Olympia Folklore Society - Olympia WA



The Columbia Street Seisiun

The Columbia Street Seisiun

Seisiun Tune List - A printable list of tunes frequently played at the seisiuns.



Bands -

Before The Mast
(Sea Songs and Shanties)

Budd Bay Buccaneers
(Scallywags and Scoundrels)

Constellation's Crew
(Hank Cramer & Northwest musicians sing historical Shanties and Sea Songs)

Cricket On The Hearth
(Celtic/Irish)

Old Time Medicine Show

Snake Oil
(Old Time/Bluegrass)




  Welcome to the website of the Olympia Folklore Society. Established in 1968, the height of the "Great Folk Scare", the Olympia Folklore Society served as umbrella organization for the founding of numerous folk music events in the Olympia area, such as Hootenannies to benefit worthy causes, the Tumwater Bluegrass Festival, the Irish Cottage Fair, two coffeehouse concert series: Applejam and the Oldtime Medicine Show, and sponsors educational workshops and jam sessions such as: the Columbia Street Irish Seisiun.  OFS promotes the preservation of traditional music and folk arts and stands ready to assist in these areas with a pool of knowledgeable advisors, volunteers, and, sometimes, funding.   Call Burt Meyer for info: 866-4296


Olympia Folk Events and Seisiun Calendar 

Aug 3   BUDD BAY SHANTY SING,   open to all who  love songs of the sea.    Come join in, lead a shanty, or just listen!   From 7 - 9 pm  at the BOSTON HARBOR MARINA, go out Eastbay Drive to Boston Harbor.   Call 866-4296 for info

Aug 9 
  BLACK HILLS PICKIN' PARTY,  a 2nd Saturday jam session for oldtimey/country/bluegrass music from 11am - 4pm at the Friendly Village Clubhouse at 1111 Archwood Drive SW off of Capital Mall Drive on Olympia's westside.  Info: blackhillspickinparty@gmail.com

Aug 10    MEDIUM RARE SESSION, for those pickers who can handle the tunes at a slow to moderate pace.  And an opportunity for more accomplished players to learn Irish and oldtime American tunes "on the fly".      1 - 4 Sunday afternoon at Mary's.  Call 866-4296 for info.

Aug 10-17   CENTRALIA OLDTIME MUSIC CAMPOUT,  for info, go to http://www.centraliacampout.com or email centraliacampout@gmail.com  call  360-269-8833

Aug 24    A HOOTENANNY REVIVAL  at Traditions Cafe from 2-4.  "Old Folkies" from the Oly area perform songs from the "folk revival" as they remember them, while they still remember them.  Info: call Holly at 866-0257 or e-mail:   tohollygg@comcast.net   

Sep 7  BUDD BAY SHANTY SING,   open to all who  love songs of the sea.    Come join in, lead a shanty, or just listen!   From 7 - 9 pm  at the BOSTON HARBOR MARINA, go out Eastbay Drive to Boston Harbor.   Call 866-4296 for info

Sep 13
  BLACK HILLS PICKIN' PARTY,  a 2nd Saturday jam session for oldtimey/country/bluegrass music from 11am - 4pm at the Friendly Village Clubhouse at 1111 Archwood Drive SW off of Capital Mall Drive on Olympia's westside.  Info: blackhillspickinparty@gmail.com

Sep 14
  MEDIUM RARE SESSION, for those pickers who can handle the tunes at a slow to moderate pace.  And an opportunity for more accomplished players to learn Irish and oldtime American tunes "on the fly".      1 - 4 Sunday afternoon at Mary's.  Call 866-4296 for info.

Sep 28  A HOOTENANNY REVIVAL  at Traditions Cafe from 2-4.  "Old Folkies" from the Oly area perform songs from the "folk revival" as they remember them, while they still remember them.  Info: call Holly at 866-0257 or e-mail:   tohollygg@comcast.net