Keepin’ Tabs
February, 2017
Jack Ferguson, Ed.
Next Gathering: February, 4th in Lawnridge Hall.
What about the Circles?
Fiddles at Five: Marilyn Hotaling will be coaching fiddle at five. This bunch sounds better every time you hear them and they are growing. Come and see why.
Flute Circle: Meets at 5:30 with Don Hays. Come sooner if you want; they always set up early.
Harmonicas: Andy will be rockin’ at 6:00 with harps ready to wail – bring a C harp or one will be provided to you!
Banjo Circle: Meet up with Jack Ferguson at 6pm to explore “Sawmill Tuning” and “Cluck Old Hen.”

Instrumental Jam: Come join with President Jeff Despard, Dotty Decker and friends. Be tuned and set up to play by 6:00pm.

Presentation (7:30): Nada Dalgamouni from Detroit’s International Institute will showcase the Middle East featuring language, dance and traditional costumes from many cultures. This is a unique photo opportunity as Paint Creekers will be invited to model some of the costumes!

Snack Hosts: Dave and Rita Belferman

Song Swap Theme: Dancing

Next Month’s Song Swap Theme: Money
A Note from the Prez:
     For those who missed it, our first gathering of the year included a splendid presentation on Flamenco guitar style by Steve Jarosz of McCourts Music in Berkeley. So… what makes it sound like Flamenco vs anything else? Who knew it was as simple as which three or so chords you choose and a 12, 3, 6, 8, 10 beat? Hmm!
     We also had a bit lighter attendance than usual, and some early departures this time, probably due to the threat of icy weather. Don’t let the weather get you down for the February gathering – should be some interesting song swap tunes – lots of songs about dance out there –right?
     And don’t forget the Starry Night for a Ramble Contra dance on Saturday, Feb 11 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm. This is a great chance to get out your dancing shoes again, or to learn some contras if you’re new to the scene. This annual event is co-sponsored by the Paint Creek Folklore Society and the Oakland County Traditional Dance Society. This is a fund-raiser for PCFS and OCTDS and we split the proceeds from the gate.
     There’s also a Silent Auction at the dance. If you have an item or two you like to donate, you can help some deserving up and coming young musicians. This year PCFS will be donating our half of the Silent Auction proceeds to “Guitars for Kids.” Bring your items to the dance or to the February gathering and someone can get them to the dance for you. 

More Starry News:
See the attached flyer for more details on Starry Night.

Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting will be on March 12th at 3:00 pm. Jeff Despard will be hosting.

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

Dave Falk hosts his unplugged Open Mic at the Goldfish Tea Room: 117 W. Fourth St. in Royal Oak- on Tuesdays at 7:00pm

Live! From the Living Room Acoustic Showcase is warming up for winter with:

January 27th
Beverly Meyer – soulful songstress bluesy and bodacious.
Ruby Hill – elegant folk/bluegrass trio.

February 3rd
Bill Russell- classical fingerstyle guitar at its best; spiritual and inspired.
Better Late Than Never – local trio performs eclectic, humorous, classy folk songs and covers.

February 10th
Jean Marie and the Lads – energetic ensemble, original music with a Celtic flair.
Tritone Paradox – contemporary instrumental trio.

February 17th
Luti & Bobby Pennock – songwriting duo with European and contemporary roots.
February Sky – Upper Peninsula couple perform and write traditional style music.

February 24th
Susan O’Rourke – Celtic goddess with a golden voice.
Butch Runyon- original roots songs from the hills and heritage of West Virginia coal miners.

March 3rd
The Campfire Compadres – traditional and contemporary Songs of the West on banjo, guitar and mandolin.

March 10th
Finvarra’s Wren – Michigan’s world renowned Celtic family band featuring Jim & Cheryl Perkins.

March 17th
AnnMarie Rowland – charming upper Michigan songwriter with a gentle, traditional style.

March 24th
Neptune’s Car – Massachusetts duo performs original songs, sprightly and delightful.

March 31st
Floyd King & the Bushwackers – notorious threesome – the “toughest band south of the Picketwire.”

April 7th
Bill & Kate Isles – husband/wife duo, original songs with a homey Minnesota flair.

April 14th
Mean Mary – amazing banjo virtuoso, polished performer with great voice and appeal.

April 21st
Albert Young & Straight Eight – rollicking, quality originals and covers, sterling musicianship.

April 28th
Girls with Guitars – Artists to be Announced.

May 5th
Jon Shain- national touring artist – songwriter with Dust Belt roots.

May 12th
Annie & Rod Capps with Jason Dennie – Michigan’s Sweetheart teams up with husband Rod and mandolinist extraordinaire, Jason Dennie.

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:

     One of my favorite Michigan pickers is John Latini. The first time I heard John was at a Guitars for Kids benefit at Callahan’s Music Hall some many years back. A bunch of friends were there and though I couldn’t stay, I had to stick my head in the door, visit the contribution jar and say, “Hello.”
     No sooner had I stepped inside than a fella’ on stage finished tuning his guitar and launched into singing Old Man River. It was John. I became a fan on the spot. Last Friday he visited Live From the Living Room along with Jamie Sue Seal. John was toting a new CD titled, The Blues Just Makes Me Feel Good. I bought it, listened to it and highly recommend it.
     Of course, if you are feeling down in the mouth you could run out and find some flamenco music to soothe your spirit, but remember: According to our presenter last month, Mr. Steve Jarosz, flamenco is what the folks in Spain call the blues. And John Latini is right, the blues will make you feel good.
     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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