Get ready!  It's almost time for our first jam of the season.  We'll be at Manatee Historical Park, 4303 Manatee Ave in Bradenton from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, next Saturday October 8th.  We play old time fiddle and dance music (not bluegrass).  So come and play or come and listen.  If you're a beginner you can get some tips from the more experienced players.

1. We encourage people to come and go when they want, to bring a friend, to bring recorders to help them learn the tunes, and to suggest tunes (which they may, but don’t have to, start).
2. We encourage both instrumental and instrumental-vocal tunes.
3. We encourage everyone to join in the chorus of songs, and those who know some verses to alternate singing with others who know verses.
4. We encourage non-musicians to come and listen.
5. We encourage a spirit of fun—jokes and (short) stories are allowed.
6. We discourage solos--we want as many people as possible to be able to join in the music.
7. We insist that people name the tune they want everyone to play, rather than just launching into it.
8. We support the banjo players by not changing keys too often.

Looking ahead, our next jam will be on the fourth Saturday, October 22.  The park will be having a halloween event called "Spirit Voices From Old Manatee" featuring a graveyard tour with "living" characters from the past.

Manatee Avenue is SR 64, and the park is between I75 and Tamiami Trail, not far from either.  See you there.




I hope everyone had a wonderful time at the Florida Folk Festival…It hasn’t happened yet, as I write this, but next issue there should be a report. We are celebrating our 30th Anniversary as Friends of Florida Folk, and because of this and the fact that it is the 60th year for the Florida Folk Festival, we are both waiving fees for selling product this year at our booth…hopefully this will give the performers a break.


Jan & Jean have been traipsing to festivals nearly every weekend, often to Kojak’s in Palmetto on Tuesdays for Folk Nite, and to the weekly Wed nite jams in Sarasota area…we do have fun!!! Watch facebook for photos of it all on Jan Buncik’s page if you’re interested….and after the FFF we are heading for the Stan Rogers Festival in Canso Nova Scotia…33 hour drive… are we crazy or what? And I don’t do any of the driving on road trips!!!


Margaret Lewis reports that this newsletter goes to Tallahassee each month and is kept in the archives there. Many years ago Joe Hickerson requested a copy every month for the Library of Congress..after he retired, that ended for some reason.


Candace Avery writes:

I'm emailing to let you and Friends of Florida Folk know that the prestigious US-based International Songwriting Competition (ISC) has announced its 2011 winners. We are very excited to announce that the coveted ISC Grand Prize has been awarded to Auckland, New Zealand songwriter Kimbra for her infectious pop song "Cameo Lover." The Grand Prize is ISC's highest honor, and prizes include $25,000 US cash and over $25,000 US in merchandise and services.


The competition received over 16,000 entries from 112 countries, making 2011 the most competitive year ever. The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of celebrity and industry judges including Tom Waits; Jeff Beck; Ozzy Osbourne; Robert Smith (The Cure); Tori Amos; McCoy Tyner; Kelly Clarkson; John Mayall; Monte Lipman (President, Universal Republic Records); and many others. More than $150,000 US in cash and prizes will be shared by the winners.


It is extremely important to ISC that the accomplishments of these outstanding songwriters be recognized, and we sincerely hope thatyou andFriends of Florida Folk will help us to accomplish this goal by promoting this press release and helping to spread the word about their international achievements.



I have included a press release below about all the winners. You may also go to the website to see the complete list:


If you need additional information about the ISC winners and the competition, please contact me.


You can download a low-res photo of many ISC winners at


If you need a high-res photo, please me at and I will email you one.


Thank you very much for your support of original music!


All the best,


Candace Avery



International Songwriting Competition

1307 Eastland Avenue

Nashville, TN 37206

ph: 615.251.4441

fx: 615.251.4442


"the songwriting competition to take note of..." - New York Times


Jean & Joe