Photos for 2019

Here are more snapshots of recent performances, taken as we find an opportunity. These smaller shots link to denser, uncropped originals.

The women’s choral group Kitka joined us on November 16 to introduce the latest edition of their much-loved Wintersongs concert series. Executive/Artistic Director Shira Cion guided us through the music and upcoming events.

Members of the award-winning Pacific Boychoir led off our On-Air Folk Festival on November 9. The Boychoir offers a rigorous musical education opening to unparalleled opportunities for boys in grades three through eight, as well as after-school choirs for girls and boys.

Next up was singer-songwriter Sarah McQuaid. She brings her wonderfully expressive music from her home base in Cornwall.

The duo of Irene Sazer and Erik Pearson closed our folk festival. Irene Sazer has a rich background including membership in the Turtle Island String Quartet and as leader of the Real Vocal String Quartet. Erik is a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who has performed with a long list of bands and teaches.

Harpists Patrice Haan, top, and Margaret Davis, members of the organization Healing Muses, appeared on October 12.

Healing Muses draws music from varied cultural traditions in the service of healing, in the context of ICUs, neonatal care, surgery, convalesence, hospice care, and more.

The vocal ensemble Windborne shared some of their far-reaching repertoire of songs on September 21. They offer songs from Corsica, Bulgaria, Georgia, the British Isles, and elsewhere, along with American traditional songs and a range of topical songs. The group includes, left to right, Jeremy Carter-Gordon, Lauren Breunig, Lynn Mahoney Rowan, and Will Thomas Rowan.

Singer-songwriter musician Bruce Cockburn shared some of his latest guitar compositions on September 14.

Gifted and versatile English banjo player Dan Walsh was our guest on June 15.

Local blues duo Aki Kumar, harmonica, and Jon Lawton, guitar, opened our San Francisco Free Folk Festival preview on June 1.

They were followed by the vocal trio Yes M’am, who are, left to right, Amelia Hogan, Margaret Miles, and Mary Hill.

The preview ended with a performance by Alaskan singer-songwriter Kray Van Kirk.

Pat Humphries of the duo Emma’s Revolution shared songs and stories of Pete Seeger on May 4, for his 100th birthday.

Violinist and santur player Briana Di Mara opened our On-Air Folk Festival on April 13. She was joined by Gari Hegedus on saz and oud and by Josh Mellinger on tabla, cajon, and frame drum. Briana brings her own original approach to Celtic, Balkan, Turkish, and Arabic musics.

The duo Paper Wings next shared their old-time styles. They are Wilhelmina Frankzerda, guitar and fiddle, and Emily Mann, banjo.

Miko Marks closed our portion of the festival with her original country music. She was accompanied by Victor Campos.

Multi-talented local jazz great Barbara Higbie at the keys, March 30.

Frankie Gavin, fiddler famed for his work with the historic Irish revival band De Dannan, joined us on February 16.

Todd Denman (left) and Tim Hill (below) of the San Francisco Pipers’ Club demonstrated old and new styles of the Irish uilleann pipes for us on February 9.

Todd and Tim appeared in advance of the Pipers’ Tionól (gathering), which happens here every other year.