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Featured Musicians: Noah Gundersen & The Courage

October 22, 2010

In case you need another reason to attend the CD Release Party, this Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Tractor Tavern, here it is: the pop folk music of  Noah Gundersen & the Courage.

While many young performers sing what they know, and a lot of  what they don’t, Noah Gundersen, his sister Abby, brother Ivan, and band mate Travis lay it all out there—in a honest and soulful manner.

Noah Gundersen & the Courage are a group of remarkably talented musicians who produce deep songs that come from a young and faithful point-of-view while still remaining accesible to all-ages. Noah’s gravelly folk voice will stop you in your tracks as his sister, Abby, jams away on the violin and harmonizes with her soothing vocals. If this doesn’t sound cool enough, Noah Gundersen & The Courage has also been featured on network television (One Tree Hill).

Tickets are available for $8 online or at the door. Money raised at the show supports Northwest Folklife and the evenings’ artists. We’ll also be selling copies of Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival three weeks before you can buy it in stores and online. No joke.

So what the heck, come on down, listen to some truly amazing performers and enjoy your Sunday night!

Check out this song— it’s featured on the Roots & Branches Vol. 2: Live from the 2010 Northwest Folklife Festival CD:

Featured Musicians: Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss

October 18, 2010

Creating timeless music in the Pacific Northwest for over two decades, Cliff Perry and Laurel Bliss are a dynamic duo not to be missed.  Check them out this Sunday, 7 p.m. at the Tractor Tavern for the Roots & Branches Vol.2: Live from the 2010 Festival CD Release Party!

Cliff and Laurel began as a singing duo in the late 80’s and are now recognized veterans in the bluegrass and old-time music communities.  Together they formed the heart and soul of Southfork, a legendary Northwest bluegrass band in Washington and up and down the West Coast.

Respected by their peers and beloved by their fans, Cliff and Laurel always deliver a wonderful collection of old-time country duets.  When listening to them, you can tell they are greatly influenced by the Carter Family, however, they’ve also internalized and taken their own approach to the material. Old-time country music encompasses a myriad of styles and Perry and Bliss opt for a composed, straightforward approach that, like the Carters’ music, suggests an earlier era. Click here to listen to Cliff and Laurel’s music

Also featured at the CD Release Party are The Raggedy Anns and Noah Gundersen and The Courage .  Preorder your tickets here or buy them for $8 at the door. 

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s featured musican!

Tonight: Northwest Brews & Blues

October 14, 2010

Looking for something fun, easy, and exciting to do this evening? Look no further than Northwest Brews & Blues at Hale’s Ales  from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

This week, in our second of the Brews & Blues series, we bring you one of the Northwest’s best kept secrets: Cort Armstrong, who never disappoints with his Chicken Pickin’ blues.

Don’t miss the opportunity to listen to live music and enjoy local beer all while supporting Northwest Folklife.  Fifty percent of the proceeds raised from the sale of O’Briens Harvest Ale at Brews & Blues benefits Folklife.  Also, if you haven’t joined Friends of Folklife yet, new members can do so tonight for the very special 40th Festival rate of $40 for the year.  Join and we’ll give you a t-shirt AND a beer, compliments of Northwest Folklife!  Who can resist such a tempting deal?

Last week, we reviewed the O’Brien’s Harvest Ale (purely for professional purposes…of course), and gave it two thumbs up!  This seasonal amber ale combines a boatload of delicious hops with a malty backbone that quenches any beer lover’s thirst.

Don’t worry though, if you can’t make it tonight, there’s always next Thursday– that’s the beauty of Brews & Blues. Folklife hosts Northwest Brews & Blues every Thursday night in October from 6:30-8:30 p.m. So come hear great local blues musicians and sip beer brewed on location at the Hale’s Brewery. The best part? You can support local culture and traditions while having a great night out!

And remember….


And the Winner is

September 20, 2010

The poll is closed, the votes are tallied and the people have spoken!

Northwest Folklife and Full Tilt Ice Cream are proud to present Clusters of Folk as the 2010 Folklife flavor.

With an overwhelming 49.7% of the votes, the creamy blend of horchata ice cream with clusters of granola and chunks of chocolate will be sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Mark your calendar for October 9th from 12-2PM for the Clusters of Folk Flavor Release Party at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center.

Bring your friends, bring your family and bring your appetite! We have a fun-filled musical afternoon planned, starting at noon with the Not-Its! followed by Caulfield and his Magical Violin from 1-2 p.m. 

What could be better on a crisp fall afternoon than great music with good friends and delicious ice cream?

Also, don’t forget 10% of all Clusters of Folk ice cream sold between October 9th and November 14th comes back to Folklife!

Happy ice cream eating,

Your friends at Northwest Folklife

Folklife Masters, Dec 11: Jason & Pharis Romero

December 9, 2009

We’re excited about our next Folklife Masters concert this Friday, Dec.11 featuring John Reischman & The Romeros.  The Folklife Masters concert series brings together two groups of master musicians from different traditions for an evening of collaboration and inspiration (click here for tickets).

Jason & Pharis Romero will represent the the mountain ballads and square dance tunes of Appalachia, a tradition known as “old-time music”.  Jason Romero is a master banjo player, capable of ranging from a Zen-like groove to blazing aggression.

Jason & Pharis Romero

Have a listen to Jason’s playing of the traditional tunes Devil’s Dream and Last Chance.  He effortlessly moves around the melody, transforming two square dance tunes into instrumental music that transcends our expectations.

The Romeros: “Devil’s Dream/Last Chance”

Pharis Romero joins Jason on guitar and vocals, bringing a wide range of emotion in her singing and a love for the backroads of American traditional song.  Listen to this track of her and Jason dueting on the haunting medieval ballad Lowe Bonnie, the story of a spurned woman who stabs her lover to death.  Listening to their exchange in the man’s final moments will raise the hair on the back of your neck.

The Romeros: “Lowe Bonnie”

We’re excited to bring the Romeros down from Vancouver Island for an evening of trailblazing acoustic music.  Having recently formed their critically acclaimed group, The Haints Old-Time Stringband, the Romeros are about to embark on a national tour and have been lighting up old-time jam sessions on the West Coast for the past couple of years. In fact, check out this powerful old-time session led by The Romeros and Erynn Marshall at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.

The Romeros will be joined in this Folklife Masters concert by bluegrass mandolin master John Reischman and bluegrass vocalist Trisha Gagnon to explore the common ground between their traditions.  Come out December 11 to Empty Sea Studios for an intimate concert unlike any other!  These artists are coming together just for this concert, so it’s your only chance to hear them together.