The South Coast Folk Society provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of making music or dancing to it. If you can walk, you can contra dance. Anyone can sing out of our songbooks at sing-along. Our Irish session and open bands have encouraged people who hadn’t picked up an instrument in years to start practicing again. At our South Coast Celtic Fest workshops, people of all ages can discover new music, crafts, and cultural heritage to enjoy. This year, South Coast Folk Week will bring renowned contra and square dance caller Bob Dalsemer and the band Firefly for a week of learning and fun, thanks to the Country Dance and Song Society. The goal of Folk Week is to give our whole community a chance to experience traditional American dance, music and singing.
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 hold ongoing events throughout the year, and sometimes we have special events. Our ongoing activities include:
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 2nd Saturday from Sept through May. The dance is held at the Greenacres Grange and starts at 7:00 pm. The Grange is held in Greenacres, just off Hwy 42 between Coos Bay and Coquille (near mile marker 3). Each month, the dance features 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. No experience or partners needed.
3. A monthly International folk dance is held on the 4th Friday 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. This dance is also held at the Greenacres Grange and starts at 7:00 pm.
4. An Irish session is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month at Liberty Pub at 2047 Sherman in downtown North Bend. Starting at 7:00, all acoustic musicians are welcome to play tunes and share songs ~~ onlookers are always welcome.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org