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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Friday, March 29

Golden Bough

Golden BoughGolden Bough has come many times over the years. This show is entitled "America Bound" which takes the audience on a musical journey from the Old World to the New. The influence of Celtic music and culture on the American way of life cannot be underestimated. From old folk-songs of the Irish and Scottish countryside to Irish-American music hall numbers, Golden Bough paints a musical picture of the struggles, sufferings, joys and successes of the Irish and Scots in America and shows how these folk songs evolved into American standards.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, March 30

Lisa Ornstein & Dan Compton

Lisa and DanWe welcome back hometown fiddle virtuoso Lisa Ornstein and Portland guitarist-singer Dan Compton for a concert that you won't want to miss. Lisa and Dan are masters of their craft, and are well known as mentors to many Northwest musicians (think The Reds and Sassafras Sisters). Their repertoire is sourced directly from the musical heartlands of Quebec, Ireland, and Appalachia, and you’ll hear stories of Lisa’s kitchen visits from a lifetime of tune-catching, served up with a side order of great songs and original tunes that spring from these traditional wells. Dan's amazing DADGAD guitar playing provides an imaginative approach to the tunes that with Lisa’s powerful playing, is dazzling.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, April 7

Jazz Jam

The Jazz Jam is regularly the 1st Sunday of the month. A fine rhythm section of piano, drums, and bass will play throughout the jam with the musicians who sign up to play. Although the jam is free, donations for that rhythm section are gladly accepted.

2:30 PM, None

Friday, April 12

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterThis is Me! – This month we feature the Thunders and collaborate with People First of Thurston County whose mission is to empower adults with developmental disabilities to become involved in their community and to impact service systems.

7:30 PM, Donation $7 - $12 (no one turned away)

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Saturday, June 8

Claudia Schmidt

ClaudiaClaudia's coming back to Traditions, and we have learned to expect anything at one of her concerts a hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her musicality is astonishing, and her joy and love of performing are contagious.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Friday, June 28

Greta Matassa with John Stowell, and Clipper Anderson

GretaIn the Pacific Northwest, where she built her career, Greta Matassa wins wide acclaim; four times, the readers of Earshot, the Seattle jazz magazine, have voted her the best jazz vocalist in the Northwest. Jim Wilke, the Seattle jazz maven and host of the syndicated "Jazz After Hours" radio program, praises her versatility. "She has a fearlessness in approaching material," Wilke says, "that makes her like an instrumentalist in a jam session." And Portland's luminary jazz guitarist John Stowell returns to Traditions. As Larry Corryell has remarked about John "John Stowell plays jazz, but he doesn't use any of the clich's; he has an incredible originality. John is a master creator." Clipper Anderson is a well-respected Seattle jazz bassist.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $12

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300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501
360-705-2819
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