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  Bucks County Folk Song Society
BCFSS Monthly Meetings

TOPICS OF PAST MEETINGS:


June 4, 2017
Circle:
Songs of the Sixties

Whether of not we like to admit it, many of our musical careers got started with the Folk Revival of the 50's and 60's. So we dredge up all kinds of old tunes to stir our memories. 

May 7, 2017
Potluck Supper & Jam:
No Theme

We started out early (at 5:30) with a potluck supper (A-M brings entree, N-Z brings side or salad). BCFSS will provide drinks. A free-form jamming session followed.  

April 2, 2017
Circle:
Fool's Gold

We sang about fools (or politicans - same difference) or about gold, or found ways to put the two together.

March 5, 2017
Feature:
Tom & Marianne Tucker

The amazing duo of Tom and Marianne Tucker harmonize delightfully while playing almost every instrument and covering almost every musical genre known to folk singers.

February 5, 2017
Circle:
Blood

We're not sure what inspired this topic - perhaps the Superbowl, but it didn't have to be gory. You could always sing about relatives - as in "I'm My Own Grandpaw". 

January 8, 2017
Circle:
War & Peace

Yes, it was the 8th of January, but there are other war and peace songs besides the Battle of New Orleans. Perhaps the results of the recent elections could suggest something. Or the upcoming NFL playoffs. 

December 4, 2016
Feature:
Double D's

Double D's are a collaboration formed from members of other groups. Denise Gealer, of "No Windows", gives voice to familiar tin pan alley tunes while accompanied by Dave McCullough, of "Highbrow Hound Dogs", on ukulele.

November 6, 2016
Circle:
Winners & Losers

We were only a couple of days away from a whole lot of winners & losers, millions of them if you include the voters. But this did not have to be about politics. Could be romance (or failure of it) sports, gambling, or anything else that involves winners and/or losers.

October 2, 2016
Circle:
Leaves

Yeah, we may be accused of lacking imagination, but you can use yours to come up with countless songs relating to leaves, and it doesn't have to be the kind of leaves that change color and fall off the trees. So leaf through your songbook and see what you can find. And remember, "leaves" can be a verb or a noun.

September 11, 2016
Open Jam

Our September meeting in recent years has often coincided with the Doylestown Arts Fest, and this year was no exception.  As many of our regulars were be tied up at Doylestown that day, we again had a free-form meeting, also known as "Y.O.Y.O."  

August 7, 2016
Feature:
Side By Side

Side By Side is an early jazz and eclectic music group, specializing in songs from the heart. Their favorite musical genres are: Jazz Standards, Americana, Blues, Folk, Spiritual. They accompany themselves on six-string guitar, weissenborn guitar, and resophonic guitar (dobro).

July 10, 2016
Circle:
Animals

This time we celebrated the multitude of furred, featherd, scaled, etc. critters we share our planet with. 

June 5, 2016
Circle:
Open Theme

Because a number of our key players were to be at the Dubline Community Day/Arts Fest, we scheduled an open (a.k.a. theme-less) circle. 

May 1, 2016
Circle & Potluck Dinner:
Alphabet Soup

No, alphabet soup wasn't necessarily be on the menu. Instead, our circle songs had to have something to do with the alphabet. Or soup.

April 3, 2016
Feature:
Phyllis & Friends

Phyllis Purves-Smith has been a key member of the group "Spring Muse" for a number of years, but tonight she was featured with the support of a select group of talented friends. Phyllis is a multi-instrumentalist whose talents include vocals, whistle, banjo and classic guitar.

March 6, 2016
Circle:
Progressive Theme

Here we go again with that totally demented progressive theme circle. That doesn't mean the songs have to  relate to liberal politics. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some (often obscure) way to the previous one. 

February 7, 2016
Circle:
Freedom/Struggles

The folk music catalog is overflowing with music addressing this topic, and some felt free to write their own. The struggle for freedom never ends. It's part of being alive.

January 10, 2016
Feature:
Open Stage

We will had time for about 10-12 individual performances, so a variety of mucis was heard and enjoyed 

December 6, 2015
Circle:
Oposites

We recently had a circle theme of things more alike than different, so we figured it was only fair to give opposites equal time.

November 1, 2015
Circle:
Gospel Tunes

We recognize that the term "gospel tunes" commonly refers to songs from the Christian tradition, but we also recognize that we are a group that respects others' convictions, so so we feel that music from any religious tradition would be appropriate.

October 4, 2015
Feature:
Bert Coffman

Long-time BCFSS member, Bert Coffman, plays folk, bluegrass, gospel, country and original songs on a multitude of instruments, but concentrated on Guitar for this evening. He focused on songs and techniques he has learned in his 27 years with BCFSS. We heard some things we may rarely or never have heard him play before, and not his usual Unsafe At Any Speed repertoire. 

September 13, 2015
Open Jam

Our September meeting in recent years has often coincided with either the Doylestown or the Dublin Arts Fest, and this year was no exception.  As many of our regulars were be tied up at Doylestown that day, we again have free-form meeting, also known as "Y.O.Y.O."  

August 2, 2015
Circle:
"More Alike Than Different"

Think in terms of humanity. As a species, despite our differences, we're pretty much alike. However, our erstwhile BCFSS theme-stretchers found many other interpretations.

July 12, 2015
Circle:
"Independence"

The struggle for independence gave rise to many broadsides chronicling the adventures of various heroes and villains of the time, but this circle was not confined to the American Revolution.  There are many other kinds of independence.

June 7, 2015
Feature:
Dick & Helen Weed

This husband & wife duo have been performing together at BCFSS since the society began over 50 years ago. Their program included selections from the early days of BCFSS right up to the present time. 

May 3 2015
Circle:
"Potluck"

Since we're having a potluck supper, we figured the theme might as well be potluck also. You've probably got a song you've been dying to play, but it never fits the theme. Now's your chance.  Oh, and sorry to disappoint the theme-stretchers. 

April 12, 2015
Feature:
Highbrow Hound Dogs

The HBHD evolved from the most recent version of Group W-2, playing a mix of Tin Pan Alley, Latin, Jazz and Bossa Nova music. The members of this exciting acoustic group are Joel Hanna on guitar, Mat Clark on double bass, Rory Cohen on drums and David McCullough on resonator ukulele. All members of the band share vocal leads lending to a wider variety of songs that they choose to interpret.  Nick Winter opened. 

March 1, 2015
Canceled due to Snow:

Highbrow Hound Dogs feature was postponed to April

February 1, 2015
Circle:
"Shadows"

This theme was inspired by (what else?) Groundhog Day, but your selections did not all relate to small, furry, sleepy critters.

January 4, 2015
Circle:
"The Beach Goes On"

What better topic to stimulate our creative juices in the depths of winter cold and darkness. You took us to the beach any way you could and helped us think about sand and surf and forget about ice and snow.

December 7, 2014
Circle:
"Stars and Scars"

Note that this was Pearl Harbor Day, which inspired the theme.  However, songs did not necessarily have to relate to the military.  You could sing about the heavens or movie celebrities if you liked.

November 2, 2014
Circle:
"Black and White"

Note that this was immediately after Halloween, which inspired the color selection.  However, songs did not have to relate to Halloween.  

October 5, 2014
Feature:
Open Stage

The first twelve members to sign up performed an interesting mix of songs.   

September 7, 2014
Circle:
"Overboard (or over-bored)"

This didin't necessarily have to involve ships and oceans, although any song involving a sinking would do.  Or maybe something about pirates or walking the plank. 

August 3, 2014
Circle:
"Campfire Songs"

Who hasn't sung around a campfire at one time or another? The possiblities are endless.  

July 13, 2014
Feature:
Don Meyer

Don Meyer is a singer-songwriter who has been around the Philadelphia music scene for many years now. Don's passion for music comes through loud and clear with songs that touch your heart with a style that is reminiscent of the late sixties and early seventies. Referred to as a Champagne Tenor, Don's extraordinary vocal range is both clear and strong.

June 1, 2014
Circle:
"Celebrations"

In June we celebrate Flag Day, Fathers Day, Summer Solstice, and who knows how many weddings.  Everybody picked one or came up with something else to sing about.

May 4, 2014
Potluck Supper + Feature:
"Pete Seeger Tribute"

As a tribute to a man who was arguably the all-time greatest influence on the folk music scene, we will have performances by about a dozen BCFSS artists. Songs were ones that were written or performed by Pete, or somehow related to him.  The evening began early with a potluck supper.

April 6, 2014
Circle:
"Rain, Reign, Rein"

The possibilities for this therme were endless.  Song subjects ranged from floods, to monarchies, to horses and almost anything in between.  

March 2, 2014
Open Jam:
"No Theme"

Due to the forecast winter storm on Sunday 3/2, Don Meyer's feature performance was postponed to July. For those diehards who were willing to brave the elements, the meetinghouse wase open for jamming and socializing from 6:30-10:00.

February 2, 2014
Circle:
"Saving Time"

Yes, we knew it was Super Sunday, but most of us were more interested in music than football.  We also knew that Daylight Saving Time was still over a month away, but it never hurts to think ahead.  So think saving time in a bottle or winding up your grandfather's clock.  It's challenges like this that make this group tick.

Jamuary 5, 2014
Circle:
"Ice Capades"

It being January, we shared songs that had something to do with ice.  The circle was somewhat abbreviated due to icy weather, but a good time was had by all who braved the elements. 

December 1, 2013
Circle:
"Tree Songs"

No, it didn't have to be about Christmas trees.  Any kind of tree would do. Or you could have covered both ends of the theme with "In The Pines" (but no one did).

November 3, 2013
Feature:
Jamie Cook with Lesley

Jamie and Lesley were both greatly influenced by the singer-songwriters of the ‘60s and ‘70s, including Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs (weren’t we all!). Jamie has drawn his musical inspiration not just from traditional and contemporary folk artists, but also from bluegrass, jazz, blues, and depression- era American standards.

October 6, 2013
Circle:
"Work Songs"

Work has always been a popular theme for songwriters, so you should have had no trouble finding a song that worked.  At least if you worked at it.  The jam was followed by a Ukulele workshop, mentored by Dave McCullough.  If you didn't have a uke, Dave assured us that a guitar capoed at the 5th fret would do fine.

September 9, 2013
Circle:
"No Theme"

Our September meeting in recent years has coincided with either the Doylestown or the Dublin Arts Fest, and this year was no exception.  As many of our regulars were be tied up at Doylestown that day, we again had a no -theme circle, i.e. play whatever you want.

August 4, 2013
Circle:
"No Sweat"

Anything to cool us off during the dog days.  Or maybe something REALLY easy.  Or sing ABOUT something REALLY easy. Just don't work up a sweat over it or you're disqualified.

July 7, 2013
Circle:
"
Diminished & Augmented"

Or as some prefer to say "Augminished & Demented". You know, those pesky transisitonal chords that no one can follow when someone leads a circle song.  They're really not all that bad - often you can just move one finger one fret and get away with it. Or if you're really creative, trying using those words in a song.

June 2, 2013
Feature:
Charles Wells

Tonight's meeting featured one of our most creative and imaginative singer/songwriters, Charles Wells. A long-time BCFSS member, Charles is the quintessential folk artist, treating a universe of subjects with humor and insight and backing his words with an assortment of instruments. 

May 5, 2013
Feature:
Potluck Supper +
"Shape Note Demo & Workshop"

After stuffing face at our potluck supper, we joined in some Sacred Harp singing, led by Dan Hunter.  For many it was our first chance to learn and participate in this joyful and moving traditional American vocal music (also known as Shape Note singing). Dan was joined by other members of the local Sacred Harp community.

April 7, 2013
Circle:
"Just Born"

Sure, give birth to a new song about marshmallow peeps if you're so inclined.  Otherwise the choice of songs about birth was extensive. Of course there's always the genre that some blues fans can never resist about wishing one had never been born.

March 3, 2013
Circle:
"Wind Songs"

Well, it was the windy month, after all. Many songs deal with the wind. It may be wayward, or it may be called "Mariah". Or it may just "Blow ye". Or maybe even the sound of the wind near Aragon Mill. You get the idea.

February 3, 2013
Circle:
"Soutern Comfort"

Songs of the South, Songs of Comfort, Songs of Liqueur. Or even the Superbowl, which was held in the South this year at the same time as our meeting. 

January 6, 2013
Feature:
Sterling Silver

Stories. It's all about ... the stories. The incredible stories. Each song a story that begs to be told. Love, murder, loyalty, passion, thievery, treachery, wit, charm, deception, redemption. Novels in three minutes and eighteen seconds. Tom Tucker provided the musical context and theme, Wendy Huber laid out the prose, and John Wight tied it together with low sounds.

December 2, 2012
Circle:
"No Sadness, No Death"

We know this put a serious crimp in the style of some of our regulars, but for once we wanted to hear songs that were not sad and where no one dies.  Or course that leaves out murder ballads, failed romances, and most bluegrass songs, but there were lots of happy songs still out there.  

November 4, 2012
Circle:
"Choices"

Since this was to be two days before the entire country made a momentous choice,we thought we'd go with the conccept, not that your song had to political - any kind of choice will do.

October 7, 2012
Feature:
"Open Stage"

For lack of anyone else to feature, we opened our stage to a dozen of so of our regular performers and had a great time. 

September 9, 2012
Circle:
"No Theme"

Our September meeting in recent years has coincided with either the Doylestown or the Dublin Arts Fest, and this year was no exception.  As some of our regulars were tied up at Dublin that day, we will again had a no -theme circle, i.e. play whatever you want.

August 5, 2012
Circle:
"Keep Your Cool"

Undoubtedly keeping cool was be on everyone's mind at this time of year.  Our performers gave us some mental pictures of ice and snow or at least Cool Water to take our minds off the summer heat.  

July 1, 2012
Circle:
"Wild Things"

Other things besides plants can be wild.  We heard about all kinds of wild things besides Wild Irish Rose, Wild Mountain Thyme, and Wildflowers.  

June 3, 2012
Circle:
"Who's Your Daddy"

In honor of Fathers Day.  But given the title, we knew our members could twist this around in all kinds of unthinkable ways.

May 6, 2012
Feature:
Saverio Tribute

This month featured a musical memorial tribute to one of our all-time favorite BCFSS singer/songwriters, Saverio Minicucci.  We heard many Saverio compositions performed by various talented BCFSS musicians.

April 1, 2012
Circle:
"Feet Don't Touch The Ground"

Yes, it was April Fool's Day,  but that did not necessarily have anything to do with our theme.  Unless you wanted it to.  

March 4, 2012
Feature:
Millville Rose

Millville Rose is a trio consisting of Nick and Lorrie Holm and Shawn Rose, playing mostly original country-flavored compositions.  

February 5, 2012
Circle:
"Fair or Foul"

We had songs about the weather, the upcoming baseball season, the county fair, or anything else that has to do with fairness or foulness. 

January 8, 2012
Feature:
Jacob & Gretta Stone

Jacob and Gretta are long-time BCFSS members who were founding members of the group, Faith and Practice, before leaving the area to take on new careers out west.  Now that they're back, we got another chance to enjoy Getta's singing and guitar playing and Jacob's masterful banjo picking. 

December 4, 2011
Circle:
"Fire & Ice"

We shared songs to sing in front of a warm fire on an icy night.  Or anything else related to fire or ice.

November 6, 2011
Circle:
"Blue, Blew, Bleu"

We welcomed songs about the blues, wind, noses, cheese, or anything related to these three words. 

October 2, 2011
Feature:
"Rounds"

Several intrepid performers led the group in a series of rounds - some we'd never heard of.  

September 11, 2011
Circle:
"No Theme"

Since many of us were at the Dublin Arts Fest until 5, this was a not-so-challenging open circle. 

August 14, 2011
Circle:
"Locks & Keys"

Door locks and keys, hair, canals, jails, small islands off FL.  The possibilities are endless. Except we wouldn't let you get away with "this song is in the KEY of G". 

July 10, 2011
Circle:
"Silent Circle"

Play anything you want; it doesn't have to relate to silence, but no words of introduction or explanation are allowed.  We get through the circle very quickly this way.

June 5, 2011
Circle:
"Water You Up To?"

The supply of songs relating to water was virtually limitless.  Rivers, Oceans, Rain, Ships, etc.  

May 1, 2011
Circle:
"No Theme"

We were originally  scheduled to host our friends from the Full Circle Music Society in Reading to share some songs with us.  Unfortunately, they were unable to make it, so we improvised with an open circle. 

April 3, 2011
Feature:
"Open Stage"

Some folks used this as a warm-up for your showcase performance the following week. 

March 6, 2011
Circle:
"Progressive Theme"

Here we go again with that totally demented progressive theme circle. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some (often obscure) way to the previous one.

February 6, 2011
Circle:
"Love Gone Wrong"

Probably the number one theme found in all genres of music.  The possibilities are endless. 

January 9, 2011
Feature:
"Wild Mustard"

In the best tradition of folk music, Wild Mustard takes four performers with strong music credentials and approaches traditional songs in a new way, and new songs with deference.

December 5, 2010
Circle:
"Ever Green"

Here you can focus on the holiday season, or broaden your horizons to anything that's either green or eternal (or both).

November 7, 2010
Circle:
"Even Odds"

The date was 11/7 (or 7-11, if you're from the E.U.), so that got us to thinking about gambling odds.  Naturally our members came through with many other applications of the two key words, "Even" and "Odd". 

October 3, 2010
Feature:
"Tecla and John"

Tecla Gay and John Catteral put on a great show of country/bluegrass standards backed by Johns masterful guitar, banjo, and mandolin picking. 

September 12, 2010
Circle:
"No Theme"

Those us who spend the weekend at the Doylestown Arts Fest often lose consciousness by meeting time, so this is an open circle with no theme, just to make life easy.  Yes, we know -- the lack of a theme makes it harder for some.

August 1, 2010
Circle:
"Making Tracks"

OK, so this could be about running away, trolleys and trains, or serious drug addiction.  Lots of opportunity for creativity here.

July 11, 2010
Circle:
"Stars & Stripes"

This wasn't necessarily a patriotic theme.  There are lots of songs about stars and somewhat fewer about stripes, but we're sure you can think of something. 

June 6, 2010
Circle:
"Bustin' Out"

No, this wasn't a Dolly Parton tribute, although Dolly's songs couldn't be ruled out.  Surely there are other thoughts that come to mind when "bustin'" is mentioned.

May 2, 2010
Feature:
"Full Circle Music Society"

On this night we welcomed our friends from the Full Circle Music Society in Reading back to share some songs with us.   After a two-year hiatus, it's a real pleasure to get back together with our brothers and sisters in song.  

April 11, 2010
Feature:
"Saddle Sores"

The Saddle Sores feature Del Conner on guitar & vocals; Paul Goldberg, songwriter and self-professed troublemaker, on guitar, slide & vocals;  Kathryn Reeder on bass & cello; and Amy Wagner on guitar, fiddle & vocals.  This group likes to have fun and especially enjoys originals, old slide blues, folk, swing and old country tunes.

March 7, 2010
CIRCLE:
"Progressive Circle"

Here we go again with that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a number of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.

February 7, 2010
CIRCLE:
"Coming & Going"

This theme is wide open.  There's hardly a song that doesn't involve coming from or going to someone, something, or some place.

January 3, 2010
FEATURE:
Bob Mecklenburger

Skilled in a variety of flatpicking and finger-picking guitar styles, Bob sings his own music and that of numerous folk singers and singer-songwriters of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and up to today.  Bob’s strong baritone voice has been described as reminiscent of John Denver, Jim Croce, and other distinctive singers of the folk genre. 

December 6, 2009
CIRCLE:
"Family"

The time from Thanksgiving to the end of December is traditionally oriented toward family activities, so we're trying to do our part.  Anything that has to do with relatives or even relativity will certainly pass muster.

November 1, 2009
CIRCLE:
"
Islands"

"Islands in the Stream"? "Jamaica Farewell"?  Hawaiian music?  Folks came up with a lot of different approaches to this theme.  

October 4, 2009
FEATURE:
Dave McCullough & Friends

Dave is our past president and active member of Group W and Peanut Butter Jellyfish.  He plays almost every kind of music and brought in additional performers to back him up on Mandolin, Bass, Dobro, and Banjo.  

September 13, 2009
CIRCLE:
No Theme

Those us who spend the weekend at the Doylestown Arts Fest often lose consciousness by meeting time, so this was an open circle with no theme, just to make life easy.  Yes, we know -- the lack of a theme makes it harder for some.

August 2, 2009
FEATURE:
Singer/Songwriter Showcase

This was a round-robin format with three singer/songwriters, Kay Ritter, Sandy Bender (instrumentalist) and Charles Wells. We could not have picked three more distinct performing styles.

July 12, 2009
CIRCLE:
Silent Circle

The deal here was that no introductions or words of explanation were permitted.  Each performer just went anonymously into a song on whatever topic suits their fancy.  We even heard a parody of "Sounds of Silence".  These circles move right along, leaving us plenty of time for our usual eating, jamming, and socializing. 

June 7, 2009
CIRCLE:
"Mine!"

We had songs about something you possess or someone you wish to possess, as well as songs that just relate to a hole in the ground from which minerals are removed.  

May 3, 2009
POTLUCK SUPPER + FEATURE:
Spring Mix

This meeting started off with a potluck dinner (A-M: entree, N-Z: Side/Salad).  Then we featured Spring Mix, a multi-instrumental trio who specialize in traditional instrumental and vocal music. Accompanying themselves on guitar, whistle, bodhran, bass, dulcimer, banjo, and various percussion instruments, their repertoire covers old-time dance tunes, sea shanties, Irish dance and folk songs, classic folk songs, and the occasional contemporary song. 

April 5, 2009
CIRCLE:
Progressive Theme

Here we go again with that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a number of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.  

March 1, 2009
FEATURE:
Fretnoughts

Despite the threat of snow, the Fretnoughts, Sharon, Joel, and Nick, played a wide variety of tunes, some familiar and some original.  They accompanied their vocal harmonies on guitar, mandolin, dobro, and harmonica.

February 1, 2009
CIRCLE:
Something Smells Good

The forest after a rain, a pie in the oven, perfume, or maybe the air after your candidate won the election.  Whatever stimulates your olfactory sense and motivates your vocal inclinations.  It's said that familiar smells and sounds both inspire memories.  Must be a connection there.

January 4, 2009
FEATURE:
Open Stage

Unfortunately, our featured act, Spring Mix, had to postpone to a later date because of a business commitment.  Instead, we had an open stage format in which the first 12 volunteers who signed up at the meeting perform one song each.  Spring Mix was rescheduled to May, 2009 

December 7, 2008
CIRCLE:
Songs of Infamy

No, the performances didn't have to be infamous, and although this particular date has lived in infamy for 67 years, it was not necessary to address the events of 1941 or even 2001.  Almost every infamous event in history has been commemorated in song, so there was a wealth of material.  Or the infamy may be something fictitious.

November 2, 2008
CIRCLE:
Spirits & Spirituals

Just one day after All-Saints Day, we'll be addressing the worlds of spirits and spirituality.  Be it spooky or inspirational, we're ready to hear it.  Our usual hour or two of eating, jamming, and socializing will follow. 

October 5, 2008
FEATURE:
Chuck Schaeffer & Friends

Playing music based largely on life experiences, inspired by a wide range of artists across many different musical genres, Chuck Schaeffer combines a blend of folk, bluegrass, country, country rock and Americana.  Chuck is a regular performer on Heartlands Hayride WDVR-FM, and participates in WXPN Musicians on Call.  On this evening he was accompanied by long-time BCFSS performers, Tom & Marianne Tucker.

September 7, 2007
CIRCLE:
No Theme

Those us who spend the weekend at the Doylestown Arts Fest often lose consciousness by meeting time, so this was an open circle with no theme, just to make life easy.  Yes, we know -- the lack of a theme makes it harder for some.

August 3, 2008
FEATURE:
Jack Butler, Tecla Gay, Richard Hunt

Jack Butler, Tecla Gay, and Richard Hunt, shared songs with us in a round-robin format.

July 13, 2008
CIRCLE:
Salute to the States

Inspired by the Independence Day holiday, the first states that come to mind are the 50 that make up the USA, but we're betting that our creative songmeisters can come up with references to many other states, geopolitical and otherwise (state of anxiety, perhaps).  

June 1, 2008
CIRCLE:
Country Classics

Everybody has their own idea about what constitutes a country classic.  Is it Hank & E.T. & Loretta, or is it  Jimmie Rodgers and the Carters?   Or maybe Bill and Lester and Earl?  Maybe even Roy and Gene.  Whatever it is, we pretty much heard it all.

May 4, 2008, 5:00 pm
POTLUCK SUPPER
+
FEATURE:
OPEN MIKE

It has become a tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offer their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.  Regrettably, Full Circle was not be able to make it this year, so we had an open mike instead.  We hope to resume our FCMA exchanges in the future. 

April 6, 2008
CIRCLE:
Progressive Theme

Once again it's that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a number of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.  If you have a particular song you wish to perform, better get your hand up first at the beginning or hope someone else does a song you can relate to it.

March 2, 2008
FEATURE:
Steve Begley

Just a few years back. Steve Begley, a.k.a. Skip Flatt, blew several decades worth of dust off his old Gibson J-50 and hit the open mike scene.  Now he specializes in Piedmont-Style finger-picking.  His repertoire can best be described as "Americana" featuring traditional & contemporary folk music, old-time rags & blues.

February 3, 2008
CIRCLE:
Matters of the Heart

Now how hard could this be?  In February the winter is beginning to wane, Valentine's Day is here, and our fancy lightly turns to thoughts of...what else???  No subject on earth has inspired more music that matters of the heart.  Many songs may not have "heart" in the title or even in the lyric, but it's the thought that counts, right?

January 6, 2008
FEATURE:
Easily A Muse

Easily A Muse is one of our most recent collaborations, featuring the A Capella vocals of Carl Hemenway and Gwen Huber.  The unusual combination of Gwen's high voice with Carl's low voice give this duo a unique sound.  When the group first formed, they considered calling the group "Tony and Kim," after Tony Soprano and Kim Basinger.  But they thought better of it.

December 2, 2007
CIRCLE:
Saints & Sinners

Play us a gospel piece if you're so inclined.  If gospel is not your thing, there are lots of  secular numbers that would fit the bill.  Why you could even salute New Orleans and their football team.  Now that's what we mean by "theme stretching".  

November 4, 2007
CIRCLE:
Changing Time(s)

In case you hadn't noticed, Congress has moved the dreaded end of Daylight Saving Time to November this year, so here was a chance to put in your two cents on the subject, or anything else relating to it.

October 7, 2007
FEATURE:
Delaware Crossing

Tonight we featured Delaware Crossing, our "acoustic duo of 'mature' guys" (their words), who play almost every flavor of acoustic music imaginable.  The focus for this acoustic group has been on borrowing the good ol' stuff and making it their own! 

September 9, 2007
CIRCLE:
No Theme

Those us who spend the weekend at the Doylestown Arts Fest often lose consciousness by meeting time, so this was be an open circle with no theme, just to make life easy.  Yes, we know -- the lack of a theme makes it harder for some.

August 5, 2007
FEATURE:
Singer/Songwriter Showcase

This format has proved quite successful over the past year or so.  This month three more of our singer/songwriter members, Will See, Toby Hill,  & Joanne Adler strutted their best stuff in a round robin format consisting of 3 songs each.  Regrettably, our fourth scheduled participant, Marti Rogers, had to bow out due to a family emergency, but she will undoubtedly appear in a future showcase.

July 1, 2007
CIRCLE:
Speechless

This didn't mean you had to sing about speech (or the lack of it).  The deal here was that no introductions or words of explanation were permitted.  You just went anonymously into a song on whatever topic suited your fancy.  If it was about silence, so much the better, although "Sounds of Silence" was done the previous month.  These circles move right along, leaving us plenty of time for our eating, jamming, and socializing. 

June 3, 2007
CIRCLE:
Vision/Blindness

The possibilities here are endless, from "Beautiful Brown Eyes" to "Seven Spanish angels" (by Ray Charles).  Or almost anything else you can envision.   

May 6, 2007
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
FULL CIRCLE MUSIC SOCIETY

It has become a tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offer their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 1, 2007
FEATURE:
Open Mike

First 12 signups at the meeting got to do a number and show off their stuff.  If you've never soloed in front of a group before, there has never been a better opportunity to start.

March 4, 2007
CIRCLE:
March Forth

This may be the first time ever that the date itself has matched our theme.  We heard marches, and songs about marching off, marching home again, marching through Georgia, or just the month of March.  

February 4, 2007
CIRCLE:
We've Got Issues

Songs about issues of concern.  Maybe your issue is the state of your favorite franchise whose season is long since over.  It's your call, but no instant replays allowed.

January 7, 2007
FEATURE:
Unsafe At Any Speed!

"Unsafe" is their name, and not merely an observation.  This was a slightly early observation of the folk, county, gospel, bluegrass, etc., etc. quartet's 15th anniversary on the BCFSS stage. 

December 3, 2006
CIRCLE:
Wise Men & Otherwise

Despite being vaguely related to the holiday tradition, this theme was really wide open.  Know any songs about Einstein or Newton?  

November 5, 2006
FEATURE:
Singer-Songwriters

This was a follow-up to our successful singer-songwriter feature in August.  Singer-songwriters Carol Deaver, Wes Powers, John Fox, and Bert Coffman presented their best stuff in a round robin format.

October 8, 2006
CIRCLE:
Creepy Crawly Things

In honor of Hallowe'en, naturally!  This brought out (in song, of course) a host of monsters, ghouls, and other creepy crawly critters.

September 10, 2006
OPEN CIRCLE

This was the end of the second day of the Doylestown Arts Fest, so we decided not to challenge our weary participants with a theme.  

August 6, 2006
FEATURE:
Singer-Songwriters

Four BCFSS singer-songwriters presented their best stuff in a round robin format.   We will do this again soon. 

July 9, 2006
CIRCLE:
Bastille Day

No one lost their head over this one (we hope!).  They just came up with something revolutionary.  It was the best of songs and the worst of songs, but we didn't cut anyone off short. 

June 4, 2006
CIRCLE:
Songs About Instruments

There were lots of possibilities, like "Oh, Susanna" (...with a banjo on my knee...)  and "Mr. Tambourine Man".  Almost every instrument imaginable was represented in some obscure way or another. 

May 7, 2006
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
FULL CIRCLE MUSIC SOCIETY

It has become a tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offered their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 2, 2006
FEATURE:
Joe Mahon

Joe sang a mix of traditional and original tunes, accompanied on banjo and guitar. His kids provided his source of inspiration and motivation as they were growing up, but he is now back to playing for his own amusement. 

March 5, 2006
PROGRESSIVE THEME CIRCLE

Once again it was that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a number of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.

February 12, 2006
JAM:
Informal gathering for brave travellers

This was an informal gathering in deference to the whims of Mother Nature who had the audacity to snow upon our meeting location.  Two hardy souls actually braved the elements. 

January 8, 2006
FEATURE:
Marlowe-Hill

The music of Jane Marlowe and Toby Hill can be described as a fun alternative to “adult/alternative” music, rendering tunes that range in style from “tin pan alley,” to country-blues, to more edgy folk-rock numbers.  

December 4, 2005
CIRCLE:
Earth, Wind, Fire

Innumerable songs make reference to one of more of these elements.  There's no end to the possibilities, and we heard lots of them.   

November 6, 2005
FEATURE:
Marti Rogers and Tom Levy
(and friends)

It had been too many years since Marti last graced our feature stage.  Joined by her husband, Tom, on bass and a host of other accompanists, she entertained us in her inimitable authentic folk style. 

October 2, 2005
FEATURE:
Open Stage

The stage was open for an hour or so to anyone who wished to sign up at the meeting -- first come, first served.  We had a dozen volunteer performers for what turned out to be an excellent show. 

September 11, 2005
CIRCLE:
Tools of the Trade

We heard no musical saws, but heard songs about an incredible variety of other tools and tools or trades.  And a couple of really AWfuL puns.

August 7, 2005
CIRCLE:
But Siriusly, Folks

It was the "Dog Days" of August, which you probably realize are named after Sirius, the Dog Star.  So we sang about dogs, stars, hot weather, or any other Sirius subject.   

July 10, 2005
CIRCLE:
No Talking

This was a newly-conceived meeting format in which we participated in a circle that had no theme.  What made this no-theme circle different is that absolutely no spoken words were permitted.  Introductions of new members and guests took place before the circle began.  It was the fastest circle anyone could remember, i.e. more time for food and jamming.

June 5, 2005
FEATURE:
Open Stage

The stage was open for an hour or so to anyone who wished to sign up at the meeting -- first come, first served.  We had 13 volunteer performers for what turned out to be an excellent show.

May 1, 2005
INFORMAL GATHERING

This was a newly-conceived meeting format which was actually no format at all.  There was no formal meeting because our annual Spring Concert was the night before, but 13 hardy souls showed up for an intimate jam session, and a good time was had by all.

April 3, 2005
CIRCLE:
House of Cards

There are lots of songs involving houses and lots more about cards.   What a deal!  A few really clever folks put the two together.

March 6, 2005
FEATURE:
W.a.T.T

W.a.T.T. stands for Wasserman and Two Tuckers.  That would be flat-picking virtuoso, Dave Wasserman, along with the amazing duo of Tom and Marianne Tucker, who harmonize delightfully while playing almost every instrument known to folk singers.

February 13, 2005
CIRCLE:
Love Letters

How much imagination does this take?  We'll be doing love songs, letter songs, and maybe some songs that are actually about love letters.  All in honor of Valentines Day, of course.   

January 9, 2005
FEATURE:
Peter Johnson

Peter Johnson is from Richboro, PA and has performed as a solo guitarist/vocalist in area pubs and restaurants.  He has been a BCFSS member for the past two years. 

December 5, 2004
CIRCLE:
Rime & PUNishment

Rime: Another name for frost.  
PUNishment: Don't the CAPs give it away?  
We heard songs about ice, songs based on puns, songs about punishment, and even puns related to frozen punishment.

November 7, 2004
FEATURE:
Nancy & Charlie

Nancy Shill and Charlie Pellegrino entertained us    with some hot fiddle licks and plenty of old time music.

October 3, 2004
CIRCLE:
Trick or Treat

C'mon folks, how much explanation does this one need?  Do a trick (song), get a treat (as always).  Songs with tricks, songs about treats, or scary ghost and monster songs.  Costumes were optional.

September 12, 2004
FEATURE:
Ken & Donna

Music brought Ken and Donna together and harmony eventually led to matrimony.  Their expert picking and smooth vocal blends made for a delightful evening.  Did they do "The Kiss at the End of the Rainbow"?  You bet!  And oh, by the way, if you're Dave Carter fan, you weren't disappointed.

August 1, 2004
CIRCLE:
Sewing Circle

There was no need bring your sewing machine (unless, of course, it's a Singer, or you could play a tune on it)  We had songs that had to to with threads or cloth or any kind of needlework.  And some humorous numbers kept us in stitches.  Actually we had more songs about sowing than about sewing.

July 11, 2004
CIRCLE:
Days of the Week

Lots of songs refer to days of the week.  We had every day from Sunday through Saturday and a many other references to today, and tonight, but no one got creative and came up with one about daze of the weak.  

June 6, 2004
CIRCLE:
Gems & Precious Metals

Some days are diamonds, some days are stones, but this day was be a gem.  Many songs have been written about gold and jewels -- and we heard 'em.

May 2, 2004
FEATURE:
Full Circle Music Society

It has become an annual tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offered their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians returns the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 4, 2004
CIRCLE:
April Showers

Let it rain, let it rain....  This proved to be a soggy circle, as all offerings had have some connection with rain.

March  7, 2004
FEATURE:
Northbranch

Northbranch is one of our more recently formed groups.  This eclectic quintet is stacked with talented and experienced musicians.  

February 1, 2004
CIRCLE:
PRESIDENTS & PRECEDENTS

A nod to President's Day.  If you couldn't think of a presidential song, a precedent or precedence would do.  If you could combine them, so much the better.

January 4, 2004
FEATURE:
Group W

Lisa Wildman and Dave McCullough have added Saverio Minicucci to form one of our newest groups.  The result was more than gratifying.

December 7, 2003
CIRCLE:
WAR & PEACE

In remembrance of Pearl Harbor, of course.  This subject has always provided fertile ground for musical inspiration.  Perhaps nothing else in human experience stirs the emotions to such an extent.

November 2, 2003
FEATURE:
NEW MEMBERS

So many talented new members had recently joined our ranks that we decided to feature a group of them in what might be the first public performance for some.

October 12, 2003
CIRCLE:
SONGS OF DISCOVERY

This was in honor of Columbus Day. Lots of songs have been written about discoverers and discovery.  But we wouldn't let you get away with "I just discovered this song".  

September 7, 2003
CIRCLE:
NO THEME

Regrettably, our featured performers, Ken Yavit and Donna Ryder had to postpone due to a family emergency.  We hope to reschedule them real soon. Meanwhile, we had an open circle to keep everyone's life simple.

August 3, 2003
CIRCLE:
SONGS ABOUT SONGS

This was agreed by the participants to have been one of our all-time best circles.  We may do it again some day.

July 13, 2003
CIRCLE:PHOBIAs

Everyone has phobias: some are just more bizarre than others.   Many are entertaining, and those are the one we especially wanted to hear about.

June 1, 2003
FEATURE:
BENT HARPOON

There's never a dull moment when Bent Harpoon takes the stage.  This zany duo defies description, but their off-the-wall humor and amazing vocal talents never fail to please.

May 4, 2003
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
FULL CIRCLE MUSIC SOCIETY

It has become an annual tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offer their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 6, 2003
CIRCLE:
BODY PARTS

Yes, we hear you snickering already.  Well just remember this is a family-oriented society.  Our performers were creative enough to pull this off without getting us reported to the vice squad (but not by much).

March 2, 2003
FEATURE:
BLYND SYGHT

If you love those "Old Time" tunes, this is the group for you.   In one short year these 5 guys have developed such a remarkable repertoire of blazing instrumentals that your fingers will get tired just watching.  And they do it without actually using a fiddle (but they do have a mandolin -- the closest plucked instrument to a fiddle and just as good)

February 2, 2003
CIRCLE:
GROUNDHOG DAY

If you saw the movie, well don't think this gave you a license to repeat the same verse 7 times.  Beside woodchucks, we heard about shadows, or winter turning into spring, or climbing into or out of a hole. 

January 5, 2003
FEATURE:
NO WINDOWS

Tonight we observed the 10th anniversary of the first public appearance of our famous "Four Women In Harmony", a.k.a. "No Windows".  It's hard to believe it was way back in December 1992 that these talented ladies first graced our stage.

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December 8, 2002
CIRCLE:
PRESENTS & PRESENCE

With the holidays bearing down upon us, it was just natural to think of Presents -- both giving and receiving.  As for Presence, well, make of it what you will.  Somehow or other our circle denizens found ways to relate songs to these topics.

November 3, 2002
OPEN MIKE

This was our first attempt at a new form of feature performance: the Open Mike.  You could think of it as short circle or whole bunch of short features, but it's somewhere in between, and it's somewhere we'd never quite been before. It turned out to be a great evening, and we're looking forward to doing it again.

October 6, 2002
PROGRESSIVE THEME CIRCLE

Once again it was that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a couple of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.

September 8, 2002
FEATURE:
KINDRED SPIRITS

This 5-piece band is the result of cross-pollination between BCFSS and the Lehigh Valley Folk Music Society.  There were tunes from the early 1900s (e.g. Carter Family) as well as original and contemporary material.

August 4, 2002
CIRCLE:
UP IN THE AIR

As usual, this theme was open to a variety of interpretations.  You could sing about anything from birds and planes to cannonballs, stars, or balloons.  You might say the sky was the limit (Ta-Dum). 

July 7, 2002
CIRCLE:
SINGER-SONGWRITERS

No, we didn't expect everyone to become a songwriter, but we did want to focus on songs that were written and sung by the same individual.  

June 2, 2002
CIRCLE:
DOIN' TIME BEHIND BARS

This topic was open to a wide range of interpretations.  Besides jailhouse and alehouses, there were even songs about clocks. 

May 5, 2002
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
FULL CIRCLE MUSIC SOCIETY

It has become an annual tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offer their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 7, 2002
CIRCLE:
SING ALONG SONGS

At circles we always remind participants not to sing along unless invited by the performer.  This time we invited (nay, demanded!!) audience participation in advance.

March 3, 2002
FEATURED PERFORMER:
TONY DESANTIS

Tony's imaginative songwriting and powerful delivery made for an enjoyable evening.  He was accompanied by his friend, Rob Lincoln

February 3, 2002
CIRCLE:
SUPER BOWL

So the Super Bowl got rescheduled to our meeting night?  Did we let that stop us?  No chance!  Instead of watching it, we sang about it (or anything else that remotely fit the theme -- like "Landlord Fill The Flowing Bowl")

January 6 2002
POSTPONED TO JUNE 2:

Snowy roads - couldn't play.  In the future we will attempt to post cancellations on the web at least a couple of hours in advance. 

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December 2, 2001
FEATURED PERFORMER:
BERT HANSELL

Bert's whimsical and sometimes irreverent lyrics and his straightforward delivery (in The Queen's English) made for an enjoyable evening.  This is a guy who sings about "Plastic Flower Seeds" and how "Size Doesn't Matter".  We'll leave the rest to your imagination (and his). 

November 4, 2001
CIRCLE:
OPEN THEME

In light of the unprecedented turmoil, both personal and international, we postponed our previously announced theme to allow each performer to respond in their own way.  

October 7, 2001
OPEN HOUSE:

This year's Open House featured three  performing groups who formed through their association with BCFSS, namely: No Windows, Unsafe At Any Speed, and Kindred Spirits.

September 9, 2001
FEATURED PERFORMER:
WAYNE DOWLIN

Wayne's Tayloresque style was a perfect way to spend a Sunday evening.   Wayne has been playing guitar since the late 60's. His guitar style includes delicate finger picking along with nice bass runs with the thumb.  Wayne's songs included Spanish ballads, folk-rock, some cover tunes and even an original or two.

August 5, 2001
CIRCLE:
WHAT, ME WORRY?

This sounded like a great opportunity to lay some blues on us, and many performers came up with reasons to be worried (or not), but we had nothing to worry about -- just fine tunes to share. ("Worried Man" isn't the only song on the topic). 

July 1, 2001
NOTHIN' BUT JAMMIN':

When we have circles or featured performers, we never seem to have as much time left for jamming as we'd like, so once in a while we have a whole evening of nothing but munching, jamming, and socializing.

June 3, 2001
FEATURED PERFORMER:
NOW & THEN

Tonight everyone was served a generous helping of Joan and Bob's delightful harmonies as applied to everything from rock to ragtime.   Click HERE for a photo.

May 6, 2001
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
FULL CIRCLE MUSIC SOCIETY

It has become an annual tradition to invite our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, they offer their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians return the favor at an upcoming FCMS meeting. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

April 1, 2001
CIRCLE:
FOOL ME ONCE

There's no fool like an old fool, and that includes many of us.  To celebrate April 1, fools and fooling were the order of the day. 

March 4, 2001
CIRCLE:
WHAT, ME WORRY?

It would have been a great opportunity to lay some blues on us, had not Mother Nature made other plans. Unfortunately, we had to postpone this topic to August 5 due to weather unfit for travelling.

February 4, 2001
FEATURED PERFORMER:
FAITH & PRACTICE

Faith & Practice is a six-piece band that evolved from a series of friendly living-room jam sessions.  We experienced a variety of oldtime, bluegrass, country, folk, and almost ever other kind of acoustic music and DID WE HAVE FUN!

January 7, 2001
CIRCLE:
2001: A Space Odyssey

The 21st Century and the 3rd Millennium finally arrived, so we celebrated 2001 by leaving Mother Earth behind and letting our imaginations soar into space.

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12/3/00
FEATURED ARTIST:Saverio Minicucci

One of our favorite singer-songwriters, Saverio has graced our stage in various capacities over the years. We're always pleased to welcome him back.

11/5/00
CIRCLE:
Don't Know Much About History

Perhaps many of us didn't know much about history, so we broadened our horizons with a historically-oriented performance.  However, a few imaginative contributions just had to do with "Don't know Much..."

10/1/00
ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE

Always a special evening for encouraging newcomers. This year we featured encore performances by our three featured performers from earlier meetings this year -- Wes, Richard and Mary.

9/10/00
NOTHIN' BUT JAMMIN'

For the first time in anyone's memory, we had a whole evening of nothing but munching, jamming, and socializing. If enough people liked it, we'll try it again next year.

8/6/00
MEETING CANCELED!

What a bummer! At the last minute, we found out our meeting room was being renovated. Unfortunately, we did not have time to arrange an alternate location. No one regretted this more than we did!

7/9/00
NORMAL CIRCLE:

Someone remarked that it had been a long time since our last "normal" circle, so "Normal" it was. Any theme you could twist around to relate to normality or ABnormality was fine with us. Click CIRCLE PHOTO GALLERY for a peek.

6/4/00
FEATURED ARTIST:
Mary Dart

Mary entertained us with amazing variety of songs (including several originals), in old-time, folk, and country styles, accompanied by her guitar and her accordian. Click FEATURE PHOTO GALLERY for a peek, but be prepared for a wait of a minute or so.

5/7/00
POTLUCK SUPPER
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FEATURE:
Full Circle Music Society
This year we again invited our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA to be our guests at our annual potluck supper. After stuffing face, offered their ample talents in exchange for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians returned the favor at the May meeting of FCMS. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

4/2/00
PROGRESSIVE CIRCLE:

Once again it's that totally demented progressive theme circle we came up with a couple of years ago. The theme varies in the course of the circle as each song has to be related in some way to the previous one.

3/5/00
FEATURED ARTIST:
Rich McLaughlin

Rich McLaughlin (aka "Eco-Man") entertained us with his environmentally conscious repertoire, and involved a number of other members in his production, including a rendition of "Mama Don't Allow" that involved a record-breaking number of different instruments

2/6/00
CIRCLE:
Leap Songs

We celebrated Leap year and Leap Month with a Leap Circle. First you needed a performance that had something to do with leaping. Then you picked a random number at the door. We drew the numbers out of a hat and leaped around the circle instead of our usual orderly rotation.

1/9/00
FEATURED ARTIST:
Wes Powers

To kick off the new year, we introduced you to the talents of our globe-trotting BCFSS Secretary (now Treasurer). Wes makes no claim to be good on any instrument, but we know better. His songs deal with unique subjects, ranging from murdering chickens to geography lessons to malfunctioning spaceships.

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12/5/99
CIRCLE:
Folk Song or Artist of the Century

Sure...we know two folkies will never agree on which song or artist defined folk music in the 20th century, but everyone was free to make a choice and show us why. There were no winners or losers declared. We may do this again sometime.

11/7/99
CIRCLE:
No Theme
No, the Board didn't run out of demented ideas for theme topics. We just like to turn you loose without the limitations of a theme once in a while. Sorry if we spoiled your theme-stretching fun, but you'll have lots more opportunities.

10/3/99
FEATURE:
Annual Open House

Once a year we muster our talents to put on a special evening to encourage newcomers. This year we review the century with a song from each decade.

9/12/99
FEATURE:
Paul Schoenwetter

If anyone in our society can boast of true folk credentials, it's Paul. He's a genuine artiste on the clawhammer banjo, and he's never happier than when he's attempting to teach one of us (relative) newbies how it's done. He has a repertoire that could probably carry him all the way to dawn without repeating.


8/1/99
CIRCLE:
Welcome Home!
In last month's theme we went travelling. This month we bought it back home. For some reason, homecomings in folk music are often less than cheerful, but no one depressed us too seriously.

7/11/99
CIRCLE:
Bon Voyage!
Summer is a great time for travelling...and for travelling/going away songs. Whether it's on the Minnow, the QEII, or the Space Shuttle, or a bicycle, we were ready to hear about it.

6/6/99
CIRCLE:
Games People Play
Our theme took us (musically) out to the ball game...or the hockey game... or racetrack . You picked it -- we were game. (but just "Playing" an instrument didn't count!)

5/2/99
FEATURE:
Full Circle
Music Society
Once again we welcome our brothers and sisters in song from Reading, PA who will exchange their talents for ours. A group of BCFSS musicians returned the favor at the May meeting of FCMS. These music swaps are always a delightful change of pace.

4/11/99
CIRCLE:
Out of Character
This circle was your chance to spread your wings outside of your usual repertoire -- something "out of character". A Bluegrasser might try a show tune; an old-timer, might try rap. Everyone surprised us with their hidden talents.

3/7/99
POTLUCK SUPPER:
Members Only
This is always a good excuse to get your dues in on time. Following the supper, we have what has come to be known as a progressive theme circle. Each song has to be related in some way to the previous one. Our first attempt worked so well last year that we thought we'd try it again.

2/7/99
FEATURE:
Charles Wells
Tonight's meeting featured one of our most creative and imaginative singer/songwriters, Charles Wells. A long-time BCFSS member, Charles is the quintessential folk artist, treating a universe of subjects with humor and insight and backing his words with an assortment of instruments.

1/3/99
CIRCLE:
Happy Songs
Tonight we celebrated a Happy New Year with songs about happiness. If you're be happy in love, happy in Spirit, happy in peace, or just plain happy, we'd like to hear about it.

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