Keepin’ Tabs

November, 2014 

Jack Ferguson, Ed

I’m not asking for your vote!  I’m not even asking you to vote against anybody!  You’ve got enough yahoos out there doing that this time of year.

I am asking for your support for our annual fundraiser, the Tin Whistle concert on Saturday, November 8th.  It accounts for almost half of our yearly revenue, and with only two weeks to go, we have a ton of unsold tickets.  We’re a small non-profit and a low turnout could make 2015 one tough rodeo.

If you’re not a member, you can call Mr. Glen Morningstar at (248) 889-3013 and ask him to hold a couple tickets for you at the door.  If you’re a member and don’t have tickets to sell, call Glen and he’ll put some in your hand.  If you have tickets, make sure you’re inviting everyone you know!
Support relentlessly positive folk music in southeast Mi. Support Paint Creek.
Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Nov. 1st.
Uke Can Too:  Evie Boss leads a joyous round of tunes on the Ukulele. Beginners will have a blast. We’ll see you at 4:00.

Mandolin Meetin’: Cancelled Jack Ericson regrets he does not have the time to continue the mandolin circle. There will be no formal mandolin circle for the remainder of the year.

Harmonica Circle: 5:00 Andy Mather says “if you can breath you can enjoy the harmonica”. Bring one in C and join the fun (or one will be provided to you)

Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays.  Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.

Clawhammer Circle: I can’t wait to hear the progress these banjo pickers have made. We will review the basic clawhammer stroke, visit the “G” scale and talk to “Old Joe Clark” see you at 6:00.

Fingerstyle Guitar with Maggie Ferguson: 6:00 Maggie will illustrate two easy fingerstyle picking patterns. This workshop is for players who can already change chords easily. We will work in the key of G and the key of C.

Presentation:  Clem Fortuna will be explaining musical pitch and tuning in a new way. This will be a chance to hear and understand the difference between Just Intonation and the tempered tuning we all use. Included are demonstrations with pedal steel slide guitar, autoharp and singing exercises. Fortuna works as a piano tuner, musician, composer and has studied non-Western, historic and experimental tuning systems.
Hosts:  Marty Buchanan and Phyllis Isabel
Hat Band:   We will pick January’s Hat Band this month
Song Swap Theme: Gluttony

This Year’s Song Swap Themes:

December:    Holiday Potluck

January:      Sloth

February:     Lust

March:        Anger

April:            Envy

May:             Pride

June:           Redemption

President’s Message:

Hi Folks!

I’m not panicked.  Not quite.  It’s two weeks (and counting down) to our big annual fundraiser concert and according to our Master of Tickets, Glen Morningstar, we’ve only sold 29 seats out of the two hundred and fifty or so available.

But I’m not panicking.  First, because I have faith that knowing those numbers will motivate you to redouble your efforts.  That you’ll invite your friends, family, neighbors and coworkers to our annual fundraiser, and tell them about what a great show it’s going to be, and how much you’d miss them if they didn’t come.

Not everyone is comfortable asking for cash, so remember that you don’t even have to solicit money directly.  We’ll be happy to take their names and hold tickets for them at the door for them.  It saves you the hassle of keeping track of the proceeds.

Second, I’m not quite panicking because I suspect that every member who isn’t volunteering will buy a ticket, and I know that many who are volunteering will buy a ticket anyway.   Doing both entitles you to reserve seats before the general public comes in.

Successful Tin Whistles have allowed us to hold the line on annual dues for many years.  In the past we’ve had sell-out crowds, and with your help and a little luck we will again this year.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on Jan. 11th at 3:00 pm at Jack and Maggie Ferguson’s.

Where the Creek Flows: Dedicated to PCFS members’ events.

Dave Falk hosts unplugged acoustic music at The Goldfish Tea room at 117 4th St. in downtown Royal Oak between Main and Washington every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 9:00.

Evie Boss invites all on the First Tuesday of each month to Gilda’s Club in Royal Oak (on Rochester Road just north of 13 Mile Rd.) has a coffee house: dinner starts at 5:30, open mike from 6-7 and featured performer from 7-8.
Maggie Ferguson reminds everyone that there will be NO SHOW on Oct. 31st, this Halloween. Maggie hosts “Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase” on Friday nights. They are enjoying their new home at Unity of Lake Orion. To learn more go to
As long as we’re on the front porch, tune into WXOU FM.  To listen via live webstream go to:  www.wxou,org.  Tuesdays between 5:00 and 7:30 pm for the best in contemporary folk music.
To submit all your upcoming gigs and events, email the details to Jack, KT Editor, at To have your event in the KT I will need the info by the 15th.

Ridin’ Drag: How important is Tin Whistle to you? The event means so much to me because of what it has brought into my life. Not just the performances, but the people, the folks I’ve come to know.

More than ten years ago we had Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen as headliners. Phil Doolittle and I put our heads together and asked Steve to do a songwriting workshop on the day following the show. Steve agreed. We gathered at the Doolittle’s that Sunday, a little worn but excited to improve our skills. Maggie and I joined a living room full of motivated pickers. Dennis Kingsbury, aka Floyd King, was there. I met my friend Dan Hazlett that day.
Steve had the participants play examples of their work and each piece was discussed. Near the fireplace sat a girl. She played a song called “Mother Earth”. I remember it like it was yesterday. Her name was Judy Insley.
Now life comes full circle as Judy and her band “Almost Perfect” join “Neptune’s Car” on stage at this year’s Tin Whistle. If I act like this event is important to me, well…yes friends, it’s important.
Jack D. Ferguson, Editor