Festivals 'n Such

CA Sacred Harp Singing Convention

Jan 14–15
9 am–3:30 pm, Casa de Flores, 737 Walnut St., San Carlos, CA. All are welcome: come to sing, or come to listen!! info: 415-585-4773 or 650-631-2977, www.fasola.org.

Oldtime Fiddle Contest & Festival

Jan 17–28
Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale, CA. good food, great jamming, tough competition, crafters booths, door prizes, Old Time Contra Dance and fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, workshops in fiddling, accompanists, clogging, story-telling, and more. info: 707-894-2067, www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org/fiddle.


Feb 2–5
Bakersfield, CA. Workshops, camping, Luthier exhibits, Kids on Stage, Jammin’ ‘til you drop. Featuring Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Cherryholmes Family, Sawtooth Mountain Boys, Richard Greene w/Bros. Barton, Blue Highway, Marty Raybon, Lost & Found, Due West, Journey’s End w/ Leroy McNees, The Wilders. info: 661-589-8249 or 916-391-3042, www.supergrasscalifornia.org.

SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival

Feb 3–12
Venues around San Francisco, the East & North Bay. 
Concerts, workshops, dances, kids’ show and more. Many great local and out-of-town bands, featuring: Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Lonesome River Band, and many more. info: www.sfbluegrass.org.

Russian Festival

Feb 10–12
Russian Center, 2450 Sutter Street, SF. Russian dancers and singers, art gallery featuring Russian artists, delicious russian rood and pastries, vodka tasting, tea from antique samovars and more. info: www.russiancentersf.com/russian_festival.htm.

19th Mariposa Storytelling Festival

March 10–12
Mariposa, CA, near Yosemite. Magical weekend of storytelling. Leeny Del Seamonds, Bill Harley, Kala JoJo, Bil Lepp. Dovie Thomason, Clara Yen. Order tickets early—many performances sell out by January. info: 209-966-3155, www.arts-mariposa.org/storytelling.html.

Sonoma County Bluegrass Festival

Mar 11
1-9 pm, Analy High School Theater, Sebastopol, CA. Jam packed day of great Bluegrass and Old-Time music. Featuring: Mountain Laurel, Perfect Strangers, Compost Mt. Boys, Pederson and Hillman, Walt Koken & the Orpheus Supertones, Nina Gerber & Chris Webster. info: (707) 829-8012, www.cbaontheweb.org/tickets/eventList.aspx

19th Annual Calaveras Celtic Faire

March 11–12
Frogtown Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA Camping, Living History, Reenactments, Dancers: English Sword, Irish Step and Highland, Music: Gráda, The Black Brothers, Tempest, Wicked Tinkers, Black Irish Band & Molly’s Revenge. info: www.calaverascelticfaire.com.

BACDS Spring Dance Weekend

March 17–19
Monte Toyon Camp, Felton CA Join us for our annual Spring Dance Weekend of dancing in the redwoods just east of Santa Cruz. The weekend is filled with classes in Contras, English Country dance, couple dance, and Squares; workshops for callers and musicians; dance parties; and much more! info: (650) 234-122, www.bacds.org/camps/sprwkend2006.

Playford Ball

Mar 25
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Oakland, CA English Country Dance and music. Dance master Alan Winston, music by Fear of Commitment with Stan Kramer. Workshops and rehearsals beginning Mar 4. info: www.bacds.org/events/playfordball2006.

Bodega Bay Fisherman’s Festival

April 8–9
10:00 am–6:00 pm, Westside Park, Bodega Bay, CA.
Wine tasting, food, live music, artisans and vendors, kids activities and the ever popular bathtub races. info: 707-875-3704, www.bodegabay.com/discover/bodega_bay_fish_fest.html.


June 19–23
Tehiyah Day School, El Cerrito, CA
One week intensive day camp for kids 7-13. Kids joyfully learn fiddle tunes by ear, & enjoy art and dance.Instructors this year are: Helen White, Julian Smedley, Laura Risk and Bobbi Nikles, fiddles; Evie Ladin, dance and Marcy Overway, art. Instructors concert June 18, 2005 at Freight and Salvage. info: 415-665-0370, www.fiddlekids.com.

Lark In The Morning Camp

July 28–Aug 5
Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA Registration is open for Lark Camp 2006, its 26th year! Lark Camp is a celebration of music & dance that takes place in the Mendocino redwood forest. Sessions 24 hours a day, music & dance workshops with over 97 instructors, dances, parties & more. Workshops for beginners–professionals. A unique aspect of Lark Camp is the great variety of music & dance: Irish, French, Hawaiian, Andean, Balkan, Cajun, Spanish, American, Middle Eastern, Mexican, African, Scandinavian, English, Breton and more. Full camp is 8 days, half camp is 4. Registration forms and complete info at: www.larkcamp.com, 707-964-4826.

Folk Music on the Radio

SFFMC’s own David Brown has compiled a great list of Bay Area folk music radio programs. Thanks, David! We’ve printed the information from his site, updated November 22. Please send comments and corrections to David’s website also includes quite a few other resources for folk music online. Check it out:




All bets are off during marathons at KPFA. TV listings, esp. KCSM, change frequently.


These are stations that I don’t receive, so I don’t keep up to date on their schedules.

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