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SFFMC Folknik M/A 2003

The Folknik March/April 2003

(Volume XXXIX, Number 2)

e-zine of
the San Francisco Folk Music Club
(click here for membership

The San
Francisco Folk Music Club is a nonprofit corporation
dedicated to the enjoyment, preservation and promotion of
acoustic music in individual, family, and community life.

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Day Campout

This Memorial Day weekend, May 23-26, we return to Bort Meadows in Anthony
Chabot Regional Park, Oakland, an East Bay Regional Park.

Facilities are
basic: portable toilets, water faucets, no showers, a few picnic tables.
We have the usual concerts, jams, and campfire sings.

Bring wood for
campfires, but remember that in an effort to protect the local oaks
from Sudden oak Death virus, only commercially processed wood – certified
to be uncontaminated, cut up lumber, or processed fire logs are allowed
in the park.

Parking is in a
central lot, not at campsites. There are loading and unloading areas,
but cars must be moved out of these in a short time – unless you want
to pay a parking ticket of $75 or more.

Register ahead
of time! Park officials need a registration count before camp, and you
get the Early Bird rate that way. Early Bird rate deadline is May 1;
forms and $ must ARRIVE at 885 Clayton Street by that date.

Send the registration
and a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) with your check
to: SFFMC-Memorial Day, 885 Clayton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117.
Confirmation and directions to camp are mailed back to you.     
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Harmony Thank Yous!

SFFMC rang in 2003
in a joyous celebration at Camp Harmony, continuing our tradition of
a great many years.

We don’t want to
brag, but with the help of zillions of hands right when we needed them,
we had a great camp this year. Here are a few of the people that made
Harmony 02/03 what it was:

Charlie Fenton,
Committee Chair, Camp Liaison, Board Rep, Setup Supervisor, and the
guy who makes it all happen.

Mary Luckhardt,
Committee Secretary-Treasurer, Acting Registrar, Carpool Coordinator,
and bed-counter.

Thanks to our local
committee members Ray Frank, Phillip Garrison, David Luckhardt and Trish
Waldon who come to meetings, and Robert Reed and Laurie Vela, who live
too far away, but participate electronically.

Ray is our Health
and Safety Officer, Kitchen Advisor and Crew Chief, and Concert Coordinator.
Robert is the Parking Tsar and Laurie organizes Arts and Crafts and
the Kid’s Chorus. Phillip keeps us sane and organizes our equipment
rental, David heads the Take Down Crew and Trish coordinates Sommer
Lodge coffee.

Ray Fixler organized
family housing, Jane Doyle organized special needs housing. Madge Strong
and Joan Hall-Feinberg organized workshops and loaner instruments. Elizabeth
Douglas organized the evening dances, and Adam Cavan organized Swing

Marv Sternberg
and Shary Levy took home and recorded all the Lost and Found. Maxine
Gerber and Brendan Doyle organize the supplies, know where everything
is and who’s bringing it next year. Arlene Immerman was our On Site
Registrar and the Daily Supervisor every day. Beth Kotkin keeps track
of all the signs and makes new ones. John Gregorin designed the buttons.
Pete Sumner tuned the pianos this year, and repaired the trail when
it got too muddy. Talk about an all ’rounder!

In the Kitchen
this year, working with Debby McClatchy, our fabulous chef, were Cass
and Quena Crain, Sharyn Dimmick, Paul Donnelly, Elliot Dror, Anselm
Engle, Dan Engle, Peter Langston, Linnet Millikan, Joe Offer, Lewis
Santer, Ed Silberman, and Rory Solomon. Debbie Grainger of Camp Harmon
cooked breakfast. Tim Hudson did all the recycling.

Bettine Wallin
organized the hot drinks in the Reg Room and Rachel Levin brought all
the Rent-A-Mugs. Also in the Reg Room was Carol Chapman, who brings
Arts and Crafts to all of us with box making, and this year with magnet
making. We must thank Carol also for always being available as an unofficial
Registration resource, ready to answer questions or help sort out a
problem at the Reg Desk.

Let’s not forget
the many workshop leaders who fill the schedule with songs, jams, dance
lessons, music theory and instrumental sessions (and yoga, massage and
arts and crafts, too!). Since we are a do-it-yourself camp, these folks
give their time and expertise to all of us without even a chore credit!

Thanks to all these
folks, 2002-03 was "The Best Ever" and we know that 2003-04
will be better yet. Watch this space in September for YOUR application!
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Francisco Free Folk Festival

The 27th Annual
San Francisco Free Folk Festival will take place on June 21-22, 2003,
at Roosevelt Middle School. Join us for two full days of free dances,
workshops, concerts, and open mic, a music and craft marketplace and
continual fun featuring all styles of music. There is also food available
on site.

The festival is
for anyone who wants to smile a lot, create new friendships, and be
surrounded by music, dance and a wonderful community!

Admission is (of
course) free. The festival is easy to reach by MUNI lines 1, 2, 4 or
38. On-site parking is extremely limited, but street parking is available
within reasonable walking distances. The event is wheelchair accessible.

Starting in late
March the festival web page at www.sffolkfest.org
will be updated continually as performers and workshop leaders are confirmed.
And right now you can check out last year’s page, which is still up!

Music Workshops
More than fifty music workshops include beginning and more advanced
sessions for a range of instruments, including fiddle, guitar, harp
and vocal workshops such as song circles and harmony singing. Workshops
are led by experienced teachers from our local community and beyond.

Dance Workshops
Thirty-six dance workshops cover the basics such as waltz, hambo,
contra and International dance. We will also have swing, Irish, Scottish,
English and many more.

Performers include locally and (inter)nationallly renowned artists,
such as Jubilee, Tony Marcus and the World Harmony Chorus. There are
also open mic sessions which anyone may sign up for.

Family Activities
Family oriented activities include a concert, crafts, storytelling and
children’s workshops. We gladly welcome ideas for family shows, crafts,
or other family-oriented activities; please contact Michael Jones at
(650) 622-9598 or email director@sffolkfest.org.

Be A Star! Volunteer!

Would you like to perform, lead a workshop, or volunteer? It takes about
200 volunteers to make this festival happen. Opportunities to help are
numerous and range from helping schedule performers to being a performer


Singers and musicians, soloist or groups, may perform in venues ranging
from the Main Stage to the "Cafe Cabaret" small stage. For
information on performing please contact Karen Imperial at bryantst@mac.com.

Volunteer Opportunities
We need workshop leaders in instrumental music, singing, and dance.

We need leaders
of children’s or family-oriented activities, such as sing-alongs, dance/movement
workshops or hands-on craft activities. Be creative and ask your kids
and teens to participate!

And we need volunteer
organizers of volunteers and volunteer tasks before and during the festival.
(Just so you don’t think it’s all work and no play, volunteers have
been known to get jam sessions going in the instrument room, at the
information desk, in the parking lot…).

To volunteer, please
contact Michael Jones, director@sffolkfest.org.

Our Teens and
Young Ones

We want to continue to expand the activities for young people during
the festival. We always invite ideas and brainstorming from you and
your children. Kids are welcome to become involved. Our children are
the future of the festival, the folk club, the music and dance we do
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Sing: April 27

The fold-in will
be at noon, Sunday, April 27, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg,
1121 Ashmont Ave., Oakland. Phone (510) 451-1122.

The more, the merrier
– to help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and to make music.
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Old-Time Radio
A syndicated, live-audience weekly radio show broadcast on
the net each Monday evening at 6;45 EST (that’s 9:45 out here) by YAHOO!Broadcast
and InSight Communications.

Sponsors are Sing
Out! Magazine, Mother Earth News and Bluegrass Unlimited. Information
on this worthy enterprise at www.woodsongs.com
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Musical meetings
of the San Francisco Folk Music Club are held every other Friday at
885 Clayton Street, between Carl and Parnassus Streets in San Francisco.
Singing and jamming in three separate rooms start at 8:00 p.m. Guests
are always welcome, no one is expected to “perform,” and there is no
charge. Snacks are provided through $1 food kitty donations or finger
food contributions.

Date March 7 March 21 April 4 April 18 May 2
Setup Melissa
Faith Yvette
Bulletin Board Faith Joy Salatino Scott Rome Marisa Malvino Joe Lavelle
Host/ess Debbie
Host/ess Ed Hilton Marisa Malvino Paula Kristovich Estelle Freedman Faith
Singing Room Estelle Freedman Julie Bidou Yvette Tannenbaum Debbie Klein Phil Morgan
Theme International
Women’s Day*
Occupations Green Disasters Birds, flowers,
Cleanup Jim Letchworth Denis Soler Paul Michael Vic Saravia Vic Saravia

*Songs by, for
and about women celebrate International Women’s Day on March 7.


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 Board meeting. March 11: Phil Morgan’s, 817 Arlington,
Berkeley, (510) 525-1965 April 8: Marian Gade’s, 136 Highland
Blvd. Kensington, (510) 524-9815 May 13: Phil Morgan’s, 817 Arlington,
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Betsy Rose
leads singing of peace songs every other week, usually on Tuesdays,
in BART stations. For information email betsy@betsyrosemusic.org
or see www.betsyrosemusic.org/events.html.

Mary Black
is at the Marin Center on Sunday, March 23, 7 p.m.

Michael Cogan,
owner and engineer of Bay Records, 1414 Alcatraz Ave., Berkeley, has
been nominated for a Grammy award as Mastering Engineer in the “Best
Historical Album” category: Arhoolie Records 40th Anniversary Collection:
1960-2000,The Journey of Chris Strachwitz. Michael, an SFFMC member
for some 40 years, has engineered many recordings (LPs, tapes and CDs)
for other SFFMC musicians.

Freedom Song
Network Santa Cruz
meets Sunday, March 9, 2-4 p.m. at Louden Nelson
Center, Room 7. Bring “Stop the War” and other socially significant
songs, refreshments, and help to defray $26 cost of the room. For details
e-mail mitzvahmus@aol.com.

Katherine and
Kit Gardner
send, “Thanks for the best Harmony Camp ever!” It must
have been, judging by the Camp Harmony Lost and Found: a banjo, a guitar,
and more were recovered. If one of the items listed on page 3 is yours,
contact Marv Sternberg or Shary Levy at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.

Joe Weed’s
newest CD Swanee, The Music of Stephen Foster is available through Highland
Records, PO Box 554, Los Gatos, CA 95031. “For those interested in American
Music, this is required listening,” says a reviewer.

Woodsongs Old-Time
Radio Hour
is a syndicated, live-audience weekly radio show broadcast
on the net Monday evenings at 9:45 p.m. More information on this worthy
enterprise is at www.woodsongs.com
or radio@woodsongs.com.

Club News Wanted:
To announce a marriage, a baby, a new CD, special gigs or events, instruments
for sale, or other similar news, email: jmkelly@ieee.org.
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from the Camp Harmony SFFMC General Meeting

Marian Gade’s minutes. Items discussed included:

  • Concerts should begin at 8:30 p.m
    . instead of 9:00; the latter
    makes everything very late. A straw poll showed an overwhelming number
    of people preferring the 8:30 time.
  • Sommer
    Lodge concert hall layout:
    Next year, try moving the sound stage
    to the other end of the room so there is less disturbance when people
    come in and out of the concert hall during performances, although
    the room configuration may not permit this. If possible, add sound
    amplification to improve ability to hear performers at concerts.

  • Have a general "sing-around" in the Registration
    area (or Fireplace Room) just before dinner as a community-building

  • There should be a designated length of time for each performer
    (e.g., 5-8 minutes) instead of "two songs," some of which
    can be quite lengthy. Richard Rice suggested two songs or ten minutes,
    whichever is shorter, which encourages performers to keep their introductions
  • Make a list
    of people who have attended camp and send it out to everyone so people
    can keep in touch with the new friends they’ve made. The registrar said
    that this would be very difficult! All members are reminded to keep
    their contact and mailing information up-to-date at: sffolk@aol.com
    and to consider subscribing to the Harmony list at harmony@idiom.com.

  • Further discussion re: electronic communication: Richard says
    there will be a Hootenanny web site within a week or two. The Club
    has a web site (www.sffmc.org) but it is not up to date and has many
    broken links. A committee will be formed to consider overhaul and
    updates for the site. The Club also needs a new on-line folknik editor.
  • Lost
    and Found:
    Marv Sternberg and Shary Levy will be holding unclaimed
    items after camp. Contact them at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.
  • Congratulations:
    to the Harmony Committee
    for making this such a wonderful camp;
    to the "community" at Harmony, for handling problems well;
    to adults who brought children–it’s good to see them at camp; to
    those who brought extra instruments for children to use in learning
    workshops, and to Ed Hilton for teaching (if members run into inexpensive
    instruments at garage sales, consider purchasing them to bring to
    camp); to Bob Semple for putting up the sound stage for the concerts;
    to whoever made sure there was water available in the dance hall and
    provided a separate room for instrument storage in the Registration
    area; to the folknik editors; to the wonderful group of teenagers
    who came to Harmony this year; to Richard Rice for conceiving and
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and Found At Harmony

To get stuff contact
Marv or Shary at (510) 527-3224 or at SternbergM@aol.com.

  • Banjo : Remo
    4-string, with song book, black case
  • Guitar: Gibson
    F-hole, black case
  • Harmonica, diatonic
  • Plastic bag with
    black shoulder purse, 2 stitchery kits, silk flower kit, etc.
  • Gray binder (room
    for tapes) with song sheets
  • 2 white blankets
  • Light blue towel
  • Umbrellas: 3
    expandable, black; 1 maroon; 1 blue; 3 multicolored: 1 long, 1 medium,
    1 short
  • Shoes: 1 pair
    black shower or pool; 1 pair black flat dancing shoes; 1 pair New Balance
    size 10, white & black
  • Hats: 5 baseball
    hats; 1 visor; 1 straw hat; 3 stocking hats; 1 grey rimmed hat; 1 black
    hat with flaps
  • Sweaters: beige
    cardigan; light light-blue cardigan; off-white cable pullover; black
    pullover with stripe effect
  • Jackets: magenta,
    iridescent, child’s; short black rain slicker; woman’s Eddie Bauer raincoat;
    child’s down jacket, black and red
  • Shirts: blue-grey
    turtle neck; black sheer turtleneck; leopard print mock turtle; short
    sleeve lavender
  • Vest: padded,
    reversible, orange/striped
  • Socks: 1 pair
    black; 1 pair argyles; 1 pair white; 1 white baby sock
  • Gloves: 1 pair
    light grey/blue (Nike)
  • Necklaces: 1
    beaded, handmade with one bead; 1 metal pendant and metal and wood beads
    on black string
  • Sacks: 2 black
    drawstring bags (for sleeping bags?)
  • CD: "Driving
    with Fergus"
  • One stuffed snowman
  • 2 plastic water
  • Flashlights:
    1 yellow, 1 black
  • White Xmas light
  • Headphones: 2
  • Disposable camera
  • 2002 sun glasses
  • Coffee cup with
    Syverson cartoon
  • Black glasses
  • Coat hangers:
    2 white
  • Foam tubing for
  • White throw pillow
  • Assorted clothing
    and towels: mainly kid stuff back
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at Hootenanny Night

Richard Rice

Hootenanny Night is a monthly free music party sponsored by the San Francisco
Folk Music Club every second Saturday of the month at Cafe International,
508 Haight St. (at Fillmore) San Francisco, from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. It
starts with a performer showcase, with roughly five acts playing for 20
minutes each. After the showcase, we have a folk music jam for anyone
who wants to play.

Our booking policy
is pretty much open door, first come, first served. Hopefully, no matter
how big we get, we’ll always have room for anyone who wants to play. If
you want to play, email the request to me (equalrice@
). I will send you an information page and let you know what
the next opening is; we usually book 3 or 4 months in advance. For those
not quite ready for prime time, I recommend the jam at the end of most
shows. It’s a great way to practice performing in front of people until
you’re ready.

On March 8,
we have:
Sylvia Herold and Michael Stadler
: Sylvia is a Bay Area singer well
known for her work with Cats-N-Jammers and Wake the Dead. This duo is
an All-Time Hootenanny Night Favorite (www.sylviaherold.com).

Aj Roach:
An up and coming young recording artist who digs deep into his Appalachian
roots for a unique modern take on an ancient music form (www.roachmusic.com).

Cara Aley:
Young folk/rocker making a name for herself in the Bay Area (mp3.com/caraaley).
Jude Reseigne: You never know exactly what to expect from Bay Area performing
vet. Folk/Rock/Standards, he does it all in his strong, unique voice.

Toshio Hirano:
You haven’t lived till you’ve heard Toshio’s spot-on renditions of Jimmie
Rodger’s songs, right down to the last blue yodel.

On April 12:
Carey Dubbert: Champion auto-harp and dulcimer player and Camp
Harmony concert favorite (www.monitor.net/~dca/carey).

Christene Ledoux:
Eclectic singer/songwriter (www.christeneledoux.com).

Ted Czuk:
A songwriter mixing folk, jazz, and rock influences (www.tedczuk.com)

Rachel Garlin:
"Tender melodies and a spare sense of funk" is how she’s described
on her website. A junior-high teacher by day and folk artist at night.

Fainne: A
Bay Area threesome playing soulful Celtic music with Balkan and Greek
roots (www.fainnemusic.com).

Schedules are subject
to change. Contact me for the latest line-ups.
Richard Rice (415) 775 0221 equalrice@yahoo.com
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John Henry Mitchell,
a longtime member of the SFFMC and charter member of the East Bay Fiddlin’
& Pickin’ Potlucks, died on the 17th of January, struck in a crosswalk
by an inattentive driver. A former Oakland schoolteacher, contra and square
dance caller, labor activist and folk singer, he was well known and beloved
by all.

In his heyday, Mitchell
was a regular at Ashkenaz and played with folk singers Pete Seeger, Arlo
Guthrie and Country Joe and the Fish at venues such as the Fillmore West
in San Francisco. He also sang at the Berkeley Folk Festival in 1962.
Recently he had been bringing his guitar and songs to senior residences
and Gray Panther events. A memorial was held at the Unitarian Fellowship
in Berkeley on February 9, a day after he would have turned 79.

Margaret Dubois
Many in the folk community were saddened at the end of 2002 by the death
of George Fouke, a local folksinger, songwriter and political activist
since the 1940s. Among many other songs, George wrote The Family of
Woman and Man,
which has become the unofficial anthem of the Freedom
Song Network, in which he was active.

The FSN plans a
memorial to George on March 1. For information call David Williams at
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Female Vox for Touring A Cappella World/Jewish Music Group

Vocolot, an internationally renowned six women vocal/percussion
group, seeks professional female vocalist(s) for local, national and international
engagements. Passionate, polyrhythmic, harmonically complex original and
traditional music in English, Yiddish, Hebrew and Ladino. Affirming life
and a vision of one world at peace. Contact Linda Hirschhorn via email
at: vocolot@mindspring.com.
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the Young Ones Home!

Ashley Hogan writes:
Dear Folknikans,
At this New Year’s folkadelic bash known to us all as Camp Harmony, many
of us were refreshed to see members of the younger generations showing
up, and joining in the various activities of camp. Not only were many
of them found to be attendants of camp by free choice, but actually often
enough as enthralled members of the folken community.

It has been observed
and often mentioned lately that: "Wouldn’t it be great to have even
more young people showing up as bona-fide Folk Club members?

This has occurred
to plenty of us as a necessary step to the further continuance and evolution
of the Folk Club, i.e., to effectively pass the good torch of folk music
and community that we have all gathered and shared, there needs to be
a good source of some-ones around to pass it on to.
Being myself of the youngish disposition (age 23), I can say without doubt
that there are in fact plenty of people of both high school and college
ages who would truly enjoy and appreciate the opportunity to participate
in a community like the SFFMC. If they are only invited and welcomed,
I’d even say that many of the people, my age and hereabouts, are indeed
hungry, both spiritually and musically, for the kind of kinship and wonderment
that come with connecting to one’s roots and cultural heritage. That’s
to say, what is to be experienced at every SFFMC gathering I’ve ever been

So, just remember
that there is an ongoing sacred mission of sorts at hand here, in both
the interests of bringing the Folk Club new vitality and fresh enthusiasm,
as well as the giving of the gift of community to young folks whom the
warmth of folk life might otherwise have overlooked.
So bring ’em home, O brethren and sister folks, and keep on discussing
the ways in which we can each enliven and invigorate this here Folk Club,
for she is a jolly good fellow, which nobody can deny, and we should take
good care of her, as best as we know how, for generations to come.back
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