December 2016 Meeting

November 30, 2016

Flute friends,

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Now that you’ve eaten all your leftovers, I wanted to pass along the details for our upcoming December gathering. On Saturday the 10th, from 2 to 6 PM, I’m hosting our 5th 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 proper holiday shindig without food. My family will provide an assortment of snacks and finger foods 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.

As the format for this meeting will be largely an open mic setup, please bring some instruments and have something in mind that you’d like to play. There are plenty of us who play percussion, strings, or other instruments, so if you’d like some accompaniment, just let me know.

If you’d like to contribute something for the door prizes, that’s would be awesome. In the past, we’ve had enough items that everyone got to take something home, but my own stash of giveaways has dwindled significantly over the last couple years. Old CDs you don’t listen to any more, flute bags, instructional materials, etc. would be great contributions.

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 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.

Thanks,
Jon

November 2016 Meeting

November 14, 2016

Our November meeting will be this coming Saturday the 19th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Mara Cohen, 304 Morganford Place in Cary.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Dallas Brown and the flutes of Bryan Towers. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. 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.

Our annual holiday shindig is quickly approaching. I’ll have the details at the meeting and will send out via email and Facebook shortly after. I’ll also start scheduling out the dates for our 2017 meetings soon so that we can start finding hosts.

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 19th.

October 2016 Meeting

October 8, 2016

It’s been a whirlwind month since our last meeting, with many of us from the flute circle attending Flute Haven in PA, and a few of us continuing on from there to the Sweetgrass Festival in Iowa. It was a great trip, but after 18 days and nearly 2500 miles, it’s definitely nice to be back at home.

Our October meeting will be Saturday the 15th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Lloyd and Judith Jenkins, 4925 Bartwood Dr in North Raleigh.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Douglas Spotted Eagle and the flutes of Brad Young. Then we’ll do some facilitated playing activities. 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.

The last major flute event of the year is Native Rhythms Festival, November 10-13 in Melbourne, FL. It’s always a great event, and they have an excellent lineup of performers this year. For more info, visit http://www.nativerhythmsfestival.com/

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 15th.

September 2016 Meeting

September 2, 2016

Our September meeting will be Saturday the 10th at 2PM. This time, we’ll be at the home of Barbara Pedersen, 28 Oakwood Drive in Chapel Hill.

This month, we’ll be featuring the music of Al Jewer and the flutes of Dr. Oliver W. Jones. 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:

  • 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 10th.

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.