Christina Tourin, Harpist – Private Lessons; Workshop

You won’t want to miss this chance to take a private lesson and/or workshop with the incomparable Christina Tourin.

Lessons – 1 hour, $50. First lesson begins at 10am. Final lesson slot is 1:00-2:00pm. More time may be added if there are enough sign-ups. Pay at the door.

Workshop3:30-5:00pm, $25. Please see the description in the flyer above. Pay at the door.

(Potluck Social 5:30-6:30. Concert at 6:30pm. Click the link embedded under “Concert”)

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.** 

Christina Tourin, Harpist, Thursday, March 12, House Concert Open to the Public


Evening House Concert with Christina Tourin. Open to the public. However, harp students who have attended the day’s lessons and/or workshop, have guaranteed seating. Reserve early, y’all!

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 5:30 – 6:30pm. 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: 6:30pm

*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** 

Meander, Saturday, March 28

MEANDER

Meander is:

Ama Bentley: vocals, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, banjitar

Erin Moreland: vocals, banjo, dojo, acoustic guitar, melodica, banjitar

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.

soundcloud.com/meander-duo

facebook.com/introvert.pop/

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

**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** 

Special Event: Lessons, Workshop and Evening Concert with Renowned Harpist: Christina Tourin

THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 2020:

Private lesson slots, a workshop and an evening concert, open to the public, with Christina Tourin.

Private, one hour lessons, at $50 per lesson, available with Christina from 10:00am until 1:00pm (Final lesson slot from 1-2pm).

Harp Workshop – please see details in flyer above, from 3:30-5:00pm. Cost of workshop: $25

HARP CONCERT, OPEN TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC, IN THE EVENING. Harp workshop participants will have guaranteed seating at the concert. We will max out at 35 audience members so please make reservations early.

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 5:30 – 6:30pm. 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: 6:30pm

*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** 

Upcoming Concerts in 2020

Happy New Year Everyone!

We’re going to start this New Year with an upgraded site and NO MORE ADS – alleluia! (Supposedly. Stay tuned) I never knew what car insurance and sweaty feet (ads) had to do with house concerts 🙂

A huge thank you to our daughter Teresa for spending HOURS on building a new website. I had to scrap that big of an upgrade and just deal with an upgraded WordPress site. Baby boomer, here, glazes over with too much technology.

More info will be added as we approach the following concerts, but here is an overview of what’s coming up:

***Reservations: https://houseconcertslo.com/f-a-q/ ***

Saturday, January 25: RICHARD COLOMBO AND LAURIE LINN

Potluck Social: 6-7pm. Concert: 7pm

Richard and Laurie’s music is heartfelt, honest, courageous and bold. Richard’s original compositions give a glimpse of a world that is not often visible.  Their repertoire spans across varying genres including folk, blues, jazz and The Great American Songbook.  Their beautiful voices and lush harmonies combined with their artistic and masterful guitar and ukulele arrangements are spot on.

Complete info here: Richard Colombo and Laurie Linn

February: Pending/Soloist

Saturday, March 28: MEANDER

Potluck Social: 6-7pm. Concert: 7pm

Meander

Meander is:

Ama Bentley: vocals, acoustic guitar, nylon string guitar, banjitar

Erin Moreland: vocals, banjo, dojo, acoustic guitar, melodica, banjitar

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.

Saturday, April 25: FINE COMPANY

MORE INFO COMING SOON!

Sunday, May 3: RONN MCFARLANE

Finger food potluck social: 2-3pm Concert: 3pm

Ronn McFarlane

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

This post will be updated with more info SOON.

Reservations:

Marianne Decher

mariannedecher@comcast.net (preferred)

503-348-2668

When you make a reservation (which can always be changed), I will send a confirmation email with ALL the info. We don’t publish that on the website so that we can keep an accurate headcount. You are not “in” until you (and the folks in your party via your email) receive a confirmation email.

We sound so strict. We’re really not that strict.

Easy going concert hosts – for real

Richard Colombo and Laurie Linn, Saturday, January 25, 2020

Richard Colombo & Laurie Linn

After successfully building a thriving non-profit music community, Richard bid farewell to Artichoke Community Music in 2014 to pursue songwriting, performing and building a new space closer to home, where he could continue to teach, inspire and be inspired by the community he loves.  He built Bella Musica Song House, a beautiful performance and teaching space on his North East Portland property where he currently hosts house concerts, classes and workshops.  During this time he founded the Portland Ukulele Choir where he met Laurie Linn, a gifted singer, visual artist and teacher, a student of life, a lover of dragonflies…but most of all a believer in possibility. 

Richard and Laurie felt an immediate connection and were brought together through their lifelong love of music.  Since 2015 they have been entertaining their audiences with their engaging style of performance.  In 2017 they released “Once In A Lifetime Friend” a CD of twelve original songs penned by Richard.   

Together they elevate their music to new heights and invite their audience along for the journey.  Their music is heartfelt, honest, courageous and bold and Richard’s original compositions give a glimpse of a world that is not often visible.  Their repertoire spans across varying genres including folk, blues, jazz and The Great American Songbook.  Their beautiful voices and lush harmonies combined with their artistic and masterful guitar and ukulele arrangements are spot on.  A night with Richard and Laurie will leave you with the feeling of hope and wanting more.

For more information and music samples: www.richardcolombo.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

**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** 

Heart, Hammer, and Stone Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

Barry Crannell

Julianna Waters
Greg Stone

Heart, Hammer, and Stone

Hey everyone! We’re back and ready to do a real live house concert after an elongated vacation. Julianna Waters has since graduated with her MFA in Creative Writing and managed to slip in some songwriting – because she can. I (Barry Crannell) have been working on my guitar and banjo technique/repertoire for the past couple years, and we’ve added some banjo friendly covers to change up our repertoire a little. We are lucky enough to have Greg Stone in our midst singing songs, playing guitar, and adding general frivolity and mayhem to the show.

Greg Stone has been a guitarist and singer in the Portland area for the last 20 years. A local staple in the bluegrass community, he teaches privately, and is the founder of a bluegrass class every Saturday in SE Portland called Taborgrass  http://www.taborgrass.com/p/music.html.  He and Barry have been playing together for many years and produce a variety of acoustic music. From old-time, to bluegrass, to Celtic fiddle tunes, their partnership has produced some wonderful music, and lots of “only found in rehearsal” laughs.

Somehow, I think we’ll manage to have a great time. Between the beautifully executed songs, oddly named fiddle tunes, and unexpected train wrecks, I think we’ll all come out unscathed.

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:30 – 7:30pm. If attending, please bring enough food and drink to share with at least 4 people.

CONCERT: 7:30pm

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

**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** 

Celtinalia, Sunday, September 29

It was 96 degrees here in Lake Oswego today, so let’s look forward to some fall house concerts!

Jennifer Pratt-Walter and Carl Thor

Celtinalia brings together two performers with many years of diverse musical experience. Jennifer Pratt-Walter, of the Celtic Muse duo, provides Celtic harp, recorder, tin whistle, percussion and vocals. Carl Thor, of Talisman, adds hammered dulcimer, keyboard, mandolin and vocals. Jennifer and Carl have known each other for years, but only recently began performing together outside of their church community. Together, they create music to lighten the spirit and feed the soul. Audiences are loving the transcendent quality of their music — and clamoring for a recording!

Available for performance at festivals, wineries, cafes, church services, retirement communities, weddings and other special occasions, Celtinalia weaves a varied and satisfying program of music ranging from the 14th century to the present day.

Whether from the concert stage or at the bedside of the dying, Jennifer communicates her reverence for life, her instrument, and music with her hands, searching to define and transcend human experience. Her musical background includes band, choir, and madrigal performance, study of harp, piano and fretted dulcimer, and 20 years performing with Valerie Blessley in the Celtic Muse duo. Her repertoire includes Celtic, Early, contemporary, original, and light classic pieces, and she shares her love of the Celtic harp through her teaching studio in Vancouver, WA.

Carl paints evocative images in sound on the hammered dulcimer and recalls an earlier era with his songs and piano compositions. Involved in music since childhood, during the past 20 years he has performed with Talisman, Cascade Crossing, Hands4, the Portland Megaband, and in collaboration with a variety of other musicians. Though his repertoire centers in the Celtic traditions, he has performed in marching bands and choirs, played music from jazz to Scandinavian, and produced electronic music. He teaches hammered dulcimer, piano, and electronic music.

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 2:00-3:00pm. Please bring a DRINK to share – lemonade, tea, wine (is always a hit!), beer – whatever you fancy. Because someone is having a birthday the next day, we will provide light snacks and a cake! If you would like to bring along any finger foods to share, go for it, but it is not required.

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

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 🙂

Final Summer Concert – Dirty Cello – Thursday, August 8, 2019

DIRTY CELLO

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
“When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Nick Diamantides, Ashland Daily Tidings.

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times

Devil Went Down To Georgia

Head over Heels

I’m Going Home

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:00pm. If attending, please bring enough food and drink to share with at least 4 people.

CONCERT: 7:00pm

Weather-permitting, concert will be outdoors. We can comfortably seat 30 people on the back deck. Pssst – reserve early!

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

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 

Final Summer Concerts, 2019

The Musers – Saturday, July 27, 2019

The Musers – a fun group!
The Musers

The Musers foot-stomping, high energy performances are punctuated by laughter, dancing feet, and infectious grooves.  Their sister-like blend of soaring harmonies, multi-instrumental arrangements, and sassy cover tunes set The Musers apart from other groups.  Their original “Free Range Folk” spans a variety of acoustic styles including Bluegrass, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Gospel, Irish, and Appalachian, all served up with verve and heart.

**Concert will be outdoors on the back deck. We will provide chairs.**

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:30-7:30pm. We put the “luck” in potluck. Please bring a DRINK and a DISH (enough to feed at least 4) to share. Joining the potluck is optional but highly encouraged.

CONCERT7:30pm 

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

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.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

DIRTY CELLO

From China to Italy, and all over the U.S., Dirty Cello brings the world a high energy and unique spin on blues and bluegrass. Led by vivacious cross-over cellist, Rebecca Roudman, Dirty Cello is cello like you’ve never heard before. From down home blues with a wailing cello to virtuosic stompin’ bluegrass, Dirty Cello is a band that gets your heart thumping and your toes tapping!
“When lead guitar is replaced by the sound of hot licks on a cello, blues, rock and bluegrass rise to a new dimension. Dirty Cello — a four-piece band from San Francisco — makes its style of string music to inspire audiences to swing, sway and dance.” Nick Diamantides, Ashland Daily Tidings.

“Dirty Cello’s music is all over the map: funky, carnival, romantic, sexy, tangled, electric, fiercely rhythmic, and textured, and only occasionally classical.” Lou Fancher, Oakland Magazine.

“The group seamlessly careens from blues to bluegrass and rock in a way that really shouldn’t make sense but somehow does.” LA Times

Devil Went Down To Georgia

Head over Heels

I’m Going Home

OPTIONAL POTLUCK: 6:30-7:30pm. We put the “luck” in potluck. Please bring a DRINK and a DISH (enough to feed at least 4) to share. Joining the potluck is optional but highly encouraged.

CONCERT: 7:30pm 

SUGGESTED DONATION: – $15-$20. 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

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