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, sometimes 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. 


Wanna share?  Come join us!

What our Folk Jam IS NOT:



A Folk Jam is not about individual performances. 


It is not an “open mic” session.


Wanna perform?  Go to a bar or an “open mic”!

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.

Next Folkjam:  Sunday, September 16th 2018 @ 6:30pm at R.Ouse


We remember and respect the following late folk singers who died in the month of September:

Bill Monroe September 13, 1911 – September 9, 1996    - we’ll sing:  BLUE MOON OF KENTUCKY 

Josh White February 11, 1914 – September 5, 1969   - we’ll sing:  HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN (1926) 

Jim Croce January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973  we’ll sing:  ROLLER DERBY QUEEN

Mary Travers November 9, 1936 – September 16, 2009   we’ll sing:   I’M IN LOVE WITH A BIG BLUE FROG


Plus:  Here In California (Kate Wolf), No Change In Me (Ron Hynes)


Plus your songs that you want to lead, share and play