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Greetings friends and neighbors! Here is where you will find info about our upcoming house concerts. We are located in the town of Monroe/Alpine which is about halfway between Eugene and Corvallis. Most concerts start at 7:00PM with an optional potluck at 6:00PM. Sunday concerts are usually 3:00PM. We ask each attendee to donate $20. which all goes to the outstanding world class touring performers that we present.
We host a concert almost each month, but the days will vary as we ourselves are touring musicians. Our performer friends and colleagues are also on a tour schedule so sometimes we can only get them on a weekday. But every concert so far has been a full house and waiting list. We can seat about 63 people in our upstairs room. If you’d like early notification about each house concert we host just send me an email requesting to be on the house concert email list. I will send an email once a month, but sometimes they are sold out prior to that so it’s best to reserve seats early.
If you have questions or want to make a reservation for any of the upcoming shows, email me Lisa@LisaLynne.com Please state the date you wish to attend and how many seats to reserve. If its your first time here let me know and I will send all directions and parking info. See you real soon! Lisa & Aryeh
March 27 – WED 7PM – Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman (14 seats left as of 3/18) The celebrated virtuoso partnership of “the doyenne of Irish harpers” (SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY) and “one of the UK’s most staggering and influential acoustic guitarists” (ROOTS), has by now brought its special musical vision to venues large and small – from the tiniest of historic churches in England, Germany and Italy to palaces in Kyoto and Istanbul, London’s Barbican, Sydney Town Hall and the Philharmonie in Cologne – in twenty-two countries on five continents. Their performances – described by The Irish Times as “music of fire and brilliance from the high-wire act in traditional music” – are rooted but eclectic, emotional but adventurous: a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass and baroque, coupled with striking new compositions and Chris’s delightfully subversive wit. We are so very lucky they are stopping by on their tour.
Maire will be also giving a workshop for harpists on “Authentic Turlough O’Carolan” on March 27th from 1-3. $35. Location TBA. Register to attend with Sharon Thormahlen at:
April 13 – SAT 7PM – From Sweden – Dråm, – Nyckelharpa, Harp and more. (12 seats left) Magnificent musicians. Anna Rynefors & Erik Ask Upmark With their fresh and unique take on Nordic music, the Swedish musicians Erik Ask-Upmark and Anna Rynefors – known as “Dråm” – have taken the roots music community by storm. With charm and humour, they perform traditional Nordic music in a captivating way that speaks to audiences everywhere. They are both “riksspelmän” (a distinction awarded to the best players of traditional music in Sweden) and tour extensively in Europe as well as in America.
May 24 – Friday 7PM – James Kline – Harp Guitar Extraordinaire (as of 3/18 -20 seats left)
Classical guitarist, composer, singer-songwriter, innovator of the 19 string arch harp guitar, he studied in Spain under a full scholarship from the Spanish government. There he won a number of international awards, including the Ramirez Prize of Santiago de Compostella and the Tarrega Pize of Benicasim. He holds an ARCM diploma from The Royal College of Music of London and has performed throughout eastern and western Europe as well as the United States and Mexico. He was awarded an Individual Artist Grant in music composition from the Marin Arts Council of California. A modern day troubadour, his performances reflect a wonderful diversity of life experience and musical intrigue and are often punctuated with story telling.
You can come and go as you please during this exceptional music party. It will be wonderful musicians playing beautiful acoustic songs from the 60’s and 70’s. You can request any song you love and sing or play along from the lyric/chord books available. Even if you just want to be a listener, you are in for a real treat. Donation just $5 or $10 as we hire a professional guitarist to help us out for the trickiest parts. Not a dinner potluck this time but snacks & drinks are welcome.
July 18 – THURS 7PM – New World String Project We are back with our quartet! Since we played here last we have toured quite a bit and have quite a show with lots of new music and fun. A recent description – New World String Project brings together four mighty players who weave a shimmering sonic tapestry from Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Fiddler John Weed and guitarist Stuart Mason also play together in the long-running Celtic band Molly’s Revenge. And Celtic harp master Lisa Lynne, who gained international renown via recordings and tours with the label Windham Hill, often performs in a duo with NWSP-mate Aryeh Frankfurter, an expert on harp and Swedish nyckelharpa. Together, these intrepid string explorers take audiences on a thrilling, melodically exuberant musical ride.
August 23 – Friday 7PM – Noctumbule – Marla Fibish & Bruce Victor Our good friends Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor play traditional Irish and original music in a variety of compelling musical settings of a broad array of poetry. Marla is considered one of the leading champions of Irish mandolin and Bruce is an accomplished guitarist, a clinical professor of psychology and quite the comedian too. We adore them and their music — various guitars in varied tunings, mandola, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, tenor guitar — and their blended voices.
September 25 – WED 7PM – Peppino D’Agustino
Legendary Master of Finger Style Guitar A native of Italy, D’Agostino has made his international mark as a musical artist on the guitar since he arrived in America 33 years ago. In 2017 Guitar Player listed him as one of the 50 transcendent superheroes of the acoustic guitar. He has performed in more than 30 countries, at prestigious international festivals and has played in some of the world’s most important theaters. …”D’Agostino plays steel string guitar with virtuosity and complexity …Influences are as far flung as the flamenco work of Paco de Lucia and the pop sensibility of the Beatles, evident in the songs he’s written, which brim with memorable melodies.” Chicago Tribune
Our past concerts:
JAN 15, (Tuesday) 2019 – 7:00PM – The Fire Scottish Band
The Fire is a high energy pure-drop Scottish music band, with world class fiddling in combination with bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. The group includes, International Scottish Fiddle Champion Rebecca Lomnicky, multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, and Adam Hendey on guitar and bouzouki. Members of the trio have each spent copious amounts of time delving into the traditions of their respective instruments, with Rebecca and David having additionally lived and studied in both Edinburgh and the highlands of Scotland. They will stop here as part of their new album “Radience” tour. www.firescottishband.com
DEC 2018- Our Christmas concert party!
NOV 05 – 7:00PM (Monday) Maeve Gilchrist & Ken Murphy – (sold out) We are big fans of this extraordinary harpist from Scotland who is also our friend. She takes the harp to another level altogether. In this collaboration between two much sought after musicians and artistic directors, Maeve Gilchrist and Keith Murphy will bring their talents together in an unusually intimate and acoustic setting.
A native of Edinburgh, Scotland, Maeve is a familiar voice to the New England folk scene as a virtuosic harpist and vocalist who seamlessly weaves together contemporary textures, harmonies and driving rhythms into her traditional Celtic harp playing. Keith Murphy is well known as a multi-instrumentalist of extraordinary ability and a beautiful singer with a rare collection of songs from both sides of the Atlantic. This is sure to be a rare gem of a concert combining two musicians whose love of their respective traditions shines through every note they play. http://www.maevegilchristmusic.com
Sept 26 – 2018 7:00 PM – Na Rosai –
NA RÓSAÍ PERFORMS TRADITIONAL IRISH, APPALACHIAN, SCOTTISH, BRETON, AND OTHER CELTIC & FOLK MUSIC AND SONGS FEATURING FIDDLE, FLUTE, UILLEANN PIPES, BOUZOUKI, AND WHISTLES. THE BAND’S FOCUS HAS BEEN EXPLORING THE LINKS BETWEEN THE MUSICAL TRADITIONS OF THE CELTIC REGIONS AND NORTH AMERICA BY ARRANGING TUNES FROM THE TWO REGIONS WITH A TRADITIONAL SENSIBILITY. NA RÓSAÍ IS IRISH GAELIC FOR “THE ROSES” IN HONOR OF PORTLAND, THE CITY OF ROSES. Listen here http://www.narosai.com/music/
July 22 2018 3PM The New World String Project –
Extraordinary instruments and heartwarming music rooted in the Nordic, Celtic, and American folk traditions. Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, bouzouki, and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit and warm your heart.
June 23 – 7 to 10PM 2018 Musical Campfire – You can come and go as you please during this exceptional music party. It will be wonderful musicians playing beautiful acoustic songs from the 60’s and 70’s. You can request any song you love and sing or play along from the lyric/chord books available. Even if you just want to be a listener, you are in for a real treat.
May 16 -2018 7:00PM Richard Mandel and Gary O’Conner – An evening of music with virtuoso Irish fiddler, Gerry O’Connor and Bay area guitar legend, Richard Mandel. O’Connor has played and recorded with such highly-regarded groups as Lá Lúgh, Skylark, Planxty, Bothy Band, Boys of the Lough and Chieftains.
April 15 2018 – Two Shows~ 3PM and 7PM – Molly’s Revenge – Both shows almost sold out but we can squeeze a couple more. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees an enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA, and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves audiences shouting for more. More info here
March 21 – 2018 7:00PM Windborne – Vocal virtuosity rooted in folk music and cultures from around the world. Their dynamic concert programs include songs from Corsica, the Republic of Georgia, Bulgaria, Quebec, and Basque country, as well as traditional and original American folk music. They believe deeply in the power of music to change hearts. See more about them here.
Jan 14 – 2018 – Cabin Fever NW Performing as their quintet. Alternative Roots magazine says “Imagine Simon and Garfunkel singing with the Carter Family’s devotion”. Vibrant original songs performed with rich vocals and masterful instrumentation, Cabin Fever NW has wide crossover appeal for fans of bluegrass, singer-songwriter, Americana, country, pop and gospel. You can see more and hear them here.
December 13 2017 This night will be a special seasonal night with multiple performers on Celtic harps and more. Myself, Aryeh, outstanding harpist Laura Zaerr, Beatrice Rose will be gracing your ears with some of the most beautiful sounds and voices that will enchant you and inspire you. So be ready to get it in the spirit with us. Wednesday Dec 13, 7-9PM Optional potluck at 6:00. Suggested donation $15 a person.
Sept 2017 A two artist show! Each artist will do a set.
Innovative Celtic, Appalacian and ethnic style guitar and banjo. This eclectic and funny guy has creative new systems for playing guitar and banjo. I met him at a party and was taken with his humor and musical antics. He is quite a character and also an immigration lawyer. You don’t want to miss meeting him and enjoying his fun show.
More about Steve at www.CelticGuitar.com
Dave & Sharon Thormahlen
These are our good friends from Corvallis who are accomplished as both a multi-instrument musical duo and Dave makes of some of the finest harps you’ll ever hear. They play a fun and eclectic mix of music from many cultures and styles. Be ready for a fun evening of music. See more about Dave & Sharon here.
July & August 2017 was music by the campfire
Wonderful musicians playing beautiful acoustic songs from the 60’s and 70’s. You can request any song you love and sing or play along from the lyric/chord books available. Even if you just want to be a listener, you are in for a real treat.
June 2017-Noctumbule – Marla Fibish and Bruce Victor
May 2017 – Kate Power & Steve Einhorn
April 2017 – Evie Ladin & Keith Terry
MAR 2017 – Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter
FEB 2017 – Mason & Weed