South Coast Folk Society ♪

SCFS Logo ColorWe are dedicated to preserving and teaching folk traditions on Oregon’s South Coast by providing year-round opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Watch a short video about what we do.

South Coast Folk Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit educational organization which is dedicated to the preservation, study, teaching, enjoyment and continuing evolution of traditional and historical dance, music and song. A Board of Directors oversees the activities, and many, many other volunteers provide time, energy, and their talent to ensure that folk music continues in our community. We’re part of the Country Dance and Song Society, which chose us as one of six North American communities to help celebrate its centennial.

We offer contra, folk and morris dancing; sing-alongs, a folk orchestra, concerts, workshops and the South Coast Celtic Fest each spring. Some of our calendar offerings:

1. The second Sunday sing-along is held the 2nd Sunday of each month. This is a time to get together and share songs. We have many copies of the Rise Up Singing songbook available. Some people bring a guitar, autoharp, dulcimer or other acoustic instrument – more players are welcome! We meet from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman in North Bend.

2. A contra dance is held on the 1st and 5th Saturdays from Sept through May at the Coos Bay Senior Center on 4th and Ingersoll.  Dances start at 7:00 pm. Each month, the dances feature live music and a caller who walks us through all of the steps. What is contra dancing? It’s tons of fun. If you can walk, you can contra dance. $7/$6/$5 at the door. No experience or partners needed. Musicians interested in playing for contra dances meet on 3rd Thursdays of the month to rehearse. See calendar for times and locations.

3. A monthly international folk dance is held on the 2nd Saturday from September through May. The evening starts with teaching beginning dances. Then there is time for request dancing. Have fun moving to music from around the world; most dances are circle or line dances – no partners or experience needed. Beginning dances taught first. Then there is time for request dancing. Starts at 7pm on 2nd Saturdays at the Coos Bay Senior Center on 4th and Ingersoll.

4. MORRIS DANCE: Side Of the Tide is the South Coast’s own Morris dance troupe. New dancers & musicians are always welcome. Rehearsals are 2nd and 4th Thursdays and some Saturdays. See calendar for times and locations. Find “Side of the Tide” on Facebook.

5. Open Band: Would you like to play music for contra dancers? Sharon Rogers leads our local Open Band, which welcomes all acoustic musicians. To get music and learn the time and place of the next rehearsal, email

What about you – what are your interests and talents? Want to receive a monthly email announcement about upcoming events? Have ideas about fabulous folk music activities you’d like to help make happen? We’d love to hear from you! Send us an email at

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South Coast Mentoring Musicians Project

The South Coast Folk Society in Coos Bay is excited to announce the award of an $11,349 Development Grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, to form a folk orchestra; a “Mega-band” that will play for contra-dances.
Contra dancing Originates from the 1700’s; with English, Scottish, French and strong old-time musical influence from Appalachia. Today, contra has Celtic, Quebecois, Old Time, New England, Appalachian, Jazz, & Blues, always performed by live bands; Singles & beginners are welcomed to the events.
Dances are made up of long lines of couples.There is no fancy footwork involved, but it is aerobic activity. The Caller provides the instructions leaving you, your partner, and the others in your line to move to the exciting, lilting, haunting, pulse pounding music provided by the band.
A 30-minute beginner’s lesson is taught at 7pm on the 1st Saturday of every month, beginning October 1st. The dance program includes contras, circle mixers, a waltz or two, and sometimes squares. Go for more info.
The Creativity grant will be used to directly develop and support a folk orchestra to play for these dances. We are looking for interested musicians including fiddles (violas, cellos & bass). Banjo & Mandolin players & any melody playing folk instruments, like whistle & flute, ALL are encouraged to apply. [We have opportunities for intermediate players as well as advanced musicians.]
With an additional award from the Oregon Community Foundation, a Creative Heights Grant for $12,890, the musicians will collaborate with Betsy Branch & Sue Songer of “The Portland Collection: Contra Dance Music in the Pacific Northwest”. They will train 25 local musicians for six months, culminating with a giant dance & concert weekend June 10 & 11, 2017.
This project will ensure local talent is encouraged. It will help further root traditional music & dance opportunities for current and future generations in the area. Interested musicians and dancers can contact us
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