Open House Line Up smallerThe 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!

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The Onlies are about to embark on a very teeny-tiny tour down the west coast (by teeny-tiny I mean two stops....) and will be playing CD releases in Olympia and Portland!



The Oly show will be this Saturday, 8/22 at 7PM and the event is here:

The Portland show will be this Sunday, 8/23 at 5PM and the event is here:

Wahoo and thanks northern west coasters! See you there!


bachand021[2]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.


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:

outpost_186_590_300_s_c1_smart_scaleWe'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.

While it is not an Onlies gig, we're excited that Sami and Riley are getting the chance to play a beautiful piece of music for a great cause. Their high school orchestra, the award-winning Garfield Symphony Orchestra, will be accompanying the singing of Handel’s Messiah at Seattle's First Baptist Church, on Saturday, December 7th.

More details on the event's Facebook page. It should be a great night!


At the 2013 Festival of American Fiddle Tunes we were fortunate enough to dip our toes in the waters of the amazing music of the Tierra Caliente region of Mexico. Elena DeLisle saw us enjoying ourselves and proposed a project where we worked with expert fiddler Paul Anastasio and others on a concert or two of the best of these tunes. Paul's three part fiddle harmonies are gorgeous, and Leo and Elena have been working hard on the tricky guitar rhythms.

The first concert is at 7:00 this Friday, November 22nd at  The Bounty (formerly known as Laughing Ladies Cafe) in Shoreline. Here's the Facebook page for the event, with all the information you need to attend!



090226210033-largeWe are often amused and delighted when we hear DJs and MCs (and new friends!) pronounce our somewhat tricky names. It’s one of the reason why our website banner prominently displays the proper pronunciation of “The Onlies.”

We realize we need to make it easier for everybody. Feel free to print this out and stick in your shoe for the next time you need it:

The Onlies – /thē ōn’ lēz/

Samantha Braman  – /sə măn’ thə      brā’ – mən/

Riley Calcagno  - /rī’  lē      kăl kăg’ nō/

Leo Shannon  – /lēō      shăn’ ən/


Pumpkins - Halloween 010What could be more delightful than taking a short trip to the country on a (hopefully) beautiful fall day, sipping some delicious hot cider, and hearing some great music? We can't think of a thing!

The Onlies are pleased to be playing the Oxbow Pumpkin Festival, at the Oxbow Farm and Education Center in Carnation, WA. If you don't know about this amazing Northwest resource, check out their website. They are outstanding farmers and teachers, and this event kicks off a busy pumpkin and harvest season for them.

Six year old Riley thinks it will be a blast!

Setting up for the KUOW interview
Setting up for the KUOW interview

We've had some pretty good publicity of late, and of course we want to make sure that you can check out what you may have missed.

There was our New Day Northwest appearance on Monday May 6th, in promotion of More Music @ The Moore. Here's a link to the video of that.

And we were excited to be interviewed in the super fancy KUOW performance studios by Marcie Sillman for the highly rated morning radio show "Weekday." The segment was aired on May 10th, and is linked here.