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Sunday, June 2, 2019, at 3:00 PM                 Searson (now a Trio)

Sisters Erin & Colleen Searson from Ontario are joined by Kian Byrne of Kansas City in high-energy Celtic-Folk songs on fiddles, piano, guitars, mandolin, gorgeous vocal harmonies, plus step dancing!

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 on tour from  Ontario, Canada 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.

And for this tour the sisters will be joined by Kian Byrne (of Kansas City).  Kian is a multi-instrumentalist (acoustic & electric guitars, bass, mandolin, fiddle, percussion) and singer songwriter.  Formerly a member of The Elders, and heavily influenced by Celtic, reggae, soul and funk music, Kian rounds out our sound in a way that makes us sound bigger than your typical trio, and more eclectic than words can express.  As always, there will be plenty of high energy fiddling, virtuosic piano playing, Ottawa Valley step dancing and gorgeous (sibling!) vocal harmonies.


Sound samples at: www.searsonband.com/music

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

with Josh Michael accompanying on vocal harmony, light percussion and piano

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.



Sunday June 30, 2019 from 2:00 -4:00 PM     Square Dance on the Grass

We are planning to host another community square dance on the grass in front of the picnic shelter again on the weekend before the 4th of July. There will be live music played by a group of musicians from Centrum’s “Festival of American Fiddle Tunes Workshop” held in Port Townsend every July. This will be the 4th year in a row. Let's do it again!

The band, the 'Coyley Coyotes' assembled by John Hatton

Howie Meltzer - fiddle

Nancy Katz     - bass, banjo

Terry Weiner    - mandolin

John Hatton    - guitar

Dave Thielk    - caller

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."




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!  


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.   






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.


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

Saturday September 7, 2019 at 7:30 PM           TBA

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.


Saturday October 5, 2019 at 7:30 PM               A Night of Blues Guitar

with John Long and John Maxwell

John Long is an American country blues singer, fingerstyle guitarist, harmonica player and songwriter. He performs in a pre-war acoustic blues style, although his material is contemporary and mainly composed by Long and his elder brother. His mentor and inspiration was Homesick James. In the mid-1970s, Muddy Waters stated that Long was "the best young country blues artist playing today." In 2017, Long was a nominee for a Blues Music Award in the 'Acoustic Album' category for his collection, Stand Your Ground. He had won the same award for his 2006 album, Lost & Found.  www.johnlongblues.com

John "Greyhound" Maxwell (guitar, mandolin, vocals) was voted the Washington Blues Society’s Best Acoustic Guitarist for 2017 and his newest recording represents the WBS at the 2019 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. His previous recording represented the Golden Gate Blues Society at the 2015 IBC and placed in the final five. John has opened shows for Taj Mahal and KebMo, Maria Muldaur, Ruthie Foster, Marcia Ball, Coco Montoya, David Lindley and others.


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

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


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’).


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 10, 2019 at 3:00 PM            Matinée

The Lasses

on tour from Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Lasses are Sophie Janna and Margot Merah, an Amsterdam duo singing traditional folk and original songs with intricate harmonies. They sing together like sisters. Songs from the Celtic and American traditions and beautiful original songs are brought with clear voices, heavenly harmonies and full hearts. The Lasses specialize in strong stories that speak to audiences now as much as when the songs were first written. With honest, effective arrangements on bodhrán and guitar, the beautiful blend of the women’s voices takes the center stage.


Song samples at: https://thelasses.bandcamp.com/album/daughters

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.


Sunday December 1, 2019 at 3:00 PM           TBA

Sunday December 15, 2019 at 3:00 PM           TBA

Please note that 2019 will be the last year of the “Concerts in the Woods” music series in Coyle.  Thank you for making it such a success over these past 10 years.


Your host, Norm Johnson