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2018

Sunday March 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM  Matinée         The Debutones




















The Debutones excel at bringing to light hidden gems of acoustic roots-based songs with compelling stories and beautiful melodies––some country, some folk, and some bluegrass. The ‘Tones’ love and command of the music they play come through in every song, delivered with their signature vocal harmonies and stellar instrumentals.


Debby Nagusky and Don Share had been singing duets for over two decades when three of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians joined them, and they became the Debutones. Their repertoire took on an entirely new feel, with these three's musical ideas and instrumental and vocal virtuosity giving the songs new life, depth, and intensity. Adding to Debby and Don's vocals and guitar work are Greg Glassman, vocals and bass; Julian Smedley, vocals, violin, and viola; and Bob Knetzger, Dobro and banjo.


www.debutones.com


Sunday March 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM -  Matinée

Scott Cossu


















Scott Cossu is an internationally known composer, pianist and recording artist. Scott was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago.  He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founder Will Ackerman and Alex de Grassi, in their new label out of Palo Alto, California.  Scott signed onto the label the same day as Michael Hedges and they both joined George Winston who was just new to the label himself. In those early days, Scott toured with his label mates as they forged the way for the many artists that would follow in that genre.


Scott's most recent album "Safe In Your Arms" (2015) is nominated for the 2016 Zone Music Award for Best Piano Album – with Instrumentation.


www.scottcossu.com



Saturday April 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Tim Bertch, Guitarist Extraordinaire

www.timbertsch.com


Tim Bertsch is truly a professional musician who has mastered and combined many styles on this versatile instrument. He is very pleasing to hear and to watch. So be prepared for an evening of extraordinary guitar music from an expert guitarist/harp guitarist who can switch between jazz, flamenco, classical, blues and gypsy music.

Plus he can do magic on a rare harp guitar that blends the sounds of two instruments.


Music Samples at: www.timbertsch.com/musical_offerings



Saturday April 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM                 Bryan Bowers













“Master of the Autoharp, Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller”

Born in Yorktown, Virginia, Bryan Bowers was raised in New Bohemia near Petersburg of the Civil War’s Battle Of The Crater fame. As a child, Bowers would tag along with the field workers and gandy dancers and learned to sing old call-and-answer songs. Bowers recalls, “The music I heard while working in the fields was mesmerizing. And, I’d see the gandy dancers coming down the tracks, setting the rails and getting their ties straight. You’ve heard that song `Whup Boys, Can’t you line ’em?, Chack a lack.’ Whup Boys, can’t you line ’em? was the call the leader would sing. Chack a lack was the bounce- back of the hammer after falling on the pin. I just thought that music was something that everyone did. It was years later that I realized what I’d been raised around.”

For over five decades, Bryan Bowers has been to the autoharp what Earl Scruggs was to the five-string banjo.  He presents instrumental virtuosity combined with warmth, eloquence, expression and professionalism.

www.somagency.com/bryan-bowers


Saturday May  5, 2018 at 7:30 PM             The Talbot Brothers














The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Portland, OR. Forming an alternative blend of folk and rock, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.

www.thetalbottbrothers.com

Song samples at: https://soundcloud.com/talbottbrothers


Saturday May  19, 2018 at 7:30 PM                    Silver Lake 66













Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66. With a winning amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. It’s no wonder, either, given their knack for authentic, heartstring-tugging songwriting, impeccable harmonies and ardent guitar-playing. Together, they perform outstanding roots-laden duets following in the footsteps of Americana greats from Lucinda Williams to The Civil Wars.   

www.silverlake66.com

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z4FjvaoTqU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1n9cZsAI2c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APfWeyH5Sms&list=PLrJHmYH2qRxKw20rvI7UFa4RJL9ux1aBN


Sunday May  27, 2018 at  3:00 PM                  Matinée

 New Zealand Singer, Mel Parsons


















Award-winning singer songwriter Mel Parsons is well recognized as one of New Zealand’s established songwriting stars. Parsons has just released her third full length album ‘Drylands’ to critical acclaim, returning triumphant from a 23-date headline tour of NZ, following performances at WOMAD, Woodford Folk Festival (AU), Folk Alliance International (US), and Byron Bay Bluesfest this summer. Since it’s April release ’Drylands’ has spent 32 weeks in the IMNZ album charts, peaking at No.2. Parsons is an engaging performer with a natural emotive voice that allows the listener to become part of the story. Her unique style simmers somewhere between indie/folk and alt/country, and her shows are as memorable for the spine tingling songs as for Parsons’ dry banter delivery in between.

www.melparsons.com

Hear song samples at: www.melparsons.com/listen


Saturday June 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM

The Ted Brancato Trio













Jazz pianist Ted Brancato is a musician with four decades of experience in the music business. Since his early days, growing up in Seattle, WA, Ted has been actively performing, composing, arranging and recording music. Ted has performed and recorded with Houston Person, Ron Carter, Christian McBride, Milt Jackson, Ernestine Anderson and Paquito D'Rivera among others.    

After 30+ years of working in the New York City area, Ted released his first solo album in 2013 entitled The Next Step (Origin Records 82649).   The album contains 14 originals that span a stylistic palette from straight-ahead jazz to rhythm and blues and feature the artistry of Ron Carter on bass, Terry Silverlight on drums, and Matt Langley on sax. Ted's second album entitled Bicoastal (March 2017) contains 12 exciting new originals played by master musicians Lou Marini on sax, Lee Finkelstein on drums, Gregory Jones on bass, and Ben Williams on Trombone. Four songs on Bicoastal feature Ted's newly honed skills as a vocalist!

www.tedbrancato.com


Ted Brancato - keys, vocalist

Tom Svornich - drums

Dirk Anderson - bass


Sound samples at:  www.tedbrancato.com/music


Saturday June 9, 2018 at 7:30 PM       March to May





















Seattle-based folk-pop duo March to May with a harp, a guitar, and rich vocal harmonies, haunting lyrics and riveting melodies, in the vein of the Swell Season, Damien Rice & the Civil Wars.


www.marchtomay.com


Darren Guyaz - guitar

Beth Wesche - harp


Official music videos:

The Navigator (2016) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Jt3mnqJQo

Embers (2015) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKfubTm-qZk


Sound samples: https://soundcloud.com/march-to-may


Saturday July 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM     Caribe Steel Band













Blending lively instrumental arrangements featuring Caribbean Steel Pans and crowd-pleasing vocal songs, Caribe will warm your soul and lift your spirits with the sounds of the Caribbean: reggae, calypso, soca, samba and even your favorite pop tunes – with an island twist!

 https://www.facebook.com/CaribeSB/

Video samples at: https://vimeo.com/album/4494397


Sunday July 15, 2018 at  3:00 PM             Cello Mania















from Bainbridge Island

Cello Mania is a group of advanced cello students and adult cellists whose love of the instrument has brought them together. Listen to the rich, dark, vibrating sound of multiple cellos playing folk, classical and popular pieces. Cello Instructor, Priscilla Jones organizes the group. Enjoy the music and learn some secrets about the world of cello too.


Priscilla Jones:  celloisland85@gmail.com

Saturday July 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM              Andre Feriante









Andre Feriante is an internationally recognized, award-winning guitarist. He had the privilege of studying with the great Andrés Segovia in a Madrid master class in the 1980s and has gone on to compose for guitar and create his own sound on multiple instruments, including the ukulele, banjo, harp guitar and the charango.

www.andreferiante.com

Video sample at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DIktpuXq70


Saturday August 4, 2018 at 7:30 PM             Missy Andersen



















Born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in New York City, multiple award nominee, Missy Andersen is a dynamic and one-of-a-kind soul blues singer. Her sophomore album, In the Moment, received great reviews and ended the year on Living Blues Top 50 of 2014. She and her guitar player/bandleader/husband, Heine, maintain a busy schedule performing with her band and as a duo. The tenacious twosome’s music is noted as displaying “a musical maturity that is as entertaining as it is compelling” by PBS Australia and “the real deal” by Washington Blues Society.

A nominee of the prestigious Blues Music Awards for Soul Blues Female Artist in 2015 and 2016 as well as two-time Blues Blast Music Awards nominee, Missy was voted Best New Artist-Female in 2009 by Real Blues Magazine and her self-titled CD, Missy Andersen, also won Best Debut Album-Female that same year.

www.missyandersen.com

Sound samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/missyandersenmusic


Saturday August 18, 2018 at 7:30 PM      Sister Speak












Canadian songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet that has afforded opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak and Air Supply among others. Through compelling vocals, rootsy yet gritty guitar stylings, and thought-provoking lyrics, Sister Speak has connected deeply with a diverse crowd of fans from around the globe. Whether performing solo or with her stellar backing band, this Taylor and D’addario sponsored-artist will surely captivate and mesmerize with her deep soul and groove-inspired music.

www.sisterspeakmusic.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/sisterspeak


Saturday September 1, 2018 at 7:30 PM        Mark Pearson













Mark Pearson got his professional start with The Brothers Four in 1969. He began singing with Mike McCoy when they met at the University of Washington in 1965. Through the years Pearson has continued to develop an individual style both as a singer and as a songwriter.

www.markpearsonmusic.com


Hear samples from his latest album, Gratitude, Grit, and Grace (2017)  at:

www.amazon.com/Gratitude-Grit-Grace-Mark-Pearson/dp/B073Q81X5C



Saturday September 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM  Curtis and Loretta


On tour from Minnesota


Curtis & Loretta's music comes straight from the heart. The husband and wife duo's extraordinary harmonies and proficiency on a parade of stringed instruments create an alluring frame for their poignant original songs, and carefully chosen traditional pieces from the British Isles, America, and beyond. The current menagerie includes Celtic harp, mandocello, mandolin, guitars, clawhammer banjo, and National steel ukulele, plus a bit of kazoo, harmonica, and shakers.




www.curtisandloretta.com



Saturday October 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM    Sky in the Road












Rahmana Wiest - East Indian harmonium (reed-organ)

Dan Rhiger - guitar, bouzouoki

Olivia Duffy - mandolin, fiddle

Maria Olaya - guitar, box drum


Daniel Rhiger and Rahmana Wiest have assembled four of the best talents in Portland to build a unique multi-instrument and multi-voice folk group. You are going to love the full sound and pleasing harmonies that they have created.

Sky in the Road has released several CDs including, "Time Travels", "Celtic Gypsy", "Where Everything is Music" and their debut, "Sky in the Road". Their recordings have received airplay in major markets such as Boston, San Francisco and Portland and on numerous college radio stations nationwide.

www.skyintheroad.com

Song samples at:  www.reverbnation.com/skyintheroad/songs



Sunday October 21, 2018 at 3:00 PM                                                           Almost Blue

















Almost Blue is a jazz duo/trio performing jazz standards and blues -- Joanne Green, vocals; Brendon Keenan, guitar, and special guests on sax or trumpet.

www.facebook.com/Almost-Blue-790270581048424


Sunday November 4, 2018 at 3:00 PM      Slipshod

Matt Snook (dobro and banjo) and Steve Blanchard (guitar and mandolin) formed Slipshod in 2012 out of a common background of playing Bluegrass music. Now, as a duo, they have incorporated music from Gordon Lightfoot, Norman Blake, Simon and Garfunkel, Tim O’Brien, and more. They play a mix of originals, familiar melodies and dynamic instrumentals. Their harmonies and unique vocal interpretations add to their precise instrumental talents. Audiences all around the Northwest enjoy this band's humor and energetic musical style.

www.slipshodmusic.net


Sunday November 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

The Honey Whiskey Trio











The Honey Whiskey Trio explores harmony in folk, bluegrass and any melody that catches the ear. Through their powerful, yet sweet harmonies, body percussion, stomp boards, haunting melodies and vitality on stage, Honey Whiskey Trio captivates and moves audiences. These storytellers in song found their roots in vocal jazz, all singing in Pacific Standard Time, CSU Long Beach’s award winning vocal jazz ensemble, though at different times. This foundation in jazz gives Honey Whiskey Trio an inherent flexibility to their sound, allowing them to change and adjust their tone to best fit the mood of each song.

www.honeywhiskeytrio.com


Sunday December 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

            Squirrel Butter  

Squirrel Butter, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions.  Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony.  Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet. Currently both members of honky tonk project, The Lucky Shots, and were also half of venerable string band, The Tallboys.  They are anchors of the old-time music, honky-tonk, & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.


www.squirrelbutter.com


Sound samples at:

https://soundcloud.com/squirrelbutter


Sunday December 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM           Kathryn Claire
















Kathryn Claire has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with improvisation has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

In her latest album "Bones Will Last," musician and composer Kathryn Claire has created a unique collection of songs and instrumental compositions. With her violin and voice at the forefront, Kathryn is supported by Zak Borden on mandolin, Allen Hunter on upright bass, and Don Henson on piano.

www.kathrynclairemusic.com



2019

Sunday January 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM           Matinée


Ranger & the ‘Re-Arrangers’




















Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm Webzine). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger Sciacca's unique originals.


Ranger Sciacca -- Violin

Mike Sciacca -- Rhythm Guitar

Neil Conaty-- Bass

Jeffrey Mosse -- Percussion

Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews -- clarinet and piano


www.rangerswings.com







Saturday April 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Claude Bourbon

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Song





















This French-born guitarist was classically trained, but then delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the UK, he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. He utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance, and the hypnotic works of Spanish composer, Joaquín Rodrigo.


www.claudebourbon.org



Saturday June 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Willow Steps













Willow Steps combines the folksy, introspective tunes of singer/songwriter Jesse Strickman with the angelic harmonies of vocalist Leiya Mahoney. The two longtime best friends living in Oakland, CA met working together at a local organic ice cream shop. With a shared passion for acoustic music and the instrument of voice, the musical duo formed effortlessly. After years of collaborating for fun, in January of 2015 they launched Willow Steps by releasing a debut Single and throwing their first concert to a packed venue in downtown Oakland. Since then, the band has put out two EP's, released seven music videos, performed at the Oakland Art & Soul Music Festival, toured the Pacific West Coast, threw a successful Kickstarter campaign, has been featured in the Bay Area's renowned music blogs 'The Bay Bridged' and 'SF Critic', and appeared on multiple radio stations. With a harmony-heavy modern Folk sound and simple lyrical themes of love and heartbreak, Willow Steps not only entertains but touches the hearts of listeners.

www.willowsteps.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/willow-steps



Saturday September 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM               Rupert Wates














Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards.

www.rupertwatesmusic.com



Sunday November 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM            Matinée

Don Alder

from Vancouver, Canada












Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has let to multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers and a collaboration with Greenfield guitars to produce a signature acoustic guitar- the "Don Alder G4" model.

Don currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His unique style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. He is often referred to as sounding like a four piece band. Don's music is his own unique weave of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration - some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal fingerstyle playing and rich voice captivate.

www.donalder.com