(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 for a virtual concert with Mo Brachfeld and friends!
Sunday night virtual concert: a musical celebration of pride month with Mo Brachfeld, Darrow Sherman, and Alex Sturbaum!
Tunes, songs, and percussive dance.
About the musicians:
Mo Brachfeld (they/them) is a musician, dancer, and caller from Washington, DC. With a background in Irish and contra dance music, Mo performs on fiddle, mandolin, feet, and voice, in addition to choreographing dances and writing tunes. This year Mo has become especially interested in writing what they refer to as “queer tunes,” (as opposed to what are known as “straight tunes” - pieces with 32 measures and AABB structure) so expect pieces with extra measures, unusual structors, or strange keys.
On fiddles, banjos, guitar, and voice, Darrow Sherman (they/them) is a musician and multi-instrumentalist based in Amherst, MA. From growing up in the thick of Washington, DC’s Irish Trad scene to more recently exploring the cross-genre music of North American string bands and traditional solo artists, their music is tied to a sense of community and curiosity.
Steeped in musical traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, Alex Sturbaum is a master of many folk genres. Alex originally hails from Cincinnati, OH, and now resides in Olympia, WA. Their instrumental prowess, complex songwriting, thoughtful engagement with the tradition, and welcoming spirit has made them a mainstay of the folk community in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Alex will share traditional and original songs and tunes from Celtic, American, Canadian, and maritime traditions.
There will be no caller but much of the music will all be danceable contra and waltz style tunes. Feel free to dance alone, pin your friends over zoom, or just hang out and listen.
Attendees are invited to donate to support these performers: Please donate to performers
General information about the Sunday Night Contra and Square Dance
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
Michele & Dennis Callaghan will be our hosts for the July Online Open Sing, Friday July 2 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Topic: Fireworks: Fire, Work or fireworks themselves. Let's see if anybody attempts the National Anthem.
Registration will be open till Noon on 7/2/21.
Zoom Link will be sent to the Open Sing mailing list. If you're not a member, sign up at https://groups.io/g/FSGWOpenSings
Anyone wishing to sing may sign up at https://forms.gle/B3ZN5prKjsoEaS657
You can double-check if you're already signed up at https://bit.ly/FSGWJulyOpenSingers
On Tuesday, July 6, 2021, the FSGW Board will meet from 8pm to 10pm in a video conference meeting. Please contact the FGSW President via this link or the FSGW WebMaster via this link to get the video conference information if you wish to attend.
Board meetings are open to members. If you have agenda items you wish to have considered, please contact the FSGW President at: email@example.com
The monthly Schweinhaut Song Circle provides a daytime opportunity to enjoy delightful songs, old or new, humorous or serious, timeless or topical. Free!
Everyone is welcome, regardless of age or experience. Come for informal group singing or just to listen. If your kids or grandkids are available, bring ’em along!
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.
July 4 is Independence Day, so bring or request your favorite summer songs and other songs in any of the American traditions! 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 on your computer before June 22, go to https://zoom.us/download to download and install Version 5.7.0 of Zoom Client for Meetings before you want to join any Zoom session. For a smartphone or tablet, update the Zoom app from your App Store (iOS update may be delayed a few days) or equivalent source.
Join us on July 21 via Zoom. Especially if you're just getting started with Zoom, please try to join the Zoom session 5 or 10 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.
August is National Immunization Awareness Month, so bring or request your favorite pandemic parodies, summer songs, or any other songs! 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.
Join us on August 18 via Zoom. Especially if you're just getting started with Zoom, please try to join the Zoom session 5 or 10 minutes before 1 p.m. so that we can help with any technical issues before the session begins.
The FSGW Getaway will be online again this year via Zoom from Friday, October 8 through Monday, October 11.
Enjoy four days of singing circles, concerts, instructional workshops, and presentations.
Admission to the Getaway will be free again this year! A donation of $25 (or any amount) is suggested, but not required. Donations will support the FSGW Getaway scholarship fund and FSGW's programming. Donate to Getaway
Registration, which will be available by early summer, will allow you to attend all the sessions and to receive the final schedule with Zoom links and other information. Zoom has evolved a lot since we did this last year, and our tech skills have gotten better!
Details are on the Getaway page.