Ken and Phil Emerson – Saturday, August 7, 2021

OPTIONAL POTLUCK SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH (enough to feed four) and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION:$15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email (preferred):

Marianne Decher

mariannedecher@comcast.net (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).

503-348-2668

Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! (Make sure that the number of seats on your confirmation matches the number of people in your party 🙂

COVID PROTOCOL: We trust that the numbers will keep dropping. We also trust that everyone who attends is vaccinated. Please know that if you attend, and are not vaccinated, you do so at your OWN risk. The plan is to have the concert and potluck outdoors. If you feel more comfortable with a mask, please wear one – but it is not required. Surfaces will be cleaned but keep in mind that covid-19 is a *droplet* hazard and not a contact hazard.

Aloha!

The Emerson Brothers, Phil and Ken, are master musicians of many genres, with a special affinity for vintage Swing & Jazzy Hawaiian music. Born into a musical family, the brothers grew up listening to their father’s extensive record collection of 30s, 40s & 50s Pop, Jazz, Swing, Hawaiian and World music. Living in the San Francisco Bay area, they picked up finger style folk and blues in the early ’60s, and electric surf, rock jazz and blues in the later ’60s.

In 1968 the family moved to Hawai’i. Ken and Phil studied Hawaiian music and language, and began emulating the players of the ’20s and early ’30s by listening to vintage 78 RPM Hawaiian records, focusing especially on the music stylings Sol Ho’opi’i , Andy Iona and Sol K. Bright. Soon they were playing alongside legendary performers including Gabby Pahinui, Genoa Keawe, Ray Kane, Sol K. bright and Auntie Alice Namakelua. The brothers recorded their landmark album “The Emersons” in 1979, wherein they played vintage instruments and recreated styles not heard on the islands for half a century.

In 1980 they backed up Moe Keale on his “South Sea Island Magic” album. Ken Emerson went on to win Na Hoku Award, the Kahili Award for perpetuating Hawaiian culture, and was one of the artists on the GRAMMY Award winning album “Slack Key Guitar Vol. 2”. Phil went on to run a guitar shop in San Francisco and play local blues and Jazz clubs with guitarists like Terry Haggerty (Sons of Champlin) and Jerry Miller (Moby Grape) and then moved his shop north to Seattle and Bellingham, Wa. He now devotes more of his time to recording original jazz music.

In the last 40 years Ken has toured the world, performing and recording with artists Charlie Musselwhite, Donald Fagan ( Steely Dan), Bob Weir and Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, Boz Skaggs, The Rowan Brothers, Taj Mahal and Leo Kottke, to name a few.

The Musers – Friday, July 9, 2021

OPTIONAL POTLUCK SOCIAL HOUR: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH (enough to feed four) and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email (preferred), text or call:

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668

mariannedecher@comcast.net (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).

Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! 

COVID PROTOCOL: We trust that the numbers will keep dropping. We also trust that everyone who attends is vaccinated. Please know that if you attend, and are not vaccinated, you do so at your OWN risk. The plan is to have the concert and potluck outdoors. If you feel more comfortable with a mask, please wear one – but it is not required. Surfaces will be cleaned but keep in mind that covid-19 is a *droplet* hazard and not a contact hazard.

Back In Action!

Hello Everyone!

What a long, strange, isolating trip this has been with the pandemic. Hopefully, the numbers keep dropping and the worst is behind us.

WHO IS UP FOR LIVE MUSIC AGAIN? *Jumps up and down; raises hand*.

Please stay tuned (musician joke) to your inboxes for an upcoming announcement in a couple of days. Our first concert will be July 9 with The Musers! They were enthusiastically received and applauded last time.

Till soon,

House Concerts in Lake Oswego

(It’s been so stinking long, I have forgotten how to write/edit this blog)

Still “on hold” July, 2020

POST HOUSE CONCERT FROM THE PAST!! WE DON’T KNOW THOSE PEOPLE ABOVE. WE JUST INVITE PEOPLE WHO DRINK WATER AND EAT VERY FEW SNACKS 🙂 KIDDING

Hello Everyone!

I hope you like short posts as much as I do 🙂

It would be so awesome to have a nice potluck meal, super music and camaraderie again. But alas – we are still “on hold” here at House Concerts in Lake Oswego. As soon as possible, we shall get this party started once again!!

Also, my dear sweet dad died on June 11, after a blessedly short decline, surrounded by family and caregivers, while he was IN HIS HOME – as he had wished. My three year+ role as long-distance caregiver came to an end and, of course, we miss him tremendously. For that reason (along with being the executor of the estate, from a great distance), there needs to be a few months’ break so I can get my head back together.

Thank you for your patience. Please be well and stay safe!

A RANDOM PIC OF CHARLIE BROWN, FROM THE SANTA ROSA AIRPORT, TO SPREAD SOME GOOD CHEER

On Hold and Concerts on Video?

The chairs are stacked, the wine glasses are unused, and the living room is not ringing with laughter and music. While everything is on hold here in Portland, Oregon, as we shelter-in-place, this will not be forever. There shall be merriment and music here once again when we get the All Clear. (I don’t know about y’all, but when that glorious day comes, I will get a professional haircut, and eat pizza at a pub until I drop. And hug everyone I see, so, – watch out!

Recorded concerts??

I am not the most tech savvy but I wonder if the artists whom we missed, and will miss, could record themselves playing a concert’s worth of music. I would love to post that on this site and make it a donation-based viewing option, payable to the artists. That way, the artists share their wonderful music, they get some kind of income, and we all can have a virtual house concert. Any interest and/or know how in setting this up?

In the meantime, be well, be safe and keep the music going!

Banjo-distancing!
Keep instruments close, and the virus far away, y’all!

House Concerts in LO on “hold” till further notice

After some deliberation and discussion with Christina Tourin and about 5 of us in the greater Portland area who were coordinating and hosting her workshops and concerts, we decided that safety outweighs going ahead with the planned schedule.

While the absolute number of COVID-19 cases in Oregon remain low, the cases have more than doubled in the last few days.

With the spread of COVID-19, and many activities and gatherings in this area being canceled, we have decided to do the same thing. Ms. Tourin will be back with us in the summer or fall, so please stay tuned!

Lessons, workshop and concert with Christina Tourin on March 12 *canceled*

As far as House Concerts in Lake Oswego is concerned, we are hoping to go ahead with the concert on March 28 with Meander, but much remains to be seen. All of this is evolving in real time and hard to predict. Stay tuned for more updates.

Apologies for the inconvenience. We will be up and running again as soon as possible.

Sincerely,

Marianne

BARRIE DEMPSEY – Saturday, July 11

It absolutely appalls me to have to reschedule a concert, but due to several unforeseen factors, Barrie Dempsey is being rescheduled, from Saturday, February 29 to Saturday, July 11. We can be outdoors and enjoy some wonderful music with some wonderful weather. Sincere apologies to Barrie, and to those of you who signed up. We will make the wait worthwhile somehow!

BARRIE DEMPSEY

Date: Saturday, July 11

Potluck: Tentatively at 6pm

Concert: Tentatively at 7pm

More details closer to the date.

FINE COMPANY – Saturday, April 25

FINE COMPANY

Fine Company is a talented trio of Pacific Northwest folksingers. 

Bill Murlin, Ron Dalton, and Jim Portillo combine a full range of vocal talent, as well as skilled picking on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass.  They trade off on lead vocals, work wonders in three-part harmony, and back their singing with tasteful and energetic instrumentals. Although Fine Company is a new group, the individual members bring together decades of experience performing acoustic music throughout the Northwest.


Bill Murlin can probably claim “seniority” in the group, with over fifty years of performing on stage.  He studied at Washington State University during the height of the “Folk Era”.  Heavily influenced by the likes of The Kingston Trio, Brothers Four, and Chad Mitchell Trio, he formed a duo known as The Wanderers.  He has also performed with two other noteworthy groups, Blue Northern and The Unpaid Bills. Murlin’s warm baritone voice and smooth picking on guitar and banjo made him an in-demand performer at festivals throughout the Northwest. While working for the Bonneville Power Administration, Bill researched the story of Woody Guthrie’s employment in 1941 as a songwriter for the agency.  That research led to Bill’s publishing a historical songbook of Guthrie’s Columbia River ballads.


Ron Dalton is a Seattle songwriter, folklorist, and guitar-picker. He sings tenor in the trio, but has a wide vocal range.  His music tastes are also wide-ranging, from folk to jazz to rock.  He has performed for many years at the major folk festivals in the Northwest, and served for a time as president of Victory Music, the region’s non-profit folk society.  Ron has performed and recorded as a soloist, and also with his wife Peggy Sullivan as the duo Burgundy Pearl.  Ron plays bass as well as guitar.


The youngster of Fine Company is Jim Portillo.  A Texas native, he migrated to the Northwest by way of Nebraska, to become a rehabilitation teacher for Washington state government.  He was influenced at an early age by Doc Watson, Gordon Lightfoot, and classic country music. In Seattle he bought a guitar, took some lessons, and began performing at Victory Music open mikes.  Before long Jim went into “full immersion” in the folk world.  He joined the concert production committees for Seattle Folklore Society and Victory Music; began performing with The Unpaid Bills, The Wanderers, Hank & Claire, and formed his own group, The Cruzers. He now lends to Fine Company his rich voice and able picking on guitar, mandolin, and bass.

For more information, please see: http://www.finecompanymusic.com

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:00 – 7:00pm. If attending, please bring enough food and drink to share with at least 4 people. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email, text or call:

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668

mariannedecher@comcast.net (preffered, since I send confirmations via email)

**Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends up sitting in your lap** 

FINE COMPANY



Ronn McFarlane, Lutenist, Sunday, May 3

RONN McFARLANE

GRAMMY-nominated lutenist, Ronn McFarlane brings the lute – the most popular instrument of the Renaissance – into today’s musical mainstream making it accessible to a wider audience. 

Since taking up the lute in 1978, Ronn has made his mark in music as the founder of Ayreheart, a founding member of the Baltimore Consort, touring 49 of the 50 United States, Canada, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Germany and Austria, and as a guest artist with Apollo’s Fire, The Bach Sinfonia, The Catacoustic Consort, The Folger Consort, Houston Grand Opera, The Oregon Symphony, The Portland Baroque Orchestra, and The Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra.

Born in West Virginia, Ronn grew up in Maryland.  At thirteen, upon hearing “Wipeout” by the Surfaris, he fell madly in love with music and taught himself to play on a “cranky sixteen-dollar steel string guitar.”  Ronn kept at it, playing blues and rock music on the electric guitar while studying classical guitar.  He graduated with honors from Shenandoah Conservatory and continued guitar studies at Peabody Conservatory before turning his full attention and energy to the lute in 1978. 

McFarlane was a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory from 1984 to 1995, teaching lute and lute-related subjects.  In 1996, Mr. McFarlane was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Music from Shenandoah Conservatory for his achievements in bringing the lute and its music to the world.  He has over 40 recordings on the Dorian/Sono Luminus label, including solo albums, lute duets, flute & lute duets, lute songs, the complete lute music of Vivaldi, a collection of Elizabethan lute music and poetry, and recordings with the Baltimore Consort. 

Ronn has composed new music for the lute, building on the tradition of the lutenist/composers of past centuries.  His original compositions are the focus of his solo CD, Indigo Road, which received a GRAMMY Award Nomination for Best Classical Crossover Album of 2009. 

In 2010 Ronn founded Ayreheart, an ensemble brought together to perform new compositions as well as early music.  Ayreheart’s first CD release, One Morning, consists of all-original music by Ronn McFarlane. Ayreheart’s 2016 release, Barley Moon, blends folk music and art music from Renaissance and Medieval England, Scotland and Wales.

Ronn’s newest solo album, The Celtic Lute, features his arrangements of traditional Scottish and Irish music from the 17th and 18th centuries.

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 2:00-3:00pm. Please bring a DRINK to share – lemonade, tea, wine (is always a hit!), beer – whatever you fancy. And please bring enough finger foods/appetizers to share with at least 4 people. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 3:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email, text or call:

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668

mariannedecher@comcast.net (email is preferred, as I do send confirmations via email).

Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends sitting in your lap! 

Barrie Dempsey, Saturday (Leap Year Day), February 29

BARRIE DEMPSEY

It will be Leap Year Day and I will be hosting by myself. C’mon out to hear some fab music and have a glass of wine – or more – with your hostess 🙂

Barrie Dempsey is an award winning musician whose genre wears many different hats. He is a songwriter who spins stories about morality and love, yet can carry a Folk Americana/Roots feel, akin to writers like John Prine, J.J. Cale and Lyle Lovett,to name a few. Barrie is originally from New Jersey & went a long time without pursuing his music, doing mostly fine art. He started writing again in 2008 and has released 2 CD’s, “Barrie Dempsey” and “Line In The Sand”. He is working on his next release for Spring of 2020. To see more information about Barrie go to his website at www.barriedempsey.com

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:00 – 7:00pm. If attending, please bring enough food and drink to share with at least 4 people. We put the “luck” in potluck and do not assign dishes.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musician. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.

RESERVATIONS: – Please email, text or call: (It’s best to email since I send all confirmations via email. Thank you)

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668

mariannedecher@comcast.net

**Location info in Lake Oswego will be given when you make a reservation. We like to keep a head count so no one ends up sitting in your lap** 

BARRIE DEMPSEY