The Festival Season Begins - you are invited!

After a season of heartfelt and uplifting Monday nights singing together, the Free Range Folk Choir is heading to NW Folklife this weekend!  We hope you will come join us at the Cornish Courtyard Stage, 1pm this Monday, May 27th for some "Worldwide Acapella With Soul". 

Can't make it to the concert?  No problem, we sing every Monday night at 7pm here on Vashon, and you are invited to come join the choir!  We meet at Vashon High School (see map), and everyone is welcome to join, no auditions are necessary.  Our Summer Season starts on June 3rd, with sign-up starting at 6:45pm (click here for all the dates). 

We'll be singing soulful music from around the world to help remind us how miraculous it is to be alive, and what a joy to be able to sing.  We will sing Mondays through July, and perform at the Vashon Strawberry Festival and the Farmer's Market Benefit concerts on the village green.

It is important in these times to practice joy and cultivate community, so that we will continue beautifully and have the strength and courage to be our best selves.

If singing brings you joy like it does for us, we hope you will join us Monday nights!  Until then, we shall remain,

Yours in song,

the Free Range Folk Singers

Free Range Folk Choir @ NW Folklife

Come sing! Spring Season begins and NW Folklife news

Hello folks,

FRFC at NW Folklife
Spring officially begins this week, bring on the flowers! The Free Range Folk Choir is starting spring season too, on Monday March 18th (tomorrow), 6:45pm at the VHS music room. We'll take a break next week, then continue singing through May each Monday at 7pm.  See the rehearsal schedule for all the dates.

Everyone is welcome, bring your friends and family. Want to just try it out? Come visit for a rehearsal, we would love to see you.

Great News: the Folk Choir has been selected to sing at NW Folklife this year!  We will sing at the Cornish Courtyard Stage, 1pm on Monday May 27th.  Every time we have sung at Folklife in the the past has been such a blast. We hope you will join us!  Spring season will culminate in our Folklife performance.

This season we are singing some of our favorite choral music from around the world: Ladysmith Black Mambazo's "Fall Rain", the tight harmony of Slavic mountain songs, folk choral music from South Africa, a beautiful piece from Japan, a Buddhist morning song from Thich Nhat Hanh... and many more.

The Free Range Folk Choir has been bringing community together in close harmony since 2008.  We hope you will join us this spring!

Warm regards,

Come Sing! 6:45pm Jan 7, VHS band room

Dear friends,

Happy New Year! You are cordially invited to come sing next week with the Free Range Folk Choir. Everyone is welcome, no auditions necessary. Sign-in will begin at 6:45pm Monday, Jan. 7 at the VHS band room.

We'll sing African, Slavic, English and Japanese music among others, some of my favorite pieces we have sung over the years, both beautiful and challenging compositions.  We'll be singing Mondays for the rest of the winter - see the whole schedule here.

Why is this important to me in these times?  Wendell Berry says it beautifully in his poem:
"...Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion – put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts."
                                 (From Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front)

Come sing!


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