Long Before LightWe'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.

Americana Rhythm Music Magazine's review!
Americana Rhythm Music Magazine's review: Short and sweeeeet!

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!

The Westerlies: A new music brass quartet.
The Westerlies meet The Onlies: Blowin' in the wind?

Hold onto your seats, folks, because there's a new wind blowing through town: It's a heady Northwest mix of folk and jazz coming when The Onlies join The Westerlies for the latter's Seattle CD release party., 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8, at Seattle's Royal Room in Columbia City. You likely know all you need to know about us Onlies, but if you haven't heard The Westerlies, do yourself a favor.

Graduates of the Garfield and Roosevelt Jazz Orchestras, the four Westerlies found themselves together in New York City and decided to form a band: Two trumpets, two trombones, and unlimited imagination. We've listened to them live, can't get enough of their new CD, Wish The Children Would Come On Home: The Music of Wayne Horvitz, and we're super proud to be opening for them. And we're not the only ones with goose bumps. NPR's Fresh Air gave the CD a great review, and they've garnered accolades from a host of jazz critics. Kurt Gottschalk of NYC Jazz Record put it this way: The CD “is a lot of things, but first and foremost it should be noted that it is just a lovely listen. It is that rare combination of approachable and unusual that can challenge listeners who want to be challenged and entertain those who don’t.”

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 students, and apparently are going fast. You can get yours at StrangerTickets.com.

Come join us from 1:40 to 2:15 p.m. Saturday May 24 at the Fisher Green Stage, as we participate again at Northwest Folklife, the great-grandpappy of all Northwest folk events. This year, we'll debut a few new songs and tunes, and play some of our oldies but goodies.
OnliesBow-onlinecropping-700x400 Definitely check out all the other great acts over the weekend, from Friday through Monday. While our show takes place on Saturday, Sami plays some Cape Breton and old-timey tunes for dancers on Friday (4:30 p.m., International Dance Stage), Riley plays with his dad on Sunday (6 p.m., Trad Stage), and we all join Paul Anastasio & Fire of Tierra Caliente for some heated Mexican string music on Monday (12:30 p.m., Fisher Green Stage).
See you there, and come say hi!



The new fab five?
A new fab 5? Leslie, Clarridge, Chrisman, Kraukaer & Price.

The Onlies want the world to hear five acoustic-string geniuses, and to that end have invited them all to perform a house concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 in Madrona, at the fabulicious home of Gretl Galgon.

Tashina Clarridge and Simon Chrisman of the Bee Eaters have brought together an all-star band to play and sing two sets of high-octane bluegrass, taking a break from their regular gigs to revel in the sounds and grooves of traditional bluegrass, a music in which all players have deep roots.

The musicians are:

  • Dominick Leslie on mandolin (Deadly Gentlemen, Missy Raines & The New Hip)
  • Luke Price on vocals and guitar (Scott Law, Tony Furtado)
  • Ben Krakauer on banjo (Old School Freight Train, David Grisman)
  • Tashina Clarridge on fiddle (Bee Eaters, Tony Trischka)
  • Simon Chrisman on bass (Bee Eaters, Jeremy Kittel).

Though these five have shared the stage and toured together over the years in various combinations, the roots of their connection grow from late-night jams they've had at festivals, parties, and music gatherings… and that's the energy they'll be bringing to the stage on this one-off run down the West Coast: The playful exuberance and freedom of making music just because it feels good.

The Onlies will play a new tune or three to begin the evening, and then turn the stage over to Tashina, Simon, and friends. Please come, and invite your friends: It'll be a faboo way to usher in the new year!

Entrance is $15, students $10. Come at 7 for snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and wine in the loveliest of venues! Show starts at 7:30 p.m. promptly!

Gretl lives at 816 35th Ave. in Seattle. Map is here: bit.ly/Gretls

KBCS logoA huge shout out to KBCS and all the air time they've given us over the last year, and woohoo are we on cloud nine having "Setting Out to Sea" named as one of the year's 10 best CDs.

That designation came from Eric Hardee, host of one of our favorite KBCS shows, "Folksounds," which airs Tuesday nights with co-host Jeanne Geiger.

You can check out the whole list of each DJ's top CDs on the KBCS Web site -- we highly recommend it.

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/


First stop: Portland!

Road tip: The Onlies' 2013 West Coast Tour itinerary.
Road tip: The Onlies' 2013 West Coast Tour itinerary: Portland, Ore., Arcata, Berkely, and Palo Alto, Calif., and Cottage Grove., Ore.

Well, we're getting close. Packing, planning, renting a van, all that stuff before a road trip. Our dads Johnny and Tom will be our chauffeurs, roadies, and merch sales staff, but they won't be our sugar daddies: We're actually paying for most of the trip--and the destination fiddle camp--through money we've made at gigs and other performances. Wahoo -- does that make us professional musicians?

Anyway, our itinerary includes five West Coast stops, and if you can't attend any of them, well, at least make sure your friends do! Portland is our first stop on Tuesday (Aug. 20), for a 7:30 p.m. house concert at our friend Etienne's. Then on Wednesday (Aug. 21), amid the redwoods of Northern California, we'll do a second house concert chez another friend, Jennifer MacKey, a fiddler and artist who lives in Rio Dell, Calif., just south of Arcata. That one starts at 8 p.m. On Thursday (Aug. 22), we'll do a third house concert in as many days, this one at 7:30 p.m. in North Berkeley, with Brad and Lisa Gallien.

Then we spend a week at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Fiddle School, after which we play a contra dance in Palo Alto (8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31) and, the next day, a pub gig at Cottage Grove's Axe & Fiddle (7:00 p.m. Sept. 1).

Whew. And we hope to pack in a few college visits too.

Details on the dance locations, prices, and so forth will be found on our calendar page!

Onlies are Folk Alley's Open Mic Artist of the Month, June 2013!
Onlies are Folk Alley's Open Mic Artist of the Month, June 2013!

What a treat and honor -- that way cool online-folk-radio site FolkAlley.com named us its Artist of the Month in its Open Mic section for up-and-coming artists. We are honored, and recommend you visit the site. A few of our tunes are available there, and tons more, including interviews and reviews of musicians we love. Check it out!