About the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society

The Pacific Northwest Folklore Society was founded by Walt Robertson and friends in 1953 in the University District of Seattle. The Society is devoted to the understanding and development of the folklore of this area. Collection, study, preservation, publication, and performance are all aspects of the Society’s activities. The people of the Pacific Northwest are heir to a rich heritage of legend, song, dance, and other forms of lore. This study greatly aids the understanding not only of ourselves, but of our forebears and the land from which they sprung.

PNWFS Directors: Stewart Hendrickson, Bob Nelson
Newsletter Editor: Stewart Hendrickson  (Email)

This Newsletter is published bimonthly by the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society (PNWFS). Article submissions to our newsletter may be made by sending a MSWord document attached to an email. Submission should be by the 15th of the month preceding the issue.

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This collection of songs grew out of a workshop at Rainy Camp, a weekend singing retreat of the Seattle Song Circle at Camp Don Bosco in Carnation, WA, Feb. 2005. Most of the songs were recorded live in the camp chapel, others were recorded or taken from previous recordings as indicated. Some of these songs are traditional, others are newer songs written in the traditional style. Some have never been recorded before. They all represent a part of the ongoing folklore of the Pacific Northwest.

Paddy Graber is a traditional singer and story-teller from Vancouver, B.C. He was born in Clonmel, County Tipperary in Ireland, and grew up in a rich musical family. His mother was a well-known traditional singer in Counties Limerick and Tipperary. Paddy is an expert on Irish history, folklore, and music. Much of his musical repertoire comes from his family in Ireland and often includes local variants of traditional Irish songs. He has also written songs of his own. Paddy has performed at Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle every year of its existence but one. He is a real treasure, and his songs and stories need to be preserved and passed on to future generations. In November, 2003, I spent a couple of days with Paddy in Seattle, recording his stories and songs. Here is a sample of some of them; there are more to be released in the future. – Stewart Hendrickson, November, 2003.