Calendar

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calendar@corvallisfolklore.org

Jun
2
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.

Jun
3
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Jun 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Jun
11
Tue
Local Folk Open Stage @ Corvallis Arts Center
Jun 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

LOCAL FOLK

Local Folk imageLocal Folk image

the collaborative open stage program of CFS and The Arts Center has started again after a nearly ten year hiatus. The venue, as in the past, is The Corvallis Arts Center and stage. Free and open to all, the stage is open to individual musicians and groups presenting a variety of music under the large “folk” umbrella.

Sign up for a set of two or three songs for a total time of 10-15 minutes in a rotating format. Or, just come to be part of an audience appreciative of local performers.

Laurs ZaerrThis month featuring Laura Zaerr, singer-harpist.

 

 

Local Folk convenes monthly, on second Tuesdays, from 7-10 pm.

Jun
15
Sat
Contra: Contra Sutra with Andrea Nettleton @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
Jun 15 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Contra SutraContra Sutra

“May all beings be free to dance to the most melodious and rhythmically funky Contra Sutra”

Andrea NettletonAndrea Nettleton

From Atlanta, Andrea has been calling dances all along the mid-atlantic region and around the country.  She last called a CFS dance in September, 2013.

 

 

 

Beginners lesson starts at 7:00pm (experienced dancers welcome) dance starts at 7:30pm

Each dance is taught.  No partner necessary (it’s traditional to dance each dance with a different partner)

First and Third Saturdays of the month except July, August. Occasional special dances.

 

Jun
16
Sun
Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Jun 16 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

First and Third Sundays

We will mix Balkan, Israeli and other folk dances each week, with occasional live music from Balkan, Israeli and other traditions.  Watch the calendar for announcements about special dances, but just come to each dance and learn all sorts of dances.

Jun
17
Mon
Hanz Araki with Dan Faiella album release concert @ Whiteside Theatre
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Hanz ArakiHanz Araki
with Dan Faiella

album release concert

Considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner Hanz Araki has been lauded by publications and audiences alike.  Three decades of musical exploration into Irish, Scottish, Japanese, and American traditions has yielded his distinct style described by Fatea Magazine as “achingly beautiful.”

As the sixth generation of his family to bear the title Araki Kodo, Hanz (short for Hanzaburo, his great-great grandfather’s name) spent his formative years mastering the Japanese end-blown bamboo flute.  Discovering and relishing the melodic and mechanical similarities between shakuhachi and Irish whistle, Hanz applied his natural capacity and boundless curiosity to his Irish heritage.  Taking advantage of the rich Irish music scene in Seattle, where he spent his youth, Hanz quickly became known for his exquisite instrumental work on both Irish whistle and flute and a haunting singing voice that was born to tell tales.

“Hanz Araki is a master of his art – of that there is no doubt. His stunning musicianship and mind-spinning delivery of traditional tunes is a pure exhilaration for the ears. Combining an unprecedented feel for the Japanese shakuhachi flute with an unerring ability as an interpreter of Celtic music, Araki has carved out a rock-solid status. Fashioned through a heritage of Irish and Japanese parental influence, education, and personal dedication, his musical influences combine the disciplines and traditions of both cultures to create the virtuoso we hear today.”  (Folkwords)

Over the years, Hanz has released 11 albums, including 2014’s critically acclaimed Foreign Shore.  Festival appearances include the Austin Celtic Festival, the Maine Celtic Celebration, the Missoula Celtic Festival, KVMR Grass Valley Celtic Festival, Milwaukee Irish Festival, Bumbershoot, Celtic Connections, and over 20 years of performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival. Hanz has also been invited to perform with the Seattle Symphony, at the Gates Estate, and for the Japanese Consul General.

Hanz Araki CD

 

Jun
21
Fri
Best Cellar (rescheduled from May 31) @ Methodist Church upstairs
Jun 21 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Rita BrownSuz Doyle

A fund raiser for The Folklore Society and The Best Cellar. We will have several local musicians: Fred Towne

MCsquared

Mina CarsonRita Brown,
Suz Doyle, Adam Scramstaad, Fred Towne, Mina Carson, Cliff and Chere Pereiera, Mark Weiss, Evelyn Idzerda, and  others.

They will be singing songs from The Great Women Songwriters. Including songs from Carol King, Elizabeth Cotton, Joni Mitchell, Etta James, Nanci Griffith, Kate Wolfe, Gillian Welch, Laura Nyro, Malvina Reynolds, and more.

The best Cellar is a once-a-month evening of acoustic music. Admission is “pay what you will,” and kids are free. Cookies and coffee are available. Located in the cellar of the Methodis Church on 11th and Monroe, in Corvallis. For more information, or to join the volunteer team, contact Mark Weiss at mjweiss@cmug.com

Jun
27
Thu
Campfire Singalong @ Lisa's house in Monroe Oregon
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Campfire Singalong

Lisa Lynne Campfire

You can come anytime to this exceptional music party. It will be wonderful musicians playing beautiful acoustic songs from the 60’s and 70’s. You can request any song you love from the provided songbooks or play along on an instrument.
Even if you just want to be a listener, you are in for a real treat. It’s not a dinner potluck but bring snacks and treats and libations. Suggested donation is only $5 as we hire an ace guitarist to help us out.

 

Jul
1
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Jul
9
Tue
Local Folk Open Stage @ Corvallis Arts Center
Jul 9 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

LOCAL FOLK

Local Folk imageLocal Folk image

the collaborative open stage program of CFS and The Arts Center has started again after a nearly ten year hiatus. The venue, as in the past, is The Corvallis Arts Center and stage. Free and open to all, the stage is open to individual musicians and groups presenting a variety of music under the large “folk” umbrella.

Sign up for a set of two or three songs for a total time of 10-15 minutes in a rotating format. Or, just come to be part of an audience appreciative of local performers.

Fred TowneThis month featuring Fred Towne, singer-songwriter.

 

 

Local Folk convenes monthly, on second Tuesdays, from 7-10 pm.

Jul
18
Thu
New World String Project @ Lisa's house in Monroe Oregon
Jul 18 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

New World String ProjectNew World String Project

John Weed • Aryeh Frankfurter • Lisa Lynne • Stuart Mason

Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic, Celtic, and American folk traditions.  98 strings on stage!

Science tells us that cross pollination can result in hybrid vigor that transcends the sum of its parts. In a parallel vein, the vibrant West Coast traditional music community has given birth to the New World String Project. Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.

“(New World String Project) literally pranced through their hour-long program at St. Mary’s in Pacific Grove, displaying both calculated structure and unbridled abandon.” –Monterey County Weekly (CA)

Doors open 6pm with a potluck reception.

A house concert is an excellent opportunity to hear great music in a very intimate setting.

Jul
25
Thu
I Draw Slow @ Whiteside Theatre
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

I Draw SlowI Draw Slow

The Dublin-based roots band coaxes the past into the present with original songs that draw from the best of Irish storytelling and American folk music.

The band is fronted by siblings Dave (guitar) and Louise (vocals) Holden who have been writing together for two decades. In 2008 the pair teamed up with violinist Adrian Hart, clawhammer banjo player Colin Derham, and double bassist Konrad Liddy to form I Draw Slow.

The band has played to audiences in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, and performed at many North American festivals including MerleFest, Pickathon, Wintergrass, RockyGrass, Grey Fox, Red Wing, Edmonton Folk Fest, Sisters Folk Festival and Mountain Stage. It was their 2014 performace at MerleFest that first put the band on the radar for Compass co-founders Garry West and Alison Brown, who were impressed with the band’s performance and the reaction from buyers in the MerleFest merch tent.

First, we noticed how they got the crowd involved in what they were doing. Their energy is truly infectious,” says West. “Then we noticed that their CDs and merchandise were flying off the shelves in the festival store. That kind of immediate response is always going to get our attention! But more than anything we’ve been impressed with the strength of the songwriting, the sibling harmony and the musical proficiency of the band. They are truly dedicated to their craft.”

 

Aug
4
Sun
Cindy Kallet & Grey Larsen @ Whiteside Theatre
Aug 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Cindy Kallet & Grey LarsenCindy Kallet
& Grey Larsen

Cindy Kallet and Grey Larsen, each well-known and loved for their decades of music making, come together to give a concert of contemporary and traditional songs and tunes. Cindy is a superb singer, guitarist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Grey is one of America’s finest players of the Irish flute and tin whistle, as well as an accomplished singer and concertina, fiddle, piano and harmonium player. As composers each contributes to the unique tapestry of contemporary folk and world music in America today. Together they weave their music with vibrant colors and subtle textures.

Scott Alarik of The Boston Globe calls Cindy “…one of folk music’s most respected songwriters… provocative, heartwise, and original …a brilliant guitarist… ” while Grey’s playing has been called “positively spellbinding” (The New Mexico Daily, Albuquerque, NM) and “exceptionally exceptional” (The Spectator, Raleigh-Durham, NC).
The duo’s repertoire includes Cindy’s sparkling original songs, distinctive settings of traditional Irish music, Scandinavian fiddle duets, old-time fiddle and guitar tunes from southern Indiana, and new music that Cindy and Grey are inventing together. There is plenty of variety and breadth of musical territory here, all deeply rooted in folk traditions, and interwoven with the renaissance and baroque counterpoint in which both Cindy and Grey were immersed while growing up. Included are vocal duets, guitar, Irish flute, Irish alto flute, tin whistle, concertina, harmonium, and duet fiddling, along with plenty of stories that put the music into a personal context. Their newest album, Welcome Day, was released in 2015, and joins Cross the Water and a CD single, “Back When We Were All Machines.”

Grey’s popular books on Irish flute and tin whistle are the most comprehensive and innovative in print today, selling more than 15,000 copies to date worldwide. His two most recent books address Irish music more broadly, embracing the interests of all Irish music players. Grey plays the wooden Irish flute with a distinctive sound that many feel is his alone. His recordings showcase this dark, silky, reflective flute voice as well as his mastery of fiddle, anglo concertina, piano, and harmonium. His music encompasses the traditions of Appalachia, southern Indiana, Scandinavia and Québec in addition to Ireland. A graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Grey is a schooled composer. He brings the clarity of renaissance and baroque counterpoint into his creations and collaborations.

For more on Cindy and Grey, please visit www.kalletlarsen.com where you may listen to
their music for free and view videos of their performances.

 

Aug
5
Mon
Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
Aug 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Corvallis Guitar Society

The goal of the Corvallis Guitar Society is to act as a catalyst to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork and provide an opportunity to perform and enjoy guitar music in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The accent here is on participation and we hope people will want to participate in the open stage section also – no piece of music is too short or simple (though there is a five minute limit if we have a full sign-up sheet) and you are guaranteed a warm round of applause for showing us what you can do! We do have a limited number of open stage slots so be sure to sign up early at the front desk on the way in.

Our Mission

To promote classical and related guitar styles by providing a supportive performance environment for people of all ages and ability.

We seek to achieve this through a monthly meeting that provides an opportunity to discuss, listen to, and play solo guitar music including classical, flamenco, finger-style, jazz, as well as classical guitar ensemble styles.

Aug
13
Tue
Harris Bridge Folk Festival Song Writing Camp @ Harris Bridge Vineyard
Aug 13 @ 10:00 am – Aug 16 @ 6:00 pm

Harris Bridge Folk Festival Songwriting Camp

Harris Bridge Folk Festival 20118HARRIS BRIDGE SONGWRITING CAMP:   A retreat exploring songwriting, folk music, community, nature, and how they all intersect. The 3-day camp includes workshops, small-group song swaps, co-writing opportunities, 1-on-1 time with instructors, as well as plenty of opportunities for jamming, writing, and exploring the gorgeous Harris Bridge area’s hiking trails, vineyard, river, and swimming hole!  This is a welcoming and non-judgmental community where songwriters at any stage of experience can come and be inspired, connect with their creativity and to the land, and have the time and space to write, reflect, and play!

WHO ATTENDS AND HOW MANY?  All levels of writing and musical experience are welcome.  What matters most is that you are a great appreciator of music and people and the outdoors.  Most songwriters play guitar or keyboards, but songwriters can also work acapella and on a range of other instruments. All genres are welcome.  Note, all under 21 years of age must be accompanied by an adult due to the host site being a winery/vineyard.  Attendance is capped at 25 guest participants.

OUR INSTRUCTORS:  Beth Wood and Clara Baker have decades of experience writing songs, teaching, touring and performing professionally. They will lead guided workshops and small group classes, and can also offer 1-on-1 song feedback, guitar and vocal mini-lessons, and more.

OUR SCHEDULE:  Check-in begins on Tuesday Aug 13th, at 10am. Participants set up and get to know one another the first afternoon with, followed by dinner and a campfire song circle. In the mornings we will gather as a group and share in writing exercises. Afternoons we will focus on co-writing and one-on-on mentor sessions with plenty of free time sprinkled in to explore and gather inspiration from each other and the beautiful setting. In the evenings we will gather in a circle and share songs.

The camp ends on Friday morning by 11am, after breakfast and a closing gathering.  All guests are invited to stay as complimentary guests for the Harris Bridge Folk Festival, or we can see you safely on your way on Friday, just let us know your desire at the time you register for the song camp.

TUITION FEE:  Tuition is $295 and includes the following.

  • A spot for tent camping and/or vehicle camping (RV availability is limited).
  • Access to all classes as well as the occasional opportunity for private instruction
  • Nightly song circles
  • Three meals daily from Tuesday Aug. 13 dinner to Friday Aug. 16 brunch (8 meals).
  • Self-serve coffee and tea.
  • Access to hiking trails, and the swimming hole on the Mary’s River.
  • Complimentary tickets/all access passes to the Harris Bridge Folk Fest (Aug 16, 17, 18, includes complimentary camping!  Value is $80)

OUR LOCATION:  The camp is hosted by Harris Bridge Vineyard, on a 4 acre patch of paradise, located right in the heart of Harris Valley, Oregon, just West of Corvallis.  The site includes a beautiful winery and tasting room, camp sites, 3 separate fire circles, and two distinct places to dip toes into the Mary’s river to restore after long day.  It also includes access to hiking.  The site is a 2-hour drive from Portland, and a 1-hour drive from Eugene.

OUR ACCOMMODATIONS and FOOD PROVISIONS:  Most participants camp in tents or vehicles. We also have a limited network of friends who host guests in their homes.  If you would prefer to be set up in a home, please contact us at harrisbridge@yahoo.com and we will attempt to connect you with a host (may involve additional cost). The camp is an outdoor experience: all classes, song circles and meals are outdoors. Weather is most often beautiful in August, but it can be cool in the evenings and possibly even rainy, so campers should come with enough clothes to keep them warm and dry. 
We’ll provide three delicious meals a day, beginning with dinner on Tuesday through brunch on Friday.  Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available. Please let us know of any food allergies or restrictions when registering. Self-service tea and coffee is provided, and beer and wine will be available for purchase through the tasting room all day long.


If you have any other questions, please let us know by contacting Nathan and Amanda (Owners of Harris Bridge) at harrisbridge@yahoo.com.