The band is fairly busy with homework and college applications this fall, but we're excited to be part of the Dusty Strings 30th Annual (!) Open House on Saturday, December 12th. It's an all day event, starting at 11am with our friend Sunga Rose, and ending with us at 8pm. Lots of thoroughly wonderful artists, cider, musical supplies, and instruments to pluck and bow. It's free!
It had to happen, someday: Without sibs of their own, Leo and Sami came to blows at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes... Or are they just rehearsing contra-dance steps for their July 23rd gig at Lake City?
In what is likely to be our last Seattle show for months, we have a sweet concert this week that has us sharing a bill with the dazzling B.C. brother/sister guitar/fiddle duo, Qristina and Quinn Bachand. The concert will be at Seattle's most audience- and musician-friendly venue - the Royal Room in Columbia City, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.
We can't recommend Q&Q enough - they've got amazing chops in a variety of styles, including Celtic, Classical, and Gypsy Jazz. They sing too! It should be an electrifying show start to finish.
Pete Seeger would have turned 96 this week. We owe so much to him and all of his predecessors as folk musicians. We are also excited to announce that we will be taking part in a Pete Seeger Hootenanny at Town Hall Seattle next Saturday, May 9th. (It will just be Riley and Sami as the Onlies Duo because Leo will be at Essentially Ellington in NYC with the Garfield High Jazz Band (!)) So excited to honor Pete and also raise some money for the local organization, Earthcorps.
Find out more and buy tickets: http://townhallseattle.org/event/hootenanny/
We're checking out colleges in the northeast this week, and thought it would be fun to play a set for our east coast friends and relatives. We'll be playing at a cozy little place in Cambridge, MA, a stone's throw from so much history and erudition. It's called Outpost 186, 186 1/2 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139. We may well be joined by some Boston based folk luminaries, so if you are nearby, come on down. Music starts at around 8pm.
We're getting super excited to share "Long Before Light" with you! Seattlelites (and a few of you wackos coming from out of state!) can get the CD before the rest of the world at our CD release party, 8 p.m. April 4 at Town Hall Seattle. (Advance tix are $10/$5 student; get them here. Day of are $5 more.) It's gonna be a beautiful night. Consider this:
Atlas Stringband, arguably Seattle's premier purveyor of old-time music, gets things rolling just after doors open at 7. They'll be playing in the Town Hall Café, where you can nosh on snacks and beverages (including beer and wine) while chatting and rubbing elbows with the nicest people in the world (or fans, duh!).
Then, at 8 p.m., Kristin Andreassen takes to the Town Hall stage, performing songs from her latest CD, "Gondolier." Kristin, with whom we've spent countless hours jamming into the night, is the folk world's latest darling, criss-crossing as she is the country at the beck and call of folk stages and radio stations. You will love love love her.
Finally, it's release time. We'll play a good amount from our new album, and even toss in a few new things we're working on. Our producer Tristan Clarridge (Crooked Still/Bee Eaters) will join us on a few numbers, as will our favorite bassist in the whole wide world, RuthMabel Boytz.
If you can't make it, we'll be glum and blue, but there's light at the end of that dark tunnel: The CD will be available on iTunes and CD Baby on April 8. It'll brighten your day, and then some!
Actually, they're overwhelmingly positive, so far. Way positive. And biased as we are, we're not totally surprised. It's been six months since we were in the studio, and we still love listening to each and every tune.
But this post isn't about our review of ourselves. It's about what others think of us. So far, we've had two lengthy reviews, one from Los Angeles, and a second from Great Britain: "...bucket-loads of talent, musically accomplished with voices that match the messages." We had a mini review from Americana Rhythm Music Magazine of Bridgewater, Va., which you see to the immediate left! And finally (at least for now), a mini-mini-mini review from Sing-Out Magazine's Pinterest page (you can pin it!), and we quote: "Very good." Not bad!