What we're about
This is a folk singing group. Well, mainly... We also get into singer-song-writers and other music as well. Take a close look at the list of meetups for details.
We generally meet in someone's home and fill up at about 12-15 members, but other larger venues are sometimes used. Meetups tend to happen in Berkeley, Oakland, Hercules, Walnut Creek, and even in Marin and Pacifica. If you would like to host, please contact the Organizer(s).
Any food or beverages you want to bring for the snack table are appreciated, but not necessary. (Host provides the space only.) Sometimes a meetup is posted as a potluck dinner. Yum:)
We usually have a few people who bring their guitars, and maybe a bass player and harmonica player. We're open to other stringed instruments as well, but you should be proficient enough to keep the rhythm and change chords quickly, and you should be okay with sitting out a few songs if there are more than two guitarists that night.
If you don't already have it-- buy the Rise Up Singing songbook! See the group home page for info. Take a close look at the book's index of songs, genres, artists, and cultures (http://www.amazon.com/Rise-Up-Singing-Group-Songbook/dp/0962670472#reader_0962670472) at Amazon for details. The book contains 1200 songs! It's a rich volume with 35 different categories/ genres of songs.
Please take your RSVP seriously - don't flake out! Hosts are gracious to offer their homes, and they always have expenses of time, effort, and often money. Not showing up or cancelling the day of a meetup is rude to them and to other members who are on a waiting list hoping to attend. In consideration of that, we have a "3 strike" rule. If you RSVP and don't show three times, your membership will be cancelled.
Don't be shy or hesitant to try it out! The people are welcoming and fun to sing with. Hope to see you soon!