Community Notes

From The Folknik Sept/Oct 2000

SFFMC Solstannukhmas Party  

SFFMC's annual Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and other observations of the holiday season party is Friday, December 15 at 885 Clayton Street at 8:30 p.m. Bring favorite seasonal treats-cookies, cakes, fruit, cheese, crackers and such-along with good cheer and appropriate songs.  Both non-alcoholic and with-wine grog is provided by the Club.

Fold-in/Folk Sing Sat. Dec. 9

The fold-in will be at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg.

The more, the merrier-to help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and to make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

Railroad Photo Exhibit  

The Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University is showing the exhibition "Trains that Passed in the Night: The Railroad Photographs of O. Winston Link" through November 12. Link spent years capturing the spirit of the steam-run railroads in Appalachian coal country, taking remarkable nighttime shots illuminated by strategically placed flashguns, with atmospheric images of locomotives emerging from billows of steam and mists.

The Center and its exhibitions are free and open to the public, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Parking is free on weekends. Come early and picnic in the adjacent Rodin Sculpture Garden.

Web Site of Interest to Folkies

Utah Phillips, nationally-known folk artist and singer/story-teller, has a Web site which briefly describes his life, songs and stories, and his radio show Loafer's Glory, 5:00 p.m. Sundays on KPFA. His songbook, Starlight on the Rails, with songs we know and love, such as "Goodnight-Loving Trail", "Starlight on the Rails", and "Daddy What's a Train", is also on the Web site, including words and music.

 He states: "All rights reserved. No portion of this website may be reproduced in any form for the sake of profit or capital gain. Individuals and organizations who are seeking to return this music to the people who give it life and substance should feel free to use the material contained here."

The Web site:

KALW Folk Fall Schedule - Folk Music & Beyond

Saturdays 3:00 5:00 p.m. on KALW 91.7

November 4 through December 23,  2000

w        11/4  The Wind Section: Piper Paddy Keenan, flutist Laurence Nugent, the band Flook, Brass Monkey, Gypsy brass bands, and more.

w        11/11  TBA

w        11/18  Klezmermania!: Bay Area fiddler Kaila Flexer joins us in the KALW studios to share some Klezmer music with us and talk about her annual Klezmermania concert in Berkeley  Nov. 25.

w        11/25  The Bothy Band and Its Alumni: Includes a look back at the Bothy Band and its predecessor Skara Brae.

w        12/2  Wake the Dead!: Members of Wake the Dead will join us in the KALW studios,  performing selections from their new debut release, a Celtic celebration of the songs of the Grateful Dead.

w        12/9  Iberia Revisited: More music by great bands from Galicia and Asturias, fado music from Portugal, Ladino music, and flamenco.

w        12/16  Holiday Folk Festival: From 3:00 to 8:00 p.m., KALW will present its winter folk festival with live music in celebration of the holidays. The Bay Area Celtic group Golden Bough will be among the local musicians joining us in the KALW studios, performing seasonal songs.

w        12/23  Toss the Feathers: Two hours of holiday songs and storytelling from some of the finest performers on the Celtic folk scene.

KALW Web site:

Recording and rehearsal space

A "playing room", about 10 x 20 feet, is available for   4-hour blocks at $10/hour, and 8-track digital and analog recording capabilities are available for $15/hour. Prefers folk/blues/jazz/world music. Contact John Driscoll, e-mail:

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