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somewhat later 2020

Posted: May 29, 2020 in Live Music

All venues are closed , unless they have food available for takeout.  Audience-wise, this is not tenable.  Not likely there will be live music indoors for the summer, maybe into winter–which means, maybe a year, maybe never.  Contra dance is not a non-contact sport–even outdoor festivals, even the Saw festival–are cancelled.  Possum Family, Var Mints, Polka Cowboys, Wildcat Canyon–

It seems—these bands may never play again.  How do you sing with a mask over your face?  We shall see.



Posted: March 17, 2020 in Live Music

Today the pub is closed, the calendar is wiped clean.  All gigs cancelled, we’re on holiday.  see you mid April, I hope

On Stage

Posted: February 15, 2020 in Live Music

Waiting for a photo- after much whimpering and reticence, as of January 18, 2020 the band graduated to the Starry Plough stage, a full 18 inches above and several feet to the west of their previous location huddled near a favorite table and pillar in the middle of the pub.  Come cast your eyes upon the awesomeness!

Early Possum Christmas

Posted: December 11, 2019 in Live Music

This postcard must be from 2009, as I printed it on the back of a card listing gigs from late 2009-early 2010.  I had repeated as true history that we didn’t come up with the name until January 2010, so that is proven wrong  .  .  .

happy holidays PFS

Recognize here the blackadder font, the original source of the iconic PFS logo, which I hand-lettered.  The idea of a porch, to play on or hide under, was already clear.

The image is a color negative of a drawing from a photo Chris Hanson took of possums eating cat food out of pink plastic bowls on her porch at 60th Street.

Canyon School Art Faire

Posted: November 16, 2019 in Live Music

Art and I will be performing, and joining Esperanza and Greg Pratt, at the Faire canyon school art faire 2019

some 2019 photos

Posted: November 2, 2019 in Live Music

Polka Cowboys 2019
Halloween dance at the Starry Ploughpc halloween 2019

Murder Ballad night, Harmony Benefit

Art on the train to Nebraska, Oct 2019
Laurie on drums at the NTCMA Festival

Cotati, Accordion Apocalypse stage, 2019


Posted: July 18, 2019 in Live Music

We so enjoyed playing on the Traveling Spectacular last year– the best stage at the festival!

This year we have an hour set at noon, so come on up, or down, or over, as the case may be–Sunday, August 18th, Noon to 1pm – Art Peterson & Laurie Miller – Cotati Accordion Festival – Accordion Apocalypse Stage (just inside the Main Entrance) –


Wildcat Canyon in Palo Alto

Posted: July 17, 2019 in Live Music

Wildcat Canyon is Art Peterson on accordion, Stephanie Costanza playing fiddle and Laurie Miller on bass, bringing rock-steady fiddle tunes to the contra scene. 

Wildcat Canyon 3

We play Saturday, August 31st – 8 to 11pm (free beginners lesson at 7:30)

First United Methodist Church, 625 Hamilton Avenue (Near Middlefield Rd), Palo Alto (upstairs in the boxy Social Hall building on the corner at Byron St.) 

$20 supporters,
$12 non-members,
$10 members
$6 students or low-income
or pay what you can

Palo Alto –

  • wear comfortable, light­ clothing.
  • bring comfortable shoes with clean, non-marking soles.
  • avoid using alcohol or drugs before the dance.
  • not wear any artificial fragrances.

A poster-card I designed, photo-shopped lettering over a banner I drew in 1969 or so.


After Celu left the Silver Kittens in 2009, she got a weekly? spot at the Kensington Circus Pub as “Celu and Friends”.  One night she was informed that the grownups had decided they didn’t want music, as it interfered with watching sports on the big TV. .  A bartender from Chester’s Cafe was hanging out at the bar, and he invited her to come play; they have a cabaret license and only had music once a week.

So, Chester’s, in Berkeley’s Walnut Square, became a weekly thing, Steve and I and others were the Friends.  When the Possum Family Singers formed, we found ourselves with a monthly show.

We had already made the name change by December 2009 when I put this poster together.

June 2019; S4F Contradance

Posted: June 3, 2019 in Live Music

June 1 First-and-Third-Saturdays at the Plough kicks off with Art and Laurie playing from their huge songbook, including dance tunes from the Polka Cowboy and Wildcat Canyon repertoires.

June 15 Ann and Kurt will be back from holiday, Possums as usual.

Saturday June 8 Art and Laurie lead the Contradance Band Workshop and Dance at the 2019 San Francisco Free Folk Festival, at Everett Middle School, 450 Church Street, San Francisco.

The band workshop will be at noon in Music 5- Room 225.

The dance will be 6:30 – 8:30 in the Dance A- the North Gym

Art will also lead a sing-along at the Video:  Pete Seeger Song-Leading workshop, 3-6 in Room 224.

all events free, festival parking (last time I checked) $10.

Program 2019