Festivals 'n Such

From Women’s Hearts & Hands Guitar Camp Jan 16-19
Mendocino, CA. Excellent guitar instruction for women by women in a supportive, beautiful environment. Beginner-Advanced Intermediate. Blues, Jazz, Fingerstyle, Celtic, Brazilian, Chord Melody, Chord Theory, Alternate Tunings, Performance Opportunities. Delicious, nutritious catered meals. INFO: 707-869-9642, www.WomensHeartsAndHands.com

CA Sacred Harp Singing Convention Jan 17-18
9:00 AM, Casa de Flores, San Carlos, CA. Two full days of singing from the 1991 revision of The Sacred Harp. Dinner on the Grounds. Socials on Friday & Saturday eves, near the convention, one featuring new compositions & alternative sources. INFO: Mark Miller, 510-967-5482, fasola.org/sf/convention/

Oldtime Fiddle Contest & Festival Jan 24-25
Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale, CA. Good food, great jamming, tough competition, crafters booths, door prizes, Saturday Night Dance and fiery Cajun and zydeco two-steps, workshops in fiddling, accompanists, clogging, story-telling, and more. INFO: 707-894-2067, www.cloverdalehistoricalsociety.org

SF Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival Feb 5-14
Venues around San Francisco, the East & North Bay. Concerts, workshops, dances, kids’ show and more. Many great local and out of town bands. James King, John Reischman, Claire Lynch, Jackstraw, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick, Crooked Jades, Del Williams, Cliff Wagner & The Old No. 7, Stairwell Sisters, Water Tower String Band and many more! INFO: www.sfbluegrass.org

Bluegrass on Broadway Feb 26-March 1
Downtown Redwood City, CA. FREE! Featured bands include: Belle Monroe and her Brewglass Boys, Nell Robinson and Red Level, Mountain Drive, Hot Wire, Carolina Special, Kitchen Help, and the And Friends Band with Jayme Kelly Curtis. INFO: 650-218-9845, www.scbs.org/events/bob/

Mariposa Storytelling Festival March 13-14
Mariposa, CA, near Yosemite. Magical weekend of storytelling. Len Cabral, Janice Del Negro, Elizabeth Ellis, Kevin Kling, Angela Lloyd, Michael Parent. Order tickets early—many performances sell out by January. INFO: 209-966-3155, www.arts-mariposa.org/storytelling.html

Sonora Celtic Faire March 13-15
Mother Lode Fairgrounds, Sonora, CA. Camping, Reenactments, Dancers: English Sword, Irish Step and Highland, Music: Banshee in the Kitchen, Need Fire, Brother, Tempest, Wicked Tinkers, Nine 8ths Irish, Black Irish Band, Golden Bough, Michael Lucry Group. INFO: www.sonoracelticfaire.com

BACDS Spring Dance Weekend March 13-15
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; singing, jamming and much more! Callers Linda Leslie, Jenny Beer, with music by The Raggedy Annes, The Rhythm Rollers, and the Guppies and more. INFO: www.sfsalvo.com/sprwkend2009/

Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Fest March 14
1-9 PM, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol, CA. Jam packed day of great Bluegrass & Old- Time music. Featuring: Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, the Kapalakiko Hawaiian Band, Earl Bothers, Ray Bierle, Rosebud Blue and the Michael Stadler Mary Gibbons Band and more. Great performances, workshops and lots of jamming. INFO: 707-829-8012, www.cbaontheweb.org/cba_news.asp?newsid=3673

Playford Ball

April 4
Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Oakland, CA. English Country Dance and music. English/Special dance. Caller Lise Dyckman with music by Maureen Brennan, Shira Kammen, Jim Oakden, Chuck Ward. Rehearsal dance on April 3, After Party after the Ball and Playford Brunch, April 5. INFO: www.bacds.org

Fiddlekids June 22-26
Tehiyah Day School, El Cerrito CA. A joyful one-week immersion into traditional fiddle music styles for children 7-14 years of age, with music and dance too. Culminates with a grand concert on the last day! Also, Faculty Concert June 20, at Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse! Fiddle instructors: Liz Carroll; Julian Smedley; John Blasquez, and Caroline McCaskey. Art: Marlene Walters, Dance: Evie Ladin. INFO: Bobbie Nickles, 510-548-2112, www.fiddlekids.com

Lark In The Morning Camp July 31-Aug 8
Mendocino Woodlands, Mendocino, CA. Registration is open for Lark Camp 2009--its 29th year! Lark Camp is a celebration of music & dance that takes place in the Mendocino redwood forest. It fills up fast! Sessions 24 hours a day, music & dance workshops, 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: 707-964-4826, www.larkcamp.com