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Upcoming Shows

Feb
2
Sun
2020
Timber Rattlers @ Longstaff House
Feb 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Hot new bluegrassers, The Timber Rattlers, are at Longstaff House February 2nd.

Feb
12
Wed
2020
Rachel Nesvig @ Longstaff House
Feb 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm


Inspired by her Norwegian roots, Rachel has built a career around her love of music, performance, teaching, and Scandinavian tradition. She earned her BA in Music and Norwegian from St. Olaf College in 2007, followed by a master’s degree in Violin Performance and K-12 Teaching Certificate from Central Washington University in 2011. Rachel completed additional studies in both classical and jazz violin at the Music Conservatory of the University of Stavanger, Norway, also using the opportunity to polish her Norwegian language skills. Although violin is her main jam, Rachel is an avid Hardanger Fiddler (the national folk instrument of Norway), an aspiring violist, an enthusiastic conductor, and a novice improv actor!

Rachel’s love of playing music includes her dedication to teaching. She absolutely loves coaching summer camps such as the Seattle Rock Orchestra Summer Intensive, Icicle Creek Summer Symphony, and Pipestone Music Camp. Always inspired to wear many different hats, she also conducts the West Seattle Community Orchestras’ Debut Symphony. The group is a fun, full orchestra that consists of players of all ages (youngest age 8 and oldest 80!) who have 1-3 years of experience playing their instruments.

Feb
27
Thu
2020
Fellow Pynins @ Longstaff House
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

BIO

Fellow Pynins is an award winning contemporary folk duo with a keen and bucolic sense of vocal harmony and song craft. The live performance is a whimsically emotional escapade through the chasms of our, yes, feelings.. Dashed with spontaneous and clever banter, mirth and woe, you will probably cry and quite possibly laugh, a lot. Wielding claw-hammer banjo, Irish bouzouki, mandolin, and acoustic guitar the duo sings predominantly original music as well as reworked traditional ballads gathered from their travels.

 

Mar
15
Sun
2020
Norman Baker @ Longstaff House
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Photo by Betsy Mobbs

TRAVELING, CREATING, AND SHARING ORIGINAL LIVE MUSIC ARE A FEW ESSENTIAL INGREDIENTS FOR THE ENRICHMENT OF HUMANITY. NORMAN BAKER AND HIS BAND PLAY HOMAGE TO THIS FACT BY INTRODUCING NEW AND OLD SONGS TO AS MANY COMMUNITIES AS POSSIBLE. THEIR NEW ALBUM UTILIZES UNDERTONES OF PEDAL STEEL, MANDOLIN, BANJO, UPRIGHT BASS, CLARINET, AND OF COURSE AN ONSLAUGHT OF ACOUSTIC AND ELECTRIC GUITARS TELLING STORIES OF LOSS, LOSS PREVENTION, CAMPING, DRIVING WITHOUT CELL PHONES, CHILDLIKE INNOCENCE, HOME TOWNS, AND WALKING TILL YOUR SHOES WEAR THROUGH.

BAKER’S RESPECT OF FAMILY VALUES, ROOTS, AND TRADITION IS EVIDENT THROUGHOUT HIS MUSIC. HIS DEBUT RELEASE, “THE ART OF NOT KNOWING,” FEATURES HIS MOTHER ON FIDDLE, FATHER ON KEYS, UNCLE ON DRUMS, HIMSELF ON MANY OTHER INSTRUMENTS, IN ADDITION TO SEVERAL OTHER SEATTLE MUSICAL STALWARTS. THE ARTWORK FOR HIS NEWEST RELEASE, “PRESENT DAY,” FEATURES A SERIES OF PHOTOS FROM A 1970 HOUSE CONCERT OF HIS POPS PERFORMING, HIS MOM IN ATTENDANCE, AND COPS BUSTING THE PARTY.

http://www.normanbaker.com/

Apr
22
Wed
2020
New World String Project @ Longstaff House
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm
Apr
30
Thu
2020
Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien @ Longstaff House
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In Concert: Patsy O’Brien & Dick Hensold
Missoula, MT —concert at Longstaff House, 601 Longstaff Street
Thursday, April 30, 2020  ♦  7:00 pm
Suggested donation: $20
A concert of traditional Celtic music, but with unique and innovative arrangements, including a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland, accompanied by guitar and Northumbrian smallpipes (a quiet bagpipe from Northeast England), or various whistles.  It also features traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland and Northumberland, with a good measure of original music in the traditional style.  As well as a broad range of styles of Celtic music, this program also features an impressive range of expression, from the jaunty and humorous to soulful, led by Patsy’s warm and multi-colored baritone voice, Dick’s variety of pipes and whistles, and the nimble instrumental virtuosity of both musicians.  (Please note that NONE of the various bagpipes used in this concert are very loud.)
Artist website: http://www.dickhensold.com/presskit-duo.html

Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes, Scottish reel pipes, whistles and recorder. The leading Northumbrian smallpiper in North America, for the past 20 years Dick Hensold has performed and taught in England, Scotland, Japan, Canada, and across the United States. He is an active composer, writing both music in the traditional Celtic idiom, and in more elaborately-scored pieces. This repertoire is featured on his solo CD, Big Music for Northumbrian Smallpipes, released in 2007. He is also a studio musician and theater musician, and is a 2006 Bush Artist Fellow. “The piping is fluent and assured…his technique is impressive…delightfully interpreted” — FolkWorld CD Reviews
“Long-awaited solo CD from North America’s foremost smallpiper presents Dick’s expressive piping in a variety of settings… Well presented with good notes…” —fRoots May 08, No.299
 
Artist website: www.dickhensold.com
 
Patsy O’Brien, vocals, guitar. As well as supplying the driving guitar rhythms of Celtic/World Music diva Eileen Ivers’ last European tour, and collaborating with many giants of the Celtic/World music scene (Paddy Keenan, Cathie Ryan among them), award-winning artist Patsy O’Brien hosts guitar workshops all over the country, and NPR saw fit to feature one of his song arrangements on the prestigious All Songs Considered. With 4 critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt, along with numerous live and studio collaborations, Patsy’s songwriting reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, and a strong interest in roots Americana as well as jazz. Veteran Irish music critic Paul Dromey declared Patsy “Ireland’s best-kept musical secret”.
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These are samples from our forthcoming CD.  The first one is especially lovely.  Please note these files above are ONLY for radio DJs and not for general distribution.
1) Braes of Balquhidder.  Poem by Scots-dialect poet Robert Tannahill, tune by Dick Hensold.  Patsy O’Brien, vocals and guitar, Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes
2) Jigs, from the Cape Breton fiddle tradition: 19th-century Irish/ Down the River/ Ingonish Jig. Dick Hensold, Northumbrian smallpipes, Patsy O’Brien, guitar
3) Heart’s Ease/ Three Case Knives. Two 18th-century-style Border tunes, with variations. Dick Hensold, recorder, Patsy O’Brien, guitar
4) The Broken Rudder/ David Greenberg/ John MacLean.  Three jigs written by Dick Hensold. Dick Hensold, Scottish Highland reel pipes, Patsy O’Brien, guitar
May
20
Wed
2020
2-Bit Jug Band @ Longstaff House
May 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

RECIPE FOR THE 2 BIT JUG BAND
First, simmer a tasty bit of old blues, swing & jug band music, flavored with finger-picked guitar -styled by Ken Glastre. Add just a pinch of mandola….Yum!
Second, mix in a bit of washtub bass, jug & tuba for the bass base. Season the base with cornet & kazoo for extra spice. Michael Gifford (Gut Bucket Giff) masterfully cooks the ingredients.
Third, to flavor these 2 bits, Juan Parris adds the finishing touches with lightly seasoned percussion….just what the palate needs!
Together, Ken, Michael and Juan are Spokane’s 2 Bit Jug Band. They provide the perfect recipe for fun old blues, tasty swing and silly songs of life, love and food. Bring your appetite for an enjoyable night!
Jun
3
Wed
2020
Greg Blake Band @ Longstaff House
Jun 3 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Aug
12
Wed
2020
Kevin Prader Band @ Longstaff House
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm