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Ring in 2011 at Camp

We are gearing up for another fabulous five days at Camp New Harmony: December 28, 2010 to January 2, 2011! Mark your calendars, fill out your registration form and join your friends for SFFMC’s winter camper-led retreat.

For those of you who have never come to camp, New Harmony is a do-it-yourself camp where everyone is welcome to participate in any activity. We play music, sing together, visit, get acquainted, dance, work together, attend workshops, give workshops, do arts and crafts, and generally have a fun and relaxing time.

Housing will be assigned based on when you registered for camp AND your need. We are working on making camp accessible and comfortable for everyone in the community.

The Nitty Gritty

When, where: 2:00 pm Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010 to 2:00 pm Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at Camp Newman: 15 minutes from Santa Rosa (a map will arrive with your confirmation letter). Sleeping facilities vary and are strictly pre-assigned. Check out to download more information and a registration form.

Cost: (Same prices as last year!) For those registering between Oct. 16th–Dec 1st: Adults over age 30 are $90/day; Young Adults (18–30) are $75/day; Teens (11–17) are $64/day; and kids (3–10) are $33/day. Registration closes December 1. If you need help paying for camp, camperships may still be available, so don’t be afraid to ask! Call Katie: 510-548-4727.

Confirmed activities:

Check out for updates on activities or call Katie (after Nov 27th) at (510) 548-4727 for more info. Hope to see you at Camp New Harmony!

—The New Harmony Committee

Annual Solsthannukhamas Party

On Friday, Dec. 17 at 8:00 pm, everyone is invited to 885 Clayton, San Francisco for SFFMC’s annual observation of Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas and other observations of the holiday season.

Bring favorite treats (finger foods and drinks) and good cheer and heartfelt songs. Non- alcoholic and wine grog are provided by the Club.

Classes at the Freight & Salvage

For 42 years the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been bringing the Bay Area traditional and roots music concerts. Now, thanks to their fantastic new space, they can also offer classes and workshops.

The Freight offers a wide range of classes, year-round. Their Fall Series 2 Classes start Oct 25 and run through early December. But it might not be too late… And in addition to the class series, they offer single-session workshops and jam sessions.

Workshops starting in November and December include:

Ongoing Jams and Sessions are: Bluegrass Slow Jam, Fiddlekids Sessions, and Family Band Saturday Jam.

The Freight’s new home is in downtown Berkeley—accessible by BART and public transportation. Come share the rich new resources the Freight has to offer and let’s continue the tradition of great acoustic music in the Bay Area!

Fold-in/Folk Sing December 11

The fold-in is at 2:00 pm (NOT noon), Saturday, December 11, 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.

Thanks August Fold-in Elves! Thad Binkley, Abe & Joan Feinberg, Ellen & Jeff Furman, Marian Gade, Julie Hartmeyer, Ken Hayes, Stephen Hopkins, Phyllis Jardine, Kathryn LaMar, Shary Levy, Jerry Michaels, Phil Morgan, Joy Salatino, Jan Seifert, Bob Semple, Marv Sternberg, Margie Wade.

Annual Christmas Revels

This year, there are two weekends of performances for the 25th anniversary Christmas Revels: December 10-12 and 17-19. As always, there will be music, ranging from inspiring chorales to hearty sing-alongs, lovely costumes and courtly dancing. There will be Irish mummers and performances by accomplished guest artists.

Performances take place in Oakland at the Scottish Rite Theater, 1547 Lakeside Drive, a short walk from the Lake Merritt BART station. For more information and tickets: 510-452-9334,

Folk Music and Beyond

The rest of this quarter’s programming for KALW’s great Saturday afternoon radio show. Tune your radio dial to 91.7 fm, every Saturday, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, or listen online at For the KALW program guide see

11/6 Sandy’s Potluck: An eclectic mix of music from all over the place.
11/13 KALW On-Air Folk Festival: Five hours of continuous live music showcasing mostly local talent from 3 to 8 p.m., hosted by JoAnn Mar, Kevin Vance, and Peter Thompson. Triskela, the Bay Area harp trio, will be among the many local musicians performing live in the KALW studios.
11/20 Music and Conversation with Mary Black: The renowned singer from Ireland talks about her early life growing up with the Black Family, her success as lead singer with the Irish traditional band De Danann and later as a solo artist, and her recent collaborations with Joan Baez and actor/comedian Steve Martin.
11/27 Recent Releases: All the best in a range of genres.
12/4 True North: Music from the north of the country, Canada, the Shetlands and the Orkneys, and Scandinavia.
12/11 Sandy’s Potluck: An eclectic mix of music from all over the place.
12/18 Songs for the Holidays: Seasonal songs for the winter solstice and a feature on Oakland’s first Abbot’s Bromliad, the largest gathering of dancers who performed the Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance in early September.
12/25 Feliz Navidad, Fröhliche Weinachten, Joyeux Noël, Happy Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, etc: A holiday special celebrating Christmas and the winter solstice.

Join In Harmony’s Way

Come and join the In Harmony’s Way monthly sing! This is not a gig, a concert, or a performance—just a song session where anyone can lead a song, join in on the choruses, or just sit and listen. A cappella mainly. No amplification, no stage, no performers, no tickets, no cover charge, just a rousing sing. Just the way we like it.

Sessions are still the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 pm, at Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library, 6501 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA (just north of Alcatraz). The Library is closed to the public during our meeting time, the main room is large enough to seat us all comfortably, and you may bring your own beverages. More info on the IHW sessions and group at their website:

And if you live near Auburn, CA, please join Sharon Carl at a monthly session modelled on the IHW monthly sing. info on the Auburn sessions here:

Folk Music Websites

Another couple of great traditional music websites, this time from the Irish tradition.

The site provides a source of free learning materials for those wishing to extend their knowledge of Irish traditional music. Tunes, (Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Slip Jigs, Marches etc), are given in a variety of electronic formats. Each tune is also comes with links to free internet recordings of the tune. 246 tunes are now available, and it’s growing all the time.

A tutor site created to teach six common traditional Irish rhythms and to provide tools to help you practice keeping a steady rhythm while playing. The site includes both a written explanation of how to play the different rhythms and MP3 music tracks on which the rhythms are demonstrated at different speeds (i.e., slow to moderate) to assist both beginners and accomplished players at keeping in time with the music.

Edited by Susan Frank,