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Photos from Prior Festivals

  • Akanthos
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  • Gateswingers
  • Ballet Folklorico
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  • Molly Kids
  • Brassworks
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  • Rebecca Riots
  • Crónán
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  • Laurie Vela
  • Dancers Saul & Connie
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  • Lisa Redfern
  • Dulcimer Jam
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  • Shahrzad Dancers
  • Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
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  • Steve Seskin
  • Ellis Island
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  • Stump-Tail-Dog
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    Akanthos

    Akanthos, led by founder Tommy Hill, brought its exciting Spanish-flavored music to the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival.

    Akanthos is a young band born out of a desire to create and perform well-written original music. The variety of musical backgrounds of the band's members has given rise to a diverse repertoire.

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    Justin Talley of Akanthos

    Justin Talley's saxophone provides a jazzy/soulful quality to the music of Akanthos.

    Ballet Folklorico Ensambles de San Francisco performed and taught the rich, varied dance traditions of Mexico at the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Ballet Folklorico Ensambles de San Francisco was founded in 1989 by dancers who want to share and promote the ever-evolving traditions of Mexican folkloric dance.

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    Ballet Folklorico Ensambles de San Francisco
    Brassworks Local period dance band Brassworks accompanied dancers in the Old California Ballroom Dance workshop.

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    Crónán, a new Traditional Irish band, whose members - (left to right, Rebecca Marculescu, Jack Gilder, Chris Knepper, and Junji Shirota) are longtime favorites on the local Irish scene. Crónán's songs are performed in true Traditional Irish style, with hauntingly beautiful melodies. Tunes - jigs, reels, hornpipes, waltzes and airs - come from a living tradition from three hundred years ago to, oh, last week. Crónán
    Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers
    The Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers will perform on the main stage and teach Scottish Country Dancing at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The Dunsmuir Scottish Dancers are a demonstration dance team affiliated with the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society. The group is pictured performing at the 1998 Festival. Photo: Don Jackson, 1998.

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    Ellis Island The Ellis Island Old World Folk Band was formed in 1980 in Berkeley, California. The band is proud to be a part of the revival of the Klezmer music tradition—the "jazzy" Jewish dance music developed in Eastern European ghettoes, and modernized in America as it passed through the gates of Ellis Island at the turn of the century. The repertoire of the Ellis Island Band, while rooted in this Klezmer tradition, also included traditional melodies from Russia, Poland, Greece, and Italy, with an occasional journey through songs from a more modern era. The Band is dedicated to the preservation, performance, and presentation of this rich musical heritage. Band members include: Jim Rebham, accordion, Steve Scott, bass, Helen Placourakis, violin, Carol Ginsburg, flute and vocals. Kyla Danysh, violin, and John Kasley, guitar.

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    The Gateswingers played America's favorite 20th Century dance melodies at the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. (Pictured are band members Carol Ginsburg, Ron Klein, Dana Kemp and Bill Slessinger.) The Gateswingers approach their music with wholehearted enthusiasm and a real love for the music. They're dedicated to keeping traditional jazz alive, especially by seeing that young people have the opportunity to both hear and play this fundamentally joyful music. The Gateswingers will be playing an evening dance on Saturday night.

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    The Gateswingers
    Hammer Dulcimer Jam Music is everywhere at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. David Kalins and Lorraine Sohlberg played hammer dulcimer where they could find space, which happened to be in a hallway. Jamming goes on all day.

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    Laurie Vela
    Dance Workshop
    Laurie Vela takes a break from leading workshops to try out a song.

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    Connie Maracle and Saul Fenster step out, while enjoying one of the many dance workshops offered throughout both days of the event.
    Activities for kids and families are featured at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. The Mad Mollies (pictured here with delighted young workshop participants) will lead a dance workshop for children.

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    Mad Mollies
    Rebecca Riots, (left to right, Lisa Zeiler, Andrea Prichett and Eve Decker)Rebecca Riots charismatic female acoustic trio, known for their fresh radical folk music. Rebecca Riots were at the 1999 Festival for their third consecutive year. Their music is characterized by riveting vocals, powerful lyrics, soaring harmonies, dynamic musical arrangements, and a warm, engaging, often humorous stage presence.

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    Lisa Redfern Lisa Redfern, a singer-songwriter whose clear, beautiful voice is often compared to Judy Collins and Carly Simon, performed at the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Redfern's contemporary, original songs have been featured on her own five solo albums and on more than ten other recording projects, including a PoetMan Records Acoustic Rainbow Radio CD Sampler.

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    Steve Seskin

    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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    Shahrzad Dance Academy led by Shahrzad Khorsandi, brought the grace and beauty of Persian Classical Dance to the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. In addition to a performance by children and adults from the Shahrzad Dance Academy, Shahrzad will lead workshops in Classical Persian and West African Dance.

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    Shahrzad Dance Academy
    Stump-Tail-Dog Stump-Tail-Dog (Ray Frank and Dan Engle) played their special mix of Irish, Scottish, French-Canadian, Australian and American music at the 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Stump-Tail-Dog, based in Sonoma County, perform fiery reels, rollicking jigs, dreamy waltzes, slow airs, lively hornpipes, moving songs and soulful ballads.

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    Laurie Vela entertained children with Laurie's Stories and performed her own songs (and others) at the 1998 and 1999 San Francisco Free Folk Festivals.

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    Laurie Vela
    World Harmony Singers The World Harmony Singers perform choral music from African, South American, European, and American Gospel traditions, and is an outgrowth of a new choral program at the Mountain View 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 chorus is open to everyone, with no prior singing experience required; for information on joining in September, email dss@opcode.com or call CSMA at (650) 961-0342.

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    Everyone participates at the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Festival director Cheryl MacDonald took a break from her duties to participate in a fiddle workshop. Photo: Don Jackson, 1998.

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    Cheryl

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