Your Communities. Your Traditions. Your Folklife.
Northwest Folklife aims to strengthen our communities through arts and culture. This calendar brings together our greater community’s events and gatherings. Here, you will find events ranging from cultural celebrations to music and dance performances and traditional gatherings.
Together, we can continue to celebrate the rich arts, cultures, and traditions that thrive in the greater Pacific Northwest.
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Kray Van Kirk – in concert sponsored by Seattle Folklore Society
March 31, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm$8 – $18
Thoughtful, sometimes funny, and evocative songs, presented with the voice of a troubadour and terrific musical presence –
If you ask someone about singer-songwriter Kray Van Kirk’s music, comparisons to Loreena McKennitt, John Denver, Gordon Lightfoot, or Dougie MacLean will come up. If you ask Van Kirk himself to describe what he does, he is likely to jump on top of a table in a crowded coffee shop and shout ‘The wind is changing! Look sharp! Get out the map – it’s time to go! We ride across a thousand pages and sail beyond the sunset, to seek, to find, to strive, and not to yield!”. Some won’t understand it, and that’s perfectly fine. But those who do will wipe the tears from their eyes, smile knowingly, and drain their cups, toasting their own wild lands and wilder passions. Van Kirk feels that a renewed connection between the personal and
the mythic is critical for the 21st century; so critical, in fact,
that he walked away from a career in the sciences in which he
holds a PhD to play these songs. He has been well received in
shows across the U.S. and Canada, as well as the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival. With a recent move to California after 23 years
in Alaska promising a chance to record and tour more
frequently, and an exciting new recording, we hope he becomes
better known along the West Coast.
Look for the release of “Midnight Commander” and other songs
from his upcoming recording, and view lushly produced videos
of the bittersweet “Lost Lover’s Waltz” and modern retelling of
“The Queen of Elfland” on Kray’s website, krayvankirk.com.
We are very excited to bring Kray Van Kirk to the SFS stage
on Saturday, March 31st! Treat yourself to an entertaining
night with an engaging troubadour.
Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or at prior SFS concerts: $16, ($2 discount for SFS members, full-time students and seniors 65+, $8 for youth age 6-17. Day of show tickets at the door are $2 more for adult tickets ($18/$16/$8), payable by cash or check.