Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music http://ffotm.org To share, promote, preserve and present Bluegrass and other forms of traditional American Folk Music and Dance for the enrichment and enjoyment of our community. Sun, 09 Jul 2017 21:30:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.5 Flagstaff Folk Festival 2017 http://ffotm.org/flagstaff-folk-festival-2017/ Fri, 19 May 2017 21:59:50 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2991 June 24-25, 2017 10 am – 6 pm Saturday & Sunday $5/person or $15/family per day Coconino Center for the Arts & AHS Pioneer Historical Museum 2300 N Fort Valley Rd. Flagstaff, AZ  86001 The 15th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival…

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June 24-25, 2017
10 am – 6 pm Saturday & Sunday
$5/person or $15/family per day

Coconino Center for the Arts & AHS Pioneer Historical Museum
2300 N Fort Valley Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ  86001

The 15th Annual Flagstaff Folk Festival is June 24-25 at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Pioneer Museum. Musician signups are open now! We are also looking for volunteers. Visit flagfolkfest.org for details.

The Flagstaff Folk Festival proudly showcases the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond featuring over 150 acts on five stages, including workshops, jams, and more. Admission is always affordable and this is a very family friendly experience. The festival is produced by The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with Flagstaff Arts Council and the Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

The festival is held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 6 PM. Performances are on both indoor and outdoor covered stages and workshop and jamming areas are accessible to all attending.

Bring an instrument or two along and join in. We have several food vendors and there is plenty of space to stretch out with family and friends. Festival admission includes access to both the Coconino Center for the Arts exhibits and The Arizona Historical Society Pioneer Museum.

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FFOTM Spring Campout May 13 http://ffotm.org/ffotm-spring-campout/ Sat, 08 Apr 2017 02:19:04 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2966 Mark your calendars for the campout May 13–14, 2017. CHILI COOK OFF CONTEST: We will have a chili cook off on Saturday night starting around 6:00 pm. Prizes include a Pickin’ in the Pines 3-day pass and gift certificates. Bring your…

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Mark your calendars for the campout May 13–14, 2017.

CHILI COOK OFF CONTEST: We will have a chili cook off on Saturday night starting around 6:00 pm. Prizes include a Pickin’ in the Pines 3-day pass and gift certificates. Bring your best culinary creations!

Potluck on Saturday night. FFOTM will supply the meat for grilling and a veggie option. Please bring a side dish to share (or your favorite homemade chili!) your friends and family, your instruments for pickin’, warm clothes and friendly pets. FFOTM will supply Sunday morning breakfast (donations gladly accepted).

Directions: From Flagstaff, take I-17 south to the Willard Springs exit (Exit 236), about 17 miles south of Flagstaff. From the exit, turn right onto the paved road that leads to the trash compactor station. Follow the Forest Service road (NF 253) to the north around the backside of the compactor station. We will be camped on the right side (east) of the road within the next half mile or so – watch for signs along the road directing you to the site.

We need volunteers! If  you want to help with set up, breakdown or kitchen help on Saturday eve or Sunday morning, contact Mark Alexander: mtalexander@yahoo.com, 928-699-5456

Visit the event page below to see a map of the location.

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Just Desserts Visits England http://ffotm.org/just-desserts-visits-england/ Tue, 04 Apr 2017 02:23:29 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2969 Flagstaff’s own Just Desserts presents a series of performances in Southwest England centered on the Yarlington Fringe Festival. The performances will include the world premier of the new Yarlington Waltz, composed for the festival by Janice Griscom. Band members include Janice Griscom (keyboard and…

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Flagstaff’s own Just Desserts presents a series of performances in Southwest England centered on the Yarlington Fringe Festival. The performances will include the world premier of the new Yarlington Waltz, composed for the festival by Janice Griscom.

Band members include Janice Griscom (keyboard and flute), Karen Appleby (flute), Alison Adams (fiddle), Susan Billingsly (concertina), Pat Dunham (fiddle), Paul Seyler (banjo), and Mike Dunham (Hammered dulcimer and fiddle). The gigs include a stage performance, two informal pub-style performances, and a workshop.  The centerpiece is a Barn Dance, where Mike Dunham is calling the dance.

Just Desserts Tour dates:

Camelot Acoustic Night
Wed. 26 April   19:30
The Davis Hall,  Howell Hill,  West Camel,  Yeovil BA22 7QX

Chapel Cross Tearoom
Thurs. 27 April   Informal Jam   afternoon    time to be announced
‪Chapel Cross, South Cadbury BA22 7ET
‪44 1963 440501‬

Yarlington Fringe Festival
Fri.  28 April   Barn Dance   about 19:30
Sat.  29 April  Workshop, time to be announced
Yarlington, Nr Wincanton, Somerset BA9 8DG
44 01963 440660

Cross Keys Inn Pub
Sun 30 Apr   Informal Jam  14:00
Lydford – on – Fosse,  Somerton,  Somerset  TA11 7HA
44 01963 240473

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Pickin’ in the Pines 2017 Lineup Announcement http://ffotm.org/pickin-pines-2017-lineup-announcement/ Mon, 06 Mar 2017 17:19:49 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2938 Announcing the 12th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines lineup! Early bird tickets on sale March 15, 2017, visit pickininthepines.org. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage The Drew Emmitt Band Mountain Heart Balsam Range Town Mountain Foghorn Stringband The Colton House Trio featuring Chris Brashear, Peter…

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Announcing the 12th Annual Pickin’ in the Pines lineup! Early bird tickets on sale March 15, 2017, visit pickininthepines.org.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
The Drew Emmitt Band
Mountain Heart
Balsam Range
Town Mountain
Foghorn Stringband
The Colton House Trio
featuring Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin & Todd Phillips
Rapidgrass
The Lil Smokies
Burnett Family Bluegrass
The Ping Brothers
Sugar & the Mint
& more!

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Young Jammers Scholarship Program http://ffotm.org/young-jammers-scholarship-program/ Thu, 09 Feb 2017 04:14:35 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2904 In 2017, Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music is pleased to offer scholarships to aspiring and deserving young musicians with an interest in “jamming” or improvising. Ten, $300.00 scholarships will be awarded to students studying guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass or…

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In 2017, Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music is pleased to offer scholarships to aspiring and deserving young musicians with an interest in “jamming” or improvising. Ten, $300.00 scholarships will be awarded to students studying guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, bass or violin. Students will be accepted into the program based on the following criteria:

• Students ranging in age from 8-18 may apply to the program by completing the application form with parental consent and an additional recommendation from either a member of Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music, a school music teacher or a community musician who agrees that the student will take the program seriously. The recipient agrees that they will whole heartedly participate in the program and learn the fundamentals of music;

• Once selected into the program, participants may choose from teachers at either Arizona Music Pro or the Flagstaff School of Music. The scholarship funds will be deposited into an account in the student’s name and will be managed by the school of choice. Day, time and length of lessons will be decided between the student and music teacher. There is a 3 month limit to complete the lessons provided by the scholarship. Students will keep a log or diary of their involvement, including the date and length of lessons and what is being studied at each lesson;

• At the conclusion of the program, students will submit a one-page summary about their involvement in the program.

• Applications are due by March 14, 2017. (We have extended the deadline) Students will be notified of acceptance into the program by March 20, 2017. Some loaner instruments are available free of charge. Please contact admin@ffotm.org, if you are interested in a loaner, or if you have any questions about the program.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

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Jeff Scroggins & Colorado house concert at the Pole House http://ffotm.org/jeff-scroggins-colorado-house-concert-pole-house/ Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:07:05 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2884 FRIDAY, JAN. 27 Doors: 7 Pm/show: 8 pm Limited seating & Parking *BYOB toddy fixins’ & a Finger-food Nosh to share BYO camp chair • $10-20 donation (*we will supply the lemons & honey, bring a simple savory or sweet…

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FRIDAY, JAN. 27 Doors: 7 Pm/show: 8 pm
Limited seating & Parking
*BYOB toddy fixins’ & a Finger-food Nosh to share
BYO camp chair • $10-20 donation
(*we will supply the lemons & honey, bring a simple savory or sweet snack only if you have time, and A chair if you can, because we only have about 20 seats)
Brad Dimock’s Pole House is located at the top of Grand Canyon Street (1000 Grand Canyon). Please park on the street at least a block down from the entrance and walk up—lots of snow, DON’T BLOCK IN THE NEIGHBORS OR THE ENTRANCE TO THE POLE HOUSE PLEASE.
Seating is limited so to reserve your seat please email:  julie@shinecreativeindustries.com
or call Julie  928.266.6082.
Hosted by Brad Dimock,  Julie Sullivan & Roger Brace. Sliding Scale Love Donation  $10-$20+
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.

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FFOTM Board Elections 2017 http://ffotm.org/ffotm-board-elections-2017/ Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:39:46 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2859 There are 5 nominees and 5 spots open for the FFOTM Board Elections in 2017. Only current FFOTM Members may vote, one vote per member. Votes must be received by Feb. 1, 2017. There are 2 ways to vote: • Email…

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There are 5 nominees and 5 spots open for the FFOTM Board Elections in 2017. Only current FFOTM Members may vote, one vote per member. Votes must be received by Feb. 1, 2017.

There are 2 ways to vote:
• Email your vote to admin@ffotm.org
• Mail in your vote to FFOTM, PO Box 23366, Flagstaff, AZ 86002

Candidate Bios

Deb Comly has called Flagstaff home since 1980. She initially came west from Vermont to work as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service, and in her years in Flagstaff has continued to work in various capacities as an educator. A avid fan of folk music for as long as she can recall, Deb became passionate about traditional dance in the mid-90’s. Since that time, she has been involved in the contra dance scene as a dancer, caller, organizer and occasional musician, both locally and nationally. Deb has been a supporter of and an active volunteer for FFOTM since that time. Now retired from her job as a public school teacher, Deb looks forward to giving time and energy to FFOTM, helping to support and foster the traditional music and dance scene in Northern Arizona!

Tim George is a “music of all kinds seeker”. Born and raised in West Virginia, and new to the Flagstaff area, he has been a loving fan of all styles of music his entire life. He has spent many years chasing around live music and working/ volunteering at many shows and festivals big and small. In his short couple of years in the copper state, he was an attendee of the 10th and 11th annual Pickin in the Pines Bluegrass festival and looks forward to many more to come.

A native of Tucson, Janice Griscom, formerly mezzo-soprano Janice Felty, premiered and recorded various chamber works and operas by John Adams, Philip Glass, John Harbison and others, specializing in contemporary music for over 30 years. After a brief career in orthopedic nursing and diabetes education, she recently relocated from the Santa Fe area to Flagstaff to join family. She is enjoying slowing improving her flute-playing with the patient, good folks in Just Desserts.

Bert Harclerode has lived in Flagstaff for 22 years with his wife Rita Borden, and is Flagstaff Symphony principal tubist (1998-present). His administrative work includes: 23 years with Chamber Music Sedona; Flagstaff Arts & Science Commission panelist (1999-2003), and Arizona Commission on the Arts panelist. He served on the national board of Chamber Music America (2006-2012) and since 2013 with the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music.

David Wayne – I remember going to the first FFOTM meeting some 25 years ago; Tony Norris was the primary organizer. Since that time, I have been a member of FFOTM and have been involved in many successful FFOTM projects and events from helping to build the Fourth of July float and representing FFOTM in the parade to cooking breakfasts and barbeque dinners at the FFOTM campouts. I was the first to host ukulele workshops at the Flagstaff Folk Festival and continue to host workshops at Pickin’ in the Pines each year. As Pickin’ in the Pines began to grow, I successfully mapped out and expanded the RV site footprint thereby increasing needed revenue to the festival and meeting attendee needs. To better accommodate our campers, I assisted with reservations and managed the RV campground during the festival. For many years, I also coordinated and managed the FFOTM fundraiser pancake breakfast at Pickin’ in the Pines.
I ask for your vote so that as a board member I can bring my historical perspective to FFOTM. My desire is to inspire members to volunteer so that FFOTM can maintain the success of our programs and continue to provide quality acoustic music to the community. I am most interested in our festivals, campouts and workshop mentoring and, if elected, look forward to being involved in the decision making process essential to the success of FFOTM.

Please vote for 5 seats. You can vote by mail or email.
Votes must be received by Feb. 1, 2017.
Email your vote to: admin@ffotm.org
Mail to:

FFOTM
PO Box 23366
Flagstaff, AZ 86002

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Discounted tickets for FFOTM members to David Bromberg Quintet http://ffotm.org/discounted-tickets-ffotm-members-david-bromberg-quintet/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 18:33:42 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2825 The Orpheum Theater & FFOTM presents David Bromberg Quintet Sunday, January 22 The Oprheum Theater 15 W Aspen Ave Flagstaff, AZ  86001 *$29 FFOTM Members discount FFOTM discounts are available through 1/21/17 Contact Sheila Guida to purchase: 928.853.0809 or email guidawood@msn.com $31 General Admission $35 Day…

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david-brombergThe Orpheum Theater & FFOTM presents
David Bromberg Quintet

Sunday, January 22
The Oprheum Theater
15 W Aspen Ave
Flagstaff, AZ  86001

*$29 FFOTM Members discount
FFOTM discounts are available through 1/21/17
Contact Sheila Guida to purchase: 928.853.0809 or email guidawood@msn.com
$31 General Admission
$35 Day of Show
Doors 6:00, Show 7:00

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five and a half decades, and includes – but is not limited to – adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. In producing John Hartford’s hugely influential Aereo-Plain LP, Bromberg even co-invented a genre: Newgrass.

*A Limited number of discounted tickets are available for FFOTM members
Contact Sheila Guida to purchase: 928.853.0809 or email guidawood@msn.com

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Colton house Residency Project News http://ffotm.org/colton-house-residency-project-news/ Tue, 08 Nov 2016 01:37:39 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2781 Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music grants Colton House Residency Project $2200. By Chris Brashear In 2014, we received a song writing residency from the Museum of Northern Arizona. Our goal was to create new songs that capture a little bit of…

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cpt-imageFlagstaff Friends of Traditional Music grants Colton House Residency Project $2200.

By Chris Brashear
In 2014, we received a song writing residency from the Museum of Northern Arizona. Our goal was to create new songs that capture a little bit of the history and incomparable beauty of the Colorado Plateau and associated regions of the arid Southwest.  We read books and articles, drew from personal experiences and family histories, and cultivated ideas from museum archival photos and paintings. The Colton House provided comfort and inspirational space. Three songs pay special tribute to a dear friend: pioneering musician, river rat and conservationist, Katie Lee.  This collection includes personal tragedy, love lost and found and some good-natured fun. Mostly, we hope these songs are sung, played and shared on your river trips, hikes and other wanderings in the Grand Canyon or other special places in the American Southwest.

The Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music deserve special thanks for their financial commitment to this project and to the arts in northern Arizona. This musical program was first presented at the Pickin’ In The Pines Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2014. Thanks also to the High Mountain Hay Fever Festival, Ron Thomason and Mike and Betty Headrick. To all the individual contributors to our Indiegogo fundraiser, we thank you for your support and encouragement.

We want to thank all the staff at the Museum of Northern Arizona for their generosity and support for this project. Special thanks go to Carrie Heinonen, Robert Breunig, Karen Enyedy, Shannon Benjamin, Cristen Crujido, Anne Franke and Rachel Eubanks-Rhoades. Our love and thanks to Betsy Krause, Hollis and Luca Brashear; Sandra Phillips; Lee, Tom and Annie McLaughlin; Pete Eckerstrom, Ann-Eve Pederson, Susan Holden and Andrea Barraclough.  Thanks to Al Perkins, Charlie Cushman and Charlie McCoy for their instrumental contributions; to Fred Carpenter for lending the viola; and to Bill Cashman at the Cavern Recording Studio in Tucson, Arizona for video and recording assistance on Katie’s Tune.  Julie Sullivan was our Athena, providing energy, strength, wisdom and resolve. Her vision and guidance are the reason this project came to fruition. Recorded February 21-27, 2016, at the Colton House at the Museum of Northern Arizona, Flagstaff, Arizona Engineered, mixed and mastered by Todd Phillips. Additional recording at The Nashville House, engineered by Todd Phillips. Graphic design by Julie Sullivan. Photos by Diandra Markgraf. Advanced CD purchase:  www.chrisbrashear.info

cd-cvr-for-laraDONATIONS STILL NEEDED:

The final recording was made in the Spring of 2016 at the Colton House, and is currently being mastered in Nashville, TN by grammy award winning producer, Todd Phillips. Beacause of a generous grant of $2200 from Flagstaff Friends of Traditional music the CD completion is a reality and will be released in time for the holidays! Please help us continue to support this project. The creators of this project have put in considerable effort and money out of their own pockets to make this real. We are still seeking donations to pay for promotional materials, and to recoup travel costs. FFOTM is the fiscal agency and you may mail your donations to FFOTM, PO Box 23366, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 and put Colton House Residency in the memo. Your donation is tax deductible, make checks out to FFOTM.

About the Musicians:

For more than three decades, Chris Brashear has been a highly sought-after performer and versatile sideman, singing and playing fiddle, mandolin, guitar, banjo and bass. Since his co-founding in 1988 of the bluegrass band, Kentucky Rose, Chris has earned a reputation as a creative and visceral songwriter. A founding member of a super-group of bluegrass musicians in Perfect Strangers (featuring Jody Stecher, Peter McLaughlin, and former Bluegrass Boys Bob Black and Forrest Rose), he was also the fiddle and mandolin player for seven years with Robin and Linda Williams and Their Fine Group. He has performed for over twenty years with long-time collaborator and champion guitarist Peter McLaughlin. Chris’s most recent album, Heart Of The Country, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Jim Rooney. Chris also tours with the Piedmont Melody Makers, a group that includes Alice Gerrard, Jim Watson and Cliff Hale. The culmination of a creative writing project through the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music (FFOTM) is the recording The Colton House Sessions: Songs for the Southwest, the upcoming 2017 release from Chris Brashear, Peter McLaughlin and Todd Phillips.

• Peter McLaughlin is an acclaimed guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, recording artist and music instructor residing in Tucson, Arizona.  He lived in Flagstaff for ten years during the 1970’s and 80’s and his passion for canyon country and the Colorado Plateau region shows clearly in his songwriting.  Peter plays many styles, but specializes in acoustic flatpicking and fingerpicking guitar techniques.  He was born in Washington D.C. and his family’s roots are in Scotland and England by way of Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina.  From and early age, his parents, Bill and Nancy McLaughlin, brought music into the lives of Peter and his brother David.  In 1988 Peter won the National Flatpicking Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas.

• Todd Phillips is the bassist of choice for many of the most innovative, as well as traditional,acoustic instrumental and bluegrass recordings made since the mid-1970s. A two-time Grammy Award winner and founding member of the original David Grisman Quintet, Phillips has made a career of consistently performing and recording with acoustic music’s finest and most creative artists. His tone, timing, and subtly intricate bass lines make him one of the few real stylists on acoustic bass, and he is among the very best practitioners of the instrument on the scene.

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Peter Rowan in Concert – Discounted tickets for FFOTM Members http://ffotm.org/peter-rowan-concert-discounted-tickets-ffotm-members/ Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:21:01 +0000 http://ffotm.org/?p=2755 The Orpheum Theater & Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents Peter Rowan in Concert Wednesday, October 19, 2016 $19 FFOTM Members – Email admin@ffotm.org to receive the discount code. There are a limited number of discounted tickets available. Become a…

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peter-rowan-solo-live-1The Orpheum Theater &
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents
Peter Rowan in Concert
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

$19 FFOTM Members – Email admin@ffotm.org to receive the discount code. There are a limited number of discounted tickets available. Become a member at ffotm.org/membership.
$22 General Admission, $26 Day of Show

Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee, Peter Rowan is a bluegrass singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, Peter’s stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and his subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

More details at orpheumflagstaff.com.

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