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Friday's Concert: Sam Reider and the Human Hands

What do you get when you put together a fiddle, an accordion, a violin, a sax, a piano, a mandolin, a guitar, and six great musicians? Sam Reider and the Human Hands of course! 

Sam Reider and Human Hands

This is an extraordinary group. They are so versatile it's hard to classify their music. They draw on many musical traditions, and sometimes it seems like the only common element is that they do them all well. 

Don't miss their concert Friday February 21, 2020.

Special Gig with PFS's own David Ingerson

PFS board member (and legend!) David Ingerson is the featured singer at TC O'Leary's Irish Pub. You won't meet many people who do Irish as well as David - well, unless you go all the way to the Auld Sod. Catch him - Thursday night!

Here's why to make music

PFS President Deb Lee forwarded me this article : Ten Reasons why people who learn music are more likely to be successful.

The article is interesting. Apparently (other sources have said the same thing) making music makes us smarter, more empathetic, better at math, and musicians tend to have higher IQs, although it's not clear which is cause and which is effect. 

But the article is noteworthy for two things it doesn't say. First, it doesn't say that you have to be good at making music to get benefits; I'm an okay guitarist, and a very variable singer, but I still get a lot out of making music. I'm sure it would be better if I practiced more, but the important thing is, just getting your hands on the keyboard or the fretboard or whatever you play is already good for you, no matter how good or bad you are.

The second thing the article doesn't say is that you get these benefits from just listening to music. Don't get me wrong: I love to listen to music. But there's something especially magical about making my own.

Anyway, read the article - what do you think? 

                                         --Paul Rippey
Singtime Frolics

Registration for this year's Singtime Frolics - March 27-29, 2020 - is now open.

A participant last year called Singtime, "A relaxing weekend in the prettiest site in Oregon!"

With formal workshops and lots of hanging out, both musicians and people who just like to listen will all find their place. Sweet!

And, we are delighted to have Beth Wood as our guest artist.

"Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat: a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice."  --Washington Post 

Find out about SIngtime Frolics

Register for Singtime

Elsewhere on the site

Check out the Events menu to find about Concerts, Song Circles and other PFS events. 

This week's concerts are on the right, 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.

PFS is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. 

Portland Folkmusic Society
P.O. Box 1448
Portland, OR 97207-1448

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