The last concert season for this Reed neighborhood nonprofit wasn't easy, but now the future looks brighter

DAVID F. ASHTON - Coming down from Seattle, Hank Cramer sang at the June 11th concert of the Portland Folk Music Society in the Reed neighborhood - which turned out to be the last show of the 2021-22 season. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it's been difficult for the Portland Folk Music Society to hold their planned concerts. However, the nonprofit organization — based in the Reed neighborhood — did host some programs at the Reedwood Friends Church this spring — with face masks and immunization proof required.

Due to a cancellation, what turned out to be their final show of the season was held on Saturday, June 11.

"In the 43-year history of the Portland Folk Music Society, this has been the most challenging time for us," remarked Stanley Davis, Concert Committee Chair and Board Member, speaking to THE BEE at the June 11 performance.

"Starting up again this year in January, we were supposed to have five concerts," Davis reflected. "The January concert got canceled because of COVID — the performer could not get into the U.S. from Canada. Then, due to illness, May's concert was also canceled.

"But, starting up again this September, we're scheduling nine concerts this season," continued Davis. "It's important to keep this form of music alive, and to keep making folk music accessible for people to hear live in concerts at reasonable prices."

You can learn more about the Portland Folk Music Society, and check out the planned concerts, online —

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