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Saturday, September 20

Kevin Burke and John Carty

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Kevin Burke and John Carty

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

General Admission: $18
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS. AT THE DOOR TICKETS WILL BE $20/$18/$9. http://burkecartyirishfiddle.brownpapertickets.com

"A lyrical player of emotional electricity" - The WashingtonPost on Kevin Burke

"One of the most accomplished Irish multi-instrumentalists alive. The flourishing diaspora of Irish traditional music had no finer exponent than John Carty" … Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo

Don't miss an evening of extraordinary traditional Irish music, as these two masters of the fiddle team up!

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years. Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970’s (with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore and the Bothy Band and with his far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits). During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival, Patrick Street and Tim O’Brien’s wonderful crossover band, The Crossing. Kevin is a National Endowment for the Arts 2002 National Heritage Fellowship recipient and was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

John Carty is one of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians having been awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year in 2003. Carty has three solo fiddle albums, two banjo albums, two group albums and a sprinkling of recorded tenor guitar and flute music recordings under his belt. Born in London, John has established himself among the elite in Irish traditional music and as a staunch supporter of its preservation. Carty developed his love for fiddle, banjo, and flute, all of which he has mastered, through his multi-instrumentalist father who was a member of the Glenside Ceili Band in London in the 1960’s. With a firm foundation of both talent and knowledge of the tradition, John has been a welcome addition to many of the great bands of today, including Patrick Street, The Chieftains, and DeDanaan, as well as his remarkable solo career.

Saturday, September 27

Anne and Pete Sibley

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Anne and Pete Sibley

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

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

With two voices in harmony, a guitar and a banjo, Anne and Pete Sibley sing. Each song is a journey, a joining of music and story. Anne and Pete Sibley seek to convey music more attune to an experience rather than a simple song. Raised in the Northeast, settled in the West, Anne and Pete continue to strive to live an authentic human life.

Less than a decade since they released their first album, the Sibleys’ music hit the national spotlight in 2009 with a blue ribbon finish in the "Great American Duet Sing Off" on National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. They continue to tour around the country with their two young children, performing concerts, teaching workshops and are often heard sharing their life experience that "People are good".

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

Saturday, October 4

True North

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

True North

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

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

Americana quartet combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with fat harmonies and folk-edged songwriting: Kristen Grainger - vocals, ukulele; Dan Wetzel - guitar, mandolin, ukulele, vocals; Dale Adkins - guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals; Suzanne Pearce - upright bass, vocals.

For reservations, phone 206/528-8523.

Saturday, October 11

Tim Grimm and Krista Detor

Tim Grimm and Krista Detor

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Tim Grimm and Krista Detor

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

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

Tim is an award-winning songwriter and actor on stage, screen and television. After several years working in Los Angeles, Tim returned home to Indiana. He grew up in the woods and small town settings of southern Indiana, son of schoolteachers and grandson of farmers. Tim now lives with his wife and sons on an 80 acre farm close to where he grew up. His songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life--rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy--recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

In 2007, Grimm put together a concept cd with several of the Midwest’s finest songwriter’s-- Krista Detor, Carrie Newcomer, Tom Roznowski, and Michael White. The recording, Wilderness Plots, was drawn from the short stories of noted author, Scott Russell Sanders. Two EMMY nominated PBS programs evolved with the music and songs.

Tim continues perform around the US and Europe. He also hosts tours to Ireland and the Netherlands, and hosts a music series and theater productions in and around Indiana. He's produced 11 cds to critical acclaim since returning to Indiana. His latest, The Turning Point, was released in 2013.

Krista Detor is also based in Indiana, tours the US and Europe, and has collaborated with Tim on projects, primary of which was the Emmy-nominated Wilderness Plots.

Musical styles and influences abound in Krista’s writing. Her songs are vignettes, telling stories of time and experience. Her quiet musical intensity has been compared to that of Leonard Cohen and Laura Nyro. She has shared stages with Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, Aaron Neville, Loudon Wainwright, Luka Bloom, Slaid Cleaves, Peter Mulvey, The Wailing Jennys, Jakob Dylan, Carrie Newcomer, Lucy Kaplansky, and John Gorka, among others.

Her diverse songwriting draws on blues, folk, country, rock and jazz, reflecting years of experience spent soaking up musical influences. Detor's rich vocals and earthy piano playing, meanwhile, helped give substance to the cast of surreal characters populating her songs.

She’s reached #1 on the Euro-Americana chart, and her music’s been featured at the Cannes Film Festival, on NPR, the BBC, Dutch National Radio, German National Radio, Belgian National Radio.

Krista was chosen to be a part of the Darwin Songhouse, with seven other songwriters in Shrewsbury England. She has made 7 cds, the most recent, Flat Earth Diary, was introduced this year.

www.timgrimm.com

www.kristadetor.com

Krista Detor songs:

Clock of the World (Krista at the piano): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzLgf66oOeE

Steal Me A Car: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjaeCuIqYUI

Dancing in a Minefield: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abrdkBILvgw&list=PLDC40F7A480152968

Tim Grimm songs:

The Lake: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QqSo5mEd2k

So It Goes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0T6o0hTtL4

Pumpkin the Cat: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofSvVJs818k

Tickets will be available at our ticket outlets, or by mail - phone 206/528-8523.

Saturday, October 18

Bill Staines

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Bill Staines

with opening act Tom Rawson

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

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

For over thirty years, Bill Staines has traveled back and forth across North America, delighting audiences at festivals, colleges, concerts, and coffeehouses. Some of his better known songs include A Place in the Choir, River, Roseville Fair, and Sweet Wyoming Home. His songs are slices of Americana, ranging from stories of prairie people of the Midwest to the seekers of Yukon gold. Bill weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances and he delights in having the audience sing along.

Bill continues to drive over 65,000 miles a year, doing what he loves: meeting all kinds of folks, writing songs about them, and bringing his music to friends old and new. October winds will whisk Bill into the Phinney Neighborhood Center Saturday, October 18 for a SFS concert at 7:30 p.m. Come see why Nancy Griffith says, "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off."

Opening the show will be Tom Rawson, from Orcas Island, one of the Pacific Northwest's most talented and engaging folksingers. In the style of Pete Seeger, Tom is a master sing-along leader with songs that display great heart, humor, and wit. Come on down and join Bill and Tom for an evening of user-friendly songs and acoustic folk philosophy that will leave you smiling.

For reservations, phone 206/528-8523.

Future Concert(s)

Saturday, October 25 - Jeff Warner

Saturday, October 25

Jeff Warner

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Jeff Warner

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

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

Jeff Warner’s traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. Community songs, banjo tunes, 18th-century New England hymns, and sailor songs highlight his amusing and informative all-ages programs.

Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of his father Frank Warner and the traditional singers his parents met during their folksong collecting trips through rural America. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips and produced a two-CD set of the Warners’ recordings of rural singers, many of them born in Victorian times.

This concert is a co-production with Northwest Seaport.

Reservations open 60 days before the concert.

Saturday, November 1 - Johnsmith

Saturday, November 1

Johnsmith

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Johnsmith

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

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

A true Bard, his songs deliver the mystery of the journey.

It is wholly refreshing to encounter an artist whose work possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored or overlooked. Johnsmith is one such artist; a gifted singer-songwriter, moving performer, and roaming troubadour.

The role of the Bard in every society is to hold up a mirror to that society, to convey and reveal - through the mysterious alchemy of music and words and performance – the secret inner language of the heart - delivered with that ineffable feeling called ‘Soul’.

John possesses these gifts in abundance. His song-lyrics are finely shaped and powerfully moving and voiced with a spirit and soulfulness that is earned through the embracing of the joys and the pains of a life (both physical and spiritual) lived to the full.

Winner of the Kerrville New Folk Songwriter Competition, John is in demand as an instructor for songwriter workshops.

Each of John’s albums to date seek to explore and develop his unique vision as a wordsmith and his undeniable talent as a musician.

Listen to Johnsmith: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsUz7jnUFU4

Reservations open 60 days before the concert.

Saturday, November 15 - Kenny White and Amy Speace

Saturday, November 15

Kenny White and Amy Speace

Kenny White and Amy Speace

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Kenny White and Amy Speace

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

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

Kenny White makes a return appearance with SFS, and we’re looking forward to this show. It’s been too long since we’ve heard his life-painting lyrics and killer keyboard mastery. This trip, Kenny is touring with Amy Speace, both artists on Judy Collins’ WildflowerRecords.

Kenny has been in the music business for more than 25 years as a producer and studio pianist, and during that time he’s written hundreds of television and radio commercials. He has developed a solid and satisfying second career as a singer-songwriter. A dazzling piano player, he's performed with a range of artists in the US and Europe.

"White’s impressionistic songs grow on you over time, as his images evoke your own memories and associations, and the subtly insistent grooves and instrumental textures stay with you well after the record stops spinning," said Sing Out! magazine.

Representative of the many blogs on Kenny’s website is this one: His lyrics are dryly humorous, sometimes heart wrenching, sometimes laugh-out-loud ironically funny. Vocals are unpolished and real. My Recurring Dream is an especially interesting song, wry and funny and strange. Don't miss this guy. See him live; you won't be disappointed."

Born in Baltimore and raised in small-town Pennsylvania, Amy Speace initially had her sights set on a career as a playwright/actor, graduating from Amherst College and touring with the prestigious National Shakespeare Company. After moving to New York, she had roles in various off-Broadway productions and independent films, ran her own theater company, and taught Shakespeare in the New York City school system.

After teaching herself to play guitar, she began setting her poetry to music, and quickly found songwriting to be the most creatively fulfilling thing she’d ever done. She made her solo debut with the 2002 release Fable, recorded with $5000 donated by fans and released on her own Twangirl label.

Giving up her hard-won acting career to become a full-time musician, she hopped into her car and hit the road, booking herself into every club, café and college that would have her. Here second cd, Songs for Bright Street, received warm praise from critics. She’s appeared on Mountain Stage and Acoustic Café, both NPR syndicated radio shows, The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Kerrville Folk Festival, Maverick Festival (UK) and SummerTyme Americana Fest (UK).

www.kennywhite.net

www.amyspeace.com

Gotta Sing Higher (Kenny White) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccDe7XiMK4Y

She's Coming on Saturday (Kenny White) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_docrE6t2jg

Ghost (Amy Speace) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asXjnY-ysB8

Dog Days (Amy Speace) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua_TuT2Ebkg

Tickets will be available at our ticket outlets, or by mail - phone 206/528-8523.

Saturday, November 22 - Ari and Mia Friedman

Saturday, November 22

Ari and Mia Friedman

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Ari and Mia Friedman

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

General Admission: $18
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Ari & Mia, Boston's Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.

Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She tours internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, plays with New England's highly acclaimed fiddle band, Childsplay, and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand. Mia Friedman began playing violin and singing at an early age. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions.

"Like their slightly older contemporaries, Crooked Still, Ari and Mia mix cello with Appalachian-folk-influenced music with clawhammer banjo, sometimes Gospel-like textures, and throw in jazz and even classical influence." – George Graham, WVIA FM

Saturday, November 29 - Timberbound

Saturday, November 29

Timberbound

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Timberbound

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

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

Next-generation Portland, OR, group with a mission to interpret, preserve, and disseminate Northwest working music (logging and fishing ballads) in folk-blues style - Joe Seamons, Kate Sandgren, Gavin Duffy, Jenny Estrin play fiddle, banjo, and guitar.

For reservations, phone 206/528-8523.

Saturday, December 13 - Arto and Antti Järvelä

Saturday, December 13

Arto and Antti Järvelä

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Arto and Antti Järvelä

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

General Admission: $18
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price

Also $2 off for Nordic Heritage Museum, Finnish Lutheran Church and Finlandia Foundation members.

BUY ADVANCE TICKETS THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS. AT THE DOOR TICKETS WILL BE $20/$18/$9.

Breath of Arctic Air – Finnish Fiddling Legends, cousins Arto and Antti Järvelä, are musicians hailing from the famous Järvelä family from Kaustinen, Finland. Growing up in a musical family means growing up with a respect for traditions and history. Arto's and Antti's musical focus resides naturally in Ostrobothnia (the eastern shore of the Gulf of Bothnia). Järvelä fiddlers have been fiddling in the front line of Ostrobothnian weddings for generations. Dance and ceremonial tunes are still a major part of their music. International travelling and jamming have influenced their music but one can still hear the connection to their roots.

As one of Finland's most talented folk musicians, Arto has represented Finnish culture in more than thirty-five countries. Arto and Antti have been making music together in different constellations for many years. Together they balance the authentic down-home Kaustinen style with contemporary flavors, character, charm and flair. A spirit-stirring and heady breath of fresh Finnish air!

Arto plays with JPP, Nordik Tree, Kaivama, Maria Kalaniemi, Erik Hokkanen & Lumisudet and performs solo.

Antti is known for his work with Frigg, JPP, Baltic Crossing, Troka and Kings of Polka.

The Arto & Antti Järvelä debut CD Os fera liluli (OARTCD8) was released 2013 and the duo has toured in Canada, Denmark, Norway and United States.

Arto Järvelä - fiddle, vocals

Antti Järvelä - guitar, fiddle, vocals

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.

 

Tickets

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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