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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. Jeff grew up listening to the songs and stories of the folks his parents, Anne and Frank Warner, met during their folksong collecting from 1938 to 1966. He accompanied his parents on their later field trips, and has produced a CD set of their recordings "From Mountains to the Sea."

This concert will include a live multi-media presentation about his parent’s song-catching through rural America, followed by Jeff performing songs, banjo tunes, 18th-century New England hymns, and sailor songs.

This concert is a co-production with Northwest Seaport.

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

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

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

Saturday, November 8

Hanz Araki

Hanz Araki

Sunset Hill Community Hall, 7:30PM

General Admission: $12
$2 off for SFS members and seniors, kids half price
$3 off for advance purchase

SFS is pleased to cosponsor a CD release concert for Hanz Araki's new album Foreign Shore. Award-winning traditional Irish flute player and vocalist Hanz Araki will be joined by guitarist Joseph Carmichael, and vocalist and bodhrán player Colleen Raney for a hometown concert to celebrate the release of his new album. Recently called "An Irish Music phenomenon in West Coast America" by Irish Music Magazine, Araki is known for his uncluttered and honest approach to traditional Irish and Scottish music.

Hanz Araki, whose full name is Hanzaburo after his grandfather’s grandfather, is the 6th generation of his family to earn the title of Kodo Araki, a grand master of the shakuhachi (a Japanese end-blown flute). While he honed his musical ability perfecting the traditions of his father’s family, his love of the music of his Irish mother’s family lead to a career in Irish music that spans twenty-five years and has produced multiple award-winning albums and international accolades.

Foreign Shore, Hanz' eleventh release, is a collection of songs and tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, New Zealand, and America illustrating the path of the music and the tradition as it traveled, as his forbearers did, from homeland to new home. Hanz faithfully showcases the inherent beauty of traditional Irish music with performances that are inspired, detailed, and authentic. www.hanzaraki.com

Colleen Raney is a gifted traditional singer with four critically acclaimed albums. Among the finest interpreters of her generation, Colleen has toured internationally and staked her claim as a serious presence in Irish music. www.colleenraney.com

Joseph Carmichael has amassed an impressive resume as part of the Irish trio Flashpoint, sharing the stage with top-flight Irish groups Full Set and Solas, performs as a duo with fiddler Hailey Sandoz.

This special show is at Sunset Hill Community Hall, 3003 NW 66th Street, Seattle. Tickets are available at www.littlesearecords.com/concerts Advance tickets: $12 general admission, $10 SFS members, $5 kids (12 and under). At the door: $15 general admission, $13 SFS.

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 fan comments 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."

What Amy Speace says and sings she does with a confluence of poetry and honesty, writes The New York Times. She began her creative life in NYC theater. A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song "The Weight of the World", calling it "one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard". In 2006, Speace signed to Collins’ Wildflower Records and released her debut Songs for Bright Street. In 2009, her sophomore follow up, The Killer In Me, earned her comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Roseanne Cash. NPR said that Amy "expertly chronicled heartbreak" on this record, mostly written while she was living in a small cabin in the Catskills.

In late 2009, Speace moved to Nashville and began work on a series of songs chronicling that migration, and in 2011 released Land Like a Bird. In 2013, her next and first truly independent project, How to Sleep in a Stormy Boat and it's companion EP Same Old Storm, brought her the best press of her career. Stormy Boat was featured in an NPR "All Things Considered" piece and received raves from The New York Times, Mojo Magazine, American Songwriter and others.

Music critic Dave Marsh wrote "Amy Speace’s songs hang together like a short story collection, united by a common vantage point and common predicaments…" She has appeared on the Mountain Stage, Music City Roots, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Kerrville Folk Festival. She has shared the stage with Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins, Ian Hunter, and Alejandro Escovedo. Her songs have been recorded by Judy Collins, Red Molly, Sid Selvidge and others.

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

My Recurring Dream (Kenny White)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWFxGTDwmkg

The Sea and the Shore (Amy Speace) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mdl6bcwG18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

 

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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