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Saturday, April 12

Ellis Paul

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Ellis Paul

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $20
$3 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- all fair labels for this artist, but they do not quite suffice. However, the tattoo of Woody Guthrie worn proudly on his arm is a good starting place to know Ellis Paul. It is from the Woody Guthrie tradition that he hails. With an acoustic guitar in hand, he weaves intimate, provocative, and romantic tales of our lives.

Singer-songwriter great Bill Morrissey paid Ellis perhaps the ultimate compliment, saying "… Ellis was always himself; he didn't try to separate himself from his audiences. Perhaps it's because he's a Mainer; there's no pretense, and I think audiences sense that."

Launching his career in Massachusetts, Ellis has been called the quintessential Boston songwriter more than a few times and has garnered the recognition and awards to back up that claim. Since coming onto the scene in 1993 with his independent debut Say Something, Ellis continues strong as a performer or a writer. Spending two-thirds of most years on the road has helped him perfect both crafts, with a lot of practice on-stage and a lot of people whose stories he retells in song. In fact, his 1994 album Stories proved popular enough to secure him with Rounder Records, and build him a national following of dedicated fans.

Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He purposely turned the looking glass onto his own life for 1998's aptly titled Translucent Soul. He has turned out cds consistently through his 20+ year career. In 2008 he released a children’s music cd, Dragonfly Races, which was inspired by the birth of his second daughter. His most recent cd, City of Silver Dreams is his 18th. He has been based in Charlottesville, VA and Ashville, NC more recently.

Buy tickets on Brown Paper tickets at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/580570

Or, you can call BPT at 1-800-838-3006, 24/7.

Tickets purchased on Brown Paper Tickets are: General -- $20, SFS and PNA members, seniors, students -- $17, youth 6-17 -- $10. Tickets at the show, if available, are: $22, $19 and remain at $10 for youth. Note: DOORS OPEN AT 7:00

Rose Tattoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3crJGzlPBQ

The World Ain't Slowing Down: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDJafGS6tWI

Hurricane Angel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGwMD8HoOkE

Saturday, April 19

Tom Kimmel

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Tom Kimmel

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Tom Kimmel’s career began in rock n’ roll. Growing up in the South – he was born in Memphis, and grew up primarily in Alabama – he, like countless others, wanted to be like Elvis Presley. And he was for a time, before gravitating to Folk, Americana, and Gospel.

He is an engaging performer, skilled in his guitar play, and the character of his voice turns his lyrics into mind’s eye short subjects that we all know, and sometimes may have starred in. You know, the ones about love found, love lost, and all the adventures in between. Having seen Tom in a number of settings from house concerts and cafés to other large and small venues, it’s difficult to say what I prefer – whether he sings his songs or reads his poems. His song and poem writing reconnects us to our life experiences, both difficult and uplifting, and frequently funny.

Since graduating from the University of Alabama, Tom has carved out a career that has taken him to venues across the US, and Europe. He has developed a growing fan base in the Scandinavian countries. His annual tours to Ireland, when he hosts fans and friends, have become a popular addition to his writing and performing career. If you’re interested in going to Ireland, visit with him about it at the show. I did, and I went, and the experience was amazing -- a lifelong memory.

Along with his solo career, Tom performs in three groups.

• The Waymores (Tom with Sally Barris, and Don Henry) http://www.waymores.net/

• The New Agrarians (Tom with Kate Campbell and Pierce Pettis) http://newagrarians.net/

• The Sherpas (Tom with Tom Prasada-Rao, Michael Lille) http://www.thesherpas.net/

Here is a radio interview (2009) Tom did on public TV in Fort Collins, CO (56 minutes):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNb1i2QsbC8 This is a great insight into Tom the singer-songwriter, poet, and person. Through the interview which, if you have the time, is a great listen. He performs eight songs that he has written or co-written. The following are particularly good:

• 9:15 – Silver Lining

• 17:05 -- When You Know

• 28:55 – (We’ve Got It) Right This Time

• 35:45 – Crying Ground

• 43:25 – Poem reading – (The Man on the Phone)

• 54:00 – Shallow Water

Here are three additional videos of songs he has co-written and performs here:

I Love What You’ve Done with This Place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkYhlUI1UFk @ the Copenhagen Songwriter Festival 2013

Blue Train: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0uWnGK_-njc

Never Saw Blue Like That Before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IF2Z6ztbBbM

Doors open at 7:00 in the brown brick building behind the PNA blue frame building.

Reserve online, or by calling 206/528-8523.

Saturday, April 26

Kat Eggleston

Kate MacLeod

Julie Mainstone

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Kat Eggleston, Kate MacLeod and Julie Mainstone

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Expect to experience heaven on earth at this concert when Kat Eggleston, Kate MacLeod and Julie Mainstone join voices for an evening of music. This will be especially wonderful for fans of American-Celtic folk music.

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.

Kate MacLeod is best known for her original songs and her unique fiddling style. She has been hailed as one of the "Ten Acts to Watch" by the editors of the MusicHound Folk Essential Album Guide. Her songwriting style and live performances display an unbreakable link between traditional music and cutting-edge contemporary songwriting. She has a new album of songs inspired by books.

Julie Mainstone is joining the event in celebration of her second recording, On the Blessed Road, produced by Kat Eggleston and featuring Chicago’s Jimmy Keane on accordion and a host of Pacific Northwest players. This new recording features songs from an out of print songbook that belonged to a Nova Scotian family. A grant from the Helen Creighton Folklore Society enabled Julie to travel to Nova Scotia and Maine last spring to meet descendants and research the music.

Kat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4CZ6VFYVc8

Kate – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgVb7edNbGc

Kat and Kate - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyrVsOP89g0

Julie - http://www.juliemainstone.com/#!news-and-events/c1pz

Reserve online, or by calling 206/528-8523.

Sunday, May 4

David Francey

Sunday Night on Phinney Ridge

David Francey

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:00 PM

General Admission: $18
$3 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Fourteen years ago at the age of 45, David Francey began an astonishing journey from manual laborer to award-winning folk troubadour – renowned for writing with heart-wrenching honesty about the struggles of the poor and working class. On Sunday, May 4, he will feature music from his award-winning 2013 recording "So Say We All" in a special Seattle Folklore Society concert.

His new album reflects his own journey through a period of struggle. "The lesson learned," he says, "was to celebrate every day spent on this side of the soil and to keep marching no matter what comes our way." His spirit of perseverance bursts from each song on the album, from the opening track "Rain" about the failure and rebirth of love to the bittersweet hymn "So Say We All." The album is a perfect acoustic showcase of what makes Francey’s songwriting so special and in November 2013, the songs from "So Say We All" won Francey the Canadian Folk Music Award for English songwriter of the year.

This Sunday night concert starts at 7:00 PM. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets, http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/605837, or at 1-800-838-3006.

Please purchase tickets in advance. Tickets at the door will cost $20 and $17 for SFS members.

Saturday, May 10

Dana Lyons

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Dana Lyons

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Brick Building), 7:30PM

General Admission: $16
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

"Great Salish Sea" CD release tour

Reserve online, or by calling 206/528-8523.

To reserve seats for concerts, go to our concert reservations page, or call our 24-hour concert line at (206) 528-8523. To receive email notification of upcoming concerts, join our concertlist. If you're a musician who would like to perform for us, check out our performer page. For Northwest Folklife events, see nwfolklife.org.


Concert Venues

We recommend that you call ahead to the SFS Concert Line at (206) 528-8523 for reservations or advance tickets. Do not call the venue directly for reservations; when the SFS produces a concert, we handle that. If you need wheelchair access, please let us know.

Phinney Neighborhood Center (Map)
6532 Phinney Avenue N, Seattle, WA 98103. (If using GPS, this address works better: 449 N 67th St, Seattle, WA 98103.)
Concerts are held in the Community Hall (brick building). Free parking in the lower parking lot at the Center. Enter the lot on N 67th, between Phinney and Dayton Ave. Phinney Center has disability parking outside the door on the Dayton Street side of the building and flat access into the hall from Dayton. Parking on Dayton Ave is available for disabled and musician load/unload only.

Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church
7500 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98013

Museum of History & Industry
2700 24th East, Seattle, WA 98112
Directions: The Museum is located south of Husky Stadium, just off SR-520 near the Montlake Bridge. Concerts are held in McEachern Auditorium.



Our larger shows use tickets from Brown Paper Tickets. Most of our shows don't use tickets. Instead we ask you to reserve a spot online or by phone at (206)528-8523.


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