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Last minute reminder!

Friday night, January 19, will see a benefit show produced by a grass roots, non profit, volunteer run festival, and they really need your support this year. Come out for some great music and good times. Please tell a friend. Come hear GRIZZLY PEAK, SF's most under-rated bluegrass band, and THE DECIDERS, formally the Jewgrass Boys, with your host Chuck Poling at the Plough & Stars, 116 Clement Street, SF. Doors open at 8:30 p.m.; trouble starts at 9:00. Bring a $10-$20 donation.

Who's playing the festival? When is the festival? Go to www.SFbluegrass.org or www.ShelbyAshPresents.net

Western Labor Heritage Festival

The 21st Annual Western Workers Labor Heritage Festival is a weekend of solidarity honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an era of war, racism, and hard times.

The festival is Jan 12 - 14, at the Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 467, 1519 Rollins Road, Burlingame; Jan 14th concert is at the Machinists Local 1781, 1511 Rollins Road, Burlingame. The festival features music, drama, visual arts, spoken word, poetry, photography and more!

Music: Ronnie Gilbert, Ysaye Barnwell, Rockin' Solidarity Labor Heritage Chorus, La Paz, Francisco Herrera,

Visual Arts: David Bacon photographs; make-your-own bumpersticker workshop; Jon Koons.

Writing/Spoken Word: Head Rush, "Beat Within" youth jail poetry; Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; Lisa-Grey Garcia, author of Criminal of Poverty.

Labor Culture, Organizing, and History: Ruckus Society and Chris Bricker—labor organizer and clown; Labor and occupational health as an organizing tool, with UC Berkeley's LOHP; Ruth Morgan, Community Works; Mike Honey; Julius Margolin.

Volunteers are needed to help with transportation, housing, and food in exchange for registration fees - contact coordinator Kendyll Stansbury info: www.lib.berkeley.edu/~lcushing/WWLHF/WWLHF07.html or call David Winters 831-426-4940.

Fold-in/Folk Sing February 25

The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, February 25, at the home of Abe & Joan Feinberg. The more the merrier. Help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards and make music. Bring a potluck dish and instrument.

Guitar Classes with Joe Miller

Joe Miller will be teaching group guitar classes at Eric Schoenberg Guitars in Tiburon. Beginning Folk / Pop Guitar starts Wed. Jan. 10, at 7 pm; Music Theory for Guitarists starts Sunday, Jan. 21, at 8:05 pm. Info at www.OM28.com, or (415) 789-0846.

Nomadic Rambles Storytelling

The Nomadic Rambles storytelling series continues at The Nomad Cafe in Oakland on the second Wednesday of every month - except for months that only have one Wednesday. There are two featured tellers each month and time for any one who chooses to come forth and tell a story.

The Nomad Cafe is located at 65th and Shattuck Ave., one block north of Alcatraz, in Oakland. Each session runs from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE. Ed Silberman is your host.

The Folklore Society of Greater Washington Getaway

In early November I attended a three-day singing event on the East Coast put on by the FSGW (similar to our own SFFMC) where I found a vibrant community of folk singers. During the day there were workshops such as pub songs, shanties, gospel, "Childless Ballads" (ballads never collected by Francis Child) and ballads with refrains. There were concerts in the evenings followed by informal singing sessions.

The camp was held at the West River United Methodist Center: a lovely spot on an inlet of Chesapeake Bay with comfortable accommodations and mediocre cafeteria-style food. Some of the singing luminaries in attendance were: John Roberts, Heather Wood, Lisa Null, Joe Newberry and Judy Cook. Word of the event has gotten out via the Mudcat Café (www.mudcat.org) so there were a few folks from Britain. (Mudcat is popular over there.) If you're interested in attending this delightful annual singing camp (I hope to go again next year) go to: www.fsgw.org.

—Sylvia Herold

Folknik Graphics

Bring out your graphics! Hungry folknik editors are always on the hunt for graphics that they can use to fill the nooks and crannies of the ‘nik. The graphics I use on pages 1, 7 and 8 are a combination of images found on the Web, in the wonderful Dover collections and original drawings by Club members. Except for the original art whose use has been given to the folknik by the artist (and to whom we give credit), everything is in the public domain. Old woodcuts and engravings are my favorite source since their clear, black and white lines reproduce well and because I love their subject matter.

If any club member has stashes they would be willing to let me very gently plunder with my scanner and photo copier, please send me an email I can use a variety of subjects, not just musical themed ones: mythical beings and creatures, maritime images, harvest and work images and flora & fauna. Since I'm exploring combining pieces into new scenes, everything is a possibility. And of course, if any Club artist would like to donate black and white images for use, please email me. We will credit the artist and try to use all the images we can, although space is the limiter. Phyllis mentioned curiosity about the wonderful Hare and Tabor in the previous issue. I found him online at www.fromoldbooks.org, a very high quality (and well notated) collection of scanned images. The Hare is from William Hone's Everyday Book published in 1826, but the book notes that it was copied from the Harleian collection and is at least 400 years old. Hone claims it is a representation of the hare that beat the tabor at St. Bartholomew Faire, mentioned in a work by Ben Jonson.

—Susan Frank

Folk Music Source Website

KALW's Folk Music and Beyond radio show (91.7 FM) is a wonderful font of eclectic folk music, and their website contains an equally rich collection of links to other folk music websites. Check them out on their Resources page www.kalwfolk.org/sources.html. They say this about their links: "different kinds of resources for listeners to folk and roots music, including some of the most interesting musicians' sites, independent record labels that come up in our playlists frequently, the most useful mail-order and online distributors, and local record stores that are likely to carry the material we air. It also lists some organizations promoting Celtic, folk, and world musics. The page goes on to list some local concert venues, and finally varied online resources, as well as magazines and other publications, including a few good books you can use to learn more about folk and world musics." HIGHLY recommended!