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Jan 16, 2017 (Mon) Janie Rothfield Old Time Trio — RESERVE SEATS – The Janie Rothfield Trio (on tour from Philadelphia) is led by award winning old time fiddler, banjo player, tune maker and recording artist, Janie Rothfield. Janie brings with her two of old time musics finest musicians and singers, Pete Peterson and Kellie Allen. These three have played together for almost 20 years, and pull from a deep repertoire of old time songs (with tight harmonies) and hot tunes from the Appalachian South, plus the newly written music composed by Janie. (Visit : http://www.janerothfield.com/)
Jan 27, 2017 (Fri) –Dan Crary, Bill Evans, & Martin Stevens – RESERVE SEATS – (Dan Crary, Bill Evans and Martin Stevens will perform pieces from Dan and Bill’s many recordings along with their re-workings of traditional bluegrass favorites and songs from contemporary writers. ~ ( Visit : http://dancrary.com | http://www.
Jan 28, 2017 (Sat) – Seffarine – RESERVE SEATS– Seffarine is a duo formed by Moroccan singer Lamiae Naki and oud player/flamenco guitarist Nat Hulskamp. Their repertoire varies from classical Arabic and Andalusian music to original compositions influenced by the music of widely varying cultures, such as Spanish flamenco, classical Persian music, and American jazz. Seffarine takes its name from the ancient metalworking square in Lamiae’s home city of Fes, Morocco. Her family is well known in the Seffarine as master metalworkers continuing the tradition today. The square dates back to the 9th century and is famous for the complex rhythms that can be heard from the blacksmiths’ hammers. (Visit : www.seffarine.com)
Feb 8, 2017 (Wed) – The Press Gang (Irish Trad) – RESERVE SEATS— Alden Robinson: Fiddle, Christian Stevens: Accordion & Concertina, Owen Marshall: Guitar, Bouzouki & Harmonium, Hanz Araki: flutes — The Press Gang perform the instrumental dance music of Ireland on fiddle, accordion, and guitar. Based in Portland, Maine, these three musicians have become popular over the past four years for their skillful playing and deep understanding of the music, and for their humorous stage presence. (Visit : www.pressgangmusic.com)
Feb 9, 2017 (Thurs) – Eric Vloeimans & Wil Holshouser (Netherlands/Brooklyn , Trumpet/Accordion) – “Acoustic chamber jazz with world music influences” – RESERVE SEATS —
Trumpeter Eric Vloeimans has been active in a wide variety of ensembles over the years: his acoustic ‘chamber/jazz’ ‘Fugimundi’ trio; an electric project, Gatecrash, which has earned a reputation as one of Europe’s top cross-over bands between jazz and pop, and Oliver’s Cinema, a folk-influenced trio with accordion and cello. These groups perform a wide range of highly original music and have toured throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.
Will Holshouser has performed all over the world as an accordionist, improviser and composer, exploring the areas between jazz, folk and experimental music. Highlights have included touring and recording with jazz violinist Regina Carter, Amsterdam-based improvisers Han Bennink & Michael Moore, modern klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer, and pop visionaries Antony and the Johnsons, as well as with his own groups, Musette Explosion & The Will Holshouser Trio.
Feb 15, 2017 (Wed) – MEREDITH AXELROD – RESERVE SEATS – Vocals, guitar. Early twentieth century music, whether it be Ragtime, Music Hall, Pop Standard, Boogie Woogie, Tin Pan Alley, String band, Jazz, Country, Blues or even Jug Band music. Ms. Axelrod learned to sing and play by listening to how folks did it a century ago – through the medium of cylinders, 78-rpm records, and from sheet music. “Meredith Axelrod sings and plays guitar as if she really returned to the pre-mic days. We’re not talking revisionist copy of so and so from way back when; we’re talking as if we plucked an original out of the era and time-traveled…” – JL Stiles (http://www.meredithaxelrod.com)
Feb 17, 2017 (Fri) – SPRYGG – CD Release Concert ~ RESERVE SEATS – Nina Lane, Fran Slefer, Bryan Owens, & Dan Compton ~ Folk Music from Ireland, Appalachia, France, Sweden, England, the Balkans, New Zealand, & more on mandocello, button accordion, fiddle, guitars,
mandolin, five-string and tenor banjos, and clarinet. (https://www.facebook.com/sprygg.band/)
Feb 18, 2017 (Sat) – True North – RESERVE SEATS –
(Kristen Grainger, vocals, ukulele, Dan Wetzel, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals, Dale Adkins, guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals, Suzanne Pearce, upright bass, vocals) Hailing from Oregon’s beautiful Willamette valley, Americana-bluegrass quartet True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting for a distinctive sound that is fresh, warm and memorable. Fronted by vocalist and award-winning singer-songwriters Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel, True North is rounded out with two well-known Northwest bluegrass superstars Dale Adkins and Suzanne Pearce Adkins. (Visit : www.truenorthband.com)
Feb 22, 2017 (WED) – MOLLY TUTTLE BAND – RESERVE SEATS – Molly Tuttle (guitar/vocals), Wes Corbett (banjo), Joe Walsh (mandolin), Hasse Ciaccio (upright bass).
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11, and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and, last May, graduated from the Berklee College of Music, which she attended on a Hazel Dickens Memorial Scholarship. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive song writing make her a star on the rise. She has already received more than two million YouTube views and has recently released two EP’s with The Goodbye Girls and as a duo with John Mailander. She now makes her home in Nashville and spends time touring, writing and recording. (Visit : http://www.mollytuttlemusic.com/)
Feb 24, 2017 (FRI) – McKasson & McDonald – RESERVE SEATS – Ryan McKasson (fiddle) and Eric McDonald (guitar / vocals) ~ traditional and original music.
Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together. In short, the sum creates a greater whole. The result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes.
Devon Leger of Hearth Music says, “This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other.” Despite both living active musical lives thousands of miles apart these two musicians have committed to working together to forge a new musical path.
Feb 28, 2017 (Tues) – ANDRÉ BRUNET (SOLO) – Traditional Québécois Fiddle ~ (Note : Suggested $20-$25) ~ RESERVE SEATS – André’s passion for traditional Québécois music and irresistible performances are rooted in his desire to communicate the soul of a historical and prestigious tradition. Among many accolades, Andre was awarded “Canadian Grand Master” At the Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition in August 2008 and participated at the opening Ceremonies of the XXIe Olympic Winter Games 2010 in Vancouver. He has also been a member of La Bottine Souriante & The Celtic Fiddle Festival. Currently touring full time with De Temps Antan, André also runs a summer fiddle camp in Quebec with friends Éric Beaudry and Stéphanie Lépine (Camp de Violon Traditionnel Québécois de Lanaudière) dedicated to learning and developing the fiddle repertoire of traditional québécois music. (Visit : www.andrebrunet.com)
Mar 1, 2017 (Wed) – Paper Wings – RESERVE SEATS – Paper Wings is a new old-fashioned acoustic duo featuring Emily Mann (banjo) & Wilhelmina (fiddle/guitar/vocals). These two young artists have been deeply immersed in the West Coast music scene for most of their lives. Now they are joining forces to create music that’s based on their shared love of tradition, old beauty, and the compelling need for new and original sounds. Their duo features classic vocal harmonies over a rotating cast of fiddles, guitar, and banjo. Between the two of them they have had the pleasure of performing with Aoife O’donovan, Darol Anger, Sean Watkins, Darrell Scott, Laurie Lewis, Tim O’Brien, Mike Marshall, Kai Welch, John Reishman, and Rushad Eggleston. Their debut album is set to release in February 2017 followed by a west coast CD release tour. Their music is fine and supple, rough and ready, innovative and timeless. (Visit : www.paperwingsmusic.com)
Mar 10, 2017 (Fri) – STUMPTOWN SWING – RESERVE SEATS – Tim Connell (mandolin) and Mike Burdette (guitar), Keith Brush (upright bass) [Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes], Ben Blechman (violin).
Stumptown Swing takes audiences back to 1920’s Paris, when gypsies with guitars, violins and upright basses made the leap from French musette to American “hot jazz” and kept Parisians floating on their feet to this evocative new sound.
Tim Connell (mandolin) and Mike Burdette (guitar) of Rio Con Brio formed the group after nearly a decade of playing pick-up swing gigs with Portland’s best acoustic musicians. They snapped up the hottest upright player in town, Keith Brush (Stolen Sweets, Pete Krebs Trio, Blue Cranes) and are proud to feature their long-time friend and collaborator, the absolutely pyrotechnic violinist, Ben Blechman. Stumptown Swing performs a set of hot, cool and sultry classics, all resting on a bed of pure swinging groove, featuring gorgeous acoustic instruments played with intelligence and passion by four masters of the craft. (Visit : http://www.stumptownswing.com/)
April 2, 2017 (SUN) – The Kathy Kallick Band – RESERVE SEATS – http://kathykallick.com/ – Kathy Kallick is one of the best songwriters in bluegrass and acoustic music, always coming up with interesting, sometimes playful, always sure-handed songs [featuring] conversational yet evocative lyrics and solid bluegrass sensibilities. The Kathy Kallick Band is a wonderful combination of youth and experience. All are strong musicians and they create a distinctive band sound. – Chris Stuart, Sing Out!
Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals) – 2015 winner of the IBMA Momentum Award (Instrumentalist of the Year), has released a solo album, toured and recorded with Town Mountain and a Cajun band, spent last year as a member of Rod Stewart’s band;
Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals) – has been playing and singing with Kathy since 1996; plays even more traditional ‘grass (with High Country and Bangers & Grass) as well as jazz (featuring selections from his solo album, Jazzolin);
Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals) – learned banjo from Bill Emerson, veteran of several legendary Alaskan bands, won RockyGrass dobro competition, star of YouTube (akslider), ResoMania, and ResoSummit, will have a solo album next year.
Cary Black (acoustic bass, vocals) – taught at Evergreen State College, has performed and recorded with an incredible range of musicians, including the Kingston Trio, Ernestine Anderson, Boys of the Lough, Petula Clark, Bob Brozman, Rose Maddox, …
April 4, 2017 (TUES) – The Lasses & Kathryn Claire – RESERVE SEATS – Acclaimed three part harmonies and engaging performances on guitar, fiddle and bohdran featuring an evening of stories and original & traditional songs straight from the heart.
Portland, OR based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in the Spring of 2015. It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe. The following fall The Lasses booked a tour of concerts in churches and folk venues across The Netherlands. By 2016, the Pacific Northwest tour and the European tour had established fans not only for the co-bill of The Lasses and Kathryn Claire but for the music they created as a trio. After being asked frequently when they were going to make an album together, they decided to finish their European tour in 2016 with a sold out live album recording at De Parel van Zuilen” in Utrecht. The result is a deeply personal and heartfelt album featuring original and traditional songs.
April 7, 2017 (FRI) – Thompsonia – RESERVE SEATS – Eric Thompson (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Suzy Thompson (fiddle, vocals), Allegra Thompson (upright bass, vocals) ~ Dave Alvin says: “Thompsonia sounds like Hazel and Alice had joined forces with Memphis Minnie and recorded with Sam Phillips at Sun Studio.” Thompsonia combines Eric & Suzy Thompson’s deep devotion to southern roots music with daughter Allegra’s fresh perspective, creating feel-good music that richochets between the rowdy and the sentimental, with an abundance of groove and a bit of a quirky edge. Suzy and Allegra’s genetically-matched vocals (dubbed “The Everly Sisters sound” by Geoff Muldaur) are featured, along with stellar lead playing from Eric on mandolin and guitar. In addition to the Cajun, blues and old-time music for which Eric and Suzy have long been acclaimed, the trio also performs witty originals alongside obscurities in styles ranging from rockabilly to hokum to Americana.
April 9, 2017 (SUN) – 3 Fiddlers – 3 Traditions (Danish, American, and Native American) – RESERVE SEATS – Kristian Bugge, Ruthie Dornfeld, Jamie Fox ~ Bugge (Denmark) is widely considered a master of traditional Danish music while Dornfeld (Oregon) is regarded as an expert of old-time American songs, as well as styles ranging from Celtic to Scandinavian folk. Fox (Montana) is one of the most well-known young players of Métis fiddle music which is rooted in the interchange of Celtic, French and Native American music cultures. You’ll hear the fiddle in its purest form, unaccompanied, as they each perform a solo set and share stories about the music. Together, they play in duets and trios, using only fiddles for accompaniment. Also featured will be a few tunes on the 5-string medieval fiddle (“vielle”). Most of the music is traditional, but they have a few distinctive originals to add to the mix as well. ( www.3fiddlers3traditions.com | www.soundcloud.com/3fiddlers | www.ruthiedornfeld.com www.kristianbugge.com )
April 12, 2017 (WED) – Rachel Sermanni ~ (Scotland / Folk Noir Balladeer) – RESERVE SEATS – “Minimal, Murky, Magnificent” — MOJO Magazine / “One of Britain’s most promising Folk Artists” — THE OBSERVER . The music of Scotland’s Folk-Noir Balladeer, Rachel Sermanni, has the flesh of Folk but, if you were to cut the skin, you’d find it pumped with contemporary, genre blended blood. ( https://rachelsermanni.net/ | https://soundcloud.com/rachelsermanni )
April 14, 2017 (FRI) – The Good Time Travelers – RESERVE SEATS – ( thegoodtimetravelers.com ) – A high voice, smoky and soulful; a low voice, rich with bravado. Pete Kartsounes and Michael Kirkpatrick come together as The Good Time Travelers. United by a passion for performing, this songwriting and pickin’ duo presents original songs about ‘the journey.’ It’s a simple endeavor: a guitar, a mandolin and two microphones-traveling light, this band fills up your heart, but barely fills a Subaru. Both gentlemen have been leading bands around the west for some time and found each other at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado. At their first campground session, it became clear to all who witnessed the magic of these two troubadours that this was more than just another Town Park jam. In fact, Michael won the prestigious Telluride Troubadour Competition in 2014 and Pete had taken an honorable first runner up in 2011 and 2013.
April 21, 2017 (FRI) – Evie Ladin & Keith Terry – (neo-trad kinetic folk duo
banjo • bass • body music • box) – RESERVE SEATS – Tenacious, innovative string musicians/dancers with a quirky neo-trad heart, Evie Ladin & Keith Terry throw down soulful folk songs with an unusual live show. While their third release, the 2016 Jump the Fire brought a feature in the San Francisco Chronicle, it’s the effusive audience response that keeps them touring around the world. Evie Ladin & Keith Terry lead a double life, between the Trad/Folk Circuit and the International Body Music Scene. It’s the intermingling of music and dance, adventurous visual rhythms, with clever lyrics and mature arrangements, that make the DUO show so potent, the performance experience a stand-out. Think Rhiannon Giddens with less publicity and you will not be far wrong. – fRoots
April 28, 2017 (Fri) – Claudia Schmidt – RESERVE SEATS – Claudia Schmidt has been perfecting her craft of performing for almost four decades. It is a quirky and wonderful hodge-podge (her word!) of music, poetry, story, laughter. drama, and celebrating the moment. Work in clubs, theaters, festivals, TV, radio has added depth and dimension, and since she has always included her original work along with very personal versions of the work of others, what you get is a unique look at the world from someone who says what she sees with clarity, humor, and wonder. The San Francisco Bay Guardian said: Schmidt’s shows are a lot like falling in love. You never know what’s going to happen next, chances are it’s going to be wonderful, every moment is burned into your memory and you know you’ll never be the same again.” More succinctly, Garrison Keiilor said “when Claudia sings a song, it stays sung”
May 6, 2017 (Sat) – JOE KYE – (www.joekye.com) – Born in Korea and raised in Seattle, singer/composer/violinist-looper Joe Kye has drawn rave reviews since launching his music career in 2013, “discharging world[s] of emotion” with his lush string loops and eclectic style (Guitar World).
May 13, 2017 (Sat) – THE BRONNIE GRIFFIN BAND featuring Preston Howard & Cary Novotny – RESERVE SEATS ~ Bronnie Griffin (fiddle), Preston Howard (Uilleann pipes), Cary Novotny (guitar) ~ “Bronnie Griffin is a contemporary fiddler steeped in the rich Irish tradition. A prize winning student of the legendary Kevin Burke, Bronnie learned her Irish from the best. With a classical training tempered by a sojourn in Bluegrass and Old Time playing she broadened her already considerable abilities after she went to the well of the tradition, and spent over ten years in Ireland busking and listening to the great tune keepers and lore masters. She returned and played around the U.S., sharing the stage with Gerry O’Beirne, Johnny B. Connolly, Nancy Conescu, John Williams and Kevin Burke, among others. Today she lives in the musically rich and diverse city of Portland, Oregon, where Celtic music flourishes, enriched by the vibrant and eclectic world scene, all of which is reflected in Bronnie’s lively playing. With one stellar album under her belt, and another forthcoming, Bronnie Griffin brings a strong bow, melodic lift, and sheer joy to the world of traditional music.” –Ruby Hoy
May 17, 2017 (Wed) – THE SYLVIA HEROLD ENSEMBLE ~ Vintage Songs and a Voice That Sparkles with Ron Peters: lead guitar Chuck Ervin: bass. RESERVE SEATS ~ Bay Area singer, guitarist, and song sleuth Sylvia Herold mines the motherlode of American jazz and popular song from the 1930s through the 1960s. Songs of wit and romance by composers Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, George Gershwin, and Harold Arlen are lovingly rendered in a voice the San Francisco Examiner calls “mesmerizing.” Herold was a member of the swing vocal trio Cats & Jammers and The Hot Club of San Francisco. Currently, she tours and records with Wake the Dead, The Lonestar Retrobates and The Sylvia Herold Ensemble. She has appeared on more than 25 albums, including five solo recordings. Herold is a resident teacher at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley, Calif., and teaches guitar and voice at adult music camps across the U.S.
Jazz guitarist Ron Peters is known for his sensitive and melodic solos. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he has worked with The Manhattan Transfer, Chevy Chase, Debby Boone, The Don Ellis Orchestra, and Pearl Django.
Chuck Ervin is an in-demand bassist in the Bay Area’s vibrant jazz and acoustic-music scenes. He teaches upright bass at The Freight & Salvage in Berkeley.
May 20, 2017 (Sat) – The Bywater Band – RESERVE SEATS – Bywater Band is a dynamic new band formed of some of the finest young up-and-coming musicians on the Boston Celtic-music scene. Composed of border piper/singer Elias Alexander, guitarist/singer Eamon Sefton, fiddler/singer Kathleen Parks, and flute/bodhran player Patrick Bowling, the group celebrates the continued vibrancy of the Irish and Scottish musical traditions through youthful, passionate arrangements of songs and tunes, including original compositions within the style. Traditional music at the peak of exuberance! “A fiercely melodic and compelling sound…. Each number is something of a marvel.” ~Jerome Clark, Rambles.net “Played with feeling and skill… top-notch music in the Scottish tradition with lots of contemporary influences.” ~Gary Whitehoues, The Green Man Review
May 25, 2017 (Thurs) – Casey Neill & Johnny Connolly – Accordion driven Irish dance music, traditional and original songs – RESERVE SEATS – JOHNNY CONNOLLY (Irish button accordion) & CASEY NEILL (guitar/vocals) present an evening of Celtic music and songs. Back in 2003, they embarked on a cross country tour performing at Planet Bluegrass’ Festival of the Mabon, The Cincinnati Celtic Festival, and cut a swath across the midwest. Ever since, Casey & Johnny have made a habit of performing a show or three a year when their schedules allow.
May 29, 2017 (Mon) – Brazilian Violin Trio ~ Ted Falcon (mandolin/violin), Andrew Finn Magill (violin), Nando Duarte (guitar) – www.tedfalcon.com / www.andrewfinnmagill.com, www.nandoduarte.net – RESERVE SEATS
June 20, 2017 (Tues) – The Piedmont Melody Makers (Alice Gerrard,
Jim Watson, Chris Brashear, Cliff Hale) – RESERVE SEATS – play old-time, country and bluegrass music and make no apologies for it. They take their name from the Piedmont region of eastern North Carolina, where three-quarters of the band now reside. One-quarter of the band is a known vagabond. Do you remember Charlie Poole? Well, the Piedmont Melody Makers come from the same musical tree.