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Contra: Campaign for Reel Time with Isaac Banner @ First United Methodist Church community hall
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

NOTE: Different location – Methodist Church Community Hall

Campaign For Real TimeCampaign for Reel Time
From Portland

  • Betsy Branch – fiddle
  • Mark Douglas – piano
  • Bill Tomczak – reeds, percussion

Campaign for Reel Time is an exciting Northwest band featuring Betsy Branch on fiddle and guitar, Bill Tomczak on clarinet, saxophone and percussion, and Mark Douglas (tonight) on piano.    With their mix of instruments and improvisatory natures, plus their deft interweaving of dance-music genres, you never know what to expect from this trio, other than stimulating and inventive dance music.  Their delight in playing together translates to the dance floor, and you are likely to hear plenty of laughter from the stage.

Isaac BannerIsaac Banner

A long-time contra dancer and Seattle transplant, I’ve worked for several years to become known in the Pacific Northwest for my particular blend of humor and dance instruction. With contagious excitement, a warm cadence, and a cheerful personality, I strive to bring moments of magic into the lives of newcomers and veteran dancers alike. Contra has always held a special place in my heart and I try to share that love with every dance I visit.

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.

Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
Apr 21 @ 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.

Woodstock Revisited – The ’60s, the decade that changed America @ LaSells Stewart Center
Apr 23 @ 7:00 pm

Woodstock, Revisited: A conversation with
publicist Rona Elliot
and official Woodstock photographer Henry Diltz

Woodstock Revisited

Best Cellar @ Methodist Church
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Chuva Boa7:30 Chuva Boa

Colleen Kitchen and Laura Zaerr have been collaborating since the 90’s. Laura’s diatonic lever harp was a natural fit for Celtic music, and Colleen had spent three years in Ireland with no piano, so she had gotten a pennywhistle and learned Irish music for lack of other options. Their first Celtic band, “Heather Breeze,” was active doing dances and festivals including the inaugural daVinci days, until other competing interests such as the birth of Colleen’s daughter put a crimp in that. The two collaborated on a number of classical endeavors in the ensuing decades. Laura put together “Village Green”in the oughts, and Colleen was part of that ensemble for a while. But meanwhile the jazz roots were beckoning. While Colleen crashed Neal Grandstaff’s jazz improv class at Oregon State, Laura had been sitting in with Winston McCullough’s jazz ensemble and discovering ways to make the big harp work for jazz. It’s NOT easy. Only the best harpists can do it. With a natural gift for improvisation, and inspired by Dorothy Ashby Colleen and Laura developed ways to tag team each other, and the bright brilliant choros and bossa novas of Brazil seemed especially suited to the sound of the harp. You can’t have a Brasil band without percussion, and when expert percussionist Kevin Ronkko joined the group, it was just the ticket to make manifest the groove that was driving the music only in their imagination.

The group played for a while with no name, and everyone was telling them they needed a name. It was the drought year of 2015, not only dry, but very hot. The band was rehearsing the song “Chovendo na Roseira” and all the references to good nurturing rain were making everyone thirsty. Someone remarked that we could use a dose of “Chuva Boa” (good rain) right about now, and the name stuck. Below is a video of Brazilian icon Gal Costa performing “Chovendo na Roseira” (to be replaced with our own when we get a nice clean one.)


Pete and Mark8:30 The Lucky In Love String Band

Pete Kozak, Jeff Hino, Ron Green, and Mark Weiss

Bluegrass with a twist. Well, maybe a few twists. Hot instrumental work and three part harmony.

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

Westwind Weekend @ Westwind Stewardship Group’s Camp Westwind
May 3 @ 6:00 pm – May 5 @ 2:00 pm

WestwindSalem Folklore Community’s
st Annual

Westwind Weekend

of music and dance

A beautiful setting on the Oregon Coast.  A pristine, sheltered beach, tidepools galore, wildlife in the water, woods, and air, hikes that lead to superb vistas up and down the coast.  It’s a weekend at the beach, with music and friends old and new.  It’s always sunny at Westwind, AND it almost always rains.  Which is to say, any weather can happen.

A growing, family friendly community.  More than a fourth of those who attend the Westwind Weekend are young people.  Kids bring their friends.  They dig in the sand, play Frisbee, hike, play cards, dance, play music, drink hot cocoa, help out, hang out, and build lasting memories.

Non-stop music jams.  At any moment you’ll find swing favorites on the front porch, old-time in the shed, and Irish/contra tunes in the kitchen.  Some of the finest musicians in the Willamette Valley come to Westwind and are joined by folks just learning to play and everyone in between.

Contra dancing and more.  Friday and Saturday evenings feature the Westwind All Star Orchestra playing tunes, and dance programming that’s aimed at all ages and abilities. Expect family dances, contras and squares, and a set of Scandinavian favorites. Also find musicians jamming and swing or zydeco dancing underway outside the main hall.

Camper-led workshops.  Gumboot dancing, daisy chain squares, swing chords, beach talk, favorite folk songs: come with your special talent to share or learn something you’ve never heard of before. Sunday morning expect time for singing the gospel of our non-denominational love of community.

A Saturday camper concert. Enjoy listening to the crazy, creative, and sublime as your fellow campers perform, or put together your own high or low art performance and step up onto the whale bone stage.

Happy, hearty vegetarian food.  Beth Littlewolf has been our cook for 25+ years. She makes wonderful fare that brings us all together in the historic Wilson Lodge for family-style meals.  Meals at Westwind include snack Friday evening, breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Saturday, and early-wake up breakfast fare plus brunch on Sunday.

Contra: Countercurrent with Tarka Ayres @ OSU Memorial Union Ballroom
May 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

Note different location: OSU MU Ballroom


From Seattle:

  • Brian Lindsay – fiddle
  • Alex Sturbaum – guitar

Countercurrent is a contra dance and folk music band in western Washington, featuring driving guitar, foot percussion, lyrical fiddle, and harmony vocals.

Tarka Ayres

Tarka Ayres credits contra dance with helping keep her mental stability through school. She started dancing in 2004 and has called dances in Oregon and Washington since 2012. Dancers appreciate her ability to integrate new dancers into the community, her clear teaching and succinct calling, and her choices of challenging dances.




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.

Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
May 5 @ 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.

Corvallis Guitar Society Meeting @ Odd Fellows Hall
May 6 @ 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.

Sophie & Fiachra Trio @ Whiteside Theatre
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm

Sophie Fiachra TrioSophie & Fiachra Trio

The Sophie & Fiachra Trio are a group of musicians sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and other’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions.
Comprising of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra ORegan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoies lithe and masterful compositions. Their choice of songs will “captivate the most casual listener”.
“Its refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”

-Quotes from Siobhán Long, of The Irish Times

Un Canadien ErrantReleased in 2016, Un canadien errant features a mixture of Irish & French-Canadian traditional music and song. It has been nominated for Traditional Album of the Year for the ADISQ awards in Quebec and Traditional Album of the Year in the Canadian Folk Music awards. In the latter, the album also gets Sophie Lavoie a nomination for Best Trad. singer of the year for her vocal tracks.

3rd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival 2019 @ First Presbyterian Church
May 11 @ 10:00 am – 9:30 pm

The 3rd Annual Corvallis Guitar Festival is just around the corner and will provide a bumper crop of talent, entertainment, and participation in the world of classical guitar and ukulele! The three concerts, workshop, lecture and Master Class will all be taking place at the 1st Presbyterian Church on 8th St downtown Corvallis on Saturday May 11th starting at 10:00am in the morning through 9:30pm in the evening.

The concerts feature Ian O’Sullivan, a great Hawaiian classical guitarist and ukulele musician, and Grammy Award winning classical guitarist Bill Kanengiser. Also, in line with our goal to bring local guitarists out of the woodwork, there will be a short concert performed by the Corvallis Guitar Ensemble led by Cameron O’Connor.

Tickets for the concerts are now available downtown at Grassroots Books and Music store on 2nd St, Corvallis; tickets are also available online at Brownpaper Tickets:

More information is available on the Guitar Society website:

It’s going to be an inspiring and hugely enjoyable event with a wide variety of guitar (and ukulele) music styles so mark your calendars, and here’s the schedule:

10:00am – 12:00pm Masterclass with Bill Kanengiser: 4 students, 30 mins each    free

1:00 – 2:00pm            Featuring James Bishop Edwards, Cameron O’Connor & Tom Strini     free
Discussion and music performance from the period 1750-1800 when the newly developing early Classical six single string guitar and the traditional five and six course Baroque double string guitar were contemporary. The lecture includes two historical instruments: a 1798 Italian guitar (Fabricatore) and an 1800 Spanish guitar (Benedid).

2:30 – 3:30pm            Hawaiian Guitar and Ukulele Concert featuring Ian O’Sullivan    ticketed

4:00 – 5:00pm            Ukulele and Hawaiian Music Workshop with Ian O’Sullivan     free
A brief history of the ‘ukulele, prominent players and style, strumming and picking techniques, chord melody, and arranging for ‘ukulele as a solo instrument vs ensemble.

7:00pm- 7:30pm            Corvallis Guitar Ensemble Concert Directed by Cameron O’Connor    ticketed

7:30pm – 10:00pm         Closing Concert: Classical Guitarist Bill Kanengiser    ticketed

Local Folk Open Stage @ Corvallis Arts Center
May 14 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm


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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.

Lorraine AndersonThis month featuring Lorraine Anderson, singer-guitarist.



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

Annual CFS Membership Meeting, Jam & Potluck @ First Congregational Church Fireplace Room
May 18 @ 3:15 pm – 7:00 pm

Corvallis Folklore Society 2019 Annual Meeting

3:15 to 5:15 PRE-POTLUCK MUSIC JAM in the Fireplace Room. Bring musical instruments, voices, songs & stories. We have 2 hours to socialize, jam, play music & share songs before the potluck.  Enter the church from usual parking lot entry doors for the Dances. A map/sign will show how to get to the Fireplace room.

5:30 POTLUCK:  Please bring salads, casseroles, pizza and other substantial snacks & finger foods. Coffee, tea and water will be provided.  Other beverages welcome.

6:00 MEMBER MEETING:  Meeting will start when folks have gotten food & a place to sit. During the next hour or so CFS Board officers will present a review of CFS activities, give a current financial report and propose a slate of candidates to serve on the Board for next year. Members may propose additional candidates to this list & here will be time for questions, comments and suggestions from the community.   Approval of candidates will be decided by voice vote.

7:00 Regular CFS Contradance (optional):  The last dance of the season with Treehouse playing and William Watson calling.

PLEASE NOTE: The regular Monthly Board Meeting will take place one week prior to the Annual Meeting. All are welcome to observe and/or join this Board discussion.

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 1:00 at Bill Pfender & Anne Smith’s house:

3704 NW Jameson Dr. in Corvallis.”

Contra: Treehouse with William Watson @ Gatton Hall / First Congregational Church
May 18 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm


  • Rachael Young (piano)
  • Ben Young (banjo, whistle)
  • Bo Leyden (mandolin)
  • Shari Ame (fiddle)

bring a mix of Irish, Quebecois, and New England style, and put it together with Pacific Northwest flair. Becky has played for dances throughout Vermont, New Jersey, Arizona, and California, and previously played with Amazon Creek in Eugene. Ben and Rachael come from the Irish traditional session background, having played with many groups across Canada and throughout Washington, Oregon, and California.

William WatsonWilliam Watson

William Watson, a resident of Eugene, OR, danced his first contra in 1989 and began calling in Texas in 1992. Having called numerous contra events in cities coast-to-coast, William’s extensive experience and soothing voice project a calm confidence. His vigilant and thoughtful dance programming ensures a variety of figures, transitions, and sequences to entertain and support new dancers while offering the occasional challenge for the more advanced. His calling proficiency and sensitivities ensure everyone has a good time.

Beginners lesson starts at 700pm (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.

Hoolyeh International Folk Dancing @ First Congregational United Church of Christ
May 19 @ 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.

Peter Yarrow @ Corvallis High School Main Stage
May 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Peter YarrowPeter Yarrow Benefit Concert

Proudly presented by CHS Green Club! Singer/songwriter Peter Yarrow, of Peter, Paul and Mary, offered to give a concert in support of the Fellowship’s immigration and refugee work, something that is very important to him. Realizing the impacts and importance of this work, CHS Green Club has partnered with the Fellowship so more people can be a part! All proceeds benefit the Fellowship’s immigration and refugee work.

We’re part of a long train ride, is the way Peter Yarrow visualizes the many events that have highlighted a career spanning more than five decades. With characteristic care, Yarrow places the success hes had within a greater context, seeing his accomplishments as part of a tradition, to be credited as his inspiration and carried on. When I was in high school, he recalls, I heard The Weavers at Carnegie Hall singing songs like If I Had a Hammer Follow The Drinking Gourd and Wasnt That a Time. I was stunned by the extraordinary effect that music of conscience can have on people, particularly when they sing songs of conscience together. That lesson launched Peter on a lifelong journey that is now, perhaps, in its most vital phase.

Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, public broadcasting and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Along with his singing partners, (Noel) Paul and Mary, Peter became deeply committed to the Civil Rights Movement, which brought them to Washington in 1963 to sing at the historic August 28, 1963 March On Washington led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as well as the equally historic Selma-Montgomery March in 1965. When the Civil Rights Movement merged its efforts into the Peace/Anti-Vietnam War Movement, Peter produced numerous large events including peace concerts at Madison Square Garden and Shea Stadium with tens of performers. These efforts culminated in his co-organizing with Cora Weiss, his friend and ally and a Nobel Peace Prize nominee, the famous1969 Celebration of Life, a march and demonstration in Washington, Dc attended by a half-million people who demanded an end to Americas military involvement in Vietnam.

Though much of Peters activism has been directed toward the social/political arena, Peter has also been active on behalf of more personal projects such as the Hospice Movement. He is a board member of the Connecticut Hospice, the first hospice established in the United States, where he periodically sings for patients and staff and for whom he has been a voice of media advocacy for over two decades. Also, in 1996, Peter founded the Save One Child Fund, now centered at Roosevelt Hospitals Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN) in New York City. Over the last fifteen years, Save One Child has provided free interventional radiological and neuro-surgical treatment, saving the lives of over 200 children who have been brought from all over the world with their families, all expenses paid.

A concert by Peter, today, is exciting, moving and also entertaining but it is also an event that follows in the tradition of his early mentors, The Weavers and Pete Seeger. Peter intentionally uses his music to create a community of acceptance from the stage, an oasis of peace as he calls it. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most poignant songs Peter, Paul & Mary have recorded, including Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle, and The Great Mandala. As a member of the renowned musical trio, he has earned many gold and platinum albums and has been awarded and nominated for numerous Grammys.

Peter Yarrows life and work, culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect, embraces the premise that if each person finds a way to articulate his or her own voice and joins with others, together they can become a powerful force for society’s transformation. “We’ve lived through a time in which people have felt they could forge their own future and make a better world. We may not have achieved our dreams in the time frame that we once believed was possible, but the magnitude of what is yet to be achieved only confirms the importance of our continuing commitment. Knowing this, we can’t stop now.”