FFM Annual Appeal!

We have launched the FFM Annual Appeal! Coming up on our 10th anniversary in January of 2023, please consider supporting our work with a donation of any size! We hope to keep singing and building community for 10 more years, and 10 after that. You can make a secure online donation here:


or you can send a check to

Family Folk Machine
P.O. Box 1421
Iowa City, IA 52244

Thanks for your support! We wouldn’t be here without our community!

Hope to see you at the Englert on November 13 at 3:00 p.m. for Carry On: Songs for Living!


FFM Fall Concert November 13, 2022

Carry On: Songs for Living

We can’t wait to present our fall concert, Carry On: Songs for Living, at the Englert Theatre on Sunday, November 13, at 3:00 p.m.!

Carry On: Songs for Living is about how we keep on keeping on and how we bear each other up through hard times. With songs by David Byrne, Valerie June, Pete Seeger, James Taylor, Bridget Kearney, and more, plus lots of audience sing-alongs, we hope you’ll come join us and find some new ways to carry on. The concert is free and open to all. We’ll gratefully accept free-will donations to support our work as we approach our ten-year anniversary.

FFM Spring Concert Saturday, May 14, 3 p.m.!

Join us this Saturday, May 14, at 3 p.m. at the historic Englert Theatre for the spring concert of the Family Folk Machine! Sing a Song: To Noisemaking! will feature songs about the joy of singing together and will get you singing along. Hope you can be there!

We are so pleased to present a special collaboration with the Eulenspiegel Puppet Theatre as part of the performance. Led by Monica Leo, the FFM kids will present a puppet shadow play accompanied by an original song by FFM teen Tessera Rippentrop.

The concert is family-friendly and free. Donations will be accepted with gratitude. If you can’t join us in person, you can tune in using this link:
either in real time or anytime after the concert.

You can also catch members of the FFM at the Iowa City Public Works open house, an all-day party on Saturday, May 21 at the new public works building at 3810 Napoleon Lane. Our set will be 11:00 to 11:30; find all the details here: https://www.icgov.org/news/upcoming-public-works-open-house-features-day-family-fun-─-roller-skating-quilts-more .

We’ll start our Fall 2022 session, Carry On: Songs for Living, in mid-August! Drop us a note if you might like to join us then.


Save the date: FFM spring concert on Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Family Folk Machine will present our spring concert, “Sing a Song: To Noisemaking!” on Saturday, May 14, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free with donations gratefully accepted. We will be celebrating the joys of singing together in this song-themed concert. As a musical centerpiece, we will feature a puppet shadow play presented by the FFM kids under the direction of Eulenspiegel Puppets’ Monica Leo. The shadow play will be set to an original song by Tessera Rippentrop.

Hope you can join us on May 14!


Rehearsals begin Jan. 9 for spring 2022 FFM session: The Spark Between Our Hearts

The Family Folk Machine is having our first rehearsal for our Spring 2022 session, The Spark Between Our Hearts, this Sunday, January 9, at 3:00. We are going to hold our first few rehearsals on Zoom and begin meeting in person with safety precautions when local virus transmission levels are lower.

We have a great group of songs planned for the choir this spring! Lots of songs about singing and hope for the future. Would you like to join us? You can attend the first couple of Zoom rehearsals and check things out before making a commitment.

To join, or for more information, send an email to jean@familyfolkmachine.org. We’ll get you the Zoom link for rehearsals and all the other info you need.


FFM Annual Appeal

The Family Folk Machine seeks donations through our Annual Appeal to support our programming. Please consider making a donation today, by sending a check to

Family Folk Machine

P.O. Box 1421

Iowa City, IA 52244

or securely online. We appreciate your support!


Never So Far: FFM Concert this Sunday!

Join us Sunday, October 10, at 3:00 p.m. on the Riverside Festival Stage for “Never So Far,” the Fall 2021 concert from the Family Folk Machine! For our first in-person concert since November 2019, we’ll share a fantastic set of songs that meet our present moment, and we hope you’ll be there to sing along. Please wear a mask—we will be! The concert is free (donations will be gratefully accepted). Here’s our set list:

Call It Dreaming (Iron and Wine)

Road to Nowhere (Talking Heads)

When the Train Comes Along (trad. Black spiritual)

Hope (Ysaÿe Barnwell)

You Are Not Alone (Jeff Tweedy/Mavis Staples)

Nothing More (Alternate Routes)

Ain’t No Hole in the Washtub (Paul Williams)

I Wake in Joy (Deb Talan)

It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo Starr)

Never So Far (Greg Brown)

Cover Me in Sunshine (Pink)

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