Joe Seamons

is creating NW Folklore, Heritage Songs, and Cultural Equity

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  • Wow. You are generous. In addition to the rewards above, you'll get access to special concert conversations I'll broadcast online exclusively for this tier of patrons twice each year. Basically, we'll have a goodly dose of music interspersed with scintillating conversation regarding the various topics that you, dear Patron, are invited to broach, discuss and investigate with me. 

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About

I am a traveling performer, teacher, and folklorist. My mission is to spur the movement of artists & agitators who revitalize our culture through art. We observe history, agitate for justice, and propagate sound traditions through songs, stories, and shindigs. 
Here's how:

Videos
Songs are made for singing, dancing, and playing. But I've found they can also create a lens through which we can better understand our present & past. My musical cohorts & I will present music videos that makes you dance or sing along, framed by stories that provide context.

Teaching
Along with Rhapsody Project instructors Justin Golden, Briar and Ben Hunter, I work to educate and involve people in American roots culture through classes, residencies, concerts and a scholarship program. For instance, we began bringing young folks to the Centrum Foundation's annual Acoustic Blues Festival in Pt. Townsend, WA.

I help identify and prepare students for these kind of experiences through offering private lessons and group classes to select, outstanding young people. Your backing allows me to make those classes free for students when necessary. 

Folklore
I maintain a travelogue here on my Patreon page where I post articles & media that explore the songs, culture bearers, and stories that further the mission above. This music, and those who create it, opens doors to places and people you'd never come across otherwise. At the same time, the songs establish a common ground where people from widely different backgrounds routinely come together, engage, and celebrate our shared humanity.

My hope is that, through learning about the history of the music presented here, more young people will recognize that they are welcome to take part in our country's beautiful cultural traditions.

My love of American roots culture drives everything I do, and my mission is to spread awareness and appreciation of the music and stories that define my country's heritage. While my main gig is traveling and performing in a duo with Ben Hunter, I am also a partner in Seattle's Black & Tan Hall, and the leader of a Northwest folk music band called Timberbound. Tune in here to learn about old songs and new stories, get a window into life on the road, and get turned on to some of America's greatest culture bearers!

I have met a lot of folks that share my love for stories--mainly stories that revolve around songs and music traditions, but also just my personal story of going around the world working to spread American roots music. So, here you can hear obscure songs and stories, and support my efforts to document modern folk heroes and stories that are being ignored by most of our culture. Help me educate young people, preserve old people's stories and wisdom, and document the journey.
Goals
$492.32 of $2,000 per month
When I hit $2,000 per month in subscribers, I'll start producing two videos each week.
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