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The Bozeman Folklore Society is an all volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, preserving, enjoying and sharing the music, dance, arts, crafts, and skills of traditional cultures. We are an associate group of the Country Dance and Song Society.

We invite you to join and become involved with our effort to continue to present live music and promote dancing in our community. Volunteers are needed, as well as your support to continue to share our love for all the richness in the folk traditions. For more information about concerts, call Rik James at (406) 586-4123.

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The Bozeman Folklore Society Concert Series has presented a wide array of musical styles over the past ten years, and wishes to thank members of the community for its support. Coming up on the calendar...


Fans of classic country, folk, and bluegrass music should enjoy the evening that is planned in the historic Ellen Theatre on Friday, October 9, at 8:00 p.m. A special presentation by Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally and their group will perform music from the critically acclaimed Nell Robinson CD, "Rose of No Man's Land." The concert is another co-sponsored event by The Bozeman Folklore Society and The Ellen Theatre.

Nell Robinson has been described as a “modern day Patsy Cline” and “one of the freshest voices in roots music.” Her 2014 CD, produced by Joe Henry, features Kris Kristofferson, John Doe, Elliott, Nunally, Poet Laureate Maxine Hong Kingston and more and is now a PBS Special, “Music Gone Public” airing throughout the country. Like the album, Nell Robinson's concert takes you on a journey through 250 years of war and service and family, including music from the Revolutionary War to the present, interwoven with letters, stories and poetry from generations of her rural Alabama family. Robinson's own original music is featured, as well as songs from legendary songwriters such as Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Johnny Cash. Nell Robinson is joined by musical partner, Jim Nunally, a Grammy and Flatpick Guitar award winner. Jim currently tours with both the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience and John Reischman and the Jaybirds. Rounding out the band are such musical superstars as Pete Grant (pedal steel), Jon Arkin (percussion) and the legendary Jim Kerwin (bass).

National Medal of Arts winner and folk icon Ramblin’ Jack Elliott is prominently featured on the “The Rose of No Man’s Land” album so we are in for a real treat as the band joins Jack to perform a few songs and stories from the project – which Nell Robinson created using actual letters from her Alabama family with stories deeply intertwined with events in American history. The outcome is poignant, funny and connective. The show is fun, very lively and features great music both familiar and new. The legendary Elliott is one of the remaining folk troubadours and was dubbed, “King of the Folksingers” by Bob Dylan. After 60 plus years of touring, to say he’s mastered his craft would be an understatement. Any chance to spend time with this national treasure should not be missed. “Ramblin’ Jack knocks Johnny Cash’s song Drive On out of the park – best version I’ve ever heard, “ said Nell Robinson. “Jack is one of the most present beings I’ve ever met and we are all honored and tickled to be onstage with this folk legend.” The band will warm the crowd up with a short set of classic country music to “let the band let loose a little,” according to Nell. Pete Grant’s resume looks like a who’s who of music and includes the Grateful Dead, Guy Clark, Tim Hardin, Rodney Crowell, Hoyt Axton, the Dillards and many more. Jon Arkin is a go to percussionist and Jazz instructor, with decades of experience on recordings and performances from Madison Square Garden and the Montreal Jazz Festival to every major Bay Area venue. Jim Kerwin has the distinction of being the longest member of the David Grisman Quintet, as well as stints with Jerry Garcia, Yo Yo Ma and Stephanne Grapelli, and Del McCoury.

Reserved seating tickets are on sale now for $17.00 at the box office, (406) 585-5885, or online at www.theellentheatre.com. BFS members may purchase through the box office for a discounted price of $15.00.

The legendary folksinger and songwriter, Bill Staines, is scheduled to stop off in Bozeman on his annual northwestern American fall tour. The Bozeman Folklore Society, responding to frequent requests, is very proud to present Staines once again for a show in the intimate acoustic setting of the Chris Boyd Room at Pilgrim UCC, 2118 South Third Avenue. Show time is 7:30.

Among members of the music press, The Washington Post once described Bill Staines songwriting this way: "A craftsman who has cobbled together evocative details, pithy aphorisms and singalong melodies into a trunkful of unassuming, marvelous songs." Currently, Bill has recorded 26 albums; The Happy Wanderer and One More River were winners of the prestigious Parents' Choice Award, taking a gold medal and silver medal respectively. His songs have been recorded by many artists including Peter, Paul, and Mary, Tommy Makem and Liam Clancy, The Highwaymen, Mason Williams, Grandpa Jones, Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and others. In addition to recordings, over 100 of Bill's songs have been published in three songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I'd Be a Song, Movin' It Down the Line, and Music to Me, the latter published by Hal Leonard Corporation. His song, All God's Critters, has been recently released as a Simon and Schuster children's book with illustrations by Caldecott honor-winning artist, Kadir Nelson. "Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I've always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs." With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

Tickets will be available at the door at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $15, with a $3 discount to BFS members, and $5 for children, age 5-12.

For more information about concerts in general, call Rik James at (406) 586-4123.


Looking ahead in the BFS Concert Series calendar, we have the following performances:


All concerts are held in the Pilgrim Congregational Church "Boyd Room" at 2118 S. Third Avenue in Bozeman unless otherwise indicated. If you have questions about any of these events, please contact Rik James

Lodging for our Bozeman Folklore Society Concert Series performers is courtesy of Waverly Mfg., the makers of vintage stringed instrument tuning machines. They are located right here in Bozeman – part of Stewart-MacDonald, Inc. of Athens, Ohio (www.stewmac.com). Our sincerest thanks and appreciation to C. E. Stewart for his long-time support of our concert series!

KGLT is airing some of the great moments from BFS concert series history on the Sunday Music Spotlight. If you weren't able to attend the shows, here's a chance to hear some of the acoustic alchemy that goes down in the Chris Boyd Room at Pilgrim Church. If you were there, you still might enjoy revisiting these concerts. The shows air every other Sunday at noon on KGLT – it can be streamed at http://www.kglt.net/index.php/programming/streaming-audio.

The intro and outro music for our Sunday Music Spotlight shows is taken from the song Tom and Jerry, off Ben Winship's album Early Times. The album is out of print, but you can get an MP3 version in the store at http://benwinship.com.

Air Date
Show Date
2015-10-10 Pete's Posse 2014-10-07
2015-09-27 John Reischman & the Jaybirds 2012-08-17
2015-09-13 Kathy Kallick Band 2014-04-11
2015-08-30 The Farewell Drifters 2012-07-15
2015-08-16 Beppe Gambetta (at the Ellen Theatre) 2014-09-20
2015-08-02 Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer 2012-12-14
2015-07-19 Jim Averitt, Sally Newsome, and Britt Smith 2010-01-30
2015-07-05 Steve Young and Jubal Young 2012-07-07
2015-06-21 Mike Beck 2010-07-26
2015-06-07 Eric Taylor 2012-06-09
2015-05-24 Darol Anger Fiddle Ensemble (at Targhee Bluegrass Festival) 2004-08-14
2015-05-10 Darrell Scott (concert at the Ellen Theatre) 2012-08-21
2015-04-26 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers 2013-07-12
2015-04-12 Good Wood (feat. Christian Johnson and Steve Riddle of the Mission Mtn Wood Band) 2010-03-26
2015-03-29 KGLT FunDrive show - featuring cuts from 10 different BFS concerts 2007 - 2013
2015-03-15 Monroe Crossing 2012-07-17
2015-03-01 23 String Band 2012-08-02
2015-02-15 Cosy Sheridan 2013-02-23
2015-02-01 Wylie Gustafson 2011-02-12
2015-01-18 Growling Old Men with Dave Thompson 2014-07-24
2015-01-04 Kane's River (Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival) 2007-08-11
2014-12-21 Weatherwood 2010-05-08
2014-12-07 No BFS show aired - the Sunday Spotlight was the first part of a two-part series on the making of "Blood on the Tracks"
2014-11-23 Tim Grimm 2010-04-03
2014-11-09 Ben Bullington w/ Joanne Gardner  (Martinsdale show) 2013-05-17
2014-10-26 Bill Staines 2010-10-23
2014-10-12 Aaron Parrett, Ivan Rosenberg, and Nan Alleman 2009-10-09
2014-09-28 Cahalen Morrison and Eli West 2011-09-24
2014-09-14 Beppe Gambetta 2008-04-11
2014-08-31 Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer 2012-12-14
2014-08-17 Chris Proctor 2012-03-02
2014-08-03 Steve Smith, Chris Saunders, Anne Luna (Hard Road Trio) 2011-06-22
2014-07-20 Growling Old Men with Leon Hunt and Dave Thompson 2012-07-06
2014-07-06 Chris Coole and Ivan Rosenberg, w/ guests John Lowell and Ray Padilla 2011-03-22
2014-06-22 Genticorum (concert at the Ellen Theatre, after headlining the Wintergreen Dance Weekend) 2011-02-01
2014-06-08 Wylie & the Wild West 2007-04-14
2014-05-25 John Reischman & the Jaybirds 2012-08-17
2014-05-11 Eric Taylor 2013-06-08
2014-04-27 Stephanie Davis Band 2012-02-18
2014-04-13 Mike Beck  (KGLT benefit show) 2012-04-04
2014-03-30 Sara Grey 2013-10-11
2014-03-16 Darrell Scott (concert at the Ellen Theatre) 2012-08-21
2014-03-02 Steve Young and Jubal Young 2012-07-07
2014-02-16 Kathy Kallick Band 2012-04-27
2014-02-02 Chris Proctor 2011-04-22
2014-01-19 Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers 2013-07-12
2014-01-05 John Reischman & the Jaybirds 2012-08-17
2013-12-22 The Farewell Drifters 2012-07-15
2013-12-08 In memory of an amazing songwriter and musician, and a great human being. Rest in Peace, Ben.
Ben Bullington, Tom Murphy, Joanne Gardner
2013-11-24 Special Consensus (to get everyone warmed up for their Dec. 6th show!) 2012-11-30
2013-11-10 Monroe Crossing 2012-07-17
2013-10-27 Chris Proctor 2011-04-22
2013-10-13 23 String Band 2012-08-02
2013-09-29 Cosy Sheridan 2013-02-23
2013-09-15 Weatherwood 2010-05-08
2013-09-01 Ben Bullington w/ Joanne Gardner & Tom Murphy (Pine Creek show) 2013-05-09
2013-08-18 Tim Grimm 2010-04-03
2013-08-04 Cahalen Morrison and Eli West 2011-09-24
2013-07-21 Growling Old Men with Leon Hunt and Dave Thompson
(Reprise of our initial broadcast, to celebrate six months of Spotlights!)
2013-07-07 Aaron Parrett, Ivan Rosenberg, and Nan Alleman 2009-10-09
2013-06-22 Wylie Gustafson 2011-02-12
2013-06-09 Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer 2012-12-14
2013-05-26 Steve Smith, Chris Saunders, Anne Luna (Hard Road Trio) 2011-06-22
2013-05-12 Eric Taylor 2012-06-09
2013-04-28 Ben Bullington 2012-01-06
2013-04-14 Stephanie Davis Band 2012-02-18
2013-03-31 Mike Beck  (KGLT benefit, for first day of fund drive) 2012-04-04
2013-03-17 John Reischman & the Jaybirds 2012-08-17
2013-03-03 Andy Reiner 2012-02-24
2013-02-17 Chris Proctor 2011-04-22
2013-02-03 Special Consensus 2012-11-30
2013-01-20 Growling Old Men 2012-07-06



The following artists have performed for The Bozeman Folklore Society Concert Series (listed in alphabetical order). At the end of 2013, we will have presented 212 concerts since 2000!

BLUEGRASS AND OLD-TIME  (34 & counting) ... 

23 String Band, The Bill Hilly Band, The Bridger Creek Boys, Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Finders & Youngberg, Foghorn Stringband, Front Range, Beppe Gambetta, Alice Gerrard & Brad Leftwich, Growling Old Men, Hard Road Trio (Steve Smith, Chris Sanders, Anne Luca),  Hit & Run Bluegrass, Sierra Hull & Highway 111, Jim Hurst Band, Joy Kills Sorrow, Kathy Kallick Band, Kane's River, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum, Loose Ties, Monroe Crossing, Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Open Road, Andy Reiner, John Reischman & The Jaybirds, The Reeltime Travellers, Roe Family Singers, Pete & Anne Sibley, Special Consensus, Spring Creek Bluegrass, Two Bit Franks, Pete & Joan Wernick, Robin & Linda Williams & Their Fine Group.

FOLK, COUNTRY, WORLD  (60 & counting)

Bruce Anfinson, Jay Armeding, Jim Averitt, Dick & Lisa Barrett, Mike Beck, Roy Book Binder, Bryan Bowers, Ben Bullington (with Tom Murphy & Joanne Gardner), The Cantrells (Al & Emily), Kathy Chorover, Chirgilchin (throat singers from Tuva), Craicmore, Stephanie Davis Band, Mike Dowling, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Mark Erelli, Farewell Drifters, Four Shillings Short, Genghis Mongol (Mongolia), Genticorum (Montreal, Quebec), Jack Gladstone, Good Wood (with Christian Johnson & Steve Riddle), Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Sara Grey solo, Meridian Green, Tim Grimm, Dick Hensold, Alan Jabbour, Johnsmith, Kyrgi Band (from Kyrgistan), Bill LaCroix & Tom Robison, Dana Lyons, Tom May, Simon Mayor & Hillary James, Mary McCaslin, John McCutcheon, Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer, Bill Mize, Peter Ostroushko, Aaron Parrett & Ivan Rosenberg & Nan Alleman, Utah Phillips, Chris Proctor, Chuck Pyle, Garnet Rogers, Darrell Scott, Cosy Sheridan, Rosalie Sorrels, Michael Smith, Bill Staines, Still On the Hill, Dennis Stroughmatt & L’Espirit Creole, Chuck Suchy, Eric Taylor, Tyva Kyzy ("daughers of Tuva"), The Wanderers, Weatherwood, Woods Tea Company, Wylie & The Wild West, Jubal Young, Steve Young.

Thank you all for coming to the shows...and for helping make them each be so much fun!
-- Rik

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