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2018

Sunday November 18, 2018 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

The Honey Whiskey Trio















I love their fresh approach to music that not only includes their tight ringing harmonies but also body slap percussion and foot stomp. It's so much fun to hear and to watch!   -   Norm Johnson, host of Concerts in the Woods

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Los Angeles based Honey Whiskey Trio tells stories through song and stomp, highlighting the musical traditions of American Folk Music.

Alumni of the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University, Long Beach, Courtney, Ann Louise & Christina began singing together in each other’s living rooms as an emotional and musical release. In 2013, after seeing the impact of their music on the contemporary A cappella community, these sisters in song solidified their style as American Folk and picked up instruments to further enhance their vocally driven sound.

Today their passion for music education, community outreach, and singing unapologetically continues to drive them. They create, arrange, and explore music from the front porches, music halls, and hymn books of early America, sharing it with students, adults, and life-long music lovers across the United States.

“The Honey Whiskey Trio have become a part of our family of artists that we invite back at every opportunity. Beautiful, soulful, with exquisite harmonies and a gentle sense of humor.” - Carolyn Elliot, Director of Programming and Education at The Broad Stage

“Their sound is intoxicating… To simply classify this trio as folk, bluegrass, or jazz would be to do them a great disservice. What I hear is great music and what I see is great joy.” - Bluegrass Spin

“They always leave you sitting at the edge of your seat, waiting with bated breath for each new beautifully executed phrase. The women of HWT are also gifted educators, captivating their pupils with humor, grace and honesty, a unique and valuable combo.” - Lisa  Forkish, Founder & Executive Director of the Women’s A Cappella Association

www.honeywhiskeytrio.com

VIDEOS:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=65jlYsXWNEQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-JXDpPl-p4

www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v93P2J-yYE


Sunday December 2, 2018 at 3:00 PM

            Squirrel Butter  

Squirrel Butter, husband and wife duo of Charlie Beck & Charmaine Slaven, started performing together after meeting at a music festival in 2005.  Sharing a deep love of traditional music, they explore the genres of old-time, early bluegrass, blues, country, & cajun while adding their unique perspective to these traditions and threading these influences into their original compositions.  Multi-instrumentalists, they play banjo, guitar, fiddle, steel guitar, step-dance, and sing in harmony.  Occasionally, Squirrel Butter appears with guest musicians to form a trio or quartet. Currently both members of honky tonk project, The Lucky Shots, and were also half of venerable string band, The Tallboys.  They are anchors of the old-time music, honky-tonk, & square dance communities in the Pacific NW and beyond.


www.squirrelbutter.com


Sound samples at:

https://soundcloud.com/squirrelbutter


Sunday December 16, 2018 at 3:00 PM           Kathryn Claire


















Kathryn Claire has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with improvisation has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

Kathryn Claire is thrilled to return to Coyle for a concert with longtime friend and collaborator Don Henson on piano and percussion. Kathryn has created a show of winter songs. This program is inspired by the season with music to honor the shortest days and longest nights. Weaving together songs, instrumentals, traditional and original music and a few covers, Kathryn Claire invites the audience to join together in celebration of the season.

www.kathrynclairemusic.com


2019

Sunday January 13, 2019 at 3:00 PM


Ranger & the ‘Re-Arrangers’




















Seattle Gypsy jazz band Ranger and the “Re-Arrangers” evoke the spirit of a Paris cafe and the raucous energy of a Gypsy campsite with their unique twist on Gypsy jazz. “At the heart of their sound is Ranger Sciacca's sweet violin playing… his sense of melody and daring improvisations” (World Rhythm Webzine). The band’s repertoire includes swing standards, traditional Gypsy melodies, the music of Django Reinhardt, and Ranger Sciacca's unique originals.


Ranger Sciacca -- Violin

Mike Sciacca -- Rhythm Guitar

Neil Conaty-- Bass

Jeffrey Mosse -- Percussion

Eric Vanderbilt-Mathews -- clarinet and piano


www.rangerswings.com


Sunday January 20, 2019  at 3:00 PM  Matinée         The Debutones























The Debutones excel at bringing to light hidden gems of acoustic roots-based songs with compelling stories and beautiful melodies––some country, some folk, and some bluegrass. The ‘Tones’ love and command of the music they play come through in every song, delivered with their signature vocal harmonies and stellar instrumentals.


Debby Nagusky and Don Share had been singing duets for over two decades when three of the Pacific Northwest’s finest musicians joined them, and they became the Debutones. Their repertoire took on an entirely new feel, with these three's musical ideas and instrumental and vocal virtuosity giving the songs new life, depth, and intensity. Adding to Debby and Don's vocals and guitar work are Greg Glassman, vocals and bass; Julian Smedley, vocals, violin, and viola; and Bob Knetzger, Dobro and banjo.


www.debutones.com


Sunday February 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM   John "Greyhound" Maxwell




































John "Greyhound" Maxwell was born and raised in Chicago following in the footsteps of earlier blues performers like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He is a master of acoustic fingerstyle, bottleneck slide guitar and a singer too who recently relocated to Port Townsend, Washington from San Rafael, California. His debut solo CD, “Blues For Evangeline” was honored by placing in the Final 5 in the Best Self Produced CD category at the 2016 Memphis International Blues Challenge. John has opened for such notibles as Susan Tedeschi, Roy Rogers, Maria Muldaur, Ruthie Foster, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Jon Cleary, and David Lindley. John also teaches slide guitar at the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival.


www.slowlyiturnmusic.com


Sound samples at:  www.store.cdbaby.com/cd/johnmaxwell


Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=XpQUk84cSYc

www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQkaxQ9sIAI

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzeO8ywi1pk


Sunday February 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM     Matinée

Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers

high energy blues












The Love Dealers are a fun, high energy, swampy mix of blues, funk and R&B.

www.micheledamourandthelovedealers.com

The band is:

Michele D'Amour - lead vocals and songwriter

Patrick McDanel - bass and backing vocals

Ronnie Bishop - drums

Ryan Higgins - guitar


Song samples at:  www.reverbnation.com/micheledamourandthelovedealers/songs

Sunday March 3, 2019 at 3:00 PM      Lisa Sanders Band

a powerhouse duo with harmony singer Karen “Brown Sugar” Hayes















Lisa Sanders is an electrifying harmonizer. Her heartfelt songs are genuine with deep meaning and conviction.  A musical style that can only be described as a soulful country blues, her genres include folk pop, gospel, rock and jazz. Writing, singing and producing from her heart in nearly every genre for over three decades, Sanders continues to make an impact in the musical world.


Lisa Sanders and Karen "Brown Sugar" Hayes are a pair of electrifying, bodacious, harmonizing singers of genuine heartfelt songs. This country-bluesy duo have been performing there unique style of music for over ten years to enthusiastic fans across America.


www.lisasanders.com



Sunday March 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM               Uncle Bonsai












Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrews Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you'd get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acousticUncle Bonsai guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. The trio aligns itself with the under-achiever, the dejected, the outsider, the black sheep. Densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Uncle Bonsai's acoustic folk-pop songs are almost one-act plays or short stories, resisting strict pop, folk, or singer-songwriter categories. Their songs focus on the passing of time, the passing of genes, and the passing of pets - the truth of everything seemingly buried somewhere under the family tree.

www.unclebonsai.com

Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxHjjkQjvws

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCOAnq6eADM

www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9v18Y7LxGo


Saturday April 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM

The Gossamer Strings













www.gossamerstrings.com

The Gossamer Strings is a folk music duo from Eugene, Oregon with rich harmonies over beautiful instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin.  Haunting original songwriting by Kyle McGonegle and Liat Tova Lis.  They unravel a new story in each song with clear and heartfelt emotion and voice.  This close pair breathes together, not just in their harmonies, but also through their instruments. Don't miss a chance to see Gossamer Strings live; Kyle and Liat invite you into their world with warm conversation like old friends.  

Sound samples at:  www.gossamerstrings.com/music

Music Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=6&v=RzIa8aw-9kw

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ggZcn1LVB2c

www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=9aKpb8LVTQM

Saturday April 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Claude Bourbon

Medieval & Spanish blues

Guitar & Song





















This French-born guitarist was classically trained, but then delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the UK, he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. He utilizes strains of folk, western, jazz and blues through such melodic delights as the traditional English Dance, and the hypnotic works of Spanish composer, Joaquín Rodrigo.


www.claudebourbon.org


Saturday May 4, 2019 at 7:30 PM            Jonathan Doyle Swing Trio
















Clarinetist, saxophonist, composer, and arranger Jonathan Doyle lives in Port Townsend WA in the Pacific Northwest. He still spends time in Chicago, Austin TX, and on the road.

Jonathan briefly attended Depaul’s School of Music in Chicago, where he studied under Mark Colby and Susan Cook. He left school to pursue a full time career in music during the neo-swing movement of the mid-90s, playing with the Mighty Blue Kings and then the Four Charms. He has also worked with Chicago’s emerging improvisers such as Josh Berman, Jason Adasiewicz, and Design Flaw, and developed an interest in country blues and jug band music playing with the Wabash Jug Band. In 2004, Mr. Doyle moved to Austin to pursue his love of acoustic and roots music afresh. After a brief stint with the Asylum Street Spankers, he went on to freelance in Central Texas’ vibrant traditional jazz, swing, and western swing scene, playing with well-established acts such as Willie Nelson and Asleep at the Wheel, and the Jim Cullum Jazz Band, as well being a part of many fine local bands such as Thrift Set Orchestra, Albanie & her Fellas, Stan Smith and the Jazz Pharaohs, Aunt Ruby's Sweet Jazz Babies, East Side Dandies, White Ghost Shivers, Whit Smith's Hot Jazz Caravan, The Giant Three and his own projects The Jonathan Doyle Quintet / Swingtet. His time in New Orleans introduced him to the hot jazz and traditional blues band, Tuba Skinny. And his connection to Chicago led to playing with the amazing Fat Babies as well as guitar maestro, Joel Paterson. More recently he has started performing with Naomi & Her Handsome Devils and Hal Smith's Swing Central and the Casey MacGill Orchestra!

www.jonathandoylemusic.com

Sound samples at: www.jonathandoylemusic.com/too-hot-for-socks

Saturday May 18, 2019 at 7:30 PM                     Combo Choro

Acoustic Brazilian Music

















Choro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈʃoɾu], "cry" or "lament"), also popularly called chorinho ("little cry" or "little lament"), is an instrumental Brazilian popular music genre which originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. Despite its name, the music often has a fast and happy rhythm. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.


Band Members

Al Bergstein - Mandolin

Dick Lynn - Guitar

Kindy Kemp - Flute

Ken Morris - Clarinet

Baila Dworsky - Bass

George Radebaugh - Accordion


https://www.facebook.com/combochoro/


Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 3:00 PM                 Searson

Two Sisters from Ontario Canada























Searson has toured for well over a decade and have the confidence and drive to continue with their musical careers more than ever before. Sisters, Erin and Colleen Searson have developed their own original style of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and step dancing.  The sisters perform on a variety of instruments throughout their live show which includes Colleen on fiddle, vocals and Ottawa Valley Step Dancing while Erin performs on piano, vocals, Ottawa Valley Step Dancing and tenor guitar.

www.searsonband.com


Saturday June 15, 2019 at 7:30 PM        Jesse Loren Strickman

on tour from the Bay Area




















San Francisco Bay Area singer-songwriter Jesse Loren Strickman is known for potent lyrics and powerfully minimal acoustic music. Annually touring the Pacific West Coast, he plays everywhere from intimate coffee shops to outdoor amphitheaters, singing about personal love and social change. He has opened for national and world acts such as Damien Jurado, Cake, the T Sisters and many more. Thoughtful lyrics combined with heart-on-your-sleeve singing, will have you captivated and leaning in closer.

www.jesselorenstrickman.com


Saturday July 6, 2019 at 7:30 PM                 LITTLESPIRITS

with Star Anna and Robert Roth


















Star Anna Krogstie formerly lead singer of the Seattle band Star Anna & the Laughing Dogs and years of performing solo has teamed up with singer songwriter-guitarist Robert Roth of the band Truly to bring to life what they call a "Psychedelic Folk Duo."

www.facebook.com/littlespiritsband

Videos:

www.facebook.com/pg/littlespiritsband/videos


Saturday July 20, 2019 at 7:30 PM                 Jaspar Lepak Duo















Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. Accompanied by her husband Kale with accordion and harmonies, Lepak's songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. Her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart. Lepak started writing songs in 2002 while living in Minneapolis. Between 2004 and 2009, she recorded five albums, and in the fall of 2009, she and Kale moved to Durban, South Africa. Her music found an enthusiastic audience, and in 2011, she recorded “Forgiving Wind” which Rolling Stone South Africa hailed as an album full of "beauty and original charm.” Jaspar and Kale moved to Seattle in 2012, and the two regularly perform as a duo. Jaspar’s eighth album release “Close to Me” is a project recorded over a weekend in April 2017—just two weeks before their daughter was born!  

www.jasparlepak.com

Song samples at: www.jasparlepak.com/music


Saturday August 3, 2019 at 7:30 PM                    Silver Lake 66















Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66. With a winning amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. It’s no wonder, either, given their knack for authentic, heartstring-tugging songwriting, impeccable harmonies and ardent guitar-playing. Together, they perform outstanding roots-laden duets following in the footsteps of Americana greats from Lucinda Williams to The Civil Wars.   

www.silverlake66.com

Videos:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z4FjvaoTqU

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsIqxmrXceQ

www.youtube.com/watch?v=APfWeyH5Sms

Saturday August 17, 2019 at 7:30 PM      Sister Speak














Canadian songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet that has afforded opening slots for Xavier Rudd, Chris Isaak and Air Supply among others. Through compelling vocals, rootsy yet gritty guitar stylings, and thought-provoking lyrics, Sister Speak has connected deeply with a diverse crowd of fans from around the globe. Whether performing solo or with her stellar backing band, this Taylor and D’addario sponsored-artist will surely captivate and mesmerize with her deep soul and groove-inspired music.

For this concert in Coyle, the configuration will be a duo with the folk-rock sound of two guitars and two voices as she will be joined by Sarven Manguiat (lead guitar/harmonies) from Long Beach, California.

www.sisterspeakmusic.com

Song samples at:  https://soundcloud.com/sisterspeak



Saturday September 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM           Spencer & Rains
















Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains are known for their twin fiddle harmony, which is a product of the influence of midwestern Scandinavian fiddlers Tricia heard as a child.  At the same time,  Howard’s distinct repertoire reintroduces listeners to the pre-contest styles of Texas fiddling. That same sense of harmony is in their vocals, as well, which they pull from all manner of American folk music. Both multi-instrumentalists, this husband and wife duo are steeped in tradition and are dedicated to the preservation, performance, and teaching of old time music.

www.spencerandrains.com

Sound samples at:  https://store.cdbaby.com/Artist/SpencerRains


Saturday September 21, 2019 at 7:30 PM               Rupert Wates














Rupert Wates was born in London and studied at Oxford University. He has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album 'Blue Afternoons' (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice. Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado. Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards.

www.rupertwatesmusic.com





Sunday October 20, 2019 at 3:00 PM                    Cavort, with Tami Curtis























Celtic music with fiddle, guitar, whistles, bodhran, & vocals.

www.facebook.com/Cavort-Celtic-1858183107821193


Sunday November 3 2019 at 3:00 PM       March to May















Seattle-based "orchestral folk" duo March to May makes the most beautiful music you've ever heard with a harp, a guitar and sometimes piano, plus rich vocal harmonies.  Their haunting lyrics and mellifluous* melodies stay with you long after the show is over. Their sound has drawn comparisons to acts like The Civil Wars, Damien Rice, the Swell Season, and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss.


* mellifluous: (Adjective)

(of a voice or words) sweet or musical; pleasant to hear.

synonyms: sweet-sounding, dulcet, honeyed, mellow, soft, liquid, silvery, soothing, rich, smooth, euphonious, harmonious, tuneful, musical, sweet-flowing.  Late 15th century: from late Latin mellifluus (from mel ‘honey’ + fluere ‘to flow’).


www.marchtomay.com


Beth Wesche - harp and vocals

Darren Guyaz - guitar, piano, & vocals


Official music videos:

If I Told You I Could Stay (2018) www.youtube.com/watch?v=iu4bBrpl-cU

Fifty Years (2017) www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ij7L64XY_gI

The Navigator (2016) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7Jt3mnqJQo

Embers (2015) - www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKfubTm-qZk


Sunday November 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM            Matinée

Don Alder

from Vancouver, Canada












Don Alder plays acoustic fingerstyle guitar with a passion that has quickly earned him a reputation as Vancouver's "best kept little secret". Don is a world-class fingerstyle guitarist with a "wow factor" that has let to multiple endorsement deals with major manufacturers and a collaboration with Greenfield guitars to produce a signature acoustic guitar- the "Don Alder G4" model.

Don currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His unique style of playing incorporates fingerpicking with simultaneous percussion on the soundboard to create a wall of sound. He is often referred to as sounding like a four piece band. Don's music is his own unique weave of deeply textured melody and story. Lyrical and compelling, his original songs are notes of exploration - some passionate and haunting, some hard-driven, others light and teasing. In quiet pieces or pushing right to the edge, Don's phenomenal fingerstyle playing and rich voice captivate.

www.donalder.com