The Stray Birds

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The Stray Birds

Drawing upon the richness of American folk music traditions, the signature power of The Stray Birds sound lies in outstanding songwriting spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. The Stray Birds were born of a compelling collaboration between two unique writers and vocalists– the pure, luxurious voice of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven’s richness of tone and depth of delivery. Grounding their sound in the unshakeable groove of bassist Charles Muench. Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames— and inspired the collection of seven songs found on their first EP, Borderland.

The Stray BirdsThe meeting of kindred musical spirits is a fortunate encounter. But beyond the luck of blend and the intuition of breath comes the question of a fierce dedication to a collective craft. Two years passed, and three tables had been cleared. Charles Muench, who contributed upright bass to the Borderland EP, climbed on board as the third voice. The trio recorded a full-length album, packed a party of seven instruments into a station wagon, and set out to sing for an endless road of towns.

The band maintains an ambitious touring schedule and revels in the energy of each room. Hailed by No Depression as “a band destined for global success,” The Stray Birds are slated to perform at the 2014 Celtic Connections festival in Scotland, and will follow that appearance with a month-long tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in addition to continued heavy touring in the US.

The trio will release their 2nd full-length album in Spring 2014.

“Super-talented acoustic trio whose virtuosity doesn’t get in the way of their soul. Rich vocal harmonies, tight acoustic arrangements, heart-wrenching songs.” — Fly Magazine -

 

Awna Teixeira – Canceled

Please note: Due to the artist’s family emergency, we were forced to cancel this show.  Advance ticketholders will receive a full refund through Brown Paper Tickets.  We apologize for any inconvenience!

Thanks,

Michael Connolly

 

 

Joe Stevens (of Coyote Grace): Concert & Live Webcast

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California based singer/songwriter, guitar and banjoman, Joe Stevens is a third-generation professional musician in a long line of restless westward moving souls. Joe is one third of Coyote Grace, the Alt-Americana trio founded in Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market. Coyote Grace began as a busking nomadic duo with Ingrid Elizabeth on upright bass, ukulele, and cajon. They were joined by Michael Connolly (owner of Seattle’s Empty Sea Studios) on mandolin, fiddle, dobro, accordion, and more, together filling stages with a sound seemingly far too expansive for just three musicians.

Coyote Grace has five independently released albums on their own Mile After Mile Music, and have toured extensively with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman, and have had the privilege of sharing stages with contemporaries such as Chris Pureka and legends such as Cris Williamson and Lowen and Navarro.

Joe StevensJoe’s music rides the edge of the first wave of trans performers who broke through into the public consciousness. From what began as a small scattered handful of artists from a highly marginalized subculture, a movement was born that has inspired and educated folks the world over. From his roots as an awkward kid with a debilitating stutter, through dark years of alcohol and drug addiction, Joe’s music touches on themes at once specific and ubiquitous, portraying the human condition distilled — where one person’s story is truly everyone’s story. Joe performs and gives workshops on songwriting and queer/trans issues at colleges and universities and is a social justice activist for underdogs of all stripes, committed to honoring their vital contributions to the greater collective evolution.

Joe is currently recording a solo album, set for release sometime in 2014.

Jeff Campbell & Andrew Norsworthy

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Jeff CampbellJeff Campbell’s onstage experiences have taken him to coast to coast countless times and have found him have found him sharing the stage with John Mayer, members of Counting Crows, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, opening for multiplatinum selling, multi-Grammy-winning band Train and performing on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show.

Recently selected as the winner of Guitar Center’s National Singer Songwriter 2 Competition out of over 13,000 entrants, Jeff Campbell released In Spite of Everything, a 5 song EP produced by 6 time Grammy Winning Producer John Shanks, in late 2013.

Chuck Dauphin of Music News Nashville said Jeff’s 2012 release Stop and Go is “…an album that will leave you wanting more”.

A Philadelphia native, Campbell moved to San Francisco in 2004 specifically for the newer Rock scene he had heard was developing. After a few years of trying to balance learning the West Coast Music Scene with his day job, the job was cast aside in favor of full time touring, writing and recording for a living.

Early 2012 saw the release of Campbell’s first-ever acoustic album, Stop and Go.  A live audio/video reproduction of the album was recorded and released later in 2012. Jeff has been touring the US to support these new releases since the fall of 2011. He will continue to do so throughout 2012 and beyond and will not stop until his piece of history is defined. He has played hundreds of shows in dozens of cities and continues to build a loyal following through live performances with personality everywhere he goes.

Andrew NorsworthyAndrew Norsworthy:  I was born and raised in Anchorage, AK, and currently reside in the Pacific Northwest. I’m not sure if there’s a connection between a lifetime spent slogging through long, dark, freezing winters and writing melancholy folk-flavored music, but that’s my story, and it’s probably too late to change now.  I’ve been writing, performing, and releasing music for over fifteen years, sometimes as a part of a collaborative effort, but most frequently as a solo artist.

I started out in high school with my friend Jeremy Boyd in a duo called Constant Malachi.  We performed quite a bit in Alaska and Texas during 1993-1996, roughly.  We put out one record, which you can order as many of as you like by sending an email.  While living in Seattle in my twenties I was a part of a wonderful band called Crystal Radio, which performed all over town and released two discs.  I still perform occasionally with the members of this group, and the electric guitar and vocals of Patrick Porter (who now fronts his own band, Explone) are rarely far from my solo work.  In past years, I’ve played whenever the chance has arisen in a duo with Jared Woods, a terrific singer/songwriter based in Anchorage.  We’ve toured extensively together and still have plans to release a recording one of these days. My most current collaboration is with fellow Seattle singer/songwriter Gina Belliveau in our duo Hitch the Pony.

Starting with Stateside in 2003, I released five full-length records and an EP as a solo artist, and, particularly during the period of 2004-2006, toured just about non-stop promoting them.

On the road and at home I’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such artists as David Mead, Josh Rouse, Kelly Joe Phelps, Dan Bern, Michelle Malone, Carbon Leaf, Rose Polenzani, David Garza, Magnolia Electric Co., Patrick Sweany, Pierce Pettis, Tim Easton, Willard Grant Conspiracy, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Sarah Lee Guthrie, and Kevn Kinney of  Drivin’ and Cryin’.

My sixth independent release as a solo artist, The Key & The Cross, was released 11.1.2012. I perform frequently in the Seattle area, and still manage to get out there on the road for a week or two at a time when the circumstances are right.

Shannon Stephens and Courtney Marie Andrews

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Shannon Stephens is a Seattle-based singer-songwriter.  She began her career in 1993 as the voice of the Michigan folk-rock band Marzuki, co-led by Sufjan Stevens.  When Marzuki disbanded, Stephens moved to Seattle and embarked on a solo career. Shortly after the release of her debut LP, she lost her taste for the business side of musicianship and retreated, spending the next eight years focusing on home, family, and the pleasures of an abundant garden. Those years of domesticity gave rise to 2009’s The Breadwinner – an album described by Exclaim! as “intensely relevant, lyrically incisive and richly deserving of your attention.”

Shannon StephensIn 2008, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy covered Stephens’ song “I’ll Be Glad” on his album Lie Down In The Light. In 2010, Asthmatic Kitty Records re-released her debut LP, which was included in the Paste magazine piece “Five Amazing Albums In My iTunes You’ve Never Heard Of”.

Stephens produced her third album, Pull It Together, in 2012 with the help of Grammy-award winning engineer Kory Kruckenberg. The album brought together a brilliant cast of musicians, and featured a duet with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, a collaboration with New York songwriter DM Stith, and backing vocals by Galen Disston of Pickwick.  Pull It Together represented a leap in confidence and songcraft for Stephens.  She received the award of “Best Female Vocalist of 2012” and was counted among the “Ten Best Seattle Albums of 2012″ by The Seattle Weekly.  City Arts Magazine glowed “Shannon Stephens is a talented musician, a master of subtle stagecraft and a fantastic songwriter with an increasingly brilliant body of work.”

In 2013 Stephens released the Something Good EP, showcasing the talents of her live band.  The EP featured covers of Depeche Mode’s “World in my Eyes” and Stevie Wonder’s “Tell Me Something Good” alongside two reworked originals.Courtney Marie Andrews

With her fourth album in the writing phase, Stephens is currently alternating between short regional tours and total hermitude.

Courtney Marie Andrews is an American singer-songwriter originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After several releases and tours she made her way up to Seattle, Washington, where she currently lives.  She has released 5 albums. Her newest release, On My Page, was released on April 23rd, and was produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Ra Ra Riot, Blonde Redhead) at Bear Creek Studios in Woodinville, Washington. Her music is a reminiscent mix of Americana and 60′s folk.

Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra

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Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul OrchestraMarty O’Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, with his ear pressed close to the ancient hiss in the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O’Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O’Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.

Marty O'Reilly and the Old Soul OrchestraWhen performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O’Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O’Reilly’s songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between. The trio was formed in late 2012, and has rapidly made a name for itself along the west coast, being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2013), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2013), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Rio Theater (SC) and Hotel Cafe (LA). The Band released a self titled live album in 2013 and is currently preparing to release their first studio album in spring of 2014.

Somewhere in Between

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Somewhere in Between performs contemporary instrumental music that spans genres, including jazz, R&B, world fusion and ambient electronica. It performs compositions by keyboardist Marcus Duke and other artists like Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Joe Zawinul, Joni Mitchell, Ralph Towner, Marc Seals, and Bruce Cockburn. The music combines tight arrangements and a lot of improvisation, with no two sets sounding alike. (Read/hear more at marcusduke.com)

The band comprises a flock of highly migratory members:

Keyboardist and leader Marcus Duke is from NYC, where he went to the High School of Performing Arts (the “Fame” school), Juilliard Prep School and Mannes College of Music. In LA, he recorded numerous albums—three of his own—and performed with his band, Nothin’ Sirius, and other artists including Lou Rawls. In the NW, he has played with reggae, Klezmer, Afro-­pop and world fusion groups, and performed and recorded several CDs with his current group. Marcus, who got into music as therapy for a near‐total loss of hearing in his youth, plans to keep playing ‘til he drops.

Drummer/percussionist Sam Alamillo is from Chicago and has been performing professionally for two decades. He studied percussion at Indiana University. Sam has performed with international and local musicians including Tito Puente, the Morales‐Matos family, Steve Guasch, Julio Jauregui, Carlos Cascante, Johnny Conga, Nueva Era, as well as the Tacoma Symphony and Bellevue Choral Society. He is the house timbalero/drummer for salsa night at the historic Century Ballroom in Capitol Hill, Seattle, performing with Buena Vibra.

Somewhere in Between

Bassist Dennis Staskowski hails from Detroit. He earned a degree in instrumental performance from the University of Washington, with top honors. He has performed with The Contemporary Group, the Octava Chamber Orchestra, the Bellevue and Federal Way Symphony Orchestras, The Evergreen City Ballet Orchestra and the New Chamber Orchestra. He has also played and recorded with NW jazz, rock and world music groups such as the Seattle Creative Music Orchestra, One Hand Clapping, the Valse Cafe Orchestra and the Deepak Ram Quintet.

Guitarist Jye Paet comes from Guam, where the the island music and lifestyle inevitably found it’s way into his playing style. He has performed with reggae bands since his youth and helped cultivate a teeming roots reggae scene on the island. In the NW, he expanded his palette, embracing jazz, funk, hip hop, soul, R&B, and samba. He plays in several bands, including the cross‐genre At Five, the reggae group Po ‘okela Street Band, and most recently, Somewhere in Between.

John Craigie with special guest Leigh Jones

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For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range John Craigiefrom social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love. John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap. John Craigie writes, sings, and plays for the people.

 

 

 

 

Leigh Jones is aLeigh Jones folk singer-songwriter from North Carolina, by way of New York City.  She earned a Drama degree from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, but in recent years has turned her focus to writing and playing music.  She has toured throughout the US and abroad, and in the fall of 2012 she released her debut LP, Worth Wild.  Sparked by relationships, travel, and a keen sense of whimsy, Leigh’s music evokes the spirit of city life, while allowing her southern roots to shine gloriously through.  Drawing inspiration from such artists as Joni Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Neko Case, and so many of her own peers, Leigh performs with the theatricality of a trained actor while her simultaneously sweet and dynamic melodies capture the soulfulness that is at the core of her songwriting.

Tall Heights with Connor Garvey

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In the summer of 2010, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In three fast years, Tall Heights has put on hundreds of shows, headlining packed listening rooms across the country, touring down to Austin, TX to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival, and sharing stages with national acts like David Wilcox, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle, Lori McKenna, and many more.

Tall HeightsFor the duo’s debut full-length effort, Man of Stone (May 2013), Tall Heights hit the home studio, sinking deeper into the vast world they’ve meticulously built for two. The title track and first single, “Man of Stone,” recalls a time when cavemen documented day-to-day existence on the walls of their stone-sheltered dwellings. “Emblems of cavemen they taught me / the importance of typing in bold,” contextualizes the rest of the record and challenges a careful listener to view each song as a vital documentation of what is both banal and extraordinary. The record exists in a fire-lit, shadowy space for their growing army of fans to inhabit. After two powerful EPs, there has been a growing cry for more from these young artists, and Tall Heights delivers with an LP of grand vision and scale.

Tall Heights released their first EP, Rafters, in September 2011. While many artists in their genre had of late retreated to the wilderness to record, Tall Heights stayed in the city. These five tracks were recorded over a few sweltering months in a small bedroom of their Boston apartment with an SM58 microphone, an iMac, a guitar, a cello and their voices. And, although there was neither cabin nor lake, Rafters spread across their Thoreauvian folk scene like brush fire, with over 6,000 copies sold to date.

With their sophomore release, The Running of the Bulls EP (October, 2012), Tall Heights responded to their fans’ growing hunger to download and relive the enchanting, bottomless ambiance of their live performance. Over four days at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, Tim and Paul shut their eyes, breathed and performed, recording some of their most haunting material. Thematically, the EP’s narrative voice, quiet and bold, continually locates the artist as a vigilant figure on a fast-paced and ever changing landscape. Fittingly so, The Running of the Bulls EP, humble and live, further established Tall Heights as an ever stronger force on this robust folk scene amongst the nation’s most esteemed new artists.

Connor GarveyConnor Garvey’s songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer- you’ve never tasted it before, but its intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking. His clever, rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through “a universal message that people can grab hold to just the kind of thing I needed.” (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM)It is this connection with his audience that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he invites them to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music.  “Garvey’s sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin’ Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz” writes music blog Direct Current while entertainment publication The Portland Phoenix describes Garvey’s style as “Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice.” Time and again he is heralded for his unique voice, approach, and ability to connect with the listener- qualities that are necessary for a long career. 

Connor Garvey’s initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, many years of traveling later, Garvey is finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter touring around the US in his station wagon, playing festivals, winning songwriting competitions from Maine to Texas, wowing house concerts, and playing to full crowds at many of the country’s best acoustic venues. Radio listeners across the US became enthralled with Garvey’s sound when his song “Soul on the Line” remained in extensive airplay on Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse- garnering him a spot in their top 6 new Singer Songwriters of 2010. It was through this song that Olympic figure skating coach Audrey Weisiger contacted Garvey to perform live at two major figure skating events where she and others choreographed pieces to his songs. You can never predict the path of a good song… but you can watch these skates on YouTube!

Connor comes to music to write songs. The symbiosis of person and craft leaves Garvey continuing to grow as a musician and as a positive soul. His music never strays far from intimacy, where he personalizes life’s challenges and themes. Garvey tends toward optimistic and humorous portrayal that sparks deeper reflection. The use of memorable melodies throughout his work makes you want to sing along while the messages within the lyrics satisfy a deeper yearning for inspiration.  As Connor’s musical career gains momentum he is bringing with him messages of hope, growth, and love in songs that silence rooms, brighten smiles, and inspire others to sing out.

 

Tall Heights with Connor Garvey

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In the summer of 2010, Tim Harrington and Paul Wright were playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In three fast years, Tall Heights has put on hundreds of shows, headlining packed listening rooms across the country, touring down to Austin, TX to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival, and sharing stages with national acts like David Wilcox, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle, Lori McKenna, and many more.

Tall HeightsFor the duo’s debut full-length effort, Man of Stone (May 2013), Tall Heights hit the home studio, sinking deeper into the vast world they’ve meticulously built for two. The title track and first single, “Man of Stone,” recalls a time when cavemen documented day-to-day existence on the walls of their stone-sheltered dwellings. “Emblems of cavemen they taught me / the importance of typing in bold,” contextualizes the rest of the record and challenges a careful listener to view each song as a vital documentation of what is both banal and extraordinary. The record exists in a fire-lit, shadowy space for their growing army of fans to inhabit. After two powerful EPs, there has been a growing cry for more from these young artists, and Tall Heights delivers with an LP of grand vision and scale.

Tall Heights released their first EP, Rafters, in September 2011. While many artists in their genre had of late retreated to the wilderness to record, Tall Heights stayed in the city. These five tracks were recorded over a few sweltering months in a small bedroom of their Boston apartment with an SM58 microphone, an iMac, a guitar, a cello and their voices. And, although there was neither cabin nor lake, Rafters spread across their Thoreauvian folk scene like brush fire, with over 6,000 copies sold to date.

With their sophomore release, The Running of the Bulls EP (October, 2012), Tall Heights responded to their fans’ growing hunger to download and relive the enchanting, bottomless ambiance of their live performance. Over four days at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, Tim and Paul shut their eyes, breathed and performed, recording some of their most haunting material. Thematically, the EP’s narrative voice, quiet and bold, continually locates the artist as a vigilant figure on a fast-paced and ever changing landscape. Fittingly so, The Running of the Bulls EP, humble and live, further established Tall Heights as an ever stronger force on this robust folk scene amongst the nation’s most esteemed new artists.

Connor GarveyConnor Garvey’s songs are like placing folk-funk guitar & ukulele, soulful vocals, and paradoxical metaphors in an electric juicer- you’ve never tasted it before, but its intriguing and delectable so you have to keep drinking. His clever, rhythmic string foundations provide a background for his most prominent instrument, his voice. His songs draw the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace through “a universal message that people can grab hold to just the kind of thing I needed.” (Dennis Bigelow-Music Director of KRFC-FM) 

It is this connection with his audience that makes Garvey wonderfully successful in his live performances where he invites them to share in the beauty of the moment- the shared night of music.  “Garvey’s sandy tenor, attention to rhythmic detail and winsome way with a melody bring to mind the music of Paul Simon in his Rhymin’ Simon days as well as contemporaries Josh Ritter and Jason Mraz” writes music blog Direct Current while entertainment publication The Portland Phoenix describes Garvey’s style as “Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice.” Time and again he is heralded for his unique voice, approach, and ability to connect with the listener- qualities that are necessary for a long career.

Connor Garvey’s initiation as a modern troubadour came in 2008 by way of train; a 45 day, self booked tour by Amtrak across the country. Now, many years of traveling later, Garvey is finding his place as a seasoned folk-rock singer-songwriter touring around the US in his station wagon, playing festivals, winning songwriting competitions from Maine to Texas, wowing house concerts, and playing to full crowds at many of the country’s best acoustic venues. Radio listeners across the US became enthralled with Garvey’s sound when his song “Soul on the Line” remained in extensive airplay on Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse- garnering him a spot in their top 6 new Singer Songwriters of 2010. It was through this song that Olympic figure skating coach Audrey Weisiger contacted Garvey to perform live at two major figure skating events where she and others choreographed pieces to his songs. You can never predict the path of a good song… but you can watch these skates on YouTube!

Connor comes to music to write songs. The symbiosis of person and craft leaves Garvey continuing to grow as a musician and as a positive soul. His music never strays far from intimacy, where he personalizes life’s challenges and themes. Garvey tends toward optimistic and humorous portrayal that sparks deeper reflection. The use of memorable melodies throughout his work makes you want to sing along while the messages within the lyrics satisfy a deeper yearning for inspiration.  As Connor’s musical career gains momentum he is bringing with him messages of hope, growth, and love in songs that silence rooms, brighten smiles, and inspire others to sing out.

 

Wild Minds in Uncertain Times – An Evening in Ritual Storytelling

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In a high tech world, humanity needs connection to the aliveness of living myth.   A wild mind needs story as a way to sing the stories of the living world; a way of bringing wisdom, engagement, and insight to the greater human tribe.

Join Jeff Leinaweaver, storyteller, for an evening of mythsinging, reflection and ritual dialogue to enliven and deepen our aliveness in the ways of re-wilding our minds in uncertain times.   This will be an evening of drumming, poetry and storytelling that explores the relevance and need for the telling of the old stories – myths, folk tales and fairy tales from many different cultures around the world.

Jeff LeinaweaverAs a storyteller, Jeff shares in the telling of the old stories – myths, folk tales and fairy tales from many different cultures around the world.   Jeff believes the old stories are alive and inform us on how to deepen our connection with each other, nature and our own mythic journey.

Jeff has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Network Festival Conference, and throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Also a voice-over actor and jazz vocalist, Jeff has lent his voice and talents to a wide variety of projects in radio, corporate and documentary narration and video games.

 

Jon Pontrello and Pepper Proud

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“The lone holdout who drew some inspiration from artists popular prior to 1960 was a young man who goes by the name Gene Pool (nee, Jon Pontrello). Armed with a guitar, banjo and a sharp singing voice, his set of lovely country and folk tunes spoke to universal experiences, from getting one’s heart broken to more personal fare, such as getting lost in the woods and almost dying.

Jon PontrelloIt was the kind of emotionally potent performance that will likely pull Pontrello out of the underground scene before too long. But whether the spotlight finds him or he remains a cult local favorite, he’ll always find a home at Hollow Earth Radio.”

- CityArts Magazine

From the heart of Greenbrier Valley and those Eastern Appalacian Rolling Hills- Pepper Proud was raised surrounded by a thriving arts community in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Her musical adventure began with devotion for the Performance Arts- participating in rock bands, jazz bands, show choirs, theater, guitar lessons, marching bands, campfires, dance classes, front porch jams and back porch jams- she developed a style unique to her desire to communicate- with the emotion of meaningful melodies.Pepper Proud

When she finished studying Voice and Performance at Radford University in 2007- Pepper headed as far west as her truck would take her and settled in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Humbled by the Mountains and somber skies of Seattle she now spends most of her time writing new songs, singing loudly to the people at the markets and serenading the local bars, cafes and pubs.

Pepper’s first full length album Riddles & Rhymes was released regionally in November 2012, and nationally on March 15th 2013. The album portrays life as a journey, filled with interesting characters, relationships, spontaneous creativity and patient effort. Her message is simple- its time to share the love. love. love.

Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in B – Film Screening & Live Concert

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Herschel Sizemore: Mandolin in BBluegrass legend Herschel Sizemore and his wife Joyce were both diagnosed with cancer on the same day in the fall of 2011.  On the evening of February 19th, 2012 bluegrass stars came out for a special benefit to honor one of their own. The benefit concert in Roanoke, Virginia, and the music community that supported the event, captures the spirit of the man being feted.

The film features interviews and performances by Del McCoury & the Dixie Pals, David Grisman, Chris Thile, Doyle Lawson, The Seldom Scene, Alan Bibey, Chris Stuart, The Travelers, Stacey Grubbs Band, Kevin Baucom & Bandwagon, Ronnie Reno & many more.

Director Rick Bowman will be on hand to introduce the film and answer any questions.

The evening starts out with a set of live bluegrass by The Parlour Hoppers – Seattle’s own Ethan Lawton (mandolin), Rob Adesso (guitar), Mary Maass (fiddle), and Michael Thomas Connolly (upright bass).  All mainstays of Seattle’s acoustic music scene, these players bring touring-level instrumentals and tight vocal harmonies to this hometown show.

Robert Sarazin Blake: CD Release Concert & Live Webcast

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Robert Sarazin BlakeRobert Sarazin Blake, the new album, is a huge surprise. In his last few albums, Blake has stressed his collaboration with his backing band and created an impromptu yet fleshed out sound. Here he’s largely alone, just him and his trusty 1978 Martin D-35, with the most spare of accompaniment (most notably Jacob Silver on double bass, Jefferson Hamer and Daniel Zane Maroti on guitars, Robin McMillan on congas, Eamon O’Leary on bouzouki and Anais Mitchell’s lovely backing vocals on the touching “Our Winter on New York”). While his singing style remains influenced by the Phil Ochs School of Dry, Plaintive and Political, there’s a relaxed loveliness to it that suggests a renewed confidence in his striking vision.

The surprise, of course, is what a beautiful collection of music this is.  Blake seems to be traveling backward through time on the last few albums–The Air Your Lungs Forced Out seemed very much a product of the Portland music scene’s 2009 infatuation with all things Americana, but Put It All Down in a Letter reached backward toward Ferlinghetti, Kerouac and Ginsberg and was clearly evocative of the day when traveling musicians played to survive and eat their next meal or two. This album, however, resurrects the ghost of Woody Guthrie with its purity and commitment. The nostalgic aspect of Blake’s music is gone and he feels as if he’s truly singing for the New Depression.

Singer-Songwriters in the Round

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Duncan and Kate

Join us as four singer-songwriters, Duncan Phillips, Kate MacLeod, Kat Eggleston, and Erin Inglish, share their stories and music.

As the son of Bruce, “Utah Phillips, Duncan Phillips began traveling on the road with his father in the winter of 2000.  Utah referred to Duncan as his “road manager”, but Duncan jokes that everyone knows his father couldn’t be managed.  Bruce always had the dream of playing on stage together with his son, but as a kid, Duncan could never reconcile that in learning to play the guitar, he would be learning one of the very things  that kept him separated from his father for so many years.  Duncan performed on stage just shortly after his dad’s death in 2008.

Along with Utah’s old road-worn Guild guitar, Duncan inherited the songs and stories of the people and places that his father wrote about  over his forty plus years of wandering the country.  In Duncan’s own words: “Well, even though he may be gone, every time I’m on the stage, he is there with me and this my story, so far…”

Kate MacLeod composes classic American music while living in the state of Utah; home of rich folklore, the roaming grounds of Butch Cassidy and his Wild Bunch, the place where legendary social activist Joe Hill was executed, and the land from where Utah Phillips took his name. Kate is a sought-after performer, studio musician, and leader of master classes and workshops, who is best known for her original songs and her unique fiddling style. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. She has been hailed as one of the “Ten Acts to Watch” by the editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Originally from the Washington D.C. area, she is based in Salt Lake City and tours throughout the United States and Europe. Her music has been described by reviewers as reflecting the panoramic western landscape, perhaps due to her long residence in Utah. Kate’s songs have been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows including Tom May’s “River City Folk,” the holiday program hosted by Judy Collins, “Peace on Earth,” and have been sung by others on “A Prairie Home Companion.” You willKate and Katfind fans of many music genres in an audience gathered to hear Kate MacLeod perform. Her songs catch the ears of new artists, traditional singers, bluegrass musicians, Celtic musicians and songwriters of many styles. Her songs find new life through other musicians at jam sessions and performances throughout the country and have been recorded by artists from California to the Czech Republic.

Kat Eggleston is one of the most accomplished guitarists and singer-songwriters in the folk, Celtic and traditional music genres. Elating, moving, and amusing audiences with her beautiful blend of sweet melodies, gentle honesty and searing humor, Kat’s music reflects a wide range of life’s experiences with unusual clarity and authority.

In a clear alto with flawless intonation, Kat goes straight to the lyrical and emotional truth of every word and every note. Her musings on home, childhood, and her father’s garden are gems of direct, unassuming plainspokenness. Her narratives push hard at our senses and demand we return again and again to pick up the pieces we dropped on first hearing, expanding our comprehension of difficult, personal and universal experience.

Erin InglishCalifornia banjo sweetheart Erin Inglish is an incredibly unique female songwriter. Like the late John Hartford, she is a solo act with a voice, a banjo, some body percussion, and poignant songs. This internationally-touring, banjo-wielding woman presents a “raw, sweet and sincere Emmy Lou-ish sound…[and] she makes the banjo sound like a musical instrument” (fan, North Carolina). From the thoughtful and conscientious messages in her songwriting, to her magnetic and entertaining stage-presence, Erin is a consummate performer and humanistic storyteller. She is a “retired” engineer, has lived abroad for four years in five countries, and her songwriting reflects her worldly travels and grounding passion for sustainability and art. In April, 2013, Erin released a solo album titled A Melody So Sweet and then toured – by bicycle – the entire coast of California to celebrate Earth Month. She is also the organizer of the largest collaborative project in the world amongst female banjo players – the Banjo Babes 2014 Calendar & Showcase Album – pre-ordering now and due out in November, 2013.

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