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Saturday, February 28

Ellis Paul

Rebecca Loebe

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Ellis Paul

with opening act Rebecca Loebe

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

General Admission: $22
$3 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price
$2 off for advance purchase

Just added! Rebecca Loeb, who is touring with Ellis, will open the show with a short set, and then sit in on a few songs with him.

Here's a video of hers, Lies:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWvMnz83xv0

Tickets are being sold through Brown Paper Tickets. Prices are $20 general, and $17 for SFS, PNA members, students, and seniors. Day of show tickets, if available, will be $2 more. Youth (ages 6-17) tickets are $10. The Brown Paper Tickets direct link is: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1142843

A troubadour, a singer/songwriter, a folky, and a storyteller -- are all fair labels for Ellis, 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, Ellis continues strong as a performer and 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.

Over the years and albums, his songs have gotten more personal. He has turned out cds consistently through his 20+ year career. His 16th cd, Chasing Beauty, was produced by Kristian Bush of Sugarland and Brandon Bush of Sugarland/Train, with backing band - Sugarland, and backing vocals by Red Molly and Rebecca Loebe.

Originally from Maine, Ellis now lives in Charlottesville, VA.

Music videos:

Drive In Movie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mkw34pLG08

Chasing Beauty: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OErMElHsjOs

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, March 7

Lauren Sheehan with Tillamook Burn and Mark Graham

Lauren Sheehan with Tillamook Burn and Mark Graham

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Lauren Sheehan with Tillamook Burn and Mark Graham

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

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

SFS is pleased to present Portland-based Lauren Sheehan with Tillamook Burn and Mark Graham at Phinney Center on March 7th at 7:30 PM. Music critic Stephen Winick, described Lauren in a recent Huffington Post article: ".... in the Elizabeth Cotten/John Hurt vein... a one-woman Americana jukebox... her fingerwork and sensitive singing, Piedmont picking....all sounds deceptively easy, which is a testament to her huge talent and hard work."

She clearly loves and inhabits the music she performs, shape shifting through the moods of the familiar and the obscure, howling with the werewolf and weeping with the willow. Her gifted guitar work, stylistic breadth and vocals are inspired by her study with elders, oral tradition and scholarship. With all of that tradition behind her, she re-creates the intimacy of a back porch, where singing and playing were regular events.

Recent appearances on NPR, four CDs that charted in the top 20 on folk radio, a 2012 Portland Music Award for outstanding achievement in Folk, inclusion in the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox project and her most recent accomplishment as guitarist for the CD, The Light Still Burns, companion to the history book Kalamazoo Gals; A Story of Extraordinary Women & Gibson’s "Banner" Guitars of WWII, attest to her growing significance as an artist, performer and teacher.

Lauren and her daughter Zoë Carpenter collectively known as Tillamook Burn, will delight with collaborations from their recently released eponymously titled EP. The new release is receiving healthy airplay on Folk stations across the nation.

Lauren will also be playing with Mark Graham, harmonica and clarinet player extraordinaire. Mark hails from Vashon Island, and is known to Seattle audiences from collaborations with Orville Johnson in the "Kings of Mongrel Folk," and "The Brainstormers" with Tom and Patrick Sauber. One of the few harmonica players schooled in the melodic and rhythmic intricacies of Southern string band music, Mark Graham plays in a powerful but lyrical, blues tinged style that recalls the feel of the finest banjo and fiddle playing. With over 35 years of harmonicizing, Graham has gained an encyclopedic knowledge of American country and blues styles. The song writing of Mark Graham is a singular universe of surreal mountain hilarity and lonesome terror that covers the big subjects: The Creation of the Universe, Natural Science, Mathematics, Food, Greed, Eternal Doom and Festival Love.

Advance tickets are available at: http://sfs-laurensheehan.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, March 14

Joy Mills - Ben Mish - Alice Howe - Wes Weddell

Ben Mish & Joy Mills

Alice Howe & Wes Weddell

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Local Songwriter Showcase

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

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

Seattle Folklore Society presents a special evening featuring four local songwriters:

Boston-native ALICE HOWE cuts to the heart with her crystal-clear vocals and light, lyrical guitar, drawing inspiration from the likes of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, and Gillian Welch. Rooted in classic emotive folk, with stories of love, loss, joy, and sorrow, Howe's songwriting is at once timeless and original. Recorded in Seattle, her 2014 EP "Tiger Lily" is a vivid, sure-footed collection of five new songs. www.alicehowe.com

JOY MILLS has been writing and performing in Seattle for one and one-half decades, releasing six full-length albums and currently working on her next. Her soulful lyrics and melodic storytelling have brought her to national and international touring with her bands The Starlings and the Joy Mills Band. Mills continues to push the edges wider, honing an urban country-folk style set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. www.joymills.com

BEN MISH is the lead singer, piano player, and chief songwriter for the Seattle-based band Left Hand Smoke. He is fiercely devoted to the craft of songwriting, drawing praise from MTV Online and Billboard Magazine while placing songs on ER and Grey's Anatomy, to name a few. While the band is known for headlining Bumbershoot and opening for Eddie Vedder and Maroon5, solo performances reveal Mish's rootsier, folksier side. http://lefthandsmoke.wordpress.com

WES WEDDELL is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and audio odd-jobber with an accomplished history of touring and also not-touring. He has several recordings, the occasional award, and runs a 501(c)(3) non-profit in Seattle dedicated to creating community live-music spaces and helping local musicians and audiences connect. His forthcoming CD features literature-inspired songs from his work with The Bushwick Book Club Seattle--an organization for which all four of this event's artists have performed. www.wesweddell.com

Buy advance tickets on-line at http://sfssongwritershowcase.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 1-800-838-3006. All seats $2 more at-the-door.

Saturday, March 28

Lou & Peter Berryman

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Lou & Peter Berryman

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

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

Lou and Peter Berryman are musical humorists who have delighted nationwide audiences for more than thirty-five years. Frequent comparisons to Tom Lehrer, Flanders and Swann, and Gilbert and Sullivan notwithstanding, these two are originals, blending Midwestern culture with intelligent observation in a whimsical and wonderfully accessible performance. They have produced sixteen albums and three song books of their original and hilarious, quirky, yet oddly profound songs, and have toured the US and Canada to rave reviews. Berryman songs are being sung around the world, by a legion of professional musicians from Peggy Seeger to Garrison Keillor, as well as shower singers everywhere. The popularity of Lou and Peter Berryman -- whose friendship survived a brief marriage in the seventies -- is a testament to their intelligent and wickedly funny material, rich with wordplay and witty images. This duo is not to be missed.

Advance tickets: http://louandpeterseattle2015.bpt.me or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in person at other SFS concerts. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 more.

Saturday, April 4

Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Orville Johnson and Casey MacGill

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

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

Casey MacGill performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. It is American music of many decades and no decade in particular, all happening at the same time, woven into a seamless, beautiful whole. MacGill plays boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele. He has been singing and arranging vocal harmonies for over 40 years, and it shows in his sweet intonation and smooth phrasing.

Orville Johnson was born and raised in the southern Illinois heartland. He acquired his love of singing as a youth in the fundamentalist Pentecostal church he attended and, when he later began playing guitar and dobro, responded to the roots music that surrounded him by learning to play the blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, and country music that are all part of the mosaic that characterizes his own mongrel music. He is a singer, instrumentalist, record producer, songwriter, session player, teacher, the top dobro player on the West Coast of America and, above all, an instinctive and sensitive musician.

Casey and Orville were having a conversation about music one day, as they are wont to do. Casey waxed poetic on the virtues of Hapa Haole music, a style of 1930s jazz featuring swing rhythms, Hawaiian guitar, and island themes, such as hula girls, canoes, and coconuts. He mentioned having created a collection of these tunes and some originals in the style that he would love to record some day. Orville quickly recognized the opportunity to play a lot of sweet Hawaiian guitar riffs and exercise his studio recording skills and said, "Casey, let's do it! You play the uke and sing, I'll play slide guitar and record us, and we'll get Matt Weiner to add some bass!" Casey replied, "I like the way you think!"

As simply as that, Hawaii of My Dreams was born. Songs from that new disc will be on tap for April 4th, as well as the swingin’ blues, rockin’ piano and slide guitar, and hurricane vocals that make up the rest of their entertaining repertoire. You won’t want to miss it!

Tickets will go on sale after February 1, 2015

Saturday, April 11

Reilly & Maloney

Reilly & Maloney 1970s

http://www.reillyandmaloney.com/

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Reilly & Maloney: 45th Anniversary Farewell Tour

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

General Admission: $22
$3 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price
$2 off for advance purchase

After 45 years of harmony, beloved folksinging duo Reilly & Maloney have decided that 2015 will be their final year performing together. In their own words:

" We feel that our commitment to our act and to each other has been an enduring blessing but that this is the right time to retire our partnership as we have known it. We have had a good run, and now it's time to close the show. With heartfelt thanks,

~ David & Ginny "

Through the 1970s and '80s there was no hotter act around Seattle than Ginny Reilly & David Maloney, two singer/songwriters whose rich harmonies and tireless performance schedule cultivated legions of fans throughout the region. Taking hiatus in the '90s, the pair reunited in 2000 to discover that their audience was very much still with them.

Longtime Seattle Folklore Society favorites, Reilly & Maloney will appear one more time on an SFS stage. Come join these storied, accomplished performers for a special evening of old favorites and new material!

Advance tickets available at http://sfs-rm.brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling 1-800-838-3006.

Saturday, April 18

Pharis and Jason Romero

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Pharis and Jason Romero

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

General Admission: $20
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price
$2 off for advance purchase

Pharis and Jason Romero are an example of a classic love story made possible by the power of music! A matchmaker, some scratchy old records, a custom banjo and a flyfishing trip all conspired to a meeting in 2007 at an old-time fiddle jam. She was living in Victoria, BC and he was living in Arcata, CA. Both had been playing music for decades and loved early country, old time, folk, blues, and bluegrass. She sent him a copy of the 1928 recording Tupelo Blues from Hoyt Ming & His Pepsteppers, he thought she was a-okay, and they married 3 months later. In 2010 they moved their home and the J. Romero Banjo Company north to the central British Columbia town of Horsefly (her hometown). Surrounded by wilderness and good people they build their finely crafted banjos and play the music new and old. They have released two records as a duo and two records with other folks, and by the time they play for SFS, they will have just released and begun to promote their third duo record!

Pharis and Jason Romero have collected a basket full of Canadian music awards for their Traditional and Americana albums. "Anchored by Pharis's rock-solid rhythm guitar and propelled by Jason's inventive picking on a variety of banjos and guitars (most of which he built), their plaintive voices and soulful blend capture the ear and the imagination." - Acoustic Guitar magazine. They love songs new and old, connecting 1927 to modern days in a most wonderful way with vibrantly close duet singing and poignant songwriting. Their performance highlights include A Prairie Home Companion, Portland's Old Time Music Gathering, and the Vancouver, B.C. Folk Music Festival. They have taught at Centrum's Voiceworks and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. "Their chemistry is undeniable, and the song feels like it's been rolling along a dusty plain out west for decades, just waiting to be picked up and sung." - NPR Music, Favorite Sessions. If you enjoy listening to the harmonies and styles of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, then Jason and Pharis are the west-coast equivalent, but with unique vocal and instrumental twists. http://pharisandjason.com/music.html Tickets are available from: http://sfs-pharis-jason.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, April 25

Alba's Edge

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman

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

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

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE through Brown Paper Tickets: http://albasedgeandneilpearlman.brownpapertickets.com/

Locals may already be familiar with amazing pianist Neil Pearlman.

"Dazzling piano chops … Fingers absolutely soar across the keys" –Portland Press Herald

Alba's Edge with Neil Pearlman is a tapestry of cultures: the expressive melodies of Scottish fiddle music are woven together with jazz improvisation and harmony, funk bass lines and the rhythms of Latin America to form a cohesive and singular musical experience. Fiddle, piano, drums and bass come together seamlessly in a new sound that BBC Radio Scotland has called "a wonderful concoction".

Fresh off a US State Department funded tour of Mexico, Alba's Edge performs and leads clinics across the US and internationally at venues ranging from house concerts to festival stages. Some notable past appearances include: The 1st International Celtic Music Festival of Mexico (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico), The New World Festival (Randolph, VT), The Crossroads Celtic Festival (Bethel, ME) 2 tours of the Pacific Northwest and numerous other festivals and tours throughout New England and the Mid Atlantic.

Pianist and bandleader Neil Pearlman comes from a musical background uniquely suited to such a project. Raised in a family deeply rooted in Scottish music and dance, Neil studied jazz piano extensively growing up and further expanded his musical horizons into Brazilian, Afro-Colombian and Cuban music while studying in New York.

Neil's sister, fiddler Lilly Pearlman has had a similar artistic journey, growing up with Scottish culture and falling in love with the dance and music of Brazil, Cuba and beyond. In the wake of Neil's solo CD Coffee and the Mojo Hat (Paddledoo Music, 2011), which explored the connections between these seemingly disparate musical worlds, Neil and Lilly joined forces to create Alba's Edge. The band is rounded out by drummer/percussionist Jacob Cole and bassist Doug Berns, both multi-faceted and versatile musicians in the Boston and New York music scenes. A recent graduate of New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Jacob brings a deep knowledge of Latin rhythms and the sensitivity of a seasoned jazz drummer to the group. Meanwhile Doug lays down the groove with his distinctive bass playing, honed in the funk, afro-beat and jazz communities of New York City.

See more at: http://www.albasedge.com/

ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE THROUGH BROWN PAPER TICKETS OR AT PRIOR SFS CONCERTS: or call the Brown Paper Ticket line at 1-800-838-3006

AT THE DOOR, TICKETS WILL BE $18/$16/$9. (Discounts for members, students, seniors 65+. Youth tickets, age 6-17, are $9, advance or at the door)

Future Concert(s)

Sunday, May 3 - David Roth

Sunday, May 3

David Roth

Sunday Night

David Roth

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

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

Our former Seattle neighbor David Roth (now living on Cape Cod) has written music that has traveled the world…and outer space!

David moved to Cape Cod in 2000 but has come back to the Pacific Northwest every spring since then, and we've happily sponsored him a number of times (no matter where he lives). What can you expect at one of David’s concerts? He ranges from holistic to hilarious, poignant to improbable…think James Taylor meets Jon Stewart.

David cemented his connection to the folk music community on the streets of Greenwich Village in the 1980s. Now in his 29th year of full-time music-making, and with 13 CDs to his credit, David's songs have found their way to Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Chicken Soup for the Soul books, the Kennedy Center, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul, & Mary concerts, NASA's Goddard Space Center (his song, "Rocket Science" went up on the space shuttle Atlantis in 2009), and the "Rise Up Singing" Songbooks. As former artist-in-residence at New York’s Omega Institute, he has taught singing, songwriting, and performance at the Swannanoa Gathering in North Carolina each summer), the Augusta Heritage workshops, Moab Folk Camp, and for many other songwriting groups. He has appeared at countless coffeehouses, conferences, concert halls, and festivals. But you can come hear him at the Phinney Neighborhood Center at a special Sunday performance, May 3rd at 7 p.m.

Advance ticket sales begin March 3. http://davidrothsfsconcert.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, May 9 - Hanneke Cassel

Saturday, May 9

Hanneke Cassel

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Hanneke Cassel

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

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

"Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing. Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, she holds a Bachelors of Music in Violin Performance from Berklee College of Music, and she has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and China. Tickets will be available on Brown Paper Tickets starting 60 days before the concert.

Saturday, May 16 - Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick sing the songs of Vern & Ray

Saturday, May 16

Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick sing the songs of Vern & Ray

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick sing the songs of Vern & Ray

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

General Admission: $22
$2 off for SFS & PNA members and seniors, kids half price
$2 off for advance purchase

Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick are stopping in Seattle on their tour to support their new CD "Laurie and Kathy Sing the Songs of Vern & Ray."

"Before Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick became the highly respected and successful singers, songwriters, and bluegrass bandleaders they are today, they were founding members of the groundbreaking northern California band the Good Ol’ Persons. Although Laurie remained in that group for only a short while before moving on to lead her own bands, she and Kathy forged a lifelong personal and professional friendship that endures to this day. They recorded a collaborative album, Together, in 1991, for Kaleidoscope Records, on which they performed their wonderful interpretation of the venerable "Little Annie," learned from Vern & Ray. Laurie and Kathy wrote in the liner notes, "This album is respectfully dedicated to Vern Williams and Ray Park, early sources of inspiration for both of us." This new album, in which the two perform music exclusively drawn from the repertoires of those early mentors, is the latest coming-together of this multi-talented twosome. It is long overdue." – Randy Pitts, from the liner notes

Come out to Phinney Center on May 16th to celebrate with Laurie and Kathy and close out our Spring season.

Tickets for this show will be available on Brown Paper Tickets approximately 60 days before the show.

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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.

Sunset Hill Community Club
3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle, WA 98117

 

Tickets

Advance tickets for all shows are available from Brown Paper Tickets, or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006.
Tickets may also be purchased in person at other SFS concerts, generally 60 days before the show.

More information or questions about the concerts may be obtained by leaving a message on the SFS concert line: 206-528-8523

 

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