Up and Running Again

Dear Faithful Audience and Prospective Musicians,

After Mom passed away, it took awhile to get Dad stabilized. He is doing great at the moment. So – House Concerts in LO is ready to slowly start moving again. For the many musicians who contacted us during our rough time, apologies for not getting back to you or booking you.

We can start booking again for MID APRIL, 2019, onwards.

Thank you all for your patience. Let’s DO this. Bring on those tunes and those dancing feet!!

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House Concert/Workshop with Patience Musandirire – Master Musician from Zimbabwe – Sunday, AUG. 26

The Untold Stories of Zimbabwe’s Musical Arts in Performance – a Pop Up House Concert/Workshop with Master Musician, Patience Musandirire

Patience picture

WHAT: A pop up house concert/workshop means that a Master Musician from Zimbabwe happens to be in town and it is TOO good an opportunity to pass up for the musician and the audience. This is a somewhat spontaneous gathering. Don’t miss it!!

WHY: Patience has most recently taught at Zimfest 2018 at WOU. While House Concerts in LO has typically featured local musicians, it is rare to have a different music genre from a native Zimbabwean.

FOR WHOM:  – “I’m not musically inclined, I don’t know anything about Zimbabwean music, I don’t have any instruments – certainly this workshop is not for me”. Not true!! No instruments required. If you have an mbira, please bring it. If you have an open mind and would enjoy learning something new, kindly know that you are more than welcome! All Ages!

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th

Optional potluck meal from 12:30 – 2:00pm. Bring a (generous serving) dish and some drinks to share if you are attending. Heads up that alcohol will be present at the meal.

**CONCERT/WORKSHOP: 2:00-4:00pm**

WHERE: – location provided when you make a reservation.

COST: – *Suggested* donation of $15-$20 per person at the door. No one turned away. All proceeds go to the teacher. Please be as generous as possible.

 

Contact:

Marianne Decher

503-348-2668   mariannedecher@comcast.net

www.houseconcertslo.com

 

*The Untold Stories of Zimbabwe’s Musical Arts in Performance*

 

Description of Workshop:

A journey to understanding and discovering the fundamental elements that sustains develops and preserves musical arts in Zimbabwe through the influence of mbira, marimba, hosho, drumming and story-telling.

Instructor/Performer Info:

Patience is an African Musical Arts Education Consultant for issues focusing on the development and preservation of Zimbabwe’s musical arts dialogues in performance and theory! A University of Pretoria post-graduate holder of Music Education, Patience specializes in musical arts education, curriculum development and learning programs in the attainment of theoretical and practical musicianship skills that have consequences for life today and tomorrow.

Patience uses various musical arts teaching and learning media to sustain the development and preservation of multicultural education as a means to promote socialization, tolerance and the appreciation of cultural arts diversity in the world. Patience has worked with universities and colleges in the US, Europe, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana as a musical arts education consultant and presenter.

Concerts during 2017

Dear Prospective Performers and Audience Members,

It with great sadness that I announce that a family member has been diagnosed with a cancer in February of this year. Most of  my time is devoted to her care (and to a great amount of travel across the country). Please forgive me if I have not responded to your inquiries. As SOON as it is possible, we will resume the concert series, but for now, they are on hold. My apologies and thank you for your understanding and patience.

Update: Sadly, dear mom passed away mid September. We will resume concerts, as soon as I am able, in 2018. Let’s make some joyful sounds in her honor!

3rd Annual Celtinalia Concert – Saturday, December 10th

Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor

We are thrilled to welcome back Celtinalia – Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor – for their 3rd annual holiday concert. Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season to bathe yourself in the soothing sound of harp and hammer dulcimer (and penny whistle, recorder, piano, mandolin and vocals). The concert is scheduled early enough so that you can still attend other holiday events that evening.

(* I will challenge Carl once again to wear his most holiday-festive Hawaiian shirt 🙂

Date: Saturday, December 10th

Optional Potluck: 3:00-4:00pm. Please bring some finger foods/appetizers and drinks to share.

CONCERT: 4:00pm until approximately 6:00pm. There will be an intermission between sets to allow for the purchase of CDs, to meet the musicians, and of course, to get more food and drink. Tis the season, after all! The concert ends early enough so people can still attend holiday parties etc.

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. No one turned away.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. Grab a spot while you can!

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668   mariannedecher@comcast.net

Syco Billy’s String Band, Saturday, October 22nd

It’s Syco Billy Time!!

syco-billys

Date: Saturday, October 22nd 

Optional Potluck: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH and a DRINK to share with others if you are participating in the potluck. We put the “luck” in potluck; bring whatever you would like but enough to share with others:)

CONCERT: 7:00pm onwards.

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. No one turned away.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. We max out at 30 people and we do expect this one to sell out. Reserve early!

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668  mariannedecher@comcast.net

Check out the band here. (I have seen them live. They are awesome!!)

http://www.sycobillys.com/

Promo video:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slocan Ramblers, Bluegrass Band Extraordinaire from Canada, Friday, August 5th

From Toronto, Ontario, Canada, via the RockyGrass Festival in Colorado, Slocan Ramblers will play an outdoor concert in LO on Friday, August 5th. Please see details of the concert and their accolades below.

Slocan Ramblers

Alastair on Bass, Frank on Banjo, Darryl on Guitar, Adrian on Mandolin

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocans have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans understand that if you polish up the music, you lose the raw excitement that makes it so vibrant.

On their sophomore album Coffee Creek (2015), The Slocan Ramblers blend lightning fast and devilishly intricate instrumentals with sawdust-thick vocals. In the liner notes, producer Chris Coole breaks it down: “What really impressed me while we were working on this album, was that, while they can pull off the precision and virtuosity that is at the backbone of bluegrass, they understand the power of the fragile moment in music.” On Coffee Creek, they’ve done this by staying true to the rough and rowdy roots of the music.

“I love it – smokin’ bluegrass!” – BBC Radio

Edmonton Folk Fest Emerging Artist Award – 2015 Recipient

Date: Friday, August 5th – outdoor concert. Please bring chairs or a blanket. Plenty of seating on back lawn. We will have a few chairs available.

Optional Potluck: 6:00-7:00pm. Please bring a DISH and a DRINK to share with others if you are participating in the potluck. We put the “luck” in potluck; bring whatever you would like but enough to share with others:)

CONCERT: 7:00pm onwards.

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. No one turned away.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. We would very much like to get a head count. However, bring as many friends as you can find!!

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668  mariannedecher@comcast.net

Multi-Instrumentalists: Sam and Joe Herrmann of Critton Hollow, Sunday, April 24

Coming all the way from West Virginia, Multi-Instrumentalists Sam and Joe Herrmann, also known as “Salmonjoe”, will play for House Concerts in LO. Sam and Joe will be teaching at the Annual Spring Fling Rendezvous camp for Hammer Dulcimers at Oral Hull and will then come to our house immediately afterwards to keep the good tunes going! See details below.

Salmon Joe Herrmann

Date: Sunday, April 24

Optional Potluck: 4:00-5:00pm. Please bring a DISH and a DRINK to share. We put the “luck” in potluck 🙂

CONCERT: 5:00pm onwards.

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. No one turned away.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. Grab a spot while you can!

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668  mariannedecher@comcast.net

 

ABOUT SAM AND JOE HERRMANN:

Since 1975, Sam and Joe have brought traditional American music to audiences throughout the United States, Canada, Ireland, and Scotland.  With fiddle, hammer dulcimer, banjo, and guitar, they tend a stable of songs from the first settlements of Appalachia to the best of contemporary American folk music.  They combine precise instrumentation, melodic interplay, and vocals to create a warm and engaging sound. Their repertoire includes songs that express a range of experience that can make you laugh or make you cry and occasionally do both at the same time, ballads that tell stories of bad men and disappointed lovers. Instrumentals that will make you want to get up and dance or sit back and listen.

Sam and Joe have played at numerous folk music venues, festivals, and concerts including Home Routes Canada, the Birchmere , the Kennedy Center, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Carter Family Fold, the Vancouver Folk Festival, Clearwater’s Hudson River Revival, and the Upper Potomac Dulcimer Festival.  They have appeared on radio shows such as Mountain Stage, Voices from the Mountains, and Live at the Birchmere, and on television shows such as Live at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Music from Home, and the Today Show.  They have 7 CDs: Gather ’round (2008), The Dulcimer Collection (2000), Cowboys and Indians (1995), Great Dreams (1988), By and By (1985), Sweet Home (1983), and Poor Boy (1979).

Celtinalia Concert – Saturday, December 12

Please join us for the last House Concert in Lake Oswego for 2015.

Celtinalia is comprised of Carl Thor (hammer dulcimer, piano, mandolin and vocals) and Jennifer Pratt- Walter (Celtic harp, recorder, tin whistle, mountain dulcimer and vocals). This concert was very well attended last year. It is a lovely respite amidst the holiday hustle and bustle. Please make a reservation early! Details below.

Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor

Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor

Optional Potluck: 3:00-4:00pm. Please bring some finger foods/appetizers to share. We will provide wine, beer, hot chocolate and apple cider.

CONCERT: 4:00pm until approximately 6:00pm. There will be an intermission between sets to allow for the purchase of CDs, to meet the musicians, and of course, to get more food and drink. Tis the season, after all! The concert ends early enough so people can still attend holiday parties etc.

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians. No one turned away.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. Grab a spot while you can!

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668   mariannedecher@comcast.net

Heart and Hammer Concert – Saturday, September 19th

Heart and Hammer will be with us again, here at House Concerts in Lake Oswego, on Saturday, September, 19th – on none other than International Talk Like a Pirate Day – Ahoy!! Please see details below.

From left to right:

Brad Price – plays incredible electric and acoustic guitar

Kerry Williams – more than just a crazy man, he plays a smokin’ hot mandolin

Donny Wright – may be one the finest bass players in the NW

Julianna Waters – Songstress and responsible for 95% of all our material and,

Barry Crannell – banjo, guitar, and obtuse semi-amusing comments.

Heart and Hammer are on the heels of their new self-titled CD. Join Julianna Waters and Barry Crannell, performing as they’ve only done once before (A Barry semi-amusing comment ©. These guys are pros!). This time, it’s a 5 piece band! Julianna plays ukulele, and is responsible for 99% of the band’s material. Barry, on guitar and clawhammer banjo, is the other staple, musically, and for twisted humor. Brad Price, an exceptional Telecaster player adds a dimension and polish to the creations of J&B in addition to some contributions of his own. Donny Wright, long time bass player with Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, adds a bass line that grounds the band in time and place. Last but not least, our long time friend and crazy awesome mando picker, Kerry Williams adds color, finesse and humor when he finds the opening. Combined, they give their songs the polish and support they deserve. All dressed up and somewhere to go. Come join the party/potluck – it’s good for you. 🙂

Optional Potluck: 6:30-7:30pm. Please bring a drink and a dish to share. You may attend the concert without coming to the potluck, but why would you want to miss dessert and fun people?

CONCERT: 7:30pm

Cost: **Suggested** donation of $15 – $20 per person. All proceeds go to the musicians.

Location: In Lake Oswego – info furnished when you make a reservation. Reservations can always be changed. Grab a spot while you can! **We will be indoors for the concert; therefore, this venue is best for children over the age of 10.**

Reservations/Questions/Information: Marianne Decher

503-348-2668 mariannedecher@comcast.net