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Bob and Joline has been part of the summer concert series for many years and appreciate all the work Paul Williamson does to make it happen. The Saint Augustine plaza is a great place to hear music in the Saint augustine community. Bob and Joline be there thursday, July 1st! Dick Kraft is coming in from Tallahassee and Chip will also be performing.




The Sunday AFTER Christmas, Central Florida Folk will be presenting the Holiday concerte, featuring Bob Rafkin, Doug Spears, and Jackson Creek.  All 3 of these acts are "tried and true", having performed for audiences all over.  Bob Rafkin has performed his unique and delightful songs all over the U.S. and abroad.  Doug Spears brings a nostalgic look at Florida's rich and varied history, with the songs he has written.  Jackson Creek covers the gamut, from some of Joe's original western-style songs to old-time contra dance tunes, as well as some Civil War songs.  Listening to this rich and varied music is the perfect way to wind down on a Sunday afternoon after Christmas.
All this, for a mere $12 donation.  The concert starts at 2:30 PM.  You don't want to be late.

Crystal Beach Community Center Friday, Dec. 4th, 2009
Doors open at 7:30 show at 8:00 pm
Tickets are only $ 15.00 for this Excellent Show
Crystal Beach Community Center
517 Crystal Beach Ave. Crystal Beach, FL 34681

Gove Scrivenor, from Nashville has played with Dolly Parton, Neil Young, Hank Williams Jr., Doc Watson, John Prine, Emmylou Harris & Nanci Griffith to name a few & he toured with Jimmy Buffett.

Steve Stange, a singer, songwriter, has opened for the legendary Doc Watson & has played clubs & festivals & wrote a musical that was performed locally.

Advance Tickets are available from:
Sharon Naumann 727-515-3341
or from any Crystal Beach String Band member
Sponsored by: Crystal Beach String Band –
Mary Travers passed away on September 16, 2009 at 72 after
a long battle with leukemia.   She was two years old when her family moved from Kentucky to  Greenwich Village in New York City, later getting involved with the folk scene of the 50's and 60's. Mary later shared the middle  microphone with folk trio Peter, Paul and Mary

Mary Travers was one of my folk heroes. I was able to hear her
live when she sang with the Peter, Paul and Mary group in Miami.
I was at the impressionable age of 16 years old. I was just learning about  "folk music" and was learning Huddie Ledbetter songs from
vinyl LPs I was buying at K-Mart. I discovered Bob Dylan, PP&M,
Donovan, Leadbelly, Dave Von Ronk, and others.

I found my way to the Flick Coffeehouse in Miami where I sat on the
floor  and listened to Gamble Rogers,  Fred Neil, Vince Martin
and others.The Flick Coffeehouse that opened  around1963 and closed ten years later. The Flick was located near the University of Miami  between Coral Gables and Coconut Grove.

Link to Flick Coffeehouse Video

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I learned and sang their song with with groups of people wherever
they met to join in song. We would sing "Lemon Tree,
" "If I had a Hammer," "Rocky Road," "Go Tell it on the Mountain,"
"Puff the Magic Dragon" and "Leaving on a Jet Plane,"
and of course,  "Blowin' in the Wind". To this day, the melodies and lyrics are ingrained in my musical memories and are part of all of us who learned the joy of singing and sharing music. Mary Travers was
one of those angels that used her music to entertain and to try to change the world for the better.

  Indoor folk music concert at Leu Gardens,

this coming Sunday, August 30, 2009 at 2:30 PM
The headliner for this concert is one of the best Bluegrass Bands in the Central Florida area, New River Bluegrass.  They've entertained us at most all of the Folk Festivals in Florida, and now you can see them up close and personal.
Dennis, Bari & Jeff will open the show for us.  This trio has one of the most diverse repertoires that you'll find anywhere.  And, you never know what instrument each member will be playing at any given time.  No matter.  Whatever they're playing and singing, you're sure to enjoy it.



Florida Fiddler Crowned Champion of 38th Annual Jamboree
July 5, 2009  WJLE Radio Smithville, TN

The Grand Champion Fiddler of the 38th annual Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree and Crafts Festival is Gailanne Amundsen of Longwood, Florida.

Gail will be performing at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival on Oct 17th
with Jubal's Kin

She won the Berry C. Williams Memorial Award early Sunday morning after the Grand Finale Fiddle-Off between the best Junior and Senior Fiddler.

Dwayne Page

Devine and Laroche - Florida Folk
and Acoustic Music

in Dade CityJuly 17th

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Devine and LaRoche and Spaghetti Dinner

July 17th

Dinner 6 PM  $10

Dessert, Coffee and Music  7:30 - 9:00


Why a Nobel Peace Prize for Pete?

Pete Seeger is an ambassador for Peace and Social Justice and has been over the course of his 88-year lifetime. Using his prowess as a musician he worked to engage other people, from all walks of life and across generations, in causes to build a better and more civilized world: His work shows up wherever you look in the history of labor solidarity, growth of mass effort to end the Vietnam war, ban of nuclear weapons, work for international diplomacy, support of the Civil Rights Movement, for cleaning up the Hudson River and for environmental responsibility in general. Pete knit the world together with songs from China, the Soviet Union, Israel, Cuba, South Africa and Republican Spain. We learned that Crispus Attucks, born a slave, was the first man to die at the opening of the Revolutionary War, that the Farmer-Labor party in the mid-west had a socialist philosophy that lasted well into the 20th century, we learned that anti-slavery movements were often inspired by songs that indicated a map of escape, such as "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd," he popularized many of the IWW songs that helped in CIO organizing, and spread the Civil Rights Movement through promoting the SNCC Freedom Singers and making songs such as "We Shall Overcome," known all over the world.

 Excerpt from Eleanor Walden, 2007


Southwind Performing at Festival April 25th

Palm Harbor Citrus Festival
April 23 thru 26, 2009, Held in Palm Harbor’s Beautiful Downtown Area.
presented in partnership by
Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce
and Old Palm Harbor Main Street
with the participation of our community partners
PH Historical Society, PH Library, PH YMCA, PH Rotary, PH Kiwanis,
PH Parks & Recreation, PH Fire Rescue and Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Crystal Beach String Band

Thank you to our sponsors BrightHouse Networks, Great Bay Distributors, Metz Signs & Awards, Taylor Rental, Radio Station WQYK, Tampa Bay Woman, C & N Publications, Blu Sol Creative Marketing, Law Offices of Fran Haasch, Artistic Media, Solar Sanitation, Lisa Sibley Photography, Fairway Golf, and Costco. We thank WalMart for their generous Community Grant to benefit our festival. To our committee and the many volunteers who willing give their time and talents, please accept our sincere appreciation for your dedicated support. YOU make the difference! Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this historical inaugural event. Join us on April 23 thru 26 as we celebrate the heritage of our wonderful Palm Harbor Community.
THURSDAY, April 23 - 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM Carnival Only Opens
FRIDAY, April 24 - 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM Carnival Only
SATURDAY, April 25 - Festival and Carnival Hours 10:00 AM to 10 PM

1:00 PM - Bake Off
1:30 PM - Preliminary Miss Citrus Pageant-”Miss Citrus Festival Pageant Sponsored by Macy’s
1:30 PM to 9:30 PM - Entertainment
3:00 PM to 9:00 PM - Music provided by Scotty Lee and the Treble Hooks, Knapp’s Creek, Devine and DiNella, Southwind, Crystal Beach Sunset Pickers Circle, Joel and Dakota (One and a Half Men), Crystal Beach String Band, sponsored by Anytime Fitness, Palm Harbor
6:00 PM - Evening Gown Competition and Crowning of “Miss Palm Harbor Citrus Festival Queen” Celebrity Pageant MC and Queen Escort, Bay News 9’s Josh Linker, crowns our Queen with a special crown provided by Palm Harbor’s own, Les Olson Jewelers
Children’s Activities , Vignettes and Readings throughout the day

SUNDAY, April 26 - Festival Hours 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Carnival Hours 12 PM to 6 PM
3:00 PM to 5 PM - “Palm Harbor’s Dancing With the Stars” (See Palm Harbor Stars, Palm Harbor Chamber’s Chairman of the Board and Pinellas County School Board Chairman, Peggy O’Shea, Pinellas County Commissioner, Susan Latvala, and Palm Harbor Fire Rescue Chief, Jim Angle , with their professional Palm Harbor Arthur Murray Studio partners, compete in dances like the foxtrot, rumba and tango! Look for our own “Carrie Ann”, “Len” and “Bruno” Palm Harbor Judges.)
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM - Music by Paul Dowers Children’s Activities, Readings, Vignettes and Entertainment throughout the day

New CD project (PBS Soundtrack Press Release)  for the companion CD to the upcoming PBS Documentary, “Appalachia: A History of Mountains and People” will soon be released. The Companion CD Soundtrack is entitled, “Appalachia: Music From Home”.  Also attached is a song list of the CD (sources for the songs and music in the collection . . . ) as well as an image of the CD cover (CD cover design).  This press release is for immediate release.   More information on the PBS Documentary can be found at, and more information about the Companion CD can be found at

Wishing you a Happy & Prosperous New Year !


Woodview launches into 2009 with Clearwater
 Connection on January 9th.    



Doris Sotirellis, bass, and Bill Hansen, guitar, define their music as "Contemporary-Retro Americana."  The duo's wonderful harmonies are supported by tastefully arranged acoustic instrumentation.   We will have our crew poised with home baked goodies and fine hospitality to start 2009 out in style.   Doors will open at 6:30; open mic starts at 7.   


Woodview's season continues on February 6th with Miami's Matthew Sabatella and his program of American Ballads.   We hope to do include a good portion of "sing alongs".    March 6th  we welcome back the vocal trio "2PM" – at our regular time – Pete Price Pete Henning and Mike Jurgensen will please your ears with their fine musicianship.  In April on the 10th (the week after the Will McLean Festival) you will hear a special treat from the Ancient City Slickers and their old-time, jug band style music.  Featuring two banjos and a tuba, the Slickers bring a happy sound to Woodview.  We will have a special show for you on May  8thand close the season out on June 5th with cracker tenor, Ben Dehart.  Dehart blends the vocal power of a Pavarotti with down home Florida songs.  


OPEN MIKE 12 noon to 1 pm & 3 to 4 pm         Sunday Market Free and Open to Public 12 noon to 4 pm

Featured performers each Sunday, at 1 pm and 2 pm representing the best of Florida Music


March 15:
1 pm
John "Papos" Frassica

2 pm Ella Jett (11 year old singer/songwriter sensation!)

 Ella Jett
 John "Papos" Frassica

Papos is a singer songwriter who will bring a special Irish flavor to his set this Sunday.  He has been a farm favorite when he has played in years past.  Papos is originally from Boston but the weather and people for the last 20 years have kept him warm in Tampa. He writes: "I have realized that our time here is limited. I spend a small portion of each day playing music. This part of my day has become the most important. We live our lives so fast we cannot see what is coming. We find ourselves in a world we do not recognize and wonder how we got there. As each moment slips by we come closer to the last moment of our life. I want my last moment to bring me to a place where I have no regrets."   He will bring this warm spirit to sweetwater on Sunday.

Ella Jet Vessenmeyer  -- must be seen to be believed!!  She is a sassy go-getter with a smile that could melt the North Pole. She lives in St. Petersburg and turned 11 in December. The young singer/songwriter learned her first guitar chord, a D, in February 2008. She now writes and plays entire songs on the acoustic, while singing and expressing her words with natural ease.  The daughter of Experimental Pilot's Stephen Vessenmeyer and wife Jody, and the niece of Experimental Pilot's Robert Vessenmeyer, Ella Jet grew up around people playing music. She wanted to get in on the action and asked her older brother, Noah, 15, to coach her. These days she performs as part of Experimental Pilot shows and has done solo sets at the Whistlestop (Girls with Guitars night) and other venues. Here is a link to Ella Jet's video from her "Sonic Detour" show on WMNF a few months ago



March 22: D, D, & J (Denise Moore, Dennis Devine, John McEwen); Mark Carufel


March 29:  Ishmael Katz; Charley Groth




A mini-Florida Folk Festival

FEATURING:     Dale Crider; Mike Jurgensen; Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen; Leigh & Ken Skeens; Mark Smith; Jeanie Fitchen; Jenny James & Ron Gilbert.

WHEN:  Sun  Jan 18, 2009

EVENT TIME:    3 pm   (also a pre-event acoustic song circle on the
grounds - see below)

COST:   $15 adults.  $7 teens.  12 & under no charge.

INFO:  813-988-8188   or   click on concerts

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa (UU Dome)
11400 Morris Bridge Rd   Tampa, FL  33637


On Sunday Jan 18,  from 3pm to approx 7pm,  there will be a  mini-Florida Folk Music Festival/event  entitled  "APALACHICOLA DOIN' TIME"  taking
place inside the UU Dome.  (There will also be a pre-event acoustic song
circle outside on the grounds from 1:00 - 2:45; participants and listeners
welcome. )   Friends of Florida Folk, Inc,  and the UU Church of Tampa are
teaming up to present this event, the theme of which was inspired by the
Edward R. Morrow award winning Radio Documentary of the same name.  The documentary, which was produced by the University of Florida and WUFT FM, Gainesville,  is about the Tri-State Water Wars (Fla, Ga, Ala) and
Florida's precarious water situation .   During the event, there will be
mostly music but also  brief commentary by environmentalist Dale Crider and
by Bill Beckett and Donna Green-Townsend of WUFT.   The featured musicians in our lineup provided songs for the documentary.  They will perform not only those songs, but also additional ones of their choice.     Dale
Crider, Mike Jurgensen, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Leigh & Ken Skeens, Mark Smith, and Jeanie Fitchen.    There will also be a beautiful nature
artwork display by Roxanne Tobiason of Brandon.  Related websites: