News, Virtual & LIVE Songcircles

Calendar Updated 00:30PT on 10/05/2022

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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


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.

Oct 10 – 2nd Monday 3-5pm: Virtual Woodland Hills Zoom Song Circle. Co-leaders, Alan Stillson <> and Linnea Richards <>, are inviting you to attend the Virtual Woodland Hills Zoom Song Circle. All musical instruments are welcome. It will be run with Songmakers protocols for Zoom events. Join via Meeting ID: 337 059 8819. Find your local number:

Oct 11 & 25 – 2nd & 4th Tuesday 4-6:30pm: Virtual Port Hueneme Zoom Song Circle. Marty Capsuto <> invites you to a SCAN Health Plan sponsored Song Circle. Join via: Meeting ID: 634 543 8370 – Passcode: ac9gM3 / One tap mobile +16699006833,,6345438370#,,,,,,0#,,728002# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 634 543 8370 Passcode: 728002

Oct 12 & 26 – 2nd & 4th Wednesday Noon-3pm: FOCSLE Music Zoom, from England. Sign up for e-mail alerts via More info at

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 

Oct 14 & 28 2nd & 4th Fridays 8pm-after midnight: San Francisco Folk Music Club – For full details and to sign up, go to

Oct 15 – 3rd Saturday 1-3pm San Mateo Virtual Folk Music Singing Meetup hosted by Lee Strieb. Full details and to RSVP:

Oct 15 – 3rd Saturday 7-10pm: Teton Tea led by Kevin Langdon <>. Join via – Meeting ID: 691 293 7135 – Passcode: berkeley – One tap mobile – +16699006833,,6912937135#,,,, *47855766# US (San Jose)

Oct 16 (1x day chg) 3rd Sunday Noon ’til the traffic clears: The Songs We All Know By Heart LIVE JAM with Chuck Behrman. This in-person event will be Songmakers guidelines compliant. It is a “potluck” event, and the host will provide the main dish. An RSVP is required to for address and details. The jam will be limited to 12 participants. Additional RSVPs will be added to a waiting list. Please note that this event is a JAM for songs we know by heart. No solo performances and no music stands will be permitted. This jam is being created to satisfy the desire of many Songmakers to enjoy a jam environment in which everyone is encouraged to participate in every song. Please choose songs we all know or can easily join in playing and singing. This event is for vaccinated people only.



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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.

Nov 06 Sunday 3pm: Karen Hart will be performing a special concert at the beautiful historic Universalist Unitarian Church of Santa Paula with band members Jeff Linsky (guitar), Jennifer Leitham (acoustic bass) and Randy Drake (drums). For more info: 

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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