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Northwest Folklife: Here we come!

Beach 3 at Northwest Folklife, 2009
Beach 3 at Northwest Folklife, 2009
Scribble and scratch this one into your calendars: 5:40 p.m. Friday, May 27, Northwest Court Stage, Seattle Center. It'll be our third time on that stage, and we're hoping for a big turnout -- please come! (Forward any interested friends a link to this page, or the Facebook link.)

We'll be playing all new material, including several new tunes we've composed. And--since many of you have asked for one--we're hoping to put the finishing touches on a CD that's good enough to distribute. The price won't be too high, we promise: Just enough to pay for production and a little extra to help us pay for fiddle camp.

On Saturday (and possibly Monday and Tuesday), you can see a bit more of us. We'll likely be busking if we can find a spot to lay our fiddle cases down. Riley will also be playing old-time tunes with his dad, Johnny, at 7 p.m. Saturday, also on the Northwest Court Stage. The bummer of scheduling is that Sami (and her dad, too) will be playing with the Northwest Scottish Fiddlers at nearly the same time, 7:30 p.m. in the Center House Theater. We hope that doesn't put you in a Sophie's Choice state of mind...

See you Friday!

P.S. That picture? It's from two years ago, when we first played NW Folklife, same stage. The gig was actually scheduled at around 2 p.m., so we had to skip out of school. Don't tell anyone, but some of our friends skipped, too!

NW Folklife online sked rocks!

Northwest FolklifeHaving waited for years (a fifth of our lives, actually), we are absolutely droollingly in loooooooooooove with Northwest Folklife's new online schedule. With it, you can organize your whole weekend and create your own schedule. You can save the schedule online, share it with others, download it to your smartphone, even download anroid and iphone apps, heck -- if you're feeling old-timey enough, you can even print it out. Whodathunk? (Well, actually, we did three years ago, but we weren't as smart as the people as Sched, whom NWFolkLife is using and who got their start at SXSW.)

Happy fiddle!If you do, though, make sure to include -- pardonnez le pun -- The Only Event of the Weekend, if not the summer.

Hey, PT fans: SATURDAY NIGHT!

Do-si-do!
Do-si-do!

As you may know, the three of us summer each year for a week in Port Townsend (camping out at the fiddlevent extravaganza that's known as Fiddle Tunes), but this year we're heading there early for an evening of square dancing. Well, we won't be able to dance (shucks) because they've got us playing (wahoo!).

We'll be front and center with the Sultan of Squaredome, Tony Mates, our beloved caller. And we'd love it if you were there dancing with us too!

The deets:

  • Saturday, April 29, at Port Townsend's Quimper Grange: 1219 Corona St., PT.
  • Workshop and Basics: 7:30
  • Dancing: 8:00 – 11:00,
  • Adults: $6
  • Youth (18 and under): $3

Here's a map.

And here's more info!

Riley and his pa

THIS JUST IN: Riley and his dad, Johnny, are playing a half-hour's worth of old-timey tunes tomorrow at Seattle's very best ice cream, pinball, and beer hangout, Full Tilt in Columbia City. The tunes start at 6:30 p.m. At 7 p.m., Riley and Johnny will be leading an old-time jam until it's Riley's bedtime.

Full Tilt (which actually serves beer floats for those over 21) is at 5041 Rainier Ave S. (map), and is super family friendly, and they've got old-time pinball machines, Ms. Pac Man, and even some newer stuff. Come!

Dia Dhuit Lads and Lasses!                                                                                                               

Make your way down to the Lakewood Community Center (4916 S. Angeline St., Seattle) on yes, Saint Patties Day (Thursday, March 17th). While we’re performing at 7:00 PM, you can come get lucky with tables of Ireland’s finest food, including corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, and dessert. Tix are $15 per person for food, or $10 for food and non-alcoholic drinks (kids under 6 are free). For more info, visit the Community Center’s Web site. We will be playing our traditional Irish repertoire, so if your a sucker for some good Irish tunes, we'll see you there!

-The Onlies   P.S. Don't forget to wear green or else you'll be pinched! 🙂

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The Onlies: What does it mean?

With our name change will come many questions: why, what does it mean and isn't it a little bit too Indie Rockish. Well, we changed our name because we decided it was time to do this. It had been forever (or so it seems) of having a name that we thought up in a wine bar when we were little. However deep you may think it was, Beach 3 had no meaning. The Onlies is a reference to our only childness (we are all only children)

What does it mean

 In the future, we may change it to the the Onlies stringband or something else. If you have any suggestions about how we could make sound more awesome or stingbandish, just leave a comment in the comment box. Leave your name so we can say it on stage and give you the cred that you deserve. We would love to hear from you!

(oh and about the random wolf picture, it's my favorite so I had to share it with all of you!)

--Riley