The SFFMC campout will once again be in the redwoods about a mile from the town of Boulder Creek. It’s one of our favorite camps and the same place as last year’s July 4th and Labor Day campouts: Boulder Creek Scout Reservation, on Bear Creek Road off Highway 9, south of Big Basin State Park. Camp runs July 2 - 5.
Jams and workshops: Informal daytime jams and around the campfires at night, two nights of open mics, and varied workshops. We’re planning workshops on sea songs, Irish songs, cotton mill songs, two and three-chord songs and others. Anyone can lead a workshop! If you’d like to or have suggestions for a topic, email Phyllis at or sign up at camp at the workshop bulletin board.
Open mics: Usually the 2nd and 3rd nights of camp, at the main outdoor amphitheater since it has a stage that can be lit at night. A signup list will be at the registration table.
Swimming: Bring your swim suit! July 4th weekend is usually great weather for swimming. We plan to have the required lifeguard and open the pool on the 2nd and 3rd days. Hours will be posted.
Potluck: Saturday night, we will potluck at the outside dining area near the kitchen, and follow dinner by an open mic in the amphitheater. We are able to use the camp’s kitchen to store and heat potluck items, as well as their pans, serving utensils and sink. Please bring your own place settings.
Hiking: Camp land is over 300 acres and several hiking trails and fire-roads lead from camp. There is a self-guided historical trail about 3.5 miles long, and a nature trail about 1.5 miles long, among others.
SFFMC T-Shirts: will be for sale at the registration table at for $15.00 each: blue or maroon in various sizes.
The camp ground is roughly linear with camp-site areas strung along its central road, south of Bear Creek. Many campsites have fire-pits and often there is firewood available. The kitchen area is the center of camp and has an outdoor dining area and deck (with a free ice machine), picnic tables and umbrellas. Also near center camp are the pool, eight tent-cabins with cots, and a bathroom with showers. At the bottom of the hill by the parking lot is a large, flat site which can hold tents; bathrooms with flush toilets and running water are nearby. RVs are welcome; they park in the parking lot.
The paved road from the parking lot to the kitchen must be kept clear at all times for emergency vehicles. We will have people to register campers and direct parking. It is important that we respect the Camp’s parking directions, so please follow the instructions of the parking volunteers.
The camp does have neighbors directly across Bear Creek, so any music near the creek after 10:00 pm—the usual curfew for noise— needs to be quiet. If you plan to go late, please locate your circle as far from Bear Creek as possible.
Everyone over 12 years old (except day-use attendees) does an hour of camp duty: registration and parking, cleanup after the potluck, or camp cleanup on the last day. Please sign up at the registration table as soon as you can after arriving. And please, show up for your chore. If you can’t, leave a note at the registration desk so we can cover the time.
We’d love to fill the Registration Supervisor and Cleanup Coordinator volunteer spots in advance. If you’re interested please email Phyllis at before camp.
Click here for a registration form. Confirmation and directions are sent when you register. If you haven’t registered ahead of time, come anyway; there is plenty of camping space and parking. If camping isn’t your style, come for the day ($5.00 fee), rent an RV, or stay in a motel nearby.
If you have friends who are interested in folk music, please invite them. No need to be a member of the SFFMC to attend (although we encourage new members).
We want to widely publicize this campout to increase attendance so we can afford to keep coming to this location—one of our favorites. Spread the word to all your friends who are interested in folk music! We are sending publicity to several CA folk clubs, music stores and other organizations. If you have ideas about where to send flyers, or want a PDF of our black and white, 8 1⁄2 x 11 flyer to post, contact Phyllis Jardine at
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention’s Spring Fling needs you! If you are interested in helping out May 15 - 16, during their two days of Dance, Workshop and Concerts, email: More info on the Fling on the Festivals page or at www.BerkeleyOldTimeMusic.org
The fold-in is at noon, Sunday, June 27, 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 instruments.
The 34th annual SF Free Folk Festival will be held at Presidio Middle School, at Geary and 30th Ave, on June 12 - 13, noon - 11 pm. It’s SFFMC’s annual gift to its beloved Bay Area and it’s completely free and open to the whole family. Festival details are at www.sffolkfest.org or on the San Francisco Free Folk Festival page on Facebook.com. Our MySpace page at www.myspace.com/sffreefolkfestival holds music samples. Please do join our Facebook group and spread the word among your friends!
The festival features more than 50 concert performers, dozens of dance workshops, open mics, impromptu music everywhere, and over 40 music and song workshops such as: Jewish folk songs, Brazilian Choro Roda, Songs of the Copper Family, Tunes of Northern Italy, or harmony singing in our Flash Mob Choir. There are also loads of great family and children’s activities and performances. See Club News for a preview of workshops.
We have a little musical something for everybody. For those who love bluegrass and old-time music we have the impossibly talented, high-energy band Poor Man’s Whiskey and the gypsy jamgrass band from Humboldt, Absynth Quintet. Don’t miss our jug band mini-fest Saturday morning or the incredible Jugtown Pirates. On Sunday, we have the Bay Area blues and classic folk legend Barbara Dane with Johnny Harper. Be sure to watch the Red Hot Chatchkas heat up the stage with sizzling klezmer, enjoy a cappella group Jou Jou for Eastern European harmonies or groove to the Gypsy/Jazz/Japanese music of Shamalamacord. Finally, don’t miss the unique guitar stylings of Matthew Montfort from Ancient Future.
While the festival would be a special event under any circumstances, what makes it unique is the fact that it is an all-volunteer effort. That is where we need your help. It takes about 200 volunteers to stage the Festival. If you want to help, email Right now, we need people to put up the latest festival poster in coffee shops, music stores, etc.
On May 9th, Martin & Shan Graebe give a workshop on the recent discovery of previously unknown manuscripts and notebooks of Sabine Baring-Gould, the first of the large-scale English folk song collectors in England during the 1800’s.
Martin and Shan will sing and teach some of the songs from the collection (and will have copies of some). They will also discuss Baring-Gould’s approach to collecting songs, the men and women from whom he collected. They will also describe The Devon Tradition Project and its work to digitize Baring-Gould’s manuscripts and make them available on-line. For background see www.sbgsongs.org and www.martinandshan.net.
Workshop is Sunday, May 9th at 2:00 pm, in Berkeley. Seats are limited and a $20.00 donation is requested. For reservations and directions: Dick and Carol Holdstock, 530-795-5555, or
Massachusetts band Notorious—fiddler/vocalist Eden MacAdam-Somer and guitar/banjo player Larry Unger—tour the Bay Area, June 16-27. Tour includes several dance events (including the Faultline Frolic Urban Dance Weekend in Santa Rosa), two house concerts and a music workshop. info on Notorious: http://www.notoriousfolk.com/about.html.
House Concerts are June 17 in Santa Rosa, and June 24 in Oakland. Workshop is June 27, in Hayward. Detailed info: http://www.bacds.org/mailings/201003/NotoriousTour.jpg.
Suzy Thompson leads an Old Time String Band Jam class at the Freight & Salvage. We’ll sing and play together, explore core old time repertoire—songs and instrum entals, and what makes it sound "old-time." Singing and playing.
Open to players of any instrument found in old-time string band. You should be a ble to play simple chord changes on your (chorded) instrument or be able to pick up simple melodies by ear if you play a non-chord instrument. Beg-int.’s are we lcome, especially if they like to sing. Int-adv. players who want a chance to do more singing are also welcome. The goal is to have a great time playing and sin ging old-time music with other people.
Class is six meetings and runs 6:30 - 8:00 pm, Wed. May 12 - Wed. June 16. Cost is $120 in advance, $130 after April 19. Register at the Freight’s www.freightandsalvage.org. If you have questions about the workshop: email Suzy
SF’s Croatian American Cultural Center, a focal point in the Bay Area for Slavic music, dance and culture, presents upcoming events. The Center is located at 60 Onondaga Ave., near Allemany Blvd., and Balboa BART. info: www.croatianamericanweb.org/events.php.
DJ Hamouris leads workshops for int - adv singers (teens on up) the 3rd Saturday of May and June, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm. May 15’s is held at Sacred Well (536 Grand Ave.), June 19’s is held at Freight & Salvage. Workshop cost is $20.00 info: www.djhamouris.com, 510-910-2574
Join us for this exciting workshop exploring challenging but accessible, contemporary and traditional rounds that are jazzy, funny, seasonal and inspirational.