this page for answers to questions that aren't adequately covered
- How do I join?
- All you need to do is show up at one of our
meetings or events and bring your dues money. Our treasurer will be
happy to separate you from your cash. Of course, non-members are
always welcome to visit our meetings, but to attend regularly and
receive our interesting and informative newsletter, you need to
And speaking of dues, how much
- Regular annual dues are $10 per person and $15 per
household, due by the February meeting. They're discounted to half price after
Dues-paying members receive our monthly newsletter, a discount on
the "Rise Up Singing" songbook, and the right to
participate in our public performances.
Can children come to meetings?
- Sure, bring the kids -- they don't have to be
performers, but we especially enjoy it when they summon up the
courage to play or sing. If they continue coming and
performing, it's great fun to watch their talents develop. We
ask only that they be under the supervision of an adult. The
meetinghouse has certain guidelines about which areas we can use and
where we can take food, etc., and children sometimes need to be
Do I have to be a performer to
- Not at all. Performing skills are NOT required.
You're welcome to be a listener or a learner -- whichever suits you.
All you need is a love of acoustic music and good company.
I perform professionally. Will
BCFSS hire me?
- No. Our performances are showcases for our own
members to display and polish their talents. In the process they
gain exposure, make contacts, sell albums, etc. It also gives
members a way to generate financial support for the society in
addition to paying dues.
I'm a "Plugged"
performer. Will I fit in?
- As an organization, we're acoustically-oriented,
but our members appreciate all kinds of music. No one has ever been
thrown out of a meeting or physically abused for bringing a
keyboard, but a Stratocaster would be stretching it. Realistically,
if your axe is a Strat, you're probably not into the kind of music
you'll hear at a BCFSS event, but come on out and listen - you may
be pleasantly surprised.
Does that mean that BCFSS
performances are strictly acoustic?
- With regard to public performances, acoustic music
is what people usually have in mind when they pay to hear a
"Folk Song" society. For logistical reasons, we make an
exception for electric bass guitars. Also, direct-connected acoustic
instruments (i.e. contact mikes) are not considered electronic music
-- just sound reinforcement.
What kind of performances does
- We have played everything from campfires to dinner
parties to art and craft festivals. Our greatest advantage over most
other sources of entertainment is that rather than a single act, we
are a large group of artists with a variety of styles and
repertoires. Besides the ability to precisely tailor our offering to
fit any type of event, this allows us to play for extended periods -
even days - without becoming repetitious.
I would like to hire acoustic
entertainment for my event.
- Please click
here to contact us directly, and do it as
early as possible. Given the variety of talent we have to work with,
we can offer a wide range of options - some of which you may not
even have thought of. Based on our extensive performing experience,
we'll be more than happy to offer suggestions as to what would work
best for your event -- even if it's not us. We know lots of people
in the business.
Will BCFSS need a sound system
to play at my event.
- It's a rare (and small) venue indeed that doesn't
require electronic sound reinforcement. However, we have our own
professional sound equipment and we know how to use it.
Will you link to my website?
- Depends on your content. We're more than happy to
carry links that we believe might be of interest to current and
potential members, primarily in SE Pennsylvania and nearby New
Jersey. We link to appropriate commercial sites, but not for a fee.
We do not now and never will accept paid advertisements or links.
Do you have an electronic
- Yes - but we do not share it. If you have an item
you would like our list members to know about, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org,
and we will forward and/or post it on the website it at our
discretion. Write us at the same address if you wish to be on
the list. Any forwarded messages are sent anonymously, i.e.
the recipients' names and addresses are not visible, so they can not
be misused by other recipients. Along the same lines, we
request that our or any of our members' addresses found on this
website not be placed on any mailing list without permission. If we
find that our members' address are being misused, we will be forced
to remove them.
I have a question that's not
- Simple -- just click
here to E-Mail us. We'll respond promptly and if appropriate,
add your question to this FAQs page.