News, Virtual & LIVE Songcircles

Calendar Updated 21:20PT on 9/25/2022

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Significant info can now be found on a monitored Ongoing News Page (click to view) or at which provides a place for members to share information, pictures and articles. Do you have an article or picture(s ) from a song circle, hoot or musical event with Songmakers that you would like to share? Do you have a future gig that you can share information about? Submit via Mary Zangerle <>.


Weekly Repeating Event List

Times are Pacific Time Zone except LIVE times are local.


Every Sunday 1-3:30pm: LIVE Pitts Ranch Park Song Circle, SMPOC Steve Linsky invites Songmakers, Old Time Fiddlers & friends to come jam at Pitts Ranch Park, 1400 Flynn Rd., Camarillo, 93012 (Directions Here). Led by Steve Linsky or Jack Zigray. Free admission. Bathrooms, seating, and shade available. Come bring your instruments and your voices and let’s make some music!

Every Sunday 7-10:15pm: Virtual Agoura Hills Song CircleSteven Mark Berman <> is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Song Circle: Join via: Meeting ID: 637 717 652 Password: 008615. 

Every Monday 12-4pm: Mudcat Worldwide Zoom Singaround, Email Joe Offer <> to get the meeting number and password sent to you by email on Sundays (changes weekly). Joe is the Music Editor, The Mudcat Cafe Folk Music Discussion Forum.

Every Wednesday 1-2pm: Bill’s Uke Beginner Ukulele Class via Zoom, Email Bill Dempsey <> to get meeting number and password sent to you by email on Tuesday. For more info: New album, Oft I Sing, currently available only as a download. Here’s a link

Every Wednesday Virtual Open Mic. 6:30 sign-in for 7pm:  Guitar Merchant Open Mic. 2 songs or 8 minutes. If there are problems with Tinyurl so go to Zoom by clicking this link: any time after 6:30 PM to sign up to perform or to watch. If performing, please read “Zoom Setup for Music Performance” below. For more information, email <>.  SMPOC: Joel Amromin.

Every Thursday 7-10pm: Virtual Chuck Behrman’s Thursday Evening Zoom <>. Join Zoom Meeting: – Meeting ID: 835 4939 6377 Password: 262022

Every Friday morning from 9:30-11:30am: David Steinhart’s Virtual Song Circle. Start the Day With A Song! – Join Zoom Meeting: – Meeting ID: 891 6256 9327 – Passcode if needed: 839872

Every Saturday 9:30-10:30am: Bill’s Uke Beginner Ukulele Class via Zoom, Email Bill Dempsey <> to get meeting number and password sent to you by email. For more info: New album, Oft I Sing, currently available only as a download. Here’s a link


Not Weekly Chronological Event List

Times are Pacific Time Zone


Sep 25 Sunday DARK: LIVE WEST LA HOOT moved to Oct 02 (chgd due to Rosh Hashanah)

Sep 26 (Covid + test in family) 4th Monday DARK: LIVE Woodland Hills Song Circle.

Sep 27 – 2nd & 4th Tuesday 4-6:30pm: Virtual Port Hueneme Zoom Song Circle. Marty Capsuto <> is inviting you to a SCAN Health Plan sponsored Song Circle. Join via: Meeting ID: 634 543 8370 – Passcode: ac9gM3 / One tap mobile – Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 634 543 8370 Passcode: 728002

Sep 28 – 2nd & 4th Wednesday Noon-3pm: FOCSLE Music Zoom, from England. Sign up for e-mail alerts via More info at

Sep 30 Friday 7-9pm: The People’s Music Network for Songs of Freedom and Struggle features a concert of live music, poetry and songs to resist direct assaults on our basic human rights. Zoom Link Provided upon registration via Concert will also be live-streamed free of charge via the PMN/SFS Facebook Page AND the PMN/SFS Youtube Channel. SMPOC: Storm

Oct 01 – 1st Saturday 7-9pm Santa Monica Folk Club Zoom musical get together. To be co-hosted by Ellen Silverman and Chuck Behrman <>. The way it works is you need to click on the zoom link below. You will be let into the meeting from the waiting room by the host – Please turn your video ON so that we can identify you as a real person and not a Zoom Bomber. Between songs we can all unmute and chat. We will all have an opportunity to see each other and share our music. Meeting ID: 825 8956 4896 – Passcode: 728632 – One tap mobile – +16699006833,,81687335715# US (San Jose) – +13462487799,,81687335715# US (Houston) Join via: 

Oct 02 – Sunday 4-8pm (moved from Sep 25th due to Rosh Hashanah): LIVE WEST LA HOOT & 6pm Potluck – Please bring a contribution for the 6pm potluck. Contact info: The following is host based required:

Oct 03 – 1st Monday 7-8pm: Name That Tune -Round 3, Songmakers Style on Zoom. Led by Alan Stillson <>. You are invited to play a non-competitive version of this fun musical game. I’ll play 50 song snippets on the keyboard. The song titles will be in alphabetical order. See how many you can name. All you need is a piece of paper numbered 1 through 50 and a pencil or pen. I’ll provide the answer after each song. We’ll play closed mike and compare notes at the end. Who knows? Maybe a song you haven’t heard in years will inspire you to perform it in the future. The winner gets a free word puzzle book – written and autographed by me. Join Zoom meeting at – Meeting ID: 337 059 8819. Find your local number:

Oct 04 & 18 – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays 1-3pm: SFFMC Zoom Sings will have a song swap in the lobby and breakout rooms will be available. If you have a suggestion for a workshop subject, please email it to or phone 510-473-6651. Edward Hilton is inviting you to join via – Meeting ID: 875 3243 0768 Passcode: sing – One tap mobile 16699009128,,87532430768#,,,,*724994# US (San Jose)

Oct 04 – 1st Tuesday 6-9pm: LIVE Thousand Oaks IHOP Song Circle. This is not an official Songmakers event. It is listed for your information only. Valerie Kotas is the host – telephone #(805) 558-4792 (text best). Details can only be gotten through the host.

Oct 08 every 2nd Saturday 2-5pm: LIVE The Living Tradition All Instrument Jam at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1145 W. Valencia Mesa Drive, Fullerton. Need proof of COVID immunization (first time only), music stand, stand light, music books or handouts. $3-$5 suggested donation. For information contact Patty McCollum (phone or text) (714)267-4567. SMPOC Cathy Parsa

Oct 08: The 50th Annual Santa Barbara Old-Time Fiddlers’ Festival. David Bragger puts this on and it is true “old time” music. See everyone! Spread the word! SMPOC Pat Cronin

Oct 09 (date change) 2nd Sunday 1-5 pm: Mensa Folksong SIG (special interest group). Host Alan Stillson invites you to attend an IN-PERSON song circle event for up to 15 fully vaccinated participants (couples count as two attendees). Participation requires a reservation – please contact Alan Stillson directly via <> or 818-884-4284. The Folksong SIG is a long-running event for members of Greater Los Angeles Area Mensa and invited guests. It is not listed on Meetup. The address is 5515 Keokuk Ave. Woodland Hills, CA 91367. It’s close to the Ventura Freeway and Winnetka Ave. All musical instruments are welcome. The gathering is indoors. There is a full-size keyboard in the room. Host will provide light snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Feel free to bring a light snack to share.



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Down the Road

Too many events to track individually so all should be considered unverified.  Please do not attend any other than Songmakers approved face to face events.

Oct 13-16 Thursday-Sunday: LIVE Kenny Grove Fall Out. To make reservations up to 1 year in advance, go to, click on Camping & RV at the top, Select Kenney Grove Park and find your site. Let us know you’re coming via the Events pages on the Songmakers Camping News & Discussion Group on Facebook and/or by emailing Sally Charette at Paul Jenkins writes: “My spot at Kenney Grove is available- Oct 13-16. Contact Paul via info in the SongMakers directory to take the space…”

Nov 12 Saturday 5pm: John Zipperer & Tom Corbett at the Coffee Gallery Backstage, Altadena, CA. Call Bob Stane at 626.798.6236 for reservations!

Nov 17-20 Thursday-Sunday: LIVE Gelencsers Camping weekend at their cabin in Landers near Yucca Valley. All Songmakers are invited and reservations are required. Fully Covid vaccinated is also required. There is no water or electricity but there is a flushable toilet. Bring water for cooking, cleaning and flushing the toilet. There is a solar panel to run lights and charge phones. November temps high 70s & low 50s. There are motels about a half hour away in Yucca Valley. More information? Reserve a spot? Email: Janice Gelencser via or call 909-374-2630. Plenty of room for RVs, trailers, tents and camping vehicles on a five-acre parcel. See,+Landers,+CA+92285/@34.2765296,-116.4135435,505m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x80dad5669d5d91a5:0xf669611a2e7afa1e!8m2!3d34.2765296!4d-116.4113548

Additional event links are listed by Folknik at

A list of virtual Song Sessions:

Open mics

Ventura Freeway Corridor Acoustic House Concert Locations: http//

Paul Blakelock provides a list of upcoming music events for the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas. This one site shows the events ordered by date, with the closest ones at the top. It focuses on free events, and a few of the major paid events and festivals.

Old Time & Celtic Music Calendars. David Brown updated 19 Sep 2022: The latest revisions on the oldtimeSF & celticSF groups. To join these groups go to & Also available via: – select “Monthly Calendar of Old Time Music” under the About menu AND here

In particular – Berkeley Old Time Music Convention is back in full force – 9/21-9/25.
The calendar of Celtic music can be viewed at or you can join the CelticSF group

Camarillo Cafe Concerts DARK until further notice.

Fireside Concerts DARK until further notice.





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