New World String Project Cancelled @ Longstaff House
Apr 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:45 pm

New World String Project – Celtic, Nordic and American Folk Traditions

John Weed – Fiddle

Aryeh Frankfurter- Nyckelharpa

Lisa Lynne – Celtic harp, Cittern, Percussion

Stuart Mason – Guitar, Guizouki

New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.

Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien Cancelled @ Longstaff House
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.)
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
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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”.
Timber Rattlers @ Longstaff House
May 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Timber Rattlers are an energetic bluegrass quartet from Missoula, MT. They pull inspiration from their traditional roots, but continue to push their boundaries in the realm of acoustic music. Each member has spent extensive time touring and in the studio. From the west coast to parts of Europe.


Jesse Brown – A violinist who has genre hopped many bands and instruments. He is most known for his years spent with “The Lil’ Smokies” both touring and writing music. You can also catch him playing with legendary Montana band “Mission Mountain Wood Band”.

Jamie Drysdale – A class act guitarist with on-point bluegrass runs. Naturally entertaining the crowd with his quick, witty humor. He is always writing unique and ear-catching originals. Also known for his touring/songwriting with the Jackson Hole band “The Random Canyon Growlers”

Dillon Johns – A recent graduate of the music program at The University of Montana. He now teaches elementary school music, passing on his extensive knowledge of music to the next generation. You can also catch him playing his groovy bass lines in the band “The Letter B”.

Caleb DostalA prodigy in the field of contemporary banjo. Caleb has been playing since he was 11. He first heard the banjo on some old CD’s around the house and fell in love with the sound, and from then on has had an almost inhuman drive to improve his ability and discover more of the possibilities that the banjo holds.

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!
Greg Blake Band @ Longstaff House
Jun 3 @ 7:15 pm – 9:30 pm
Kevin Prader Band @ Longstaff House
Aug 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm