Hollis Peach and The Murphy Beds

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In the spirit of American Greats like Townes Van Zandt, Simon & Garfunkel, Joanna Newsom, Pete Seeger, and John Prine, Hollis Peach strives to create authentic innovative music.  With a deep personal story, Dan Sherrill (songwriter and guitarist) draws inspiration from his experience as an Early Childhood and Special-Needs teacher, intimate relationships, world travels, and living in a “tiny home”.  His singing partner Jacqui Aubert rounds out the musical soundscape with her velvety voice.  This, paired with distinct arrangements and lyrics, showcases their skillful treatment of harmony, and a grasp for the overt simple beauty of two voices singing together. 

They released ther debut album, “Sometimes We Feel the Same”, independently in the spring of 2016, under the guidance of Grammy-Winning producer Dave Clauss.  And have toured extensively throughout the PNW, opening for folk-star Brett Dennen, and sharing several shows with Oakland’s T Sisters.

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For 2017 Hollis Peach plans on touring nationally, working on their sophomore album, and, with their inventive songwriting and on-stage charm, expanding their current fanbase. 

“Dan is a monster of a guitar player.” – Kenneth Pattengale, Milk Carton Kids

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. 

“Their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” –Huffington Post

Eamon started playing Irish music while growing up in Dublin through his friendship with the Mayock family, traditional musicians from County Mayo. When he moved to New York City in the early 90’s, he immersed himself in the city’s traditional music scene and travelled widely, performing with many of the great players in Irish music. In 2004 he and fiddler Patrick Ourceau released the album Live at Mona’s. Eamon has taught at many traditional music programs in the US and also records and performs original music. His last solo record, Old Clump, was released in 2012.

Jefferson is a guitarist and singer based in Brooklyn, NY. In 2013, in addition to The Murphy Beds, he and songwriter Anais Mitchell released Child Ballads, a collection of new adaptations of English and Scottish folk songs which won a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. His original songs are featured on the 2016 album Great Shakes by Cambridge, MA roots rock ensemble Session Americana. In the Oct. 2013 issue, Acoustic Guitar magazine wrote, “A gifted guitarist and singer, Hamer is able to hit close harmonies… and weave gorgeous instrumental lines.”




The Kathy Kallick Band

Tickets: $20 advance, $23 at the door.
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Please join us for an evening of contemporary bluegrass music with The Kathy Kallick Band Live at Empty Sea!

“Veteran West Coast roots singer/guitarist Kathy Kallick makes bluegrass records that at their best — and decades into it she makes nothing less — are exciting propositions. She’s as gripping a vocalist as anybody on the scene, she has a superior band and she writes and chooses superb material. If you ask for more than that, may the universe forgive you.” - Jerome Clark, Rambles

The band is based along the west coast — the SF Bay Area, Portland, Seattle, and Anchorage — but their powerful mixture of original and classic material, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.

“They still play the tried-and-tested mixture of hot bluegrass and cool originals, and latter category provides the album’s opening trio of standout cuts, in my book all virtually guaranteed instant-classic status. [But] every single cut exhibits that characteristic sense of sparkling yet relaxed drive and entirely confident instrumental chops, with splendid, almost incidental, vocal harmonies from every member of the band – you can sure tell they’re in tune with each other in every sense.” - David Kidman, Fatea

Kathy’s exceptional career includes: winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards … receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California

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Bluegrass Association … co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, and releasing five albums with them … performing and recording with the Frank Wakefield Band … appearing on three high-profile Rounder collections of bluegrass songs by women … writing and releasing award-winning music for children and families … touring throughout North America, Europe, and Japan … having five title tracks and albums each spend a year in the upper echelon of the national bluegrass charts … and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her mighty current band:

• Annie Staninec (fiddle, vocals)
• Tom Bekeny (mandolin, vocals)
• Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals)
• Cary Black (acoustic bass, vocals)
• Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals)

“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!

Led by one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, the Kathy Kallick Band has nearly as much fun as the audience when performing. The material is compelling, the tone ranges from humorous to bittersweet to soulful, the instrumental playing is electric, the vocals luminous, the presentation inclusive.

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