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September, 2023

Sunday
17
T.C. O'Leary's Pub
1:00 PM
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Uilleann piper Preston Howard Wilde leads an Irish piping session - it’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Sunday
17
The Hostel Cafe
1:30 PM
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On Sunday afternoons, the Hostel Café in Portland, Oregon provides a friendly setting for this TrailJams Irish traditional tune session. TrailJams is a music community focused on making acoustic music together outside for the enjoyment of the musicians and of people passing by. The cozy café makes a great place to keep the music going in the winter. In better weather, the tune playing moves out to the café’s courtyard. Guests of the Hostel Café and the adjoining Northwest Portland Hostel are likely to settle at one of the nearby tables to enjoy the music.

COVID Policy:
Please be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if you are joining this session — that is a request, not a requirement.
Sunday
17
via Zoom
5:00 PM
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Song Circle every Sunday - see Facebook page of Fat Albert‘s Coffee House for Zoom Link and meeting ID.
Sunday
17
Cafe Artichoke Live
7:00 PM
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The Portland Guitar Society (PGS) holds an open mic on the third Sunday of each month from 7-9 pm (doors will open at 6:30) free. Bring your friends! All are welcome.

Enjoy our open mic and monthly meeting (all styles and levels welcome, bring an amp if you need one), followed by our featured performer.

Featured performer:
Jul 21 (Sun): Steve Cheseborough, acoustic country blues guitarist

COVID Policy:
Masks are encouraged but not required. 

 
Sunday
17
Online
7:00 PM
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Held every Sunday. For more info, go to: http://www.seafolklore.org/wp/about-sfs/seattle-song-circle/.
Sunday
17
Moon and Sixpence Pub
7:30 PM
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The Horsenecks are back from their tour for their bi-monthly session at the Moon and Sixpence Pub on the 1st and 3rd Sundays. Gabrielle Macrae, Barry Southern, Kevin Sandri and Brian Bagdonus (plus other guests) will be playing in the corner booth from 7:30 pm till late, free, 21+ after 8:00 or 9:00 pm.

Come on out and hear some of the best old time music around.
Monday
18
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
5:30 AM
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Folk Espresso, early morning folk music to get your week started.

Hosted by:
1st Monday, Diane Hunt
2nd Monday, Jonathan Lay
3rd Monday, Kevin Grgurich
4th Monday, Diane Hunt
5th Monday, Gordy Euler

Previous shows on the KBOO program page at https://kboo.fm/program/folk-espresso.
Monday
18
London UK via Zoom
12:00 PM
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Led by Joe Offer, new Zoom link posted every week, just before doors open: https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=168014&messages=37.
Monday
18
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Sessions are led by Marina Dodgson (fiddle) and Maurice Condie (guitar). These are open access sessions, so there’s no need to book in advance, you’re welcome to just turn up and join in!

We believe great things happen when we play tunes together! People connect with each other and make friends, and we keep our music traditions alive by sharing tunes and passing them on. What’s more, playing tunes can make you feel happy, and if you do it often enough, you’ll notice that you are getting better at playing your instrument too!

It turns out that you don’t even have to be in the same place…great things still happen when we play music together, online from the comfort of your own home.

Phoenix Folk Ltd exists to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England. We aim to be a friendly face of folk music, to help keep alive the great traditions of folk music and to encourage talent and personal musical development.

Everyone is muted, which means that you hear your own instrument, completing a trio with our fiddle and guitar. You can play the tune, or try some harmony!
Monday
18
Westborough MA via Zoom
3:00 PM
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Trad & Irish song session.

Email maureenmcnally6(at)gmail.com for Zoom link.
Monday
18
Waverly UCC
8:00 PM
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The longest days of the year are upon us and the weather could not be more beautiful.

Celebrate with us this Monday.
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8-8:30 pm: Lesson/warm-up

8:30-10:30 pm: Open dancing

DJ for the evening is Dorothy Sharrar

$15-$10 sliding scale for the evening

Visit Lenora‘s Ballroom on the web ~ LenorasBallroom.com

Our mailing address is:
Lenora‘s Ballroom
3300 SE Woodward
Portland, OR 9720



Monday
18
T.C. O'Leary's Pub
8:00 PM
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Kate and The Lads play traditional music, transporting you to the West of Ireland, free.
Tuesday
19
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
5:30 AM
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A spicy mix of folk and acoustic music, much of which is connected to the American south, including (but not limited to) acoustic blues, Texas folk, Cajun, string band & Texas swing.

Hosted by Diane Karl, past shows available on the KBOO program page at https://kboo.fm/program/early-morning-gumbo.
Tuesday
19
The Green House 73rd/Mill
11:00 AM
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The Everyone Welcome Community Choir is a non-audition singing class and choir rolled into one, where the number one reason for returning is FUN. Led by Anne Weiss, $165 for seven weeks or $30 drop-in. Register at the Artichoke Music website using the link provided.

Instead of "choral" music, we use songs from around the world: African, folk, gospel, Balkan, rounds, reggae, and more! We focus on pitch, breath, harmony, rhythm, and... did I mention fun? Any skill level, any age. Bring your family, bring your friends.

Outdoors in the Garden in good weather— bring a jacket! Indoors in inclement weather— bring a mask.

Questions: anneweissmusic*(at)*gmail.com or 914-924-2574.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to customized pricing, the registration process is a little different for this class.

For ALL registration types (FULL & DROP-IN) please use the following instructions:

- click the REGISTER button
- login to your account, or select CONTINUE WITHOUT AN ACCOUNT and fill out the necessary info to register
- make sure your name (or the name of the registrant - if not you) is populated in the NAME field under REGISTRANTS
- click CHECK OUT NOW
- select the desired registration type from the ITEM drop-down list
- click the CHECKOUT button and follow the prompts to complete your registration

FOR ALL DROP-IN REGISTRATIONS:

- Please indicate which date you wish to drop-in, in the comment box provided
- If you would like to register for multiple drop-in dates at once, please email sarah*(at)*artichokemusic.org for assistance
Tuesday
19
via Zoom
11:30 AM
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This is an open access session, so there’s no need to book in advance, you’re welcome to just turn up.

At our weekly singaround, you can perform a song to the rest of the group, just as you would in a regular folk club, or you can just join and listen to some live music. Tunes and poems are welcome too. When it’s your turn to perform, everyone else is muted on Zoom so that everyone can hear you.

Phoenix Folk Ltd exists to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England. We aim to be a friendly face of folk music, to help keep alive the great traditions of folk music and to encourage talent and personal musical development.

If you’d like us to record your performance so that you have a copy to keep, then we’re very happy to do so. We’re always willing to offer advice to help you to get the best sound quality when performing online, so do get in touch if you have any questions.
Wednesday
20
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
5:30 AM
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Traditional and Contemporary folk music.

Hosted by:
1st Wednesday, Jack Bohl
2nd Wednesday, Will Selzer
3rd Wednesday, John Risley
4th Wednesday, Steven Smith
5th Wednesday, (rotating hosts)

Previous shows available on the KBOO program page: https://kboo.fm/program/pastures-plenty.
Wednesday
20
The Green House 73rd/Mill
10:00 AM
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Artichoke Community Music class led by Anne Weiss, $140 for seven classes or $25 drop-in.

All that‘s required for this class is that you know how to play C, D, E, G, A, and B7. If you don‘t know those, quick - go learn‘ em! Come tuned and ready to go. We‘ll work on a number of different styles, rhythms, and songs. We‘ll meet in my lovely backyard and see if we can get the squirrels to get their groove on.

Questions: anneweissmusic(*at*)gmail.com or 914-924-2574.

Register for 2 of Anne‘s classes and get 20% off (FULL term registrations only)! Take advantage of this deal by emailing sarah(*at*)artichokemusic.org for a coupon code and instructions.
Wednesday
20
The Green House 73rd/Mill
11:00 AM
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Artichoke Community Music class led by Anne Weiss, $140 for seven classes, $25 drop-in. You know the basics and feel ready for a little bit of a challenge. We’ll go over piedmont, Chicago and delta blues styles and licks and tricks and new material to help you move up a step!

Outdoors in the Garden in good weather— bring a jacket! Indoors in inclement weather— bring a mask.

Questions: anneweissmusic*(at)*gmail.com or 914-924-2574.
Wednesday
20
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Tony Becker of San Jose, California and Mark Wallis of Gloucester, England host this Transatlantic session for all interested parties on Wednesdays at 8:00 PM UK time. For American visitors, please note we are now all on standard ‘winter‘ time, so that is 12:00 PM Pacific in the USA.

Open to all who play traditional Irish music and It has the obvious limitations of Zoom in that only one musician can play at a time. But we go round the ‘room’ and take it in turns - no pressure though and the baton can be passed if you just want to listen. We just play for a couple of hours.

On a good day we have a variety of instruments from pipes to Melodeon, banjo to fiddle and it can be a good way to pick up tunes. It is very friendly and we welcome everyone. The only criterion is we try to stick to Irish traditional.
Wednesday
20
Artichoke Community Music
6:00 PM
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Artichoke Community Music class, led by Ken Gaines, $60 for two sessions/$30 drop-in.

Please note that these sessions will NOT occur on consecutive weeks.

Most of us involved in writing have "great ideas" about the songs we‘d like to write but just can‘t seem to get started. This 2 part workshop presents two very different but equally valid ways to get the bones of a song started and then flesh it out. This workshop is especially helpful for those just beginning to write their own songs. Each session is 2.5 to 3 hrs long. Attendees must bring their instruments, paper, and something to write with.
Wednesday
20
Artichoke Community Music
6:00 PM
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Artichoke Community Music online class led by Matt Meighan, $140 for four classes. Songwriters of all levels of experience welcome.

This class is dedicated to each writer developing their own voice and sharing their unique perspective. We‘ll write, share and listen to songs and explore songwriting as human communication and connection.

Each participant shares a song each week, with the goal of trying to write a song each week. Cover, fragments, poems, and older songs are welcome, too. We‘ll listen generously and appreciatively to create an inspiring, non-judgmental space in which to deepen songwriting practice.


Thursday
21
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
5:30 AM
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Traditional American Music, folk and traditional musics from a variety of sources including early country recordings from the 20s and 30s.

Hosted by:
1st Thursday, Kurt Liebezeit
2nd Thurs, Gordy Euler
3rd Thurs: Kurt Liebezeit
4th Thurs: Jonathan Lay

Previous shows available on the KBOO program page at https://kboo.fm/program/rise-when-rooster-crows
Thursday
21
via Zoom
12:00 PM
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Sessions are led by Marina Dodgson (fiddle) and Maurice Condie (guitar). These are open access sessions, so there’s no need to book in advance, you’re welcome to just turn up and join in!

We believe great things happen when we play tunes together! People connect with each other and make friends, and we keep our music traditions alive by sharing tunes and passing them on. What’s more, playing tunes can make you feel happy, and if you do it often enough, you’ll notice that you are getting better at playing your instrument too!

It turns out that you don’t even have to be in the same place…great things still happen when we play music together, online from the comfort of your own home.

Phoenix Folk Ltd exists to promote participation and performance in folk and acoustic music, song and dance across the North East of England. We aim to be a friendly face of folk music, to help keep alive the great traditions of folk music and to encourage talent and personal musical development.
Thursday
21
Artichoke Community Music
7:00 PM
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Come on down to Artichoke Music for the return of Acoustic Village, hosted by Richard Colombo! Be part of the heart. Make sure to arrive a little bit early and put your name in the hat to play two songs, cover or original. Hope to see you there!!!

Doors open at 6:30 pm, $5-10 cover at the door (sliding scale).
Thursday
21
Artichoke Community Music
7:30 PM
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Jug Band Ensemble led by Arlo Leach, $120 for 6 sessions.

Everybody loves seeing a jug band, but there’s often more to this fun music than meets the eye. In this class we’ll dig into original jug band recordings from the 1920s-30s, learn about the artists who created them and practice building arrangements that reflect their unique style.

Players of all skill levels will have a role in our arrangements. If you already play a standard instrument like guitar, mandolin or harmonica, or a homemade instrument like jug, washboard or washtub bass, please bring it. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn a homemade instrument if you like. Depending on how the class goes, we might conclude with a performance of some kind.

Friday
22
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
5:30 AM
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Featuring the best in traditional and contemporary folk and roots music, on Friday mornings. Features a variety of contemporary and traditional folk and roots music, with a focus on new releases and vintage favorites.

Hosts:
Most Fridays: Dan Shramek
4th Fridays: Steven Morrison

Prior shows available on the KBOO program page at https://kboo.fm/program/cascadia-coffeehouse
Friday
22
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
12:00 PM
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Folk, political, and women‘s music, both traditional and contemporary. A folk music collective, Don and Laurie love to feature live local and nationally known musicians! Music and conversations with an uplifting tilt. Live guests have included Peggy Seeger, Tracy Grammar, Linda Waterfall, Shanghaied on the Willamette, Geoff Muldaur, Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Anne Feeney.

Hosted by Don Jacobson and/or Laurie Sonnenfeld.

Past shows are available on the program page at https://kboo.fm/program/movin.
Friday
22
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Master button accordion player John Whelan hosts a free, live “Taking Time” slow session on Zoom. The session starts at 2:30 pm Pacific time, lasts for about one hour, with a 30 minute break, and starting the Taking Time Slow Session at 4 pm Pacific.

Players and listeners of all levels are very welcome to enjoy playing or hearing favorite tunes at a moderate tempo, along with the all-important warmth of connection that shared music brings into our lives, even — or rather, especially — now.

This is also a great opportunity for learning new tunes, as everybody but the session leader (John) will be muted while they play. Unlike an in-person session you can noodle along to your heart’s content, and nobody will ever know unless you tell them.

John sends out the Zoom link and tune list to his newsletter subscribers every week, usually on Tuesday evening (Pacific time). Please make sure to sign up for his email newsletter, on his website, using the link below. That is all you need to do — no separate sign-up process required!
Friday
22
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
1:30 PM
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Hosted by Jeff Rosenberg, The Songcircle blends songs from various eras and genres to reveal new connections, exposing forgotten artists and discovering new ones, exploring connective themes and topics, or responding to the events of the day.

Studio guests have included Loudon Wainwright III, Eric Andersen, The Von Trapps, and many others.

Past shows available on the program page at https://kboo.fm/program/songcircle.
Friday
22
Burlingame Water Tower Dance Hall
7:30 PM
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Modern English country dance for all, Dancing starts at 7:30. Show up early to check in. Newcomers are always welcome. We waive the admission fee the first time you attend. An introductory session is available at 7:15 upon request. Admission: Sliding scale, pay what you can: recommended range $7- $15.

No street shoes permitted beyond entryway. Only clean soled shoes permitted on the dance floor. No partner required.

We welcome people who respect our expressed dance-community values and code of conduct without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, or ability.

May 31: caller Ric Goldman with Norman Farrell, Erica Liebert, Landon Kuhn, and Carl Thor
Jun 7: caller Cynthia Stenger with Erica Liebert, Laura Kuhlman, and Lisa Scott
Jun 14: caller David Macemon with Bill Tomczak, Laura Kuhlman, George Penk, and Jenny Peterson
Jun 21: caller Jacqui Grennan with Erik Weberg, Leslie Hirsch, and Lisa Scott
Jun 28: caller Nan Evans with Full Circle (Fred Nussbaum, George Penk, and Heather Pinney)
Jul 5: caller Cynthia Stenger with Erik Weberg, Leslie Hirsch, and Lisa Scott
Jul 12: caller David Macemon with Erik Weberg, Bill Tomczak, and Lisa Scott
Jul 19: caller Ric Goldman with Erica Liebert, Landon Kuhn, Megan Tapley, and JP Douglas
Jul 26: caller Erik Weberg with Bill Tomczak, Laura Kuhlman, Brooke Bubna, and Mark Douglass
Aug 30: ****CANCELED (see you at Northwest Passage)****

Mask Policy:
PCDC has authorized committees to make decisions about masking policies for their own events. All dances are mask-optional at this time. Check the upcoming dances information to verify status of a dance.

COVID Policy:
PCDC no longer requires proof of vaccination, but we continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated.
Friday
22
The Back Room @ Catfish Lou's
7:30 PM
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Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band - Louisiana-style Cajun and Zydeco dance hall music.
Saturday
23
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
6:00 AM
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Music in the country style, including western & western swing, cowboy & country blues, country folk, bluegrass, rockabilly, hillbilly, Americana, and honky tonk. hosted by Robert Parish, Wayne and Kathy Johnson, Wayne Selzer, Mary Rondthaler, and Gary Baysinger.

1st Saturday - Robert Parish along with son Graham play sets featuring particular artists as well as sets with a variety of artist.

2nd Saturday, Wayne and Kathy - Variety of country, western, western swing, country folk, country blues, bluegrass, rockabilly and Americana.

3rd Saturday - Will Selzer - Blends all types & styles of country music from 50+ years, rooted in mid-20th century, men and women artists equally. The goal is to entertain our listeners and to have fun.

4th Saturday - Mary - Bringing a musician’s ear to the collective with a focus on older country and Western swing from the ‘30s to the ‘70s, always with a good dose of women artists.

5th Saturday - Gary - Countrypolitan Blues - A mix of eastern philosophy and western swing; the yin, the yang, and the do-si-do.

Past shows available on the program page at https://kboo.fm/program/swing-n-country.
Saturday
23
KBOO Radio - 90.7 FM
9:00 AM
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Every Saturday, 9 am to noon, the best of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and old time music, and information about local shows and festivals!

First Saturday: Rachel and Justin

Second Saturday: Dave Elliott

3rd Saturday: Gareth Jenkins

4th Saturday: Chip Russell

5th Saturday: Phil Hodgen

prior shows available on the KBOO program page at https://kboo.fm/program/music-true-vine.
Saturday
23
Waverly UCC
1:00 PM
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Class is back in session this Saturday, from 1-3, with Brenda Scearcy as your teacher.

Suggested donation is $10, cash or Venmo.

Are you wishing for an Irish tune session in the Portland, Oregon area that is slower than the regular TrailJams session and that includes some tune teaching and learning? Tune Explorer Sessions are weekly slow & learning sessions for musicians who are just starting to build repertoire and skill, or are building proficiency on an instrument.
Saturday
23
on internet radio
4:00 PM
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Tom’s folk music program is going on 35 years and one of the longest running music radio shows around.

You can listen on www.folkmusicnotebook.com on Saturday at 4 pm PST and repeated again on Sunday at 1 am.
Saturday
23
Kinton Grange
6:30 PM
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You are cordially invited to an English Country Dance party! Come enjoy a delightful evening of exciting, exuberant, and beautiful dances, both new and old. No partner or previous experience required!

Ages 13 through adult. $15 per dancer in advance/$20 at the door if any are left. Limited to 100 dancers.

Registration link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/settomusicenglishcountrydancing/882857

Nov 18 (Sat): caller Laura Hatch to recorded music
Dec 9 (Sat): caller Laura Hatch to recorded music
Saturday
23
Fulton Park Community Center
7:00 PM
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Our Saturday night series at Fulton Hall continues!
7 pm newconer/refresher lesson, 7:30-10:30 pm dance, $6-20 sliding scale, cash or check.

All contra dances through August will be mask-optional.

May 25 (Sat): ***NO DANCE go to NW Folklife in Seattle instead***
Jun 22 (Sat): caller Jacqui Grennan, music TBD

We welcome people who respect our expressed dance-community values and code of conduct without regard for age, race, color, national origin, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, or ability.

Mask Policy:
PCDC has authorized committees to make decisions about masking policies for their own events. All contra dances are mask-optional at this time.

COVID Policy:
PCDC no longer requires proof of vaccination, but we continue to encourage everyone to be vaccinated. While currently available COVID-19 vaccines no longer do much to prevent transmission, they continue to be effective for protecting oneself from more serious illness.
Sunday
24
T.C. O'Leary's Pub
1:00 PM
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Uilleann piper Preston Howard Wilde leads an Irish piping session - it’s a wonderful way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Sunday
24
The Hostel Cafe
1:30 PM
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On Sunday afternoons, the Hostel Café in Portland, Oregon provides a friendly setting for this TrailJams Irish traditional tune session. TrailJams is a music community focused on making acoustic music together outside for the enjoyment of the musicians and of people passing by. The cozy café makes a great place to keep the music going in the winter. In better weather, the tune playing moves out to the café’s courtyard. Guests of the Hostel Café and the adjoining Northwest Portland Hostel are likely to settle at one of the nearby tables to enjoy the music.

COVID Policy:
Please be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 if you are joining this session — that is a request, not a requirement.
Sunday
24
A Renaissance School
3:00 PM
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In the Portland area, there will be three Sunday pre-ball workshop sessions (suggested donation: $10-$15):

Sep 24 (Sun): caller Erik Weberg, music by Bill Tomczak and Lisa Scott
Oct 15 (Sun): caller Erik Weberg, music by Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak, Lisa Scott
Oct 29 (Sun): caller Erik Weberg, music by Betsy Branch, Bill Tomczak, Lisa Scott

NOTE: We want to protect the floor, so please be sure to bring dancing shoes or warm socks.

The ball workshops are designed for learning the dances on the ball program and are not intended to be an introduction to English country dance. Each of these workshops will focus on different ball dances and styling tips. Familiarity with English figures and geography will be assumed at the workshops.

If you are new to English country dance, please attend the PCDC Friday Night English Dance as often as possible prior to participating in the workshops.
Sunday
24
Lucky Lab
4:30 PM
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Join us September 24th to raise a glass and our voices in song, and celebrate the start of the new season - it‘s our annual fall sing. Singing starts at 4:30 pm (doors open at 4:15) $10 suggested donation at the door. For more information, visit www.portlandrevels.org/events.
Sunday
24
via Zoom
5:00 PM
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Song Circle every Sunday - see Facebook page of Fat Albert‘s Coffee House for Zoom Link and meeting ID.
Sunday
24
Online
7:00 PM
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Held every Sunday. For more info, go to: http://www.seafolklore.org/wp/about-sfs/seattle-song-circle/.
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