3RFS is an all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, founded in 1988, serving the folk community near the confluence of the Yakima, Snake and Columbia rivers in SE Washington state (map)

We present concerts, coffeehouses, contra dances, song circles, and the annual Tumbleweed Music Festival (In its 28th year in 2024.)

Shanghaied on the Willamette Michael Carlos Band Bram Brata
Performers at Tumbleweed Music Festivals

Many more events headed your way:

Coming Next in 2024:

(See Concert, Coffeehouse, Song Circle, or Tumbleweed pages for details)

    "Here are the 2024 Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest Finalists!"

    The Tumbleweed Music Festival is delighted to announce the ten finalists for this year’s Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest! The finalists will perform their songs for the Judges (and audience) on Saturday, September 1st, at 4:15pm in the Community Center Stage. The Judges will decide on 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places; the audience will vote on “People’s Choice.”

    The winners will be announced (and pick up their checks!) on Saturday evening between the first and second Headliner’s performance at the Tumbleweed Benefit concert, and the 1st place songwriter will then perform their song for the concert audience.

    Without further ado, here are the ten finalists and their songs based on this year’s Tumbleweed theme of “By Water, Under Trees:”

    Alan Ehrlich Dark Muddy Water
    Jane Fallon Where the River Meets the Trees
    Mark Gostnell By the River
    Mary Hartman Goose Poop
    Daniel James Slow Grow
    Rachel Jumago (Arbielle) By the River, Under the Trees
    Kathy Kostelec Rolling River
    Carleen McCornack Metolius Spring
    John Sparrow Under the Hill
    Amelia White Travel By Water

    List of Jane Titland Memorial SOngwriting Contest 2024 Finalists

    "Dan Maher's Good Road Celebrates 6 MONTHS "On The Air!"

    Saturday, June 15, 2024 at 7:00 PM Pacific Time on FolkMusicNotebook.com
    AND at 8:00 AM Pacific Time on Mixcloud.com/danmahersgoodroad

    Three Rivers Folklife invites you to join us in celebrating 6 MONTHS of Dan Maher’s Good Road by tuning in to the 26th show this Saturday at 7pm Pacific time on folkmusicnotebook.com, or anytime beginning at 8am Pacific time this Sunday on mixcloud.com/danmahersgoodroad. You can find all the show playlists at facebook.com/DanMahersGoodRoad (Formerly Inland Folk). Bravo to Dan for coming back to the “airwaves” so strongly!

    Dan Maher's Good Road 6 Months on the air!

    The 2024 Tumbleweed Festival: August 30 - September 1, 2024.    

    The chosen theme for 2024 is "By Water, Under Trees."

    See links on the Tumbleweed Fest Website RIGHT HERE!

    It is with great sadness that Three Rivers Folklife Society notes the passing of a very long-time 3RFS member, Alan Gibbs.

    Alan and his wife Judi started the 3rfs.org website in 1995. In this time of straight HTML, they figured out how to put sound clips online, and posted some of the earliest ones.

    Alan subsequently maintained and developed the 3rfs.org website by himself until May 2023, when a serious medical condition suddenly sidelined him.

    Alan was born in 1939, and died January 11, 2024.

    He was a valued and valuable member of our organization, and put in excellent work to promote the organization and our aims.

    Our thoughts are with his family and friends now. Thank you, Alan, for everything.