For more than a decade, PFS has hosted second Saturday song circles, where all were invited. They were hosted by a different household each month, and were a fun space where folks like you could come, meet people, play, sing, or just listen. They usually started with a pot luck dinner, and then we'd go around the circle twice, with everyone getting to lead a song. Some people stayed for a third rotation, and a fourth, and...
But then there was a pandemic.
Now we've moved online, and the song circles are WEEKLY instead of monthly, and they are great online, just as they were in person. Read about them below.
Upcoming PFS Song Circles
Weekly Saturday Evening Virtual Song Circle
We open up the circle at 6:00 PM Pacific time, start singing at 6:30, and we’ll keep it open until the last person leaves. Feel free to come in anytime, and stay as long as you like. We run it kind of like a physical song circle. Everyone who wants to can sing once, and then we’ll do another round, and just keep going as long as you like. We’ll provide some curation, but you won’t need a lot. Of course, it is totally fine to just listen.
Feel free to spread the word to people who would like to be there. This is not just for PFS folks at all, and nor only for people in the Pacific North West. While most of the participants are from the Pacific Northwest, we are honored to have musicians come from other states and other countries.
Oh! Check up the video above with excerpts from one song circle.
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Folks have learned a lot about how to hold good get-togethers on the internet. Here are some things that work, that we ask you to do during the virtual song circles.
We use the Zoom platform for meetings. When you go to the virtual song circle you will be placed in a virtual "waiting room". If a known name appears, we will let you in. If we don't know the person, we might send you a message asking who you are. Sorry about the inconvenience; we do this to protect everyone from unwanted disrupters.
Please sit with your face well lit, and a background that isn’t too bright.
Please mute yourself whenever you aren't singing.
Sing close to your mic, and if you are playing an instrument, hold back a little. Pease turn on "Orginal sound" when you are singing (there should be a button in the upper left hand corner of your laptop screen).
We often record the sessions. We will not use any recording of you without your permission.
We’ll be on early if you’d like to test out your connection.
- Whether you come to sing or just listen, relax and have fun. There is no need to be stressed, or shy.
- When your turn around the circle comes, you may perform a song, lead a song, request someone else sing a song, or pass.
- Please introduce yourself, even if you think everyone knows you.
- Song circles usually go around two times, so you will have two opportunities to lead a song. But, sometimes more - so prepare as many songs as you like, just in case.
- Singalongs, and songs with choruses, are encouraged, especially on the first round.
- There is never a need to rush through a song but - please keep the circle moving along.
- If the presenter requests that instruments accompany his or her song, join in. Be mindful of drowning out voices with loud instruments.
- People often choose songs out of the "blue book" (Rise Up Singing) or the "red book" (Rise Again) for singalongs. If you use it, let others know what page your selection is on.
- Song circle participants are tolerant about song choices: If you sing music made by folks, then we consider it folk music!