Keepin’ Tabs

January, 2017

Jack Ferguson, Ed.

Next Gathering: Saturday, January, 7th in Lawnridge Hall.

What about the Circles?

Fiddles at Five: Marilyn Hotaling will be coaching fiddle at five. Rosin up the bow because this bunch sounds better every time you hear them.

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): Steve Jarosz, professional musician for nearly 30 years, discusses various guitar styles and techniques including classical and flamenco guitar.  Steve is currently an instructor at McCourt’s Music in Berkley.

Hosts: Jeff Despard and Pete Hartung

Song of the Month: According to Jack Ericson, nobody volunteered for Song of the Month so we won’t have one this month.

Song Swap Theme: Letters and Mail

A Few Good Musicians: It’s that time of the year, again, when the Paint Creek Country

Dance Orchestra will be gathering up their favorite tunes to play for the Starry Night for a

Ramble Valentine’s Dance. Here’s where you come in.

1.  Are you a Member of Paint Creek Folklore Society?

2.  Are you proficient on your instrument ie. Able to play reels at between 112 – 128; Jigs 116 – 124; Waltzes 110 & under?

3.  Can you dedicate your Sundays in January & the first half of February to rehearsals (typically in Highland, MI where all my music resides) The rehearsal day/times/location are subject to change. (required)

4.  Are you able to laugh while eating great snacks? (or, as we refer to them – Band Treats)

5.  Do you have an empty email box that’s itching to be populated with music & ‘stuff’?

6.  And finally, are you able to schlep your instruments & pitch in with set up/take down at the SNFAR Dance on Saturday evening Feb 11, 2016.

The dance usually starts at 8 (sometimes 7 or 7:30) but we’ll need to arrive quite a bit earlier. Then we may have an opportunity for you. The Starry Night for a Ramble Dance will be February 11, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Troy. We have a dedicated core of veteran musicians who are more than willing to give advice and show you ‘stuff’ to help you transition into the wild & wonderful world of Dance Band Musician ☺

About Starry Night for a Ramble: This dance for the past 10 or so years has been cohosted by Paint Creek Folklore Society and Oakland County Traditional Dance Society. OCTDS provides the facility and one of the two callers for the evening. PCFS provides the Paint Creek Country Dance Orchestra and one of the two callers for the evening, and decorating the hall. All are invited to provide snacks for the break and a Silent Auction item or two. Proceeds benefit both Paint Creek Folklore Society & the Oakland County Traditional Dance Society, and usually the proceeds from the Silent Auction proceeds go to each society’s favorite cause/charity. If you’ve read this far and are truly interested, please send me an email or call with your intent and/or questions. or 248-889-3013

If you don’t feel you are up to playing ‘up to speed’ but still are interested in helping out, we will need some willing bodies to help with the decorations, set-up of the hall. More information will come later or send an email to Glen Morningstar, this year’s co-chair from Paint Creek to

Board Meetings are a Big Time: Our next scheduled meeting will be on January 15th at 3:00 pm. Jack and Theresa Erickson will be hosting.

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

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

January 13th 

Ruth & Max Bloomquist –  entrancing original country-style songs; gorgeous vocals – guitar and bass

January 20th

Bottle Rocket Cabaret  w/ John Latini & Jamie-Sue Seal – Pure Americana music with flair and exuberance

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

Bob Marshall- original western music by a real working cowboy.

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.


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


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: Ridin’ in the winter can be chilly. If you spend much time on the trail you learn to take advantage of the terrain to stay warm. Tree lines, for example can reduce exposure and break up the effects of cold winds. On the other hand, avoiding shaded areas in order to afford oneself more sunlight, can cheer the heart and help generate heat.

Garter snakes teach this. One day, late in the late fall, I was scouting along and saw two groups of snakes sunning themselves on a bright stretch of the path. Those critters were using common sense to stay comfortable, but I knew for sure that by the time my snow blower was in service those gentle reptiles would be deep in hibernation.

Well, surprise, surprise! My friend, Luti, does some scouting too. He was out a few days ago and what did he spy? One of those good old Garter snakes slipping along a snowbank and taking advantage of the December light. He even put some photos on the Facebook. Check those pictures out, and if the world feels cold to you, learn two lessons from that snake.

Like the snake, be aware of your surroundings, position yourself toward natural sources of warmth. And like the snake, keep moving.