The Canton Folk Song
Society is a small group of folk-style musicians who get together at the
McKinley Presidential Library & Museum in
Regular Meetings Are Now Scheduled in the Schoolhouse Off to the Right of the Train Exhibit in the Second
Occasionally the Schoolhouse May Be Unavailable and Then Meetings Will Be in the Square of the Street of Shops
In the Square of the Street of Shops
Winter Folk Song Fest
Nineteenth Annual Festival Put on
In the Auditorium of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Performances by Several Local Groups, Clubs, and Individuals
Followed by Jam Session for Everyone with Instruments and Voices
It will become clear in this section that it's often a good idea to check here, to contact Bill by e-mail or phone (234-564-3852), to check with another member, or to call the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum (330-455-7043) before coming out for a meeting -- especially if you are coming from a distance.
Meetings are generally held on the second Saturday of the month from at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum,
The meetings of the club are generally run as informal song circles with individual members each taking a turn to choose a song. Choices are usually taken from a source available to several other members which allows others to join in the performance. However, members sometimes choose to perform songs for the rest of the group – whether old favorites or songs that they are just in the process of learning. Singers and acoustic folk-style instruments of all sorts are welcome. Instruments which have been played at Canton Folk Song Society include (but are not limited to): guitars (6 & 12 strings, steel, banjo-guitar, tenor), dulcimers (hammered and mountain), autoharps, harps, flutes, whistles, recorders, fife, harmonicas, concertina, bowed psalteries, banjos, mandolins, octave mandolins, ukuleles, fiddles, cello, upright bass, jug, washtub bass, marimbula, percussion (bodhran, spoons, tambourines, bells, chimes, and more), and more.
Membership in the Canton Folk Song Society is open to anyone who enjoys folk-style music and agrees to work with the other members for the mutual enjoyment of all. There is no membership fee or charge. Come to a meeting and join along in the music if you would like to be a member. There are members who just choose to sing along on a few choruses; members who are trying to learn to play an instrument who play so quietly that almost nobody else can ever hear them; members who usually play and sing only for their own enjoyment; members who gave up performing publicly years ago, but have decided that this is something they can enjoy doing; and members who currently perform professionally. Members have enjoyed doing songs by contemporary singer/songwriters, folk favorites from the fifties and sixties (and earlier and later), traditional ballads, celtic music, world music, children's songs, humorous songs, the blues, popular songs, country songs, seasonal music, music fitted to various themes, and more.
Purpose & Methods
The Canton Folk Song Society is a club open to anyone who enjoys folk-style music and agrees to work with other members for the mutual enjoyment of all. The primary purposes of the club are to share in the enjoyment of folk-style music, to share friendships with others who have similar interests, to help others to become familiar with this type of music and the instruments involved with it, and to help our members follow their own goals in relationship to the music. These purposes may be accomplished by having regular meetings or activities to play and sing; by finding ways to communicate to let members and others know about the activities of the society, its members, and other organizations or individuals with similar purposes; by sponsoring concerts, programs, shows, festivals, conferences, seminars, workshops, lectures, classes, meetings, displays, or publications; and by working with or supporting other organizations in similar or related activities.
In addition to the
regular monthly meetings, members of the Canton Folk Song Society have also
done public performances as the Canton Folk Song Society. Several performances
have been for the McKinley Museum as a way of showing our appreciation for the
meeting place. We have regularly performed for such events as McKinley's
Birthday Celebration, the Museum Christmas Party, and other special events at
the Museum. We also have performed for the Clubs Open Stage many times since
1995 at Dulci-More Festivals in
The Canton Folk Song
Society first got together in January, 1994 at the Public Library in
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