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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
*SUGGESTED* DONATION: – $15-$20 per person. ALL proceeds go to the musicians. Thank you for supporting LIVE music.
RESERVATIONS: – Please email, text or call:
firstname.lastname@example.org(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!
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.
*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)
Genre labels: Introvert Pop; Singer/Songwriter; Contemporary Folk
Like Nick Drake and Suzanne Vega interpreting Morrissey in the style of Simon and Garfunkel if they were from the 80s instead of the 60s and Garfunkel played banjo.
Meander is a songcrafting acoustic duo based in Portland, OR. They make sweet, melancholy, original music; filled with lush harmonies and unconventional arrangements. The sound is at once closely intimate and larger than one might expect from just two musicians.
Ama and Erin have played together for about 20 years, and have the kind of completing-each-other’s-sentences musical connection that can’t be conjured overnight.