The Sherwood Park Folk Jam meets at 6:30 pm on the third Sunday of every month at an acreage home just one mile south of the Wye Road.


Years ago this type of thing was also known as a “Hootenanny”  - an informal performance by folk singers, often involving an audience.


According to Pete Seeger, in various interviews, he first heard the word hootenanny in Seattle, Washington in the late 1930s. It was used by Hugh Delacey’s New Deal political club to describe their monthly music fund raisers. After some debate the club voted in the word hootenanny, which narrowly beat out the word “wingding”.

Seeger, Woody Guthrie and other members of the Almanac Singers later used the word in New York City to describe their weekly rent parties, which featured many notable folksingers of the time. Joan Baez made the analogy that a hootenanny is to folk singing what a jam session is to jazz.

What our Folk Jam IS:


It is about sharing your music with others through group playing and singing. 


Everything is intended to be played, sung and enjoyed by all. 

What our Folk Jam IS NOT:


A Folk Jam is not about individual performances. 


It is not an “open mic” session.

Coming to a Folk Jam?


Please bring :

· any acoustic instrument(s) you play

· a music stand

· 5 or 6 copies of whatever music you are planning to share.

· your singing voice (optional!)

· any beverage you like

· your sense of humour!


We are working on a ”high-tech” solution to the paper copy way of sharing music.  We’ll keep you posted.




Contact us and we will put you on the email list and send you updates and information on meetings including our address.

Contact us

Next Folk Jam—Sunday, November 26th, 2017 at 6:30pm

E-mail us for details, songs and music.

For the next Folk Jam we will be playing songs by the following late artists:


Mimi Fariña  April 30, 1945 – July 18, 2001  “Pack Up Your Sorrows”

Harry Chapin December 7, 1942 – July 16, 1981  “All My Life’s A Circle”

Willie Dunn August 14, 1941 August 5, 2013  “I Pity The Country” & “Son Of The Sun”

Lee Hays March 14, 1914 – August 26, 1981  “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine”



And YOUR choices of songs and music to enjoy together.