(update 4/12/2020) Not all of our events are canceled, some are changing to an online format using conferencing and live streaming tools.
The FSGW Calendar can be viewed two ways:
Join us online for an evening of English Country Dancing.
Our talented caller has put together a program of dances adapted for one or two dancers.
We will be using Zoom video conference. To get details on how to attend, visit the English Country Dance page
Each week we will be collecting contributions to the caller (turns out it is more work to prepare an evening of dances for people dancing solo, or in pairs, in their homes). To contribute to this week's caller, please use the link below:
Online ECD caller contribution
Libby and Sarah McKnight will host our December Open Sing at 7:30PM on Friday, 12/4/2020
The Topic: Trees
Registration deadline is 12 Noon EST on December 4th.
Zoom link will be sent the afternoon of December 4th.
This gives us much-needed time for setup.
Registration form is at:
Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30
Starting with Celtic roots and then expanding into other genres in every imaginable direction...
Join us via Zoom for FSGW’s second concert of the pandemic year. We’ll have an opportunity to listen to great performers, interact with them, and visit with each other.
Kevin Elam lives locally on the Virginia side of the Potomac. He loves and excels at Irish traditional music—he was awarded first place in Men's English Singing at the 2019 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, rarely won by an American! A multi-instrumentalist who boasts a strong background in classical piano and a degree in Jazz studies, he also loves early music and pre-baroque song.
Julie Henigan comes from the Ozarks, but studied Irish culture, language, and music in America and Ireland, subjects about which she has written both scholarly and popular books and articles. Her repertoire covers everything from Irish sean-nós singing styles to Ozarks variants of traditional American songs and contemporary songwriters who have caught her attention. Besides being a singer of traditional Irish, British, and American songs, she also plays fingerstyle guitar, clawhammer banjo, fiddle, and lap dulcimer.
Melissa Weaver Dunning studied with Norman Kennedy—both his amazing traditional Scottish singing and his weaving and fiber arts techniques. But Norman's songs were just the beginning of her repertoire; encounters with Frank Harte gave her a grounding in Irish material. She also worked alongside her family for 35 years to run the Bluemont Concert Series in rural and small town Virginia west and south of the DC metro area.
Lisa Null co-founded Green Linnet records (which became America's premier Celtic label) but loves American songs of every kind. She likes to find obscure songs in books that need reviving to bring them back into circulation, such as the songs of Carrie Grover, who was born in Nova Scotia, lived in Maine, and descended from an Irish family. Lisa has three CDs available on the Smithsonian Folkways label. (The most recent, Legacies, is being re-issued shortly, and might not be showing yet.)
We'll go round-robin, and let each musician play off the ideas of the performances that preceded them on this evening. Expect an opportunity after the performances for a sing-around or just socializing.
Register by clicking on the registration button, and we'll give you the Zoom link.
Cost to register: free; Suggested donation: $20 per listener. (If you feel generous and can afford it, a higher amount will help support the performers.)
General information on the 2020/2021 Sunday evening concert series is on the Concerts page.
Our featured tellers this month are the protean Nancy Donoval and the world-traveling Valerie Tutson.
Join us on Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.
The Grapevine is spoken word performance for adults and teens, celebrating the timeless art of the story, hosted by storytellers Noa Baum, Renée Brachfeld, and Tim Livengood.
For more information and to register, go to The Grapevine (Storytelling)
FSGW is hosting a live-stream concert with Pete Sutherland and Oliver Scanlon on Sunday evening December 13 from 8:00-9:30 PM on Zoom and Facebook Live.
The Facebook event can be found at: Facebook Event
Attendees are invited to donate to support these performers: Donate to performers
General information about the Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance
The monthly Schweinhaut Song Circle provides a daytime opportunity to enjoy delightful songs, old or new, humorous or serious, timeless or topical.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or experience. Come for informal group singing or just to listen. Free!
While Montgomery County senior centers are closed, join us using Zoom with any Internet-connected device--computer, tablet, or smartphone--or you can join by dialing a phone number.
Bring or request your favorite songs about the holidays! We'll go around the virtual room as many times as we can, giving everyone a chance to request a song (or just pass) during each round.
If you wish to request particular songs, it's helpful if you let us know in advance using the registration form linked above.
Wendy Lanxner will lead songs with guitar accompaniment until 2 p.m., after which any participant may lead any song, a cappella or self-accompanied.
If this will be your first use of Zoom, go to https://zoom.us, click on " Sign Up, It's Free " and follow the prompts (entering your email address when asked for "your work email"). Do this ahead of time so that you'll be all set to "join the meeting" when it's time to do so. Information about getting started with Zoom is at https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/categories/200101697.
If you installed Zoom before October 26, go to https://zoom.us/download to install Version 5.4+ before you want to join any Zoom session. (Version 5.4.3 is the latest one, released November 16.)
Join us on December 16 via Zoom. Especially if you're just getting started with Zoom, please try to join the Zoom session 10 or 15 minutes before 1 p.m. so that we can help with any technical issues before the session begins.
For more information see the Song Circles page.
Toast in the New Year Toast to Coast! A grand New Year's Event is planned, with multiple tracks of programming for contra dance, English Country Dance, Bal folk, other couples and solo dances, concerts, and socialization.
Come hang out online virtually with your friends and meet new friends on New Year's Eve!
Save the date - New Year's Eve, and join us to toast in the New Year across the continent online folkie style.
Our featured tellers this month are the celebrated Connie Regan-Blake and the mythic Carolina Quiroga-Stultz.
Join us on Wednesday, January 13 at 7:30 EDT via Zoom. Please register FOR FREE. You will get an email with the necessary Zoom information. We ask for donations to support our tellers, suggested $15 per person. Donations can be made online before, during, or after the event.
See full description on the Mid-Winter Festival page.