This Saturday, June 2, the FFM kids will take the Family Stage at 2 p.m. They are going to perform several of the songs they wrote this spring, and you won’t want to miss them! FFM Associate Director had the kids divide into groups for songwriting–words, tunes, chords, and everything–and
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Press-Citizen article published May 5 about the upcoming Family Folk Machine concert by Jean Littlejohn The Family Folk Machine, Iowa City’s intergenerational choir, is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a concert at the Englert Theatre on Saturday, May 12, at 3 p.m. We are excited to bring back some of
We are very excited to welcome several local organizations to our Calling Me Home concerts. Rather than just singing about our feelings about home, we’re happy to offer our audience a chance to see some of the good work that’s going on in our community to help with issues of
The Family Folk Machine is very excited to present our fall program in two concerts: Friday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Senior Center Sunday, November 19 at 3 p.m. at the Old Capitol Senate Chamber Come and sing along with us! The concerts feature songs by contemporary folk
Join us for an all-request sing-along at Uptown Bill’s on Saturday, Nov. 11. We get started about 3 p.m. and sing until 4:30. It’s a fun, low-key way to sing and make connections with neighbors, friends, and acquaintances, and everyone is welcome. We enjoy rediscovering old songs and learning some
The Fall 2017 Family Folk Machine session begins with rehearsal on Sunday, August 20, from 3 to 5 at the Senior Center. Get in touch for more info, or just show up! We will be singing about Home, and our concerts will be November 17 at the Senior Center and
The Family Folk Machine will sing at Arts Fest this June, and we are thrilled and honored to perform with our friends the Awful Purdies. You can catch our joint performance on the Main Stage at 1 p.m. June 3. How do you merge a 60-voice intergenerational choir with a
I ran into these words from Bob Dylan in an article about his Nobel prize in the January 2017 issue of the magazine Sojourners (thanks to my mom). These quotes are taken from a speech Dylan gave when accepting a MusiCares Person of the Year Award in 2015: “I learned
It’s a new year and a new session for the Family Folk Machine! Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 8, at 3 p.m. at the Senior Center. If you’ve been thinking about joining us, come check it out!
On Sunday evening, September 25, some of the members of the Family Folk Machine will join other community singers to present the Iowa City iteration of the Concert across America to End Gun Violence. The concert is at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 320 E.