S.f. Folk Music Club Leader Faith Petric Dies

Folk Alley Presents: Mandolin Orange

Folk music is what folks sing.” Ms. Petric was born on Sept. 13, 1915, in a log cabin near Orofino, Idaho. Her father was a Methodist minister who taught her and her three siblings how to sing hymns. They had an old pump organ at home, and the family would sing popular cowboy songs from the turn of the century. Her parents split when she was a teenager, and she was sent to live in a boardinghouse before attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, Wash.
For more information, visit http://www.sfgate.com/music/article/S-F-Folk-Music-Club-leader-Faith-Petric-dies-4975619.php

Faith Petric was well known for her ability to remember the lyrics to thousands of folk songs. Photo: Chad Ziemendorf, The Chronicle

But what makes this Mandolin Orange tune so enchanting is its effortlessness. The words seem to fall right into one another, like cheery drunks into so many bar stools. Mandolinist Andrew Marlin wrote this song during a road trip with his friend. They thought it might be fun to write a stereotypical country song and didn’t expect for it to be so catchy. But as often happens when you stop thinking so hard about something and just do it for fun, the result was memorable, and lent itself beautifully to harmony from Andrew’s musical partner, Emily Frantz. Recorded in Saranac Lake, N.Y., in late October, the song took on a particularly autumnal vibe. You can almost feel the cool upstate air as Marlin’s sweet melody searches for someone to join him in a slow dance.
For more information, visit http://www.npr.org/event/music/246960980/folk-alley-presents-mandolin-orange

American, other folk songs sung by Trinity Episcopal students (w/video)

“What better way is there to do that than music?” The fall musical program is the school’s biggest show of the year, said Michael Brown, Trinity Episcopal School principal. “They do great,” Brown said. “And they’ve worked so hard.” In the past two years, student enrollment at Trinity Episcopal School has grown by 72 percent to 242 students in 11 grade levels, Brown said. Better marketing has contributed to the school’s growth, Brown said. “Our class sizes are no bigger than 20,” Brown said.
For more information, visit http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2013/nov/26/trinity_ca_112713_225890/

Enjoy folk music at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens

The next sing along is Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. and will include Hanukah songs, Christmas carols, and other folk songs. PORT ST. LUCIE There will be a second folk music jam and sing along at the Port St. Lucie Botanical Gardens on Wednesday, Dec.
For more information, visit http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2013/nov/25/enjoy-folk-music-at-the-port-st-lucie-botanical-ga/

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