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.
Keep up with the details on the event’s Facebook page.
Check out our new video of Jubilee! Enjoy, share, beware the weird faces we make…and please don’t sew your lover to your side like we suggest in the song!
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.
It’s a relatively small place, so reservations recommended.
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!
If you don’t know her, then, let us introduce you to Kristin Andreassen, singer/songwriter and Portland native who has graciously accepted our invitation to be the opening act at our CD release, April 4 at Seattle’s Town Hall.
Kristin is a dazzling singer, and is equally impressive as a songwriter. Plus for us, she’s absolutely grounded in traditions we love, including old-time American–she can pick a guitar and clog like it was 1899! For years, we knew her a one of those amazing Uncle Earl g’Earlz. (If you don’t know the all-girl old-timey band Uncle Earl, check them out!) And today, she releases her second CD, the water-buoyed Gondolier. We’re excited not only for a complete listen to the CD, but also for her online CD-release concert tonight, starting at 6 p.m. at an Internet connection near you. (Don’t miss it!)
Kristin grew up in Oregon, went to college in Canada, did social work in Cape Breton, and discovered that music needed to be her professional path. Since then, she’s toured the world, performing in a professional clogging company, playing with Uncle Earl, and recording with a star-studded roster of trad musicians (Dirk Powell, Aoife O’Donovan, Ruth Moody, Jefferson Hamer, Laura Cortese, Sufjan Stevens, and the like…).
She’s now based in Brooklyn, New York, but travels a ton still, often landing in Portland (and Seattle, where her brother lives). Her new CD juxtaposes deep traditional roots with modern NYC indie influences. Featuring guests (O’Donovan, Hamer and Punch Brother Chris Eldridge to name a few) from the exploding New York folk scene, but written largely on a remote island in New Hampshire, the lyrically and instrumentally rich arrangements on Gondolier “explore secret passageways connecting the outer edges of disparate notions – urban and rural, childhood and old age, expectation and reality,” according to her press materials.
We finally met her a year ago, spending a week staying up till dawn playing tunes with her atop a Big Sur cliff. We taught her tunes, she taught us songs, and we played and played and sang and sung, all night long. (Indeed, with out her our recordings of “Jubilee” and “Big Sur” on our new CD would never have happened.) She’s played Seattle in various guises before, but she likely will be a new name to a large number of Onlies’ fans, so we’re delighted to share her with you!
Alas, that will have to wait until April 4. But the good news is that you can listen to her concert tonight, and buy Gondolier if you like what you hear!
Our new CD has a name, “Long Before Light,” and we’re excited to announce our Seattle CD release, 7:30 p.m. Saturday April 4 at Town Hall!
The name comes from the lyrics to Leo’s “Gathering Up The Hours,” one of several original songs on the CD. It’ll contain a mix of 15 traditional and original songs and tunes, all fiddle-driven and many with three-part harmony (look out, Peter Paul and Mary!). We wanted, as Leo says, the recording to capture “the joy of playing music all night long with the people we love.”
Hopefully you can join us at Town Hall. Advance tickets, $10–$5 for students–are available now, via Brown Paper Tickets. Day of show prices will be $15 for adults, $8 for students. We recommend snagging advance tickets, as we sold out our last CD release show and the building manager had to turn people away. (Not fun!)
We’re way proud to have been invited to perform at “Ampersand Goes Totally Live,” a conservation magazine’s effort to move “from page to stage.” We’ll be one of over a dozen acts ranging from story-telling, photography, hip-hop, and–well yeah!–fiddle tunes.
Produced by Forterra (formerly the Cascade Land Conservancy), the event takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6th at Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave. in Seattle. Tickets are $8.
Join us! Details here.