Club News

Musical Meetings

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.

We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams;
World-losers and world-forsakers,
On whom the pale moon gleams,
Yet we are the movers and shakers
Of the world forever, it seems.

—Arthur William Edgar O’Shaughnessy (1844–1881)

DateNovember 6November 20December 4December 18
SetupMelissa SarenacJenni WoodwardSusan WildeMelissa Sarenac
Bulletin BoardSusan WildeJody MacKenzieYvette TannenbaumDebbie Klein
Host/essPaula JoyceLaura GoldbaumRichard GliddenTes Welborn
Host/essMelissa SarenacEstelle FreemanLindagracePazit Zohar
Singing RoomMarisa MalvinoStephen HopkinsDebbie KleinMelissa Sarenac
ThemeSky and BeyondIntoxicationDark/Light/ShadowsDecember/Holiday songs
CleanupKen HayesMarlene McCallMorgan CowinAl Goodwin

Board Meetings

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 meeting.

Next folknik Fold-In/Folk Sing: Saturday, December 12, home of Abe and Joan Feinberg

Club News

Marlene McCall and Ed Silberman will lead an In Harmony’s Way a cappella singing session at the Freight & Salvage (2020 Addison Street, Berkeley) on November 21, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Come listen, join in on the choruses, or share songs of your own. Free! The Freight’s new location is in downtown Berkeley, one block from the downtown Berkeley BART station. For more information, call Marlene at 510-717-6246.

Robert Rodriquez will perform “The Music of Story, the Story of Music,” 45 minutes of music and storytelling, during a story swap session on December 6, between 6:30-8:30, at the Quaker meeting house, 65 9th St in San Francisco. This integrated performance piece examines the relationship between traditional music and the telling of tales, showing how music and storytelling are interwoven with one another. Info is available online at, or contact Ruth Fraser at 415-626-3757.

New Club Email Address

The email address for the SFFMC has changed. Please delete in all of your address books and replace it with the new address:

Sound Person for Hootenanny Night

by Richard Rice

We bid a sad farewell to our stalwart, hard-working sound man, Shawn Scarlett, who is moving to the Netherlands. He will be sorely missed, but we’re excited for him and wish him well. If you are a techie type and are interested in lending a hand, shoot me an e-mail at

The San Francisco Folk Music Club Board will also have to bid farewell to Shawn’s wife, Board Vice-President Donna Hyatt Scarlett, who will be joining Shawn in the Netherlands. Farewell to both with our best wishes.

Hootenanny Night November 14

by Richard Rice

Hootenanny Night ( is back, after a 2 month hiatus, with one of its best shows ever! On Saturday, Nov. 14, from 7:00-10:30 p.m., at Café International (508 Haight St. in San Francisco), this special 8th anniversary FREE show will feature: