Welcome to the

Beach Cities Folk Music Club

founded 2004


Do you wish you could sing around a campfire with Pete Seeger?


Do you secretly sing

Woody Guthrie, Stan Rogers or Bill Stains songs 

in the car?

Woody Singers

Did you dream you saw Joe Hill last night? Then you’re in luck!

On the third Tuesday of each month,

from 7-9 or 10pmbanjo players, fiddlers, guitar players and singers

gather in a warm circle in the Wayland’s living room 

to sing and play or share a story or a joke.

May the circle be unbroken! Join us in our Sing-along/Hoot/Jam!

Bring a friend ~

Bring a song ~

Bring an instrument ~

Where? The Wayland home:

1642 Voorhees Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

1 1/2 blocks west of Aviation, 4 blocks north of Artesia.

Please bring yummy snacks or drinks to share…or not!

Since we meet on a work night, we ask that you skeedaddle by 10 pm sharp.

Come sing a song and play along!


Please note that we are a group of friends who come together to make music.  We do not put on concerts as a result of agent or performer solicitations.  If you’d like to join us in music and song on the third Tuesday of the month, please contact us. But if you are contacting us in the hopes that we will put on a concert, we’re not your target audience.

For more information:

aprilspencil [at]G Mail [dot] com (founder April Halprin Wayland)

(please put Beach Cities Folk Club in the subject line)

snail mail:

Beach Cities Folk Music Club

1097 Aviation Boulevard

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254

FAX: (310) 379-4523

Happy 20th Birthday, 2024 BCFC!


~ We meet the third Tuesday of each month, 7-10 pm ~

many thanks to Janet Cornwell for our themes

~ the following song themes are only suggestions to get your musical juices flowing ~


January 2024 OUR 20TH BIRTHDAY!
Medicine, raccoons & possums, Hope
February 2024 Flirtation, eyes, ears, mouths, Hope; BONUS theme: Mardi Gras!
March 2024 String & rope, wind, Hope
April  2024 Bread (any kind), dreams & daydreams, Hope
May 2024 Butterflies, cloth, Hope
June 2024 Fruit, visits & visitors, Hope
July 2024 Guns, cannons, peace, Hope
August 2024
Ants, bees & wasps, rocks (& rock!), Hope
September 2024 Vegetables, falls, falling, Hope
October 2024 Rats & mice, potions & poisons, Hope
November 2024 Nuts (any kind), cars, Hope
December 2024 Feasts, seasonal songs, Hope

Folk Links—in no particular order:

    • The Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club – our club is the baby sister of the SMTFMC, which was born in 1978 and meets the first Saturday of each month (in Santa Monica, of course); both were founded by the same person
    • FolkWorks – Check out this FABULOUS, FREE newspaper’s site for Folk Music and Dance events in the greater Los Angeles area…Folk Works is “building cultural bridges through music and dance”
    • Folk Alliance – The North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance–”one strong voice”
    • The Topanga Banjo & Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival
    • California Traditional Music Society
    • Sing Out! Magazine
    • Songmakers–They sponsor weekly hoots in private homes, weekend get-aways and special events. Check out their links to other folk clubs.
    • The Living Tradition–they sponsor contra dances, folk music concerts and folk music jams. They have a great newsletter, too.
    • The San Francisco Folk Music Club our club was inspired by the SFFMC
    • FolkScene is a program of traditional and contemporary music featuring live music, interviews, and recordings
    • Dick Holdstock and wife, Carol, long-time friends of our club, perform wonderful songs of the sea and more with Allan Macleod
    • Ross Altman, folksinger/songfighter…songwriter extraordinaire and longtime president of the Santa Monica Traditional Folk Music Club
    • AcousticMusicScene.com–a site designed to promote quality acoustic music by providing news, commentary, advance notice and coverage of awards and contests, conferences of note and music festivals, U.S. national and Northeast regional news, a photo gallery, regional live music calendars, etc.

Please let us know if any of these links are broken!
Email April: 
aprilspencil [at]G Mail [dot] com

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