this year, working with Debby McClatchy, our fabulous chef, were Cass and Quena Crain, Sharyn Dimmick, Paul Donnelly, Elliot Dror, Anselm Engle, Dan Engle, Peter Langston, Linnet Millikan, Joe Offer, Lewis Santer, Ed Silberman, and Rory Solomon. Debbie Grainger of Camp Harmon cooked breakfast. Tim Hudson did all the recycling.
Bettine Wallin organized the hot drinks in the Reg Room and Rachel Levin brought all the Rent-A-Mugs. Also in the Reg Room was Carol Chapman, who brings Arts and Crafts to all of us with box making, and this year with magnet making. We must thank Carol also for always being available as an unofficial Registration resource, ready to answer questions or help sort out a problem at the Reg Desk.
Let's not forget the many workshop leaders who fill the schedule with songs, jams, dance lessons, music theory and instrumental sessions (and yoga, massage and arts and crafts, too!). Since we are a do-it-yourself camp, these folks give their time and expertise to all of us without even a chore credit!
Thanks to all these folks, 2002-03 was "The Best Ever" and we know that 2003-04 will be better yet. Watch this space in September for YOUR application! back to top
The 27th Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival will take place on June 21-22, 2003, at Roosevelt Middle School. Join us for two full days of free dances, workshops, concerts, and open mic, a music and craft marketplace and continual fun featuring all styles of music. There is also food available on site.
The festival is for anyone who wants to smile a lot, create new friendships, and be surrounded by music, dance and a wonderful community!
Admission is (of course) free. The festival is easy to reach by MUNI lines 1, 2, 4 or 38. On-site parking is extremely limited, but street parking is available within reasonable walking distances. The event is wheelchair accessible.
Starting in late March the festival web page at www.sffolkfest.org will be updated continually as performers and workshop leaders are confirmed. And right now you can check out last year's page, which is still up!
Be A Star! Volunteer!
We need leaders of children's or family-oriented activities, such as sing-alongs, dance/movement workshops or hands-on craft activities. Be creative and ask your kids and teens to participate!
And we need volunteer organizers of volunteers and volunteer tasks before and during the festival. (Just so you don't think it's all work and no play, volunteers have been known to get jam sessions going in the instrument room, at the information desk, in the parking lot...).
To volunteer, please contact Michael Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Teens and
The fold-in will be at noon, Sunday, April 27, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg, 1121 Ashmont Ave., Oakland. Phone (510) 451-1122.
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
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.
*Songs by, for and about women celebrate International Women's Day on March 7.
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. March 11: Phil Morgan's, 817 Arlington, Berkeley, (510) 525-1965 April 8: Marian Gade's, 136 Highland Blvd. Kensington, (510) 524-9815 May 13: Phil Morgan's, 817 Arlington, Berkeley, (510) 525-1965 back to top
Mary Black is at the Marin Center on Sunday, March 23, 7 p.m.
Michael Cogan, owner and engineer of Bay Records, 1414 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley, has been nominated for a Grammy award as Mastering Engineer in the "Best Historical Album" category: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection: 1960-2000,The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. Michael, an SFFMC member for some 40 years, has engineered many recordings (LPs, tapes and CDs) for other SFFMC musicians.
Freedom Song Network Santa Cruz meets Sunday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. at Louden Nelson Center, Room 7. Bring "Stop the War" and other socially significant songs, refreshments, and help to defray $26 cost of the room. For details e-mail email@example.com.
Katherine and Kit Gardner send, "Thanks for the best Harmony Camp ever!" It must have been, judging by the Camp Harmony Lost and Found: a banjo, a guitar, and more were recovered. If one of the items listed on page 3 is yours, contact Marv Sternberg or Shary Levy at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.
Joe Weed's newest CD Swanee, The Music of Stephen Foster is available through Highland Records, PO Box 554, Los Gatos, CA 95031. "For those interested in American Music, this is required listening," says a reviewer.
Woodsongs Old-Time Radio Hour is a syndicated, live-audience weekly radio show broadcast on the net Monday evenings at 9:45 p.m. More information on this worthy enterprise is at www.woodsongs.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Marian Gade's minutes. Items discussed included:
To get stuff contact Marv or Shary at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.
Our booking policy is pretty much open door, first come, first served. Hopefully, no matter how big we get, we'll always have room for anyone who wants to play. If you want to play, email the request to me (equalrice@ yahoo.com). I will send you an information page and let you know what the next opening is; we usually book 3 or 4 months in advance. For those not quite ready for prime time, I recommend the jam at the end of most shows. It's a great way to practice performing in front of people until you're ready.
On March 8,
Aj Roach: An up and coming young recording artist who digs deep into his Appalachian roots for a unique modern take on an ancient music form (www.roachmusic.com).
Young folk/rocker making a name for herself in the Bay Area (mp3.com/caraaley).
Toshio Hirano: You haven't lived till you've heard Toshio's spot-on renditions of Jimmie Rodger's songs, right down to the last blue yodel.
On April 12:
Christene Ledoux: Eclectic singer/songwriter (www.christeneledoux.com).
Ted Czuk: A songwriter mixing folk, jazz, and rock influences (www.tedczuk.com)
Rachel Garlin: "Tender melodies and a spare sense of funk" is how she's described on her website. A junior-high teacher by day and folk artist at night. (www.rachelgarlin.com).
Fainne: A Bay Area threesome playing soulful Celtic music with Balkan and Greek roots (www.fainnemusic.com).
John Henry Mitchell, a longtime member of the SFFMC and charter member of the East Bay Fiddlin' & Pickin' Potlucks, died on the 17th of January, struck in a crosswalk by an inattentive driver. A former Oakland schoolteacher, contra and square dance caller, labor activist and folk singer, he was well known and beloved by all.
In his heyday, Mitchell was a regular at Ashkenaz and played with folk singers Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie and Country Joe and the Fish at venues such as the Fillmore West in San Francisco. He also sang at the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1962. Recently he had been bringing his guitar and songs to senior residences and Gray Panther events. A memorial was held at the Unitarian Fellowship in Berkeley on February 9, a day after he would have turned 79.
The FSN plans a memorial to George on March 1. For information call David Williams at (415) 584-8264. back to top
Female Vox for Touring A Cappella World/Jewish Music Group
the Young Ones Home!
It has been observed and often mentioned lately that: "Wouldn't it be great to have even more young people showing up as bona-fide Folk Club members?
This has occurred
to plenty of us as a necessary step to the further continuance and evolution
of the Folk Club, i.e., to effectively pass the good torch of folk music
and community that we have all gathered and shared, there needs to be
a good source of some-ones around to pass it on to.
So, just remember
that there is an ongoing sacred mission of sorts at hand here, in both
the interests of bringing the Folk Club new vitality and fresh enthusiasm,
as well as the giving of the gift of community to young folks whom the
warmth of folk life might otherwise have overlooked.