Musical meetings of the San Francisco Folk Music Club are held every other Friday at 885 Clayton Street, between Carl & Parnassus Streets in San Francisco. Singing and jamming in three separate rooms start at 8:00 p.m. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger food contributions. Guests are always welcome, no one is expected to “perform”, and there is no charge.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”
|Date||January 5||January 19||February 2||February 16||March 2|
|Setup||Ken Hayes||Debbie Klein||Melissa Sarenac||Melissa Sarenac||Melissa Sarenac|
|Bulletin Board||Yvette Tannenbaum||Marlene McCall||Miki Murdoch||Dean & Jane Howard||Faith|
|Host/ess||Joy Salatino||Estelle Freedman||Dave Sahn||Julie Bidou||Melissa|
|Host/ess||Stephen Hawkings||Marlene McCall||Ed Hilton||Phil Morgan||Jane & Dean|
|Singing Room||Jim Letchworth||Marisa Malvino||Joe Lavelle||Jane & Dean||Debbie Klein|
|Theme||Carter Family||Home & Alone||Broken Hearts||Love & Kisses||Cities & States|
|Cleanup||John Kelly||Vic Saravia||Jenni Woodward||Chuck Oakes||Marlene McCall|
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.
Phil Osborn was an active participant in the early days of SFFMC. He moved to the Russian River area, which limited his participation, but he remained the banjo, fiddle & guitar repairman for many old-timey players. He is now in the Cloverdale Health Care Center, 300 Cherry Creek Rd., Cloverdale, CA 95425. Patient phone (707) 894-5615, office (707) 894-5201. Visits, cards, phone calls welcome.
Wisteria Ways is a new house concert series in North Oakland/Rockridge, announces organizer Anne Emerick. Check out www.WisteriaWays.org and add yourself to their mailing list to be notified of future events. Next concert on Sunday, February 11, 2007 at 3 pm is female a cappella ensemble Solstice. Contact Wisteria Ways by email or phone 510-655-2771.
Pete Seeger for the Nobel Peace Prize promoters ask for any and all information on specific times Pete did anything especially for Peace. Check with Eliot Kenin at (800) 886-8749 or Eleanor Walden at 510 808-6397. See details on page 3 of the September/October folknik .
Van Rozay writes: Been living up here in Olalla, WA for almost a year now. Very nice, friendly; something of a '40s main street feel. There is a good amount of real folk music around (old-timey, British Isles tunes, etc.) and an abundance of singer / songwriters, mostly lacking poetic ability but what else is new . . . . The Victory Music folks oversee several in the area, so anyone who wants to play for an audience will find plenty of slots. When I sell my house in Canyon, I plan to buy a place here; gentle weather, lots of green. Anyone who wants to get in touch should refer to Folknik in subject line, or I'll probably erase, thinking it the usual offer of financial or sexual services.
Steve Arnold writes: Good luck as editor! My wife Sonia and I lived in SF for nearly 30 years and the first thing she did was join the folk music club and the freedom song network! That's where we met Faith Petric and all the good people going to the meetings at Faith's, the various singing gigs, the free folk festival and all that SF had to offer us. Living in SF was the "best years of our lives" and we enjoyed it all from the music, the restaurants, to the people and the beauty. Unfortunately, my wife passed away in 11/05 but I still have wonderful memories and your folknik and the freedom song network, plus a few other items, take me back to the mother country!!! Shalom, Salaam and Paz from Steve Arnold.
Chip Dunbar passed away on November 26, 2006. He was out on an evening walk with his wife Sara Winge and collapsed from a heart attack. (He had a pre-existing heart condition.) You don't have to have known Chip well to know what a great loss this is. He shared his incredibly awesome musical talent in Sonoma County bands ranging from the Eclecti-cats in the 80's, Hijinks, Terra Nova and most recently, Under The Radar. He also shared his Macintosh genius and good nature with so many folks. We're gonna miss him a lot, for a long, long time.
I’m delighted to share with you the news that we recently received a giant boost in our campaign to raise the funds needed to build our new home in Berkeley’s downtown arts district — a grant of $1 million from the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. This grant — the largest single grant for the development of our new facility — puts us over the halfway mark toward our $9.3 million goal! As we celebrate this generosity and approach Thanksgiving, it’s appropriate to thank you once again for your continuing support of the Freight. It’s clear to all of us that your support is a key element in demonstrating the viability of our vision for the future to rigorous funders like the Hewlett Foundation staff and trustees.
I’d like to share other good news with you:
I look forward to keeping you posted on our progress as we conclude our design work and begin construction, raise the remaining funds needed to complete the project, and open those New Home doors in time to celebrate our 40th anniversary in 2008! Again, thank you for your encouragement as we move forward with this exciting venture.
Steve Baker, Executive Director
(510) 525-1171 or
If you have missed getting one of the SFFMC T-shirts, you still have a chance! The shirts, in azul celeste and bordelais (or light blue and maroon, if you prefer) come in a variety of sizes from medium to XXL and will be available at Camp Harmony. Look for them in the registration hall. Price: $15.00-cash or check.
The annual folknik Open House will be held at Camp Harmony, on Sat., December 30, 2006 in Sommer Lodge from 2:00–3:30 p.m., with light refreshments, the usual display of past folkniks, and a chance to meet and thank all the fabulous, hard-working folknik page editors who produce the folknik six times a year. If you appreciate getting the folknik, this will be the time to say so! Please drop in.
We have three great campouts planned for this year! They will be in the same locations as last year's camps. The Memorial Day location is more rustic, in some really beautiful countryside. A real treat, if you weren't there last year, the first year we used that location. The Scout Camp is more "civilized" with a fully equipped kitchen and plumbed bathrooms, and has been the location of many campouts in recent years. A great amphitheater in the woods is the location of nightly concerts showcasing our campers' talents.
For more details, watch the folkniks for March/April, May/June and July/August.
(Nashville) Lost John Dean, the stunning new collaboration from roots songsmiths Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch and multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin, has ended 2006 with the number four position on the year end Top 100 Americana Radio Chart, which is published weekly in the influential trade publication Radio & Records (R&R). In July of 2006, Lost John Dean reached the number one position on the Americana Radio Chart, displacing Springsteen's The Seeger Sessions and holding off Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris's All the Road Running to claim the highly coveted position on the chart. Kane, Welch & Kaplin were honored at this year's 5th Annual Americana Music Awards with a nomination for Best Duo/Group of the Year and received a 2006 SESAC Americana Performance Activity Award this fall.
Lost John Dean is the follow up to 2004's You Can't Save Everybody, the debut album from the trio of mavericks. And it too raced to the top of the charts and spent a mind-blowing 40+ weeks in the Top 40. Whereas You Can't Save Everybody, shone with a subtle, elegant radiance, Lost John Dean rattles. Strings snap, feet stomp. The sound is simultaneously sparse and towering, echoing the plaintive modal sound of traditional Appalachian balladry while rich with Kane and Welch's uniquely contemporary sense of poetry.
"These three have become sort of a super group the past few years. Featuring two great songwriters and this generation's Ry Cooder they are a trio to be reckoned with. This new release is the follow up to their debut a few years ago that caught everyone by surprise. The rich musical vein they mined on the previous release is blown wide open on this new set. No big egos or showboating here, just fine music that never goes out of style."
Denis Franklin writes: "I just ran across a film, "The Boys and Girl of County Clare", which for me was on Direct TV channel 78, a High Definition channel. It's about a music competition in the West of Ireland, although I missed the first few minutes and don't know what town it was filmed in. It is for Irish music what "Oh Lord, Where Art Thou" was for old-timey and Appalachian tunes. For those who wonder what I'm always talking about, or those who already know, it's a film to see.
"By coincidence when I went in to Hollywood Video to rent a movie they had the DVD on sale for ten bucks, so I bought one. Aside from Direct TV (satellite) I don't know where else you might see it."
Editor's note: You can see a review of the film at
Websites of Interest
Scroll down to the fifth item to see photos from the 2003 SF Free Folk Festival. See anyone you know?
East Bay folks not already familiar with the monthly East Bay Fiddlin' and Pickin' Potlucks are really missing out. And, of course, anyone outside the East Bay can come too -- they just have further to drive!
"Things I've Learned from British Folk Ballads". A very humorous look at some recurring ballad themes. This will especially entertain traditional ballad buffs, who will get all the "in" jokes. (These are so good, I might even print some in a future folknik.)
Sam Hinton is hardly a garden-variety folksinger. With his easy, flexible baritone, he sounds a bit like Burl Ives, but the relaxed demeanor of his delivery belies the careful research he puts into the songs he sings. And he sings a lot of songs (he is rumored to know well over 5,000 of them). Hinton manages to sound incredibly casual and relaxed on this charming set of twenty folk songs intended for children that was originally released in 1961 by Moses Asch's Folkways Records. Unhurried, unruffled, playful and often elegant, the album is nigh near perfect, easy and calm as a cloudless summer day. Hinton never over sings, and he lets the songs take center stage and shine, wisely understanding that folk songs aren't about the singer, they're about the song.
We got these links after the paper folknik's deadline from Charles H. Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Library Public Services, Western Kentucky University. The first concerns the prominent topical and children's songs folkie (one of whose songs is currently being used as the theme music for the hit cable tv series "Weeds"); the second is a compilation undertaken for the sake of discussion, and library collection development purposes. Each has just been launched. These are educational sites only, free and completely noncommercially motivated.