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

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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

Heart and Hammer, Saturday June 6 – Postponed until fall

Update as of Wednesday, June 3rd – As supernaturally awesome as these musicians are, they are mortals after all and do occasionally become ill. The Saturday concert has been cancelled but we are looking forward to rescheduling for the summer or fall. Stay tuned – pun intended – and send good thoughts to all the band members.

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 perform as they’ve only done once before. 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: 6:30-7:30. 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 onwards Cost: **Suggested** donation of $20 per person. No one turned away. Donate what you can. 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

Looking at 2015

After an overwhelmingly busy few months, I’m finally back to updating this site.

We were so fortunate to have Dan Compton, Fran Slefer, Bryan Owens, and Nina Lane here with us on November 22nd. They played Celtic and World Music featuring guitar, fiddle, tenor banjo, mandolins, button accordion, bouzouki, clarinet and vocals. And it was a stellar concert.

The year finished out with Carl Thor and Jennifer Pratt-Walter, featuring Celtic harp, hammer dulcimer, tin whistle, recorder, vocals and piano. I was mightily surprised that so many people showed up on December 13th, when normally the holiday rush takes over. This, too, was an awesome concert.

Even though I no longer play the hammer dulcimer – and it IS for sale if you are looking for a gently used starter model – I hosted the hammer dulcimer jam at my house on January 24th. We had a good turnout and fun was had by all. This jam is open to ALL instruments if you’d ever like to join in or just come over to listen. We currently have 3 homes in which the jams take place on a rotational basis in Lake Oswego, West Linn and Portland.

***LOOKING AHEAD THIS YEAR*** – house concerts will be predominantly outdoors during the summer months. If you have suggestions of performing artists or are one yourself, please contact me. I’m looking at 1 to 2 concerts a month from approximately June – October, weather permitting.

MANY THANKS to the awesome musicians and audience members who, during our first year in 2014, helped fulfill the mission of “community through music”. We sang, clapped, danced, listened, applauded, performed, dined and laughed together. And it just doesn’t get any better than that!

 

Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson – 9/20/14 – Archive

On a warm, sunny afternoon, followed by a clear, starlit night, Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson graced us with their fabulous music at an outdoor concert on the back deck. It was truly a magical evening.

House Concerts are such serious business. Mick Doherty (L), Kevin Shay Johnson (R)

House Concerts are such serious business. Mick Doherty (L), Kevin Shay Johnson (R)

Kevin Shay Johnson

Kevin Shay Johnson

Mick Doherty

Mick Doherty

 

Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson

Mick Doherty and Kevin Shay Johnson

Thank you to Annie Haynes for the pictures!!