What is a song circle?
A song circle is a gathering of folks to make music together, to sing, play, and share songs.
F.A.M.E. currently has three song circles, each a little different than the others: the longest running of them is our Traditional Folk Song Circle with Tomy Wright. This is currently based at the Faith Assembly of God in Brunswick (it used to be at Dublin Roasters in Frederick). It moved onto Zoom in 2020, and still operates on that format for those who can’t make it there in person (we have a few out of state folks who participate as well). It uses the “Rise Up Singing” songbook as its source. It meets every second Saturday of the month from 1-3pm.
F.A.M.E. inherited the Mount Airy Arts Alliance ‘s song circle when the Arts Alliance disbanded. This is a less formal gathering, with elements of a jam session to it. People can bring music they want to share (Chords and lyrics), or sometimes songs are played with just a quick run-through of the chords. This meets every third Friday at Mount Airy Town Hall from 7-8:30pm.
The newest song circle is the “formal” song circle that will be meeting in the Community Room in the Common Market on Buckeystown Pike every other Sunday from 11am to 1pm. What makes it formal is that it’s strongly recommended that you bring the chords and lyrics to a few songs (maybe 6-7 copies?) so that everyone can play or sing along.
You don’t have to play an instrument to attend a song circle. You can just sing, or even just listen.
Come join us at any or all of these!