KEXP interviews EMP on Sound Off!

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KEXP’s Troy Nelson did a FABOO interview today with the EMP’s “Anita” (no last name mentioned), covering Sound Off! 2014 in which we’ll be participating.

Definitely give the interview a listen — it includes tunes by several of the bands — synth pop from Laser Fox of Seattle and ethereal electronic coolness from Manatee Commune of Bellingham, and hip hop from Tommy Cassidy of West Richland. Great stuff, and stiff competition. We’re excited!

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Feb. 15 @ the EMP: It’s battle time!

Sound Off! lineup for Saturday, Feb. 15.

Sound Off! lineup for Saturday, Feb. 15.

When we think of music, the word “competition” isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Rather, it’s being in the groove, in harmony, tight and in the pocket. But alas, we’re going to throw that all aside now that we’ve been invited to join the Experience Music Project’s 2014 “Sound Off!” battle of under-age Pacific Northwest bands.

The four-Saturdays event (Feb. 8, 15, 22, and March 1) pits 12 up-and-coming soloists and ensembles against one another, though we’re guessing it’ll be a lot more fun than fight. Our big date is Feb. 15 — hopefully you can come and cheer us on. We know several of the performers, and listened to all the others today, and we know that we’ll be in great musical company, performing alongside folkies, indie rockers, hip-hop artists, soul singers, hard rockers, and so forth.

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The Messiah!

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!

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Viva Mexico!!!

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!

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The Rain in Spain Lies Mainly on the Plain

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/

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Sunday, Oct. 20: House concert, with us & with these guys!

Colin Cotter, left, and Ethan Lewis of A Thousand Years At Seat.

Colin Cotter, left, and Ethan Lewis of A Thousand Years At Seat.

House concert! House concert! Our favorite place to play. And at a way cool house in Madrona, too (thank you, Gretl!).We’re super excited to introduce Colin Cotter and Ethan Lewis of A Thousand Years At Sea to you. We’ll be playing an evening of music with them, each on our own and perhaps we’ll even mix it up a bit. Ethan and Colin are fiddlers, guitarists, singers, and songwriters who deliver high-energy performances of heartfelt songs, rocking tunes, and virtuosic mad skills (with an emphasis on ‘mad’ — do come just for that!). Their ever-evolving exploration of contemporary American songwriting and the living-tradition of Celtic music has created a new sound that stays true to the band’s roots in folk music, integrating Celtic, rock, Americana, and instrumental improvisation into, as the Sacramento News Review wrote, “something sweet and subtle.” And yes, they’re coming all the way up from California: We’re lucky enough to hang and play music with them at a fiddle camp down there every year. Please come!

Doors open at 7 for pre-concert treats (snacks and beverages), and music starts at 7:30 p.m. Suggested donation is $10 to $15, though if you’re hurting for cash, just come as you are!

RSVP to info@theOnlies.com, so we’ll know how much snack-a-liciousness to prepare!

See you there!

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3 gigs this weekend: Wahooo!!!

A set of fiddles and a secret pickleLast week we got caught in a rainstorm, playing to a crowd of milllions–of raindrops. That was the Oxbow Farm Pumpkin Festival in Carnation; the festival’s past, but they’d got an incredible pumpkin patch, and other activities: We highly recommend visiting even if we’re not playing there. What could be better?

Well, perhaps hearing us play would only make it better, and you’ve got three chances. First, on Saturday Oct. 5, we’re back for a second time at this year’s Lakewood Community Center Oktoberfest. We love this gig: It’s rowdy, community-filled, and they don’t make us wear leiderhosen! $20 buys you all the sausages, potatoes, and beer or non-alcoholic drink you’ll ever need. Doors open at 6:30, and we start playing at 7.

On Sunday, we’ll begin the day at the Issaquah Salmon Days, performing at 1 p.m. on the Hatchery Stage, hopefully to millions of sun rays and salmon worshippers. Salmon Days is crazy fun–have you ever been?–where Puget Sounders flock to the city’s historic hatchery and celebrate the return of spawning salmon to the lakes and creeks of east King County.

Then–drum roll please–we’ll be playing at 6 p.m. at The Royal Room in Columbia City, opening for the amazing contemporary string orchestra Scrape (Riley’s is a member) and Travis Gore’s Feeds On Majesty. We’ll be introducing a few new songs and tunes, while Scrape will be performing compositions by Jim Knapp, and Eyvind Kang. You can check out some of FOM’s music at the link above, where its described as a “group of talented multi-instrumentalists and singers (who) set out to bring elements of bluegrass, folk, psychedelia, and contemporary classical music to the modern band.”

All the details are here. See you at one of these? Hope so! – r, s & l

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Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!

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!

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West Coast Tour begins Tuesday

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!

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Wow — Onlies are ‘Artist of the Month’ on FolkAlley’s Open Mic

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!

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