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

TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR TONIGHT. DAY OF SHOW PRICES ARE $18/$16/$8, Cash or check (Discounts for members, students, seniors 65+. Youth tickets, age 6-17, are $8, advance or at the door)

Locals may already be familiar with amazing pianist Neil Pearlman.

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

Groundbreaking progressive Celtic band Alba's Edge will celebrate the release of their debut album Run to Fly at the Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle, WA, 7:30pm on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 as part of the Northwest leg of their CD release tour. The product of a brother-sister collaboration between pianist Neil Pearlman and fiddler Lilly Pearlman, Alba's Edge has been rapidly gaining attention for their blend of Celtic music with Jazz, Latin and Funk styles. Over the past few years the quartet has played festivals and concerts around the US and toured Mexico through the US Consulate in Guadalajara as ambassadors of American Celtic music.

To record Run to Fly, the band worked with producer Aidan O'Rourke, the 2014 BBC Folk Musician of the Year, one of Scotland's greatest living fiddle players and a member of the experimental Scottish folk trio Lau ("The UK's best live band" -The Guardian). The first full length release from Alba's Edge, Run to Fly presents their latest original material that has been written and developed over the last year. The music draws on the imagery of sunrise, life cycles and cosmic cycles, inspired by the double meaning inherent in the band's name: the word "Alba" as both Gaelic for "Scotland" and Spanish for "Dawn".

Alba's Edge is made up of Neil Pearlman on piano, Lilly Pearlman on fiddle, Doug Berns on electric bass and Jacob Cole on drums. Neil is an innovative pianist who has received international acclaim for his work blending traditional and modern sounds in Celtic accompaniment ("a tremendous pianist" -BBC Radio Scotland). His piano blends seamlessly with Lilly's fiddle. A recent graduate from Barnard College, Lilly is turning heads as one of the top Scottish/Cape Breton fiddlers of her generation, touring the country with multiple projects and teaching at fiddle music camps such as Maine Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser's Scottish Fiddle & Cello Camp at Ashokan. Holding down the low end, Doug Berns brings a wealth of experience to the table from years of playing Jazz, Funk and Afro-Beat in New York City. Doug is a part of countless projects around the city, most notably the Afro-Beat band Emefe, who are on the rise as a new voice in the genre. Rounding out the rhythm section is Jacob Cole, a versatile drummer from California by way of Puerto Rico. Although he holds a degree in Jazz Performance from New England Conservatory of Music, Jacob's varied musical chops find him playing with established groups in a variety of genres ranging from Indie-Rock (Eksi Ekso) to Ska (The Toasters).

Alba's Edge is the product of this wide variety of musical backgrounds. Their music layers fiddle tunes with cycling and building motifs, Jazz improvisation and Latin/Funk grooves to create a momentum that makes each piece a journey, pulling the listener along for the ride. Don't miss this very special chance to celebrate the new album just as it is fully released to the public!

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 {para}

Sunday, May 3

David Roth

Sunday Night

David Roth

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

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

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.

Tickets may also be purchased in person (Cash or check only) at other SFS concerts. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 more for adults.http://davidrothsfsconcert.brownpapertickets.com

Saturday, May 9

Hanneke Cassel

Saturday Nights on Phinney Ridge

Hanneke Cassel

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

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

"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.

Hanneke will be accompanied by her long time guitarist and singer Christopher Lewis and famed cellist Mike Block, who is a member of Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project and was featured on Mark O'Connor's highly acclaimed Appalachian Waltz album.

Advance tickets on sale now - http://hannekesfs.brownpapertickets.com ($16 General/$14 member, student, senior/$8 Youth) or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in person (Cash or check only) at other SFS concerts. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 more for adults.

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

Vern Williams and Ray Park both grew up in the Ozarks of Arkansas, about five miles away from each other, but never met until moving to central California in the 1950s. Their memorable live performances and recordings in the '60s and '70s largely formed the basis for the bluegrass repertoire in California, and they became powerful influences on many aspiring bluegrass musicians.Their intensity and integrity left no doubt that they were the Real Deal.

Among those coming under the spell of Vern & Ray -- and playing in their bands on occasion -- were American roots music veterans Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick. They have been turning to Vern & Ray material since they began singing together in the mid-1970's, and dedicated their first duet album, Together (Rounder Records), to Vern and Ray. They now revisit these beloved songs for their newly-released (and long-awaited) second collaboration, LAURIE & KATHY SING THE SONGS OF VERN & RAY.

Laurie and Kathy are joined by Laurie's bandmates in the Right Hands Tom Rozum (mandolin, vocals) and Patrick Sauber (banjo); and Seattle's favorite, Cary Black (bass, vocals), from the Kathy Kallick Band.

There's something special about witnessing two contemporary masters returning to their personal roots in such a public way. LAURIE & KATHY SING THE SONGS OF VERN & RAY is a new classic, exploring and transforming early influences on an album that is as intimate and contemporary as it is universal and historical, a wonderful reminder that sometimes the best way to go someplace new is to remember where you've come from.

Advance tickets on sale now ($20 General/$18 member, student, senior/$10 Youth) http://sfs-laurie-and-kathy.brownpapertickets.com or by calling the BPT customer service line at 1-800-838-3006. Tickets may also be purchased in person (Cash or check only) at other SFS concerts. Tickets at the door, if available, will be $2 more for adults.

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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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