Community Notes

From The Folknik Jan/Feb 2002

Jim Burrill, Camille Fischer and Ben Burrill welcomed Charlotte Rose Fischer on November 9 at 6 lbs, 8 oz and 19" long!

Tom Siporin, who surmounted the challenges of polio and bone cancer to become a successful athlete, civil rights lawyer, poet, painter and play-writer, died on November 15, 2001. Tom was a devoted supporter of the Berkeley Free Folk Festival and contributed his artwork to the Festival both on tee shirts and in art exhibits at Fellowship Hall. He also created a mural in praise of the festival and proudly marched with it in Berkeley parades. I'm sure many of the folkies in the SFFMC are still wearing Tom's tee shirts. There are some tee shirts still available and it will be decided later how to distribute them. Thanks Tom for your love and special contributions to art in Berkeley.

-Jessica Bryan

Faith is back from 3 weeks in Ireland and England where she visited family and performed at the "Raise Your Banners" Festival in Sheffield. Some others at RYB were Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Dick Gaughan, Rebel Voices (Susan Lewis & Janet Stecher of Seattle) and Leon Rosselson..

Hawks and Eagles, Jimmy and Nancy Borsdorf, have a new address at PO Box 2111, Oroville, CA 95965 and will be releasing their much-delayed Gold Rush CD soon. Email: or phone 530-679-0726. Web site


Reservations have been made for the 2002 campouts: Registration forms for Bort Meadows will be in the March/April folknik, and for Boulder Creek in following folkniks.

Fold-in/Folk SingFebruary 24

The fold-in will be at noon, Sunday February 24, at the home of Abe and Joan Feinberg.

The more, the merrier—to help with the folknik, enjoy a meal afterwards, and to make music. Bring a potluck dish and instruments.

Lost Weekend Releases Album

Western swing band Lost Weekend announces its new album Harbor Lights and Cowboy Blues with a Bay Area tour in February, 2002.

Lost Weekend's all star lineup includes: Bobby Black, Jim Rothermel, Melissa Collard, Bob Schulz, Bing Nathan, Curt Linberg, Bing Nathan, Trey Sabatelli, Shota Osabe, Mark Holzinger, and arguably two of America’s finest fiddlers, Paul Anastasio and Kevin Wimmer!

SFFMC’s own Don Burnham, Lost Weekend’s bandleader, invites one and all to the upcoming shows:

For more info, email Don at: and watch for Lost Weekend’s website (under construction): More dates will be added.

Now Available: New Releases

Godon Bok, whose latest CD is reviewed on page 4, has a new songbook, "One to Sing, One to Haul", a 120 page collection of some of the best songs he's written, collaborated on or sung. It's described as a "lovely piece of art with photos of Gordon's wood carvings, poem, sketches and other treats." $25 plus $4 for shipping from Timberhead Music POBOX 840, Camden ME 04843, (206) 236-2707,,

Sing Out also has the tapes and CDs of tunes for all songs in Rise Up Singing which we announced on page 2 in the last Folknik. Prices the same: $12 for single CDs and $200 for the entire set of 20 discs. Write PO Box 5460, Bethlehem, PA 18015-0460, phone 610 865 5366, fax 610 865 5129, email:, web

Stephen Foster fans should check out Joe Weed's newest production: Swanee, the music of Stephen Foster, released in 2001. Lots of rave reviews: KPFA's Ray Edkund called it "the rarest of gems." Get it through Highland Records, PO Box 554, Los Gatos, CA 95031-0554 or 1 800 354 5580.

St. Martin, whose mass is near the winter solstice, is the patron saint of wine vintners who, while riding his white horse across field and meadow, released the first snow of the season from the folds of his cloak. In Europe, St. Martin's Day was one of feasting and also when the first of the new wine was drunk. Way to go, St. M!

Southern Appalachian Clogging Classes with Evie Ladin

Winter Session: Sundays, Feb 17 - March 10 (four weeks)

11-12 Beginning (warm-up)
12-1 Advanced Beginning (choreography and freestyling)

at Ashkenaz in Berkeley, 1317 San Pablo, @ Gilman info: (510)526-4941 /

The folknik...Second Annual Open House: From Mimeograph to Online Watch for a special meeting and a display of folkniks past at Camp Harmony. Everyone who has worked on the folknik production and fold-ins is especially invited to come and be recognized. And everyone who is interested in the folknik is invited to come and meet the editors of your favorite pages and enjoy a small snack. The Open House is scheduled for Sunday, December 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Sommer Lodge.

Golden Bough Awards

Golden Bough has received several awards over the years. A few of these have been posted on their website. The most recent was received from our European record label ARC Music, for being one of their top-selling artists! They attended the label's 25th Anniversary banquet a few weeks ago where they were presented the award. Photos of the awards as well as other photos can be viewed at -

Folk Music Clubs Near and Far

The editor keeps a file of newsletters sent by various folk organizations. If you're interested in an out of town folk music club, e-mail, and see of there is anything about the club you are interested in. Here are a sampling of other clubs in our file:

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