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

Feb 1   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 the MERCATO, just across from the Olympia Farmers Market   Call 866-4296 for info

Feb 8    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.

Feb 14 
  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

Feb 12-15 
  Oly Old-Time Festival here in Olympia.  info:  http://olyoldtime.weebly.com/

Feb 14-15
  The Irish Cultural Society of the Pacific Northwest hosts the 8th Annual Sean-nůs Northwest Festival at Evergreen State College.  The festival offers two days of workshops on traditional Irish singing, sean-nůs and set dancing, Irish language, music, and culture.  No prior experience is needed.   info:  www.seannos.org

Feb 22    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   

Feb 26 - Mar 1  WINTERGRASS bluegrass festival at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue.   info:  http://wintergrass.com/

Mar 1
  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 our storm port, the Mercato Ristorante, across from the Olympia Farmers Market.   Call 866-4296 for info

Mar 8    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.

Mar 14   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

Mar 22  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