Welcome to NW HOOT

WELCOME to the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society’s e-zine the NW HOOT (as in hootenanny). We will announce upcoming events and include articles on folk music, folklore and the traditional music scene in the Pacific Northwest.

October/November, 2015 Vol. 8, No. 1

Sarah Comer w/ Stuart Williams, Terry Wergeland; JW McClure w/ Thaddeus Spae

Past Concerts: The Sept. 11 concert at the Couth Buzzard featured Northwest traditional fiddler Sarah Comer, and the Sept. 13 PNWFS/Everett Public Library Free Concert featured JW McClure. This issue features articles "The Red Scare and Seattle Folk Music" by Bob Nelson; and "A New View of Performance Anxiety" by Laurie Riley. Upcoming events at the Couth Buzzard will feature a concert by  Hank & Claire on Friday, Oct. 9, and the Canote Brothers on Friday, Nov. 13. the Canote Brothers will also perform a PNWFS/Everett Public Library Free Concert on Sunday, Nov. 8. Every 2nd Saturday at the Couth Buzzard from noon - 1 pm, Stew's Folk Music Corner will feature tunes, songs, and community singing.  The Events page lists some great concerts through the next few months. We are still looking for more writers for the NW HOOT (send us your ideas and articles). Keep tuned and revisit the NW HOOT as new articles, CD reviews, and videos may appear during the next two months. Donations - We manage to carry on with a small budget, but there are needs to support. For example, we just wrote a check to Couth Buzzard in appreciation of the venue they provide and to help defray the cost of their annual ASCAP fee (for live music). We also need to cover the cost of printer ink and paper for concert posters and internet service costs for our websites. Donations of any amount are welcome - for $20 or more we will send you a free Songs of the Pacific Northwest CD. Send a check to Pacific NW Folklore Society, 11720 1st Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98177. Thank you.


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Don Firth (1931-2015)

Don Firth passed away in Seattle, Washington on Friday morning, September 4, 2015. He was a pillar of the folk music community of the Pacific Northwest since the early 1950's, and a founding member of the Pacific Northwest Folklore Society in 1953. He was unique and will be greatly missed. Here is a link to a recent article about Don, and a video of Don singing "Three Raven" at Bob Nelson-Don Firth Reunion Concert on Oct 14, 2007. A memorial service will be held at 1 pm on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at Central Lutheran Church, 1700 11th Avenue (one block north of Pine on Capitol Hill) in Seattle.


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Woody Guthrie, Ivar Haglund, Pete Seeger, Terry Pattus (SeattleMet)
The Dark Side
by Bob Nelson

Born in 1937 and raised in the Seattle area, I’ve been blessed, or perhaps cursed, with a rich heritage of local lore. I am also plagued by still having an excellent memory.  I remember major events that impacted my childhood as well as my community. For instance, I remember when my father introduced me to Ivar Haglund. I was ten years old, and we often visited with Ivar when he first opened his small aquarium at Pier 54 on the Seattle waterfront. Dad and Ivar would often disappear into his small office and share a shot of whiskey.

Read more: Red Scare Seattle Folk Music


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by Laurie Riley

“Stage Fright”, as we often call it, is the bane of many a performer, both amateur and professional. Although some won’t admit it, a majority of performing musicians experience some form of it, from mild jitters to debilitating fear. When it’s mild, the feeling of increased adrenalin can actually help us perform well. When it’s profound, we can’t perform at all. When it’s moderate, it may make us play too fast, play inaccurately, or just not enjoy ourselves while performing.

Read more: Performance Anxiety


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Pacific NW Folklore Society
Every 2nd Saturday
Come to Couth Buzzard Books/Café Espresso Buono every 2nd Saturday, from noon ‘til 1 pm, play a few tunes, sing some songs, and talk about folk music in Seattle and the Pacific NW Folklore Society – past, present and future – over a cup of coffee or tea and a lunch-time snack. Music and conversation, I will be there in the back of the store.
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Paul Robeson, "Joe Hill"
This year is the centenary of the death of Joe Hill. He was executed by firing squad in Utah on November 19, 1915, accused of murdering two shopkeepers. A member of the firing squad claimed that the command "Fire!" came from Hill himself.