August 2016 Meeting

August 10, 2016

Flute Friends,

Our August meeting will be Saturday the 20th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Jon Norris, 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Kevin Locke and the flutes of Ted Ceplina. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

There are quite a few major flute events around the country coming up in the next few months:

  • Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival, August 27-28 in Springboro, OH
  • Flute Haven, September 13-18 in Valley Forge, PA. http://flutehaven.com/
  • Sweetgrass Festival, September 21-23 in Hiawatha, IA. http://www.sweetgrassfest.com/
  • Native Rhythms Festival, November 10-13 in Melbourne, FL. http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/

For more information on any of these, just ask, as I’ve been to them all before and I’ll be at all of them again this year.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th.

July 2016 Meeting

July 4, 2016

Our July meeting will be Saturday the 16th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Taos musician John Rainer Jr. (and if I have time to make a replica, we’ll look at an example of how he made his flutes as well). As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

There are quite a few major flute events around the country coming up in the next few months:

  • World Flute Society Convention, July 27-31 in Eau Claire, WI. http://worldflutes.org/
  • Ohio Valley Indigenous Music Festival, August 27-28 in Springboro, OH
  • Flute Haven, September 13-18 in Valley Forge, PA. http://flutehaven.com/
  • Sweetgrass Festival, September 21-23 in Hiawatha, IA. http://www.sweetgrassfest.com/
  • Native Rhythms Festival, November 10-13 in Melbourne, FL. http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/

For more information on any of these, just ask, as I’ve been to them all before and I’ll be at all of them again this year.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 16th.

June 2016 Meeting

June 9, 2016

Get ready, folks. It’s time for another flute circle on June 18th at 2PM! This time, we’ll be at the home of Ed and Dawn Dougherty in Roxboro. This will be a special one as we are having a potluck and summer shindig! Please bring a favorite delicious covered dish, tasty snack, and/or heavy hors-d’oeuvre and feel free to bring beer or wine if you prefer. We will also have some on ice. We will not have meat or soda items, so if you wish to have these foods, feel free to bring them. Dawn will be happy to heat up anything that needs warming if needed. We wish to set up outside, barring any extreme weather conditions, so please bring instruments of all kinds and play with us!

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of Geoffrey Ellis and the music of Scott August. Dawn will also be going over embellishments, to help you add a little spice to your playing. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too.

Just to add to the fun, if you’ve got some flute CDs that you don’t listen to any more, bring them along. Swap with someone else, and you’ll both have some new tunes. Also, if you have any flutes in your collection that you just don’t play, bring them as well and put a price tag on them. Someone else may be looking for that exact flute to add to their own collection.

Ed and Dawn have two large lab dogs as well as a tiny but spunky cat, in case you have allergies or issues with animals. The address is 359 Green Meadow Ln., Roxboro, phone number 919-801-2846. Look for the USMC garden flag at the end of the driveway. We look forward to seeing everyone on the 18th!

May 2015 Meeting

May 11, 2016

Our May meeting will be Saturday the 21st at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we will be featuring the flutes and music of Michael Graham Allen, who performs under the name Coyote Oldman. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

This summer is a flute event not to be missed: The World Flute Society Convention in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s a 5 day event with more music, workshops, and flutes than you can imagine. Performers include Peter Phippen, Michael Graham Allen, Kevin Locke, Ron Korb, and many more. Yes, it’s one heck of a road trip, but it’s totally worth it. You can get more info at http://worldflutes.org, and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can.

Also, we’ve got quite a crew heading to Flute Haven, a week-long flute school in Pennsylvania in September. There are enough flute circle members attending that you can get a 20% discount on the program fee if you’d like to join us. For more information, check out http://flutehaven.com. I’ve been there the last two years and can answer any questions you may have.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 21st.

April 2016 Meeting

April 4, 2016

Our April meeting will be Saturday the 16th at 2PM. We’ll be meeting at the home of Jon Norris, 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs. It’s just south of Raleigh/Cary, and you should be able to find directions on Google Maps or GPS, but if not, just let me know.

This month, we will be featuring the flutes of Grover Wolf Voice and the music of Joseph FireCrow, both members of the Cheyenne Nation. We’re also going to be joined by Clint Goss, the man behind flutopedia.com and Flute Haven (a really great week-long flute school that I highly recommend). Clint is an amazing facilitator, and he’s going to lead us in some group playing activities, so please bring a flute in the key of A if you have one. If not, I’m sure we’ll have a few loaners available. As always, if you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

This summer is a flute event not to be missed: The World Flute Society Convention in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s a 5 day event with more music, workshops, and flutes than you can imagine. Performers include Peter Phippen, Michael Graham Allen, Kevin Locke, Ron Korb, and many more. Yes, it’s one heck of a road trip, but it’s totally worth it. You can get more info at http://worldflutes.org, and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 16th at my house.

March 2016 Meeting

March 14, 2016

Our March meeting will be Saturday the 26th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we will be featuring the flutes and music of Richard Fool Bull, the last of the traditional Sioux flutemakers. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

This summer is a flute event not to be missed: The World Flute Society Convention in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s a 5 day event with more music, workshops, and flutes than you can imagine. Performers include Peter Phippen, Michael Graham Allen, Kevin Locke, Ron Korb, and many more. Yes, it’s one heck of a road trip, but it’s totally worth it. You can get more info at http://worldflutes.org, and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 26th at Barbara’s house.

February 2016 Meeting

February 9, 2016

Since our January meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather, we’re trying again this month with the same location and program. We’ll meet on Saturday, February 20th at 2PM. We’ll be at the home of Dawn Leith-Dougherty and Ed Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. It’s a mile or two off 15-501, way north of Durham. They have two big dogs and a cat, so if you have allergies or other issues, please be aware.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of George Dyson and the music of John Huling. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

This summer is a flute event not to be missed: The World Flute Society Convention in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s a 5 day event with more music, workshops, and flutes than you can imagine. Performers include Peter Phippen, Michael Graham Allen, Kevin Locke, Ron Korb, and many more. Yes, it’s one heck of a road trip, but it’s totally worth it. You can get more info at http://worldflutes.org, and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 20th at Dawn and Ed’s house.

January 2016 Meeting

January 12, 2016

CANCELLED: Based on the current forecast for Saturday, we’ve decided to officially cancel the meeting. We’ll follow up soon with a February date.

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I hope you survived the holidays unscathed and have had a great start to the new year. To kick things off, our January meeting will be Saturday the 23rd at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Dawn Leith-Dougherty and Ed Dougherty, 359 Green Meadow Lane in Roxboro. It’s a mile or two off 15-501, way north of Durham. They have two big dogs and a cat, so if you have allergies or other issues, please be aware.

This month, we’ll be featuring the flutes of George Dyson and the music of John Huling. As always, we’ll also make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

This summer is a flute event not to be missed: The World Flute Society Convention in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It’s a 5 day event with more music, workshops, and flutes than you can imagine. Performers include Peter Phippen, Michael Graham Allen, Kevin Locke, Ron Korb, and many more. Yes, it’s one heck of a road trip, but it’s totally worth it. You can get more info at http://worldflutes.org, and I’ll be glad to answer any questions I can.

As always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd at Dawn and Ed’s house.

December 2015 Meeting

November 30, 2015

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftover turkey (or in some cases, Tofurkey), I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 12th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 4th Annual Epic Holiday Musical Shindig at my home. We’ll fire up the PA system, break out more instruments than you can count, and create lots of bodacious grooves and tasty jams. No discussion topics. Just music. And door prizes. And plenty of food. It wouldn’t be a holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods (definitely involving chocolate, with the possible appearance of bacon) as well as coffee and tea. If you’d like to bring a treat to share, that’s great, but please don’t feel obligated to do so. If you’d like to contribute something flute-related for the door prizes, that’s cool too, but certainly not necessary. My goal is just to get everyone together and enjoy creating music.

We’re located at 112 Oakbeech Ct. in Holly Springs, just south of the Raleigh/Cary area. You should be able to find us on Google Maps or your trusty GPS, but if not, please let me know and I’ll be happy to provide you with directions. We’re on a cul-de-sac so parking is at a premium, but we’ll manage. I look forward to seeing you there.

Just shoot me an email (jon@jonnorrismusic.com) or RSVP to the Facebook event so we can get a headcount and plan accordingly. It would be tragic if we ran out of chocolate.

October 2015 Meeting

October 12, 2015

Our October meeting will be Saturday the 24th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Catrrine Ponall, 2818 Bedford Avenue in Raleigh, near the NC State Campus. Bedford is a one way street, so you’ll need to come in on Dixie Trail, which runs between Wade Avenue and Hillsborough St.

This month, we will be featuring the flutes of Dr. Richard Payne and the music of Peter Phippen. We’ll also look at playing flutes in harmonizing keys together, so please bring flutes in some of the common keys if you have them — A, G, F#, E, and D. As always, we’ll make lots of music. If you have a song to share, whether it’s a traditional tune, an improv piece, or a jam with you and a few friends, we look forward to hearing it. If you just want to hang out and listen, that’s cool too. If you’d like to bring a snack to share, feel free to do so.

Coming up in November is Native Rhythms Festival down in Melbourne, FL. It’s always a great event, and we highly recommend it if you want to spend a weekend surrounded by flutes. For more information, check out http://nativerhythmsfestival.com/.

Also in November, Randy Granger will be back in town for a house concert. It will take place Friday, November 20th at 7:30PM in Cary. Tickets are $15, and seating is limited, so you must buy your tickets in advance. There will be no tickets sold at the door. To purchase tickets or to get additional information, please contact Dawn Leith-Dougherty at dawn@treeoflifedesigns.com. This concert will serve as our November event.

If you’d like to host a future meeting, please let me know. And as always, feel free to get in touch if you have any feedback regarding the flute circle. I look forward to seeing you on the 24th.