Folk Notes

Festival Cancellation 150 150 SoCoFoSo

Festival Cancellation

With the recent state of emergency declared due to the coronavirus, we regret to announce that the March 14 Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival has been cancelled. While we know that many in our community look forward to this annual festival, we could not in good conscience hold a public event risking the health…

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Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival March 14 in Sebastopol 150 150 SoCoFoSo

Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival March 14 in Sebastopol

By Mark Hogan The Sonoma County Folk Society and California Bluegrass Association team up once again to present a full day of music and workshops at the 20th annual Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival, scheduled Saturday, March 14th in Sebastopol. This year’s lineup includes return performances from the Kathy Kallick Band http://kathykallick.com/ and singer…

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What does the Sonoma County Library have to offer musicians? 504 320 SoCoFoSo

What does the Sonoma County Library have to offer musicians?

The Sonoma County library has 14 branches, plus the Adult Literacy program at the Central Library, the Sonoma County History & Genealogy Library adjacent to the Central Branch, the Healdsburg Wine Library, and Petaluma History Room. The Central Branch is open 7 days a week and most other branches are open 6 days a week.

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Courtin’ Too Slow 898 960 Peter van Gorder

Courtin’ Too Slow

Legendary Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller performs 1047 900 SoCoFoSo

Legendary Folksinger and Storyteller Adam Miller performs

An artist whose kind has dwindled to an endangered species, Adam Miller is a renowned old-school American troubadour and a natural-born storyteller. One of the premier autoharpists in the world,he is an accomplished folklorist, song-collector, and raconteur, who has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. With his resonant baritone voice and easy…

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Kate Wolf had a Sonoma County kind of sound 581 900 SoCoFoSo

Kate Wolf had a Sonoma County kind of sound

By Gaye LeBaron of Press Democrat on 10/12/19 – Just the mention of his name can create a national audience for Ken Burns’ documentaries. His recent “Country Music” series was a classic example. As expected, last month’s eight-part documentary was — as they said back in the day — “a trip.” He took viewers through…

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Mariachi Juniors 485 331 SoCoFoSo

Mariachi Juniors

Most of the students in the younger group had only been playing for a matter of weeks. Photo by Steve Gilford The highlight of the evening was the joint performance of the two groups. Photo by Steve Gilford The young Mariachis drew a large and enthusiastic audience. Photo by Steve Gilford The highlight of the…

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Remembering TAYLOR FINLAY SoCoFoSo member for over 35 years! 395 510 SoCoFoSo

Remembering TAYLOR FINLAY SoCoFoSo member for over 35 years!

By Doug Dempster – 1924-2019 – “He always had a smile on his face,” said Dick Tracy upon hearing of the death of his friend and former work colleague, Taylor Finlay. That was the near universal reaction from those who knew Tay as musician, friend, mentor, co-worker, intellectual. Others mentioned generosity of spirit, kindness, acceptance,…

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Steve Hogle 675 900 SoCoFoSo

Steve Hogle

Steve Hogle has been involved in bluegrass music in California since before there was a California Bluegrass Association.  Steve is one of the original signatories on the petition that Carl Pagter (CBA #1) was passing around in 1975 on the way to filing the paperwork necessary to form the CBA. His membership number is 39.…

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