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Gathering Room

Welcome to the Gathering Room, a community-led virtual space for participatory singing, jams, discussions, and more! Each day has one registration link for the entire day's events, so simply register for the days' events below!

Key for Performances:
* = Captioned
^ = Participatory

Saturday May 29

Fiber Arts - Pounding Flowers ^

Saturday, May 29 - 12:15pm

Long time supporter of the NWFL organization and festival. With a partner, we brought fiber arts displays and a range of fiber arts crafts to an annual booth. I like to engage children in the doing and make it easy for them to get involved without a lot of special tools and materials. My own art is collage/assemblage - using a variety of materials to create 2D and 3D art. Children are always curious and providing some ideas and structures can lead to a lifetime of being creative and making art.

The Québécois Jam ^

Saturday, May 29 - 1:45pm

The PNW Quebecois group hosts a jam open to all musicians, including those well versed in Quebecois and other French-Canadian tunes, and to the curious. A rotating group of experts in the genre will lead the tunes: Lisa Ornstein, Devon Leger, W.B. Reid, Sande Gillette, Sue Truman, and Eric Schlorff.


50 Years of Folklife Games (Saturday session 1) ^

Saturday, May 29 - 3:00pm

Join in the fun while looking through 50 years of photographs and slides of Folklife!

Karen Anderson and Tom Whitmore are longtime Folklife volunteers and emcees. Tom, a bookseller and massage therapist, has performed with Berkeley Morris and was one of the producers of the Julie's Place concert series in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. Karen, a journalist and science fiction author, has performed with the Nonesuch Country Dancers and served on Folklife’s board of directors.

Rick Harlan: "Sing Like Pete Seeger Liked!" ^

Saturday, May 29 - 3:45pm

Rick says: I’ve led singing for about 60 years, pretty much like Pete Seeger liked: “Sing Out!” Pete urged! And if not for Pete, would festivals like Folklife have started a half century ago?! So I’ve invited a dozen fellow folksingers to lead an hour of songs—ones that Pete Seeger wrote, stole or borrowed, or changed; or ones he would just love to know we were singing together--even if all but one of us have to be unheard, in our cute little onscreen boxes!

So come sing your heart out--nobody will know if you’re on pitch or singing a totally unique harmony! I hope people will use the Chat box: for sharing memories of Pete Seeger AND gratitudes for how great folksong leaders like these friends of mine still “Carry it on!” So drop in--by clicking on! I hope you can join in, on time, 3:45; then leave anytime if you need to. Looking forward to seeing your smiling singing faces soon! Because now as always, we have our "songs to sing, all over this land!”

50 Years of Folklife Games (Saturday session 2) ^

Saturday, May 29 - 4:45pm

Join in the fun while looking through 50 years of photographs and slides of Folklife!

Karen Anderson and Tom Whitmore are longtime Folklife volunteers and emcees. Tom, a bookseller and massage therapist, has performed with Berkeley Morris and was one of the producers of the Julie's Place concert series in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. Karen, a journalist and science fiction author, has performed with the Nonesuch Country Dancers and served on Folklife’s board of directors.

Emerald City Songwriter Circles ^

Saturday, May 29 - 5:30pm

Folklife's celebration of original songcraft

-Anyone is welcome to join the circle & share an ORIGINAL song in turn - listeners welcome too!

-Choose a song (& introduction) that won’t exceed 5 minutes total

-Please listen actively & avoid playing along unless specifically asked by the song-sharer

Mike Copperman And Special Guests^

Saturday, May 29 - 7:00pm

Writer Mike Copperman  author of ''TEACHER: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta.' is hosting a reading and Q&A, answering questions on writing, poetry and craft. This event is in collaboration with Moved by Words.

https://english.uoregon.edu/profile/mcopperm

Artist Statement

I teach writing to at-risk students of color at the University of Oregon, where I was recently awarded a Faculty Excellence Award from the Center for Multicultural Academic Success for my work in equity and diversity. I also have a B.A. in English with Creative Writing from Stanford, where I was a Presidential Scholar. My prose has appeared in The Oxford-American, The Sun, Creative Nonfiction, Salon, Gulf Coast, Guernica, Triquarterly, and Copper Nickel, among many others, and has won awards and garnered fellowships from the Munster Literature Center, Breadloaf Writer's Conference, Oregon Literary Arts, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

From 2002-04, I taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. My memoir forthcoming from University Press of Mississippi concerns that experience.



Sunday May 30

Music Together @ Music Center of the Northwest ^

Sunday, May 30 - 12:05pm

Music Together @ Music Center is proud to partner with NW Folklife! Join us as we sing, dance, and play to our favorite songs. Our youngest musicians (and the grownups who love them) have a blast bonding and creating lasting memories through musical play. *Note this workshop will be capped at 40 participants, so please sign up early to join in!

Learn more at their website.

Donate to the artist directly here.

To participate in the Music Together workshop with Music Center of the Northwest register here

John Hayden and Jim Boneau - The Rhythm Tent ^

Sunday, May 30 - 1:05pm

As a long-time volunteer for the non-profit Seattle World Percussion Society, John programs the NW Folklife Rhythm Tent and the First Thursday Drum in Lake City (virtual since Covid.) John is a Village Music Circles certified trainer of facilitated drum circles, teaches a weekly hand drum class (virtual since Covid) and plays original songs for family music classes for ages 2-5. His company Jamtown imports rhythm instruments working directly with low income artisans on 3 continents. Learn more at www.JamtownLive.com

Learn more about the Seattle World Percussion Society here.

Learn more about Jamtown here.

Seattle Song Circle ^

Sunday, May 30 - 2:20pm

Seattle Song Circle is a tradition from the second NW Folklife Festival, when folks asked - why can't we meet every week instead of once a year? It stuck and they have met Sunday evenings since then.

Learn more at there website.

50 Years of Folklife Games (Sunday session 1) ^

Sunday, May 30 - 3:20pm

Join in the fun while looking through 50 years of photographs and slides of Folklife!

Karen Anderson and Tom Whitmore are longtime Folklife volunteers and emcees. Tom, a bookseller and massage therapist, has performed with Berkeley Morris and was one of the producers of the Julie's Place concert series in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. Karen, a journalist and science fiction author, has performed with the Nonesuch Country Dancers and served on Folklife’s board of directors.

New Voices of Color Authors in the Gathering Room

Sunday, May 30 - 4:05pm

New Voices of Color presents new work by writers and performers of Color in collaboration with NW Native Writers Circle, Northwest Folklife, the White Noise Reading series, giving Indigenous, Black, Asian, and other POC Voices an open and welcoming space to share their latest work in 2021 with the Folklife community.

Moved by Words presents New Voices of Color 2021 at #Folklife50 

with Robert Lashley
Zaji Cox
Emilly Prado
Susan DeFreitas
Kunu Bearchum
Jessica Mehta
Demian Dinéyazhi /
RISE: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment
Ami Patel
Armin Tolentino

Co-Hosts
Neil Aitken
Monica Drake

Want to see more from Moved By Words? Stream the 2020 Writers Showcase for the 2020 Northwest Folklife Festival.

50 Years of Folklife Games (Sunday Session 2) ^

Sunday, May 30 - 6:20pm

Join in the fun while looking through 50 years of photographs and slides of Folklife!

Karen Anderson and Tom Whitmore are longtime Folklife volunteers and emcees. Tom, a bookseller and massage therapist, has performed with Berkeley Morris and was one of the producers of the Julie's Place concert series in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. Karen, a journalist and science fiction author, has performed with the Nonesuch Country Dancers and served on Folklife’s board of directors.

Chantey Sing with Strikes A Bell & Friends ^

Sunday, May 30 - 7:05pm

Strikes A Bell sings familiar and catchy sea chanteys and maritime songs guaranteed to get the audience joining in on the chorus. The crew consists of new and old members of the Seattle maritime scene and includes Laura Bassett, Jean Geiger, David Kessler, Wayne Palsson (leader), David Perasso, Dan Roberts, Steve Whinihan, and Mary Wilson.

Learn more on their website.

Donate directly to the artist here.

Monday May 31

Beginning clogging workshop with the Eclectic Cloggers ^

Monday, May 31 - 12:15pm

The Eclectic Cloggers is a Seattle dance group that performs a high energy style of traditional Appalachian step dancing to live Old-Time music. This percussive dance form comes from the eastern mountain region of the United States, where it began as a mix of Irish, Scottish and English step dances with African and Native American influences. Since 1982, the Eclectic Cloggers have performed at festivals and community events throughout the Northwest. We enjoy teaching workshops to show people how much fun it can be to combine percussive dancing to Old-Time music.

Learn more at their website.

Donations can be made using Paypal to eclecticcloggerssea@gmail.com

50 Years of Folklife Games (Monday Session) ^

Monday, May 31 - 1:30pm

Join in the fun while looking through 50 years of photographs and slides of Folklife! 

Karen Anderson and Tom Whitmore are longtime Folklife volunteers and emcees. Tom, a bookseller and massage therapist, has performed with Berkeley Morris and was one of the producers of the Julie's Place concert series in Berkeley, California, in the 1970s. Karen, a journalist and science fiction author, has performed with the Nonesuch Country Dancers and served on Folklife’s board of directors.

Drum Life NW ^

Monday, May 31 - 2:15pm

Lead Facilitator of Drum Life NW has been providing interactive drumming experiences for over a decade on both coasts. His clients have included Amazon, Nielsen Media Research, The University of South Florida, King County Library System, Green River College and many, many more. Simply put Drum Life NW's philosophy is that the shared experience of drumming with others improves wellness, empowers individuals and strengthens community.

Learn more at their website.

Klezmer Music & Yiddish Song 101 & Remembrance Gathering with Harvey Niebulski & Marianne Tatom ^

Monday, May 31 - 3:45pm

Join us as we gather as friends and family to remember those who are no longer with us. In their memory, we will sing songs, play music, and share stories.

Marianne Tatom, clarinetist and Yiddish teacher, and Harvey Niebulski, accordionist, play klezmer and Eastern European music and sing in Yiddish (a living Jewish language written in Hebrew characters originating in Eastern Europe). Together we’ve played numerous concerts, festivals, sing-alongs and participatory Israeli dances. We've led klezmer workshops and especially enjoy singing and teaching songs in Yiddish (with lyrics offered both in transliteration and translation) while welcoming queries from our audiences and offering opportunities for discussion as we together learn about their Jewish cultural context.

Learn more at their website.