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January 2020

Kalos – Friday, January 24

Ryan McKasson, Eric McDonald and Jeremiah McLane are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. The narrative power of McDonald’s vocals joins the darker riffs of McKasson’s fiddle and McLane’s soulful accordion. ...
24 Jan
7:30 pm
Red Tail Ring

Red Tail Ring – Saturday, January 25

New to the Traditions stage, Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. ...
25 Jan
7:30 pm
Grant Gordy and Ross Martin

Grant Gordy & Ross Martin with James Mason & Vince Brown

Grant Gordy and Ross Martin are two of acoustic music’s most forward-thinking virtuoso guitarists, both of whom have deep backgrounds in the American musical vernacular. The opening set will feature violinist James Mason with Olympia’s own Vince Brown on guitar. ...
31 Jan
7:30 pm
February 2020
Jim and Susie Malcolm

Jim and Susie Malcolm – Friday, February 7

Jim Malcolm, the ultimate Scots troubadour, returns to Traditions with a delightful surprise – his wife Susie, an award-winning traditional singer herself, will join him on our stage for a fine evening of traditional and original songs from Scotland. ...
07 Feb
7:30 pm
Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe – Saturday, February 8

Join us for this wildly popular show starring Bradford Farwell (fresh from “Indecent” at Seattle Rep), as he brings Poe’s life and obsessions to New Traditions. Farwell recreates an 1849 literary salon with a little help from local poets Don Foran, Linda Strever and Cindy Weinberg. ...
08 Feb
7:00 pm
Andrew Oliver and Jonathan Doyle

Andrew Oliver and Jonathan Doyle – Thursday, February 13

Pianist Andrew Oliver and clarinetist / saxophonist Jonathan Doyle present an evening of vintage jazz at Traditions. Both specialists in vintage jazz and roots music, Andrew and Jonathan will join forces for the first time, performing a variety of material from the 1920s and 30s. It will be an evening of stomps, blueses and swing from two unique stylists in the world of traditional jazz! ...
13 Feb
7:30 pm
I Draw Slow

I Draw Slow – Friday, February 21

Captivating Americana from the Emerald Isle. Dublin, Ireland’s I Draw Slow has already won the adoration of fans in their home country and North America by combining American folk and Irish storytelling traditions with close-harmony vocals, intriguing instrumentation and compelling subject matter. ...
21 Feb
7:30 pm
Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien

Dick Hensold and Patsy O’Brien – Sunday, February 23

Dick Hensold, a Northumbrian smallpiper, with Patsy O’Brien, a guitarist/vocalist from County Cork in Ireland, who used to tour as accompanist to uillean piper Paddy Keenan. An evening of songs and instrumentals, an eclectic traditional Celtic mixture of Scottish, Irish, Northumbrian and Cape Breton music. ...
23 Feb
7:00 pm
Scott Cossu and Holly Reeves

The Scott Cossu Duo – Saturday, February 29

Scott Cossu, composer, pianist, and recording artist, will perform pieces from his new CD, Memories of Water and Light. Just released from Heart Dance Records, it has already had complimentary reviews and airplay. Scott’s cellist, Holly Reeves, who recorded with him on this new album, will be joining Scott. Holly is the principal cellist of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra. ...
29 Feb
7:30 pm
March 2020
Corey Harris

Corey Harris – Saturday, March 14

Corey Harris is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and band leader who has carved out his own niche in blues. A powerful singer and accomplished guitarist, he has appeared at venues throughout the North America, Europe, Brazil, The Caribbean, West Africa, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. ...
14 Mar
7:30 am
Todalo Shakers

Todalo Shakers – Friday, March 20

What do five veteran performers of blues, jug band, jazz and old time music do for fun? Why, form a band and wail on their favorite 1920s party music! The Todalo Shakers specialize in vintage jug band party  blues, rags and stomps which sound like they are lifted right out of 1928 in Memphis, Tennessee. Complex and soulful vocal arrangements create rich and funky harmonies, and a great feeling of camaraderie. ...
20 Mar
7:30 pm
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