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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...


Darol Anger

Fiddler extraordinaire Darol Anger is returning to Bozeman. The last time we remember him playing in Bozeman was with Mike Marshall at the Museum of the Rockies. This time around, Darol Anger and Friends will be playing at the Ellen on Saturday, May 30. The line-up will include Emy Phelps, Tom Garnsey, a special appearance by Angella Ahn, and other friends to be announced.

Darol Anger is a true fiddle guru, unique in his range and depth, who has spent almost four decades reinventing American string music to encompass his explorations of bluegrass, jazz, and music from around this world. The groups that he founded or co-founded include the David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Psychograss, Montreux, and the Republic of Strings. His playing and composition overflow with passion, prodigious technique, and a generous sense of humor. He has spent his career enlightening and inspiring his fellow musicians, and vice-versa.  That’s where the Friends come in. Darol has played music all over the world and has made many allies and musical friends, some of which will appear at this upcoming concert!

Emy Phelps does not remember a time when she has not sung. Trained in theater arts, at Ashland, Oregon's world-renowned theatre program, she was a founding member of Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble, touring internationally from 1980–1987. As a member of that ensemble she did additional research on indigenous music in Peru. She is a musician of note in the Oregon region and has performed all around the Pacific Northwest since the late 80's. Her touring career was put on hold while obtaining degrees in Theatre Arts and Special Education, teaching at elementary and middle schools and successfully raising four children, but now her public work continues as a recording artist, a member of the Furies, and as a duet with Darol Anger.  In addition to her latest release, Look Up, Look Down, she released a previous recording entitled As It Should Be on Sweet Mercy Records, and has participated in recordings by Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega, Taarka, and Duke McVinnie. Another project of original compositions and a collection of covers of 60's classics is in the works.
Darrell Scott - 10 On June 5, Darrell Scott will be performing a tribute to Ben Bullington, featuring songs from his new album "10 - Songs of Ben Bullington". This special event will take place at the Ellen Theatre. Darrell will be joined by Bill Payne, John Lowell, Tom Murphy, Kris Clone, Russell Smith, and Joanne Gardner. Not much more we can say about this show - some cuts from the pre-release version of the album were played on KGLT during fund drive weekend, and they were breathtaking. This collection of musicians is presenting this one-time show to raise awareness of Ben's music and to help fund the album release. CDs will be for sale at the show. 

There are three seating levels for this show, with a limited number available at $50, a second tier at $35, and a third level at $25. Tickets are going fast for the show, so head on over to the Ellen's web site or their box office and get yours pronto!
On Friday, June 12, we're happy to welcome Special Consensus back to Bozeman! We hardly know what to do with a Special C show that isn't happening during a snow storm in December. And this one will be on the stage at the Ellen Theatre. It's going to be a great night of hard-driving bluegrass music. We hope you have gotten a chance to hear banjo player Greg Cahill, mandolin player Rick Faris, guitarist Dustin Benson and bass player Dan Eubanks at a previous BFS show. If not, this would be a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with this phenomenal bluegrass band!

Tickets are $15 each, with a $3 discount for BFS members, available at the Ellen box office or web site.

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
2015-05-10 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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