Connection = Oxygen
Normally the PFS website has an extensive calendar of folk events, where we can see friends and rub shoulders with strangers, hear live music, or - for some of us - perform live music. But these days, it's mostly a calendar of cancellations, and while we understand the need for social distance and shelter-in-place rules, they seem so opposed to the folk music traditions. We like to be connected. We need
to be connected. More than any time we can remember, connection is oxygen, necessary for our own well-being and for the well-being of those who have provided us with so much good music.
We're going to try to give you useful information, first, about how you can keep the music connections in your life
, even if you are stuck in your house. Check out the Virtual Song Circle at the top of this page, and we will update the site as we add more events.
Second, we want to share some ideas about how you can help others in the folk music community
. Thanks to Kim McLaughlin for the following: during this difficult time, many musicians are suffering. Touring musicians make their living by performing music for us and right now it is very difficult for them. Our community can continue to support the artists who have brought us so many good times and great songs:
Many artists will be performing live online concerts as a way to earn some money. You can find a selection of these streamed shows at www.UndiscoveredMusic.Net/streamed
Visit your favorite artist’s website and purchase CDs and other merchandise.
is a website for making donations to creative artists. Go to Patreon, subscribe, find your favorite musicians and make a donation. There is often special material available only for contributors, so it's a good deal for you too.
musicians can earn money if enough of us watch their videos. Simply subscribe to your favorite musician's YouTube page and when they hit 1000 subscribers, they start to earn money when you watch their videos.
Also, do not forget the venues that may have difficulties during these times. House concert venues should be fine, since they are usually labors of love, and generally house concert hosts give all the take to the artists. You might consider contributing to our friends at Menucha Retreat and Conference Center
and Artichoke Music
, and of course PFS itself
Check back frequently, and if you have something you would like to share with the folk community, write to email@example.com