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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!



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, so we'll know how much snack-a-liciousness to prepare!

See you there!

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

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!


Our new song "Past the Fog"... 


Us with Beatboxer CDQ on "Decisions" ...


Us playing on a group collaboration with musical director Meshell Ndegeocello!


The Finale with everyone!


Riley with a solo on Otieno Terry's song "Sweet Summer Lady" 


Sami playing fiddle and harmony vocals on Emily Randolph's song "A Little Rebel"



More Music at the Moore
More Music at the Moore: May 10 at the Moore Theatre

We're stoked, and hope you can come along for this cool ride: The Onlies have been honored to participate in More Music at the Moore, an artist development program for selected young musicians representing diverse music genres, resulting in a way-cool concert at 7:30 p.m. May 10 at the Moore Theatre in downtown Seattle. (Buy tickets here!)

The program provides young artists training and rehearsal time with professional musicians, production and promotional support, and the opportunity to perform at a professional venue, The Moore Theatre. Artists are selected through an audition process.

The event is produced by Seattle Theater Group, which has hired Meshell Ndegeocello as the Music Director of the 12th annual event. A fearsome bassist and prolific songwriter, Ndegeocello has been nominated for 10 Grammy Awards, released 10 studio albums, and remains one of few women who writes her own music and leads her band. Ndegeocello will join the stage for one collaborative number with the young artists.

Other participants in the show include:

We're excited to play with the folks above, learn and play from Meshell Ndegeocello, and to do it all with you in the house!

The Onlie's 'Setting Out To Sea'
The Onlie's 'Setting Out To Sea'

We are beyond excitement approaching a great weekend of music!

On Friday night we have our first rehearsal and a photo shoot with our More Music @ The Moore peeps.

On Saturday, it's our big and wonderful CD release party at Hales Palladium. Don't miss it!

On Sunday, we'll have a fun and raucous St. Patrick's Day celebration at A Terrible Beauty on Lake Union. Woo hoo!


The Onlie's 'Setting Out To Sea'
The Onlie's 'Setting Out To Sea'

We are so dang excited: Our CD's gone to the printers and it should be available for download soon: 11 tunes, and three songs, and one heckuva good time.

Oh, and another heckuva good time: Our CD release party, 7:30 p.m. March 16 at Hale's Palladium in Ballard. Come! We've asked our buddies The Barn Owls to open. It's an all-ages event. Doors open at 7 p.m., and there'll be food, soda, beer, wine. Cost is $10 adults, $5 for students (10 and under free).

More details in the weeks to come, including some video fun, behind-the-scene details on the CD and its tunes, and anything else we can think of. Oh yeah -- maybe even a taste of the tunes!

See you March 16? We really hope so!