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Honey Whiskey Trio Workshop: Too Good to Miss

The next PFS concert - on Friday, November 22 - features the Honey Whiskey Trio. They played to a packed house last year and they were such a popular act that we have invited them back.

As a special treat for PFS members and the general public, the Honey Whiskey Trio will be giving a workshop, covering shape note singing, body percussion, and shout songs. The workshop will be from 3:30 to 5:30, same day and same location as the concert. It will be a chance to spend some quality time with the trio, experience some new ways of making music and rhythm, and generally have a ball. The Honeys, as you know if you saw their concert, are a lot of fun, and this workshop will be a lot of fun too.

The workshop is not sold out yet, and you must register in advance to attend. We repeat: Too Good to Miss!

Register for the concert

Register for Honey Whiskey Workshop

PFS Song Circles:
All welcome

Song circle 11 2019

PFS members host monthly song circles where all are invited. They are fun space where folks like you can come, meet people, play, sing, or just listen. They usually start with a pot luck dinner, and then we go around the circle twice, with everyone getting to lead a song. Some people stay for a third rotation, and a fourth, and...

If you come to a song circle, it is just about certain that you won't be either the best or worst singer or instrumentalist. And who cares? - it's not about being best, it's about relaxing and sharing music. 

Here is the song list from the most recent circle, last Saturday, at Bev and Leo's house, with our best guess at who wrote the song. There are old and new songs, about umpteen different genres, and several that we got to hear sung by the people who wrote them.

Big Rock Candy Mountain (traditional)  •. Always look on the bright side of life (Monty Python)  •. Across the great divide (Kate Wolf)  •. Hi Jolly (not sure who wrote it but recorded by The New Christy Minstrels)  •. Apple Pies (Meryl Korn - at least she sang it. I think she wrote it)  •. Didn’t he Ramble (not sure who wrote it so let’s just say “traditional”)  •. Cumberland Gap (traditional, collected by John Lomax)  •. Where have all the flowers gone? (Pete Seeger and Joe Hickerson  •. Singularity (Hm. The only song I can find by that name is by a South Korean boy band. It’s not that one.)  •. Dark horse bar and grill (Christen Granger and performed by True North)  •. The Hunting Song (Tom Lehrer)  •. [pastiche of show tunes put together by PFS Board Member Bill Moore]  •. A round called Rhythm and Syncopation  •. Streets of London (Ralph McTell)  •. Gospel Ship (Carter family)  •. We Gather Together (Traditional)   •. Only Living Boy in New York (Paul Simon)  •. Cold November (traditional)  •. Oregon country rain coming down (Jinx Davis)  •. Oh What a horrible morning   (Mark Levy)  •. I ride an old paint (traditional)  •. Wading by the sea (a poem, missed the author)  •. In the Gravel Yard (Traditional)

You don’t have to be a PFS member to come to a song circle. Before you come for the first time, read up on our customs here.

Singtime 2020:
Registration opens January 1


Registration for the 2020 Singtime frolics will open on January 1. While you are waiting, you can check out some photos from previous Singtimes. You'll find them on the Resources menu, or you can just click here to go to Photo Albums

Elsewhere on the site

Check out the Events menu to find about Concerts, Song Circles and other PFS events. This weeks concerts are on the right of this page, but there is much more on the Events Calendar, the most complete interactive listing of folk events in the Portland area. 

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Since 1976, Portland FolkMusic Society has been active preserving, presenting and promoting folk music and arts in the greater Portland Oregon area. PFS sponsors song circles, concerts, workshops and retreats, and helps its members and the whole community pass the word around about folk music events, from old time ballads to sea shanties, from 60’s protest folk to contemporary singer-songwriters.
Portland Folkmusic Society
P.O. Box 1448
Portland, OR 97207-1448

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