Folk Music & The Power of Community

Immerse yourself in the sounds and historical impact of the Pacific Northwest’s influence on folk music at the historic Hotel Sorrento. Renowned KEXP DJ Greg Vandy will be speaking about the significance of Washington State in famed folk musician Woody Guthrie’s music. In collaboration, musicians Joe Seamons and Ben Hunter will be entertaining guests with […]
Oct 3, 2019

For the Love of Ireland: Songs from the Emerald Isle and Its Celtic Neighbors

Presented by the Northwest Firelight Chorale! After performing in Ireland while on tour last summer, we fell in love with her lush landscape, welcoming people, and of course, her evocative music. Now, we are thrilled to share that music with you. You’ll hear stunning arrangements of “Danny Boy” and “Wild Mountain Thyme.” You’ll tap your […]
May 1, 2019

Denmark’s The Dreamers’ Circus Folk Band (at Emerald City Music)

One fateful night in 2009, Ale and Rune were standing in the corner of a pub in Copenhagen jamming some folk tunes. Nikolaj just came in, sat at the piano, and began to play along. A decade later, Dreamers’ Circus has toured the world performing at the Sydney Opera House, with the Polish Orchestra Sinfonia, […]
Jun 29, 2018

Laarry Hanks, Deborah Robbins, Steve Strauss in Concert March 31

SFS is delighted to present American Songsters: Larry Hanks & Deborah Robins in a special Sunday concert, with guest Steven Strauss. Larry Hanks, is known as a “folksingers’ folksinger”, who has been delighting audiences for over 50 years with his deep bass voice, sparse acoustic guitar accompaniments, and acclaimed Jew’s Harp playing.  Hanks is probably […]
Feb 17, 2019
Dina Trageser, second from right, leads Dunava, a Bulgarian folk singing ensemble. (Photo by Steve Borzilleri)

Seattle’s Balkan folk rockstars celebrate ten years

An unlikely ensemble of Northwest women is celebrating ten years as one of the world's most popular Balkan folk choruses.
Nov 10, 2015
Anacortes-based group, Vela Luka Croatian Dance Ensemble, are a regular act at Folklife. Here, they perform at the annual Spring Festa in Skagit County, another one of their regular annual gigs. (Photo from

Folklife Festival: A Memorial Day weekend from around the world

This weekend Seattle Center will transform into a microcosm of the Northwest’s prolific community of world music and arts. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the rich cultural diversity of the Pacific Northwest all in one place, this is where you will find it.
May 23, 2014

Stockholm sisters’ tribute to Fleet Foxes arrives in Seattle

We’ve all heard a sweet, drooling mouthful from American critics about the unique harmonies of Seattle band Fleet Foxes. But their modern take on traditional folk music has made them particularly popular in Northern Europe, especially so with Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg. In the summer of 2008 the teen sisters, who form the band […]
Mar 13, 2012