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.

Long Before Light
Our new CD, coming to an ear near you!

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!)

Ampersand Goes Totally Live
Ampersand Goes Totally Live

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.

In a benefit for Northwest Folklife, join us, John Ackerman, and Sunshine Music Together instructors for a family-oriented sing-along and concert from 2 to 3:15 p.m. at the Old Redmond Schoolhouse Community Center, in Redmond. We'll be playing our own tunes from 2:50 to 3:10 p.m. -- ish!

Sing-a-long in Redmond, Sunday May 27.
Come and sing with us!

Even if neither you nor your littlest has never been to a Music Together class, these songs are easily accessible for families with young children to enjoy! Heck, even old hipsters will have a great time. Come out, and help raise a little money for the best fest in the west!

Music Together is an innovative music and movement program for children ages newborn to age five years and their parents or caregivers, that is based on the belief that all children are inherently musical. Originally offered to the public in 1987, it pioneered the concept of a research-based, developmentally appropriate early childhood music curriculum that strongly emphasizes and facilitates adult involvement.

Tickets are $10, $5 for children (Are you under 6 months? You get in free!)

soundOffImagine an under-21 band competition (unimaginable!), where your favorite teenage folk trio is pitted against an incredibly great rapper/musician - Kingston's Nabii KO$MO, an absolutely crazed garage-rock band out of Bellevue - Thee Samedi, and an amazingly ethereal electronica artist, Manatee Commune (a.k.a. Bellingham's Grant Eadie, who happens to play violin, guitar, and keys). Well, that actually will come to pass at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at the EMP at Seattle Center, as part of EMP's annual Sound Off! competition. We're freaking out with trepidation and excitement, and we would so be honored if you would join us, root for us, and root for our competition as well -- they truly rock. It's such an honor to be among semi-finalists in this well-respected annual event. We recommend attending every one of the three semi-final events, which run each Saturday starting Feb. 8, and then coming out for the final showdown,  March 1.

An annual event since 2001, EMP’s Sound Off! supports the all-ages scene by giving artists an opportunity to showcase original music, launch their music careers, and connect with the larger artistic community. All participants are 21 or under and residents of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, or Idaho.

The coolest rule is that all music has to be 100 percent original, so while you'll hear some familiar stuff, we'll be debuting some new tunes and songs. Get the details (including tix). Be there!

Winter Fireside Party, 2013Tomorrow, along with a slew o' stellar Seattle musos, we will brandish our fiddles, geetars, and such and play more than a few notes at the Winter Fireside Party, a hells-a-fire fundraiser for Northwest Folklife starting at 2 p.m. at Seattle Center. We'll play a concert AND a square dance (yes, we're giving our fingers a day of rest today), and count ourselves fortunate to play in a showcase alongside the likes of Phil and Vivian Williams, Paul Anastasio, and others. Concerts follow with Orville Williams, Ravenna Woods, The Sojourners, The Shivas, dang, even that most teenagerly of Northwest folk stars, Baby Gramps. Our elbows will be looking out for some good rubbing.

The square dance starts at 2 p.m., with Gabe Strand calling. Then at 4 p.m., we'll be part of the Northwest Fiddlers' Showcase.

Warning: The sticker shock is $25, but if you consider it's for a great, great cause, you'll probably just want to buy two tickets for yourself, or bring a friend. Do, and say high to us, dance a do-si-do, and if you've got an instrument, bring it to: There'll be jams galore.

All the deets are here.