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Saturday, November 29


Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge


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

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

Timberbound is a collective of musicians led by Joe Seamons, based in the Pacific Northwest. Their performances take audiences on a tour of old sawmills, logger's cabins, and fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. They released their debut album in the spring of 2014.

Joe Seamons grew up hearing the Timberbound songs performed by family friends, foremost among them Hobe Kytr and Dave Berge. Hobe and Dave included one song from the Timberbound songbook on their 1986 album, Dog Salmon & Rutabagas. In fact, you can hear Joe as a little baby, crying in the background on the album's title track. Joe has been studying, researching, and performing the songs for over ten years now. Kate Sandgren grew up in Aberdeen, WA. Her grandfather, the artist Nelson Sandgren, attended the University of Oregon--where he met Joe's grandfather shortly before WWII. Joe's mother and both of Kate's parents have been painting and printmaking together since the two of them were small children. Their parent's have, for decades, studied and interpreted the art of Northwest Native Americans. This influence has deepened their love for the region. Gavin Duffy met Joe in 2003, and the two have been playing music together ever since. Gavin is a multi-instrumentalist whose musicianship and vision contribute mightily to the arrangements of the Timberbound songs. Gavin is a chef as well as a musician, you can taste his food at the Devil's Dill in SE Portland. Jenny Estrin is a classical violinist who began fiddling with the Timberbound Project in 2012. You can also hear her playing with the Portland Opera.

Description Joe wrote the following description about the people and music on which this project was based:

John and Kim Cunnick lived together at the end of the Keasey route from roughly 1972 until John’s untimely death in January, 1976. They worked part time--John in a sawmill, Kim at Sam’s Food Store--to provide the things they couldn’t barter for or grow themselves. It was an interesting time for young people to be moving out to rural northwestern Oregon because a lot of old loggers were still living here. According to my dad, who was living a few miles away from Keasey at Mist during this time, the old timers were helpful and caring to a fault when their help was needed, and adopted a live-and-let-live stance the rest of the time. John clearly loved the spirit and the manners of expression he encountered in the logging culture, and he beautifully captured something of the hilariously irreverent, clear-eyed and poetic spirit of that culture in his lyrics. One has to only spend 10 minutes in the woods with John’s old friend, Gary Everett, to get a taste of the incredible brew of highly literate and sublimely earthy language that has developed here. Sadly, John and Kim were only able to live their life as cabin-dwelling troubadors for five years before tragedy struck and John passed away in an accident.

Kim commemorated her husband’s life by publishing a book of the songs they had written together (which was an idea they had hatched before John’s death). As she compiled the songs and notated the melodies of the Timberbound songbook over the following year, she kept playing the music with friends, which included Mark Loring, Dave Berge, and Hobe Kydr, forming the Timberbound String Band, or Timberbound for short. The songs they played uniquely captured the jobs, the history and the spirit of life in the Pacific Northwest.

Besides the obvious strength and beauty of the songs themselves, one special element that makes this music true folk music is its intent. Ultimately this music was decidedly non-commercial. It was made for enjoyment, to be played at leisure, and to express how people were living while reflecting the glory and charm of their immediate surroundings.

As I have studied and performed this music over the past decade of my life, I have slowly realized that we do not play folk music to keep it alive, we are playing it because it helps sustain us. The purpose of the present recording is to spread these songs a little further, so that more people can learn about our particular incarnation of the American spirit, and why we love to live here in the Pacific Northwest. Kim, Hobe and Dave have given us free reign to perform and interpret their songs, and for that we are profoundly grateful. Their freewheeling and relaxed approach to making music was a vital element in creating the joy and freedom we felt while capturing these songs in the confines of the recording studio. That approach is what frees us from being weighed down by the gravity of this endeavor. It could be a heavy responsibility to carry on these songs, to do them justice and stay true to their intent. But, in recording this music with the blessing and involvement of its creators, our little group of musicians has learned a powerful lesson about the nature of tradition. The elder generation passes the art to the younger, and both gain immeasurably from the transaction. - Joseph Paul Seamons, February, 2014

Catch some of Timberbound’s music at: https://soundcloud.com/timberbound or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aVI6le9UhM

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

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. http://finnishfolkfiddlers.brownpapertickets.com/

Breath of Arctic Air – Finnish Fiddling Legends, cousins Artoand Antti Järvelä, are musicians hailing from the famous Järvelä family from Kaustinen, Finland. Growingup 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 the United States.

Arto Järvelä - fiddle, vocals

Antti Järvelä - guitar, fiddle, vocals

Thank you to our co-sponsors! Nordic Heritage Museum, Finnish Lutheran Church & Finlandia Foundation Seattle Chapter.

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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



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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