Keepin’ Tabs

September, 2015

Jack Ferguson, Ed


Next Gathering: In Lawnridge Hall on Sept. 12th.


We Be Jammin’: Instrumental Jam with Jeff Despard & Dotty Decker 6:00-7:00. Bring an instrument or two and let’s play some tunes together. We‘ll need a bunch of melody players as well as strummers (so the strummers have something to strum along with), so take a crack at the tunes, if you can, before the Sept 12th gathering. We’ll start with some jamming tips and protocol, then step right into it. More information is available in a note from the Prez below. Read on.


Uke Can Too: Evie Boss will help you make the ukulele your favorite friend on an autumn evening. We’ll see you at 4:00.


Banjo Circle: Jack is away so the Banjo Circle will not meet.


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


Special Reminder: Dues are due in September, so don’t forget to fill out the attached form and either mail it in with your check, or just hand it to Caylynn when you show up on the 7th. Many thanks!


Presentation: 7:30 Detroit’s early French settler’s brought with them the legend of Nain Rouge or “red dwarf”. Joseph Bastian will tell us about this fiendish little creature whose story continues to grow…


Snack Hosts: Roger and Pat Beukema


2015-16 Song Swap Themes:

September 12, 2015    Work Songs

October 3, 2015          Colors

November 7, 2015       Disasters and Tragedies

November 14, 2015     44th Annual Tin Whistle Concert

December 5, 2015       Holiday Potluck – Weather Songs

January 9, 2016          Travel

February 6, 2016         Animals

February 13, 2016       A Starry Night for a Ramble Dance

March 5, 2016             Songs of the Sea

April 2, 2016               Flowers

May 7, 2016                Water

June 4, 2016               Silly Songs

July 2, 2016                Annual Picnic


Thumbfest: Your editor hears that Thumbfest 2015 still needs some good volunteers! Well, that sounds like Paint Creek people to me. Be a big part of making Thumbfest 2015 a success by volunteering some time. Whether you are working at a table, helping collect donations or any number of other duties, you’ll be surrounded by song, AND… If you register as a volunteer for four or more hours, you will receive 50% off your lodging fee at Camp Cavell. Hey, there’s no reason you can’t chat up our Tin Whistle while you work. Contact Shirley Barnett at to register as a volunteer.

Read more about Thumbfest 2015 and check out the schedule at:


Tin Whistle is winding Up! That means we need an energetic publicity committee. If you want to see a full house on the night of Tin Whistle, we need to get the ball rolling and spread the word. See Jeff about opportunities to volunteer.  Print out a few copies of the attached flier and post ’em where you work and play!


A Note from the Prez:

First, I’m honored to have been chosen as your President for the upcoming year (not that there were any other candidates running … but we’ll let that slide). Nonetheless, I’m hoping to keep things interesting for PCFS this year, with the help of all the other fine folks on the board, past and present – it’s good to know I’ve got a lot of support.


We’ve already been busy planning for the Tin Whistle, got some minor maintenance planned for the stage (WHAT? It squeaks?), we’ve got a bunch of new themes for the Song Swap, and some good ideas are brewing for presentations.


On top of that, as mentioned, and encouraged by the show of hands, at the June meeting, we’re workin’ on reviving an instrumental jam. Starting in Sept. we’ll play from 6:00 to 7:00 until we get a feel for interest level and time slot – then who knows – all day? Be sure to come check out the jam and let friends and acquaintances know what’s up. A casual conversation at work turned up potential new hammered dulcimer player, so you never know …


Dotty Decker will also be helping out as much as she can. Andy’s attaching a list of traditional tunes we can start with (no copyright concerns for these).  Jack Erickson was kind enough to help me select about a dozen basic tunes for starters (marked with a check on the attached list).

The PDF file of sheet music is seven megabites, so rather than attach that for everybody on the mailing list, just drop Andy a note at for a copy of the file.  I’ll have a few extra hard copies for use at the jams if you forgot to print your own.


Board Meetings are a Big Time: The PCFS board will meet on Oct. 11th at 3:00 pm. We will meet at the Fergusons.


Vice Presidents’ Message: Speaking of board meetings, we had a dandy awhile back at the home of Evie Boss. Co-Vice President Theresa Ericson mentioned that despite the high level of intelligence our Paint Creek membership has, we collectively do not seem to be able to program a VCR. Neither can we reliably use the TV in Lawnridge for presentations. Theresa’s message; “We need an IT person.” Is it you? If so speak to Jack or Theresa and help us become more tech savvy.


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


Dave Falk hosts the Open Mic everyone wants to play at! When: Every Tuesday at 7:00 PM. Where: Goldfish Tea Room, downtown Royal Oak on 4th, between Main and Washington.


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.


Live! From the Living Room begins its second year at Unity of Lake Orion, 3070 S. Baldwin Rd, Orion Township, MI. It’s a beautiful auditorium and performance space and refreshments are available.

Shows begin Friday, September 25th featuring the music of Fingerstyle guitarist David Youngman and the talents of “Taller than They Appear.” Come help Maggie Ferguson kick off the new season!  Admission is $10.00/person

Plenty of free parking; Doors open at 7:30, 8:00 pm show time.


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: They told me it wouldn’t happen. Once upon a time I was president of PCFS. Three years in a row. Folks said that it wouldn’t be repeated but I’m here to tell our mentor, leader, mediator and mostly good friend Andy Mather congratulations on a most successful three years at the helm. Great job Andy! I don’t call you Andrew “The Master” Mather for nothing. Now that you’re off the point, enjoy some quality time ridin’ drag.

Jack D. Ferguson, Editor

Fine Print: The Keepin’ Tabs (KT) is the monthly newsletter for, by, and about the Paint Creek Folklore Society.  Paint Creek Folklore Society is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, a center for The Country Dance and Song Society of America (CDSS), a member of the North American Folk Alliance, and a supporter of folklore, folksong and folkdance societies, groups and individuals whose interest is in the preservation of and education in traditional music and dance.  To submit corrections, articles, gigs, or other information for publication, please contact Jack Ferguson, Editor, at; deadline for the next issue is the 15th.


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