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Fresno Folklore Society
Art Hop
Thursday Apr 3
Colorado Road, D'Rhythm Divine and Las Zunigas Gail Lynne Dreifus and her Mariposa folk trio, an acapella vocal group and a American Mexican husband and wife folk duo
6-8 PM Free All Ages

JazzFresno presents JazzHop Fresno Pacific Jazz Ensemble 8:30 PM Free All Ages
Frank's Place at the Warnors Center 1432 Fulton Street

Fresno Folklore Records presents Heart of the Valley CD Release Party
Sat April 12
Patrick Contreras and Steve Ono at the Wolk Garden
7:30 PM A classically trained violinist: steeped in the blues, raised with barrio roots music, infused with hot fiddle swing, gypsy jazz, backed up by a guitarist who can follow him just about anywhere.
Patrick Contreras' acoustic violin sounds like bluesy overdriven electric guitar with progressive rock classical virtuoso technique at one moment and hot club swing country fiddle the next. All with veteran acoustic rhythm guitarist Steve Ono reading his every impulse. $10 FFS/ADV $15 Gate All Ages under 12 free $15 for a CD with $5 going to the FFS. 6661 N Forkner in Fresno. Bring lawn seating and a gallon of water for Pat's garden.

David Francey
at the Wolk Garden

Thurs May 15
$20 at the gate. 7:30 Shannon Willson, producer
David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada. Since then, he has released ten albums, won three Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

"David’s straightforward songs tell honest stories of real people and real places. Poetic perception and a keen eye for the heart of the matter are trademarks of the man and his music. His songs and stories are a direct connection for audiences seeking depth and meaning in the day-to-day." Shelter Valley Folk Festival

Tickets at, National hardware and Patrick's Music.
To preorder your tickets by mail send a check for $20.00 per ticket (and made out to): Shannon Willson
604 W. Acacia Fresno, CA 93705 (559) 801-2356

Michael Mullen and Finshug at Frank’s Place
Fri May 16

June 14 Brazil Beat with Eva Scow at Wolk Garden Eva Scow 6:30 potluck $12 ADV/FFS $15 door 7:30 show

Steve Ono Concert mgr 559-307-3610
2013 Fresno Folklore Society, a 501(c)3 Non profit Community Organization

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FFS Venues
The Wolk Folk Garden 6661 N Forkner Fresno, CA
Frank's Place at the Warnor's Theatre 1432 Fulton Street Fresno 559-264-2848
Fresno Brewing Company 1243 Fulton Mall Fresno
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno 2672 E Alluvial Ave Clovis
Arte Americas 1630 Van Ness Fresno
The Severance Building 1401 N. Wishon Ave. Fresno, CA 93728

Fresno Folklore Records.
All of our performances are being recorded and are available to our members. We have Audio recording and CD/DVD production capabilities available to our members and associates. We can assist with copyright and performance rights registration and filings. We provide on line distribution through CDBaby, ITunes and Amazon. We can provide short run duplication and CD/DVD printing.
Who We Are The Fresno Folklore Society (FFS) is a non-profit corporation founded for the purpose of preserving folk arts, especially traditional music, in California's San Joaquin Valley.

What We Do We sing, we dance, we play music, and some tell stories. Above all we have fun and provide venues for the community to hear and enjoy "alternative" music. The goal of FFS is to promote music and dance of many cultures.
Membership is open to the community: $20 per year, individual; $30 family. Benefits: a monthly newsletter, a calendar of upcoming events and a discount for most concerts. We do encourage families. The Folklore society is a family affair. Children are welcome to all events--well, almost all.
Membership Info: Patty Bennett (559) 225-9511 Or Sign up online at
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2011 Fresno Folklore Society, a 501(c)3 Non profit Community Organization


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An Annotated Bibliography of the Folk Songs of the English-Speaking World
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