EVENTS


July 26, 2018, Workshop 4-5pm ,Concert 7pm
Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle
ALLOTAR
Aallotar, a Finnish musical group made up of accordionist Teija Niku and violinist Sara Pajunen, will perform their unique blend of traditional and contemporary folk melodies. Their music is a transatlantic collaboration that uses Finnish and Finnish-American music as the starting point for an original chamber-folk style. Both Niku and Pajunen began performing Finnish folk music at an early age. Niku, from Haapavesi, Finland, has earned a master’s degree in folk music from the Sibelius Academy and won the respected Konsta Jylha competition with her band Grupa Balkan. Pajunen, one of “the most ambitious and notable practitioners of Finnish folk music outside of Finland,” has received classical music degrees both in Minneapolis and Helsinki. Both Niku and Pajunen began performing Finnish folk music at an early age. Join Finnish folk music group Aallotar for a workshop before their concert at the Museum. Accordionist Teija Niku and violinist Sara Pajunen will teach easy-to-learn Finnish folk tunes while talking about their musical backgrounds and how they work as an ensemble. All instruments welcome! Workshop $25 for Members, $30 general admission. Concert $18 for Members, $20 general admission, $25 for Members, $30 general admission. Combine with workshop for a discount on both events! $38 for Members, $45 general admission. More information.


Friday – Sunday, Aug. 17-19, 2018
PRINCETON TRADITIONAL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Princeton, B.C. Canada
Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there’s a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.  Information and applications.


Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm
Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert
CURTIS & LORETTA
Curtis & Loretta’s music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo’s extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers. Curtis’ down-home sense of humor and Loretta’s theater background engage the audience in an experience that runs the gamut of rolling with laughter to holding back tears, with plenty of side-trips in between. Listen to sound samples;  watch a video. $10 donation. 7:30-9:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 436-2960


Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, 1-4 pm
Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Special Event
CELEBRATION FOR STEW & BETTY HENDRICKSON
Couth Buzzard Books, Seattle
Stewart Hendrickson has been bringing wonderful music to us for many years at the Couth Buzzard. There will be a celebration at the Couth Buzzard to honor the many hours he and Betty have spent booking artists, publishing the NW Hoot (the newsletter of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society) and hosting concerts. In addition to socializing and the food and drink of the Couth, you’ll get a rare chance to hear some music from Stew himself (and maybe Betty) as they share some stories and favorite folk music. No admission. A collection will be taken to support the Couth. We hope you can make it, Saturday, Sept. 22, 1-4pmCouth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 436-2960


Friday, Oct. 12, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert
TOM BERGHAN & JUBA
Music from when America was young. Tom Berghan and Juba perform music from the American Antebellum on period instruments: early banjos and guitars, rib bones, jawbones, and percussion instruments. Tom has studied music from sources published from 1815 to 1875 and performs on actual period and reconstruction instruments. The earliest form of American popular music was a blend from African or indirectly West Indies slaves, plus music from Scots-Irish immigrants and European art music. This music, often referred to as “Juba,” was both rhythmically exciting, and expressed the full gamut of human experience in the new world. Juba was born on the plantations but quickly entered the music halls in American and European cities! This evolved to something the world had never known before … the advent of the ‘professional pop song writers’ such as Stephen Foster, Daniel Emmett, James Bland, and many more! Tom presents a program that is fun, informative, and family friendly too! $10 donation. 7:30-9:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 436-2960


Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert
CROSSING THE NORTH SEA
“Crossing the North Sea” is a collaboration between Hardingfela player, Rachel Nesvig, and Scottish fiddler, Brandon Vance, whose repertoire explores the cross-pollination of fiddle styles that have developed as a result of the maritime trade routes between Norway, Shetland, and points beyond! Rachel has been playing the Hardanger Fiddle (hardingfela) since high school and was the first student at St. Olaf College to receive Distinction in Hardanger Fiddle in 2007. She has studied fiddle both in the US and in Norway. Brandon is a two-time U.S. Open National Scottish Fiddle Champion. With a B.M. and M.M. in Violin Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music, he has performed and taught internationally, as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy, and guest artist at the William Kennedy Piping Festival in Armagh.  $10 donation. 7:30-9:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 436-2960


Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, 7:30-9:30 pm

Pacific Northwest Folklore Society Coffeehouse Concert
ALEX STURBAUM
As a solo artist, Alex performs his original songs interwoven with traditional music. He has performed solo at festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest, and delights audiences with his heartfelt songs, contagious enthusiasm, and friendly banter. In 2017, Alex released his debut solo album, River Run Wide, featuring eight original songs and three original tunes. Alex is a one-of-a-kind performer. Steeped in musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, he is equally comfortable performing for dancers in a crowded grange hall, singing original songs at an intimate house concert, belting out sea shanties at a pub sing, or playing bluegrass music at a festival. Alex’s love for the music and joy in playing it is evident in every note he plays. $10 donation. 7:30-9:30pm, Couth Buzzard Books Espresso Buono Cafe, 8310 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, 436-2960

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