San Francisco Free Folk Festival

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Caliban Dunsmuir Scottish Country Dancers
Harmony Grits Marisa Melvino
Michael McNevin McBride Irish Step Dancers
Faith Petric Lisa Redfern and Mary Kelly
Lorin Rowan Shut-Ins
Steve Seskin Strung Over
Stump Tail Dog Sylvia Herold, Sue Draheim, and Elisa Welch
Tipsy House World Harmony Chorus
Dunsmuir Scottish Country Dancers


The Dunsmuir Scottish Country Dancers are one of the demonstration dance teams of the San Francisco chapter of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. Frequent participants in the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, the group will both perform on the main stage and lead a workshop. They are delightful to watch and dance with, communicating the combination of elegance and power unique to Scottish Country Dance.

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One of the great folk singers of the Bay Area with a limitless memory for song, Faith Petric has made an enormous contribution to the preservation of folk music, lending her own home as the office for the San Francisco Folk Music Club. As Utah Philips says, "Faith doesn't make up songs, she harvests them ... these outrageous and wonderful songs, culled from a bevy of extraordinary minds, represent those wild, satirical, quirky, offbeat, and endearing traits that characterize the lady herself."

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Faith Petric


The Harmony Grits is a longstanding bluegrass band from Santa Cruz. The group has forged a sound based on classic cobwebby bluegrass and early rural radio sounds blended with flights of fancy, original songs, and tunes from the recent era. You will also find their kid's shows frequently featured at the finest festivals.

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Michael McNevin's songs read like short stories; sometimes familiar, sometimes strange, but always vivid, with a pure eye for Americana. A tireless traveler and troubadour, McNevin plays the stages of clubs and festivals across the U.S., penning numerous and poignant tales of the people and towns he comes across. His live shows are full of stories from the road, highlighting a melodic, seasoned voice, intricate guitar work, and a down-to-earth sense of humor. Michael has won a succession of songwriting awards, including the Kerrville, Napa Valley, and Columbia River New-Folk Competitions.

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Michael McNevin


What can I tell you of the Shut-Ins? An acoustic combo with guitar, ukulele and other instruments. Most important, they feature close harmonies in the style of early 20th century acts such as the Blue Sky Boys and Louvin Brothers.

The Shut-Ins have a special place in their hearts for upbeat songs of pain, longing and, occasionally, happiness. Add to this an affinity for the bizarre and a smattering of Hawaiian music, and you get a unique combination of musical influences that simultaneously reveres and deconstructs traditional, folk, and country music.

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Steve Seskin, one of America's most versatile and successful songwriters, performed some of his favorites at the 1999 Annual San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Seskin has written songs that have been performed by artists ranging from Peter Frampton to country star John Michael Montgomery. He also is a popular performer at acoustic venues and festivals throughout the US and Canada.

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World Harmony Singers


The World Harmony Chorus performs choral music from African, South American, European, and American Gospel traditions, and is an outgrowth of a new choral program at the Mountain View-based Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA). Daniel Steinberg, the founder and director, has been a teaching and performing musician with many Bay Area folk ensembles, including the Hillbillies from Mars, for over twenty years. With the establishment of this chorus, he brings to fruition his vision of community building through music. Members come from the southern and central Peninsula, and as far away as San Francisco and the East Bay. The choir is open to everyone, with no prior singing experience required; for information on joining in September, e-mail or call CSMA at (650) 961-0342.

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Lisa Redfern & Mary Kelly

Lisa is a singer-songwriter whose clear, beautiful voice is often compared to Judy Collins and Carly Simon. Mary show-cases her rich voice, warm piano and haunting accordion lines. Together they produce wonderful harmonies as they share their music.

Lisa and Mary both have websites:

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Marisa Malvino

Marisa Malvino is a Bay Area songstress whose music is firmly grounded in the folk tradition. Whether singing pop music or originals, traditional tunes or songs from the Tin pan Alley Era, she delivers them all with deep, soulful conviction. She will be joined by Nicole McRory on vocals and guitar and Calvin Murasaki on fiddle.

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Sylvia Herold, Sue Draheim & Elisa Welch

Sylvia Herold, Sue Draheim, & Elisa Welch had seen and heard one another in various ensembles for years, and finally started getting together over dinners to rehearse as a trio. Now they're ready to share their lovely three-part harmonies and guitar, fiddle, and piano accompaniments with the world. Welcome to the Dinner Club!

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