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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Monday, June 26

Pollinator presentation and study group

7:00 PM, None

Tuesday, June 27

The Coming War on China, 2nd showing

The Green Party is sponsoring this free showing. John Pilger has spent two years making a documentary film, The Coming War on China, in which the evidence and witnesses warn that nuclear war is no longer a shadow, but a contingency. John Pilger is an award winning Australian film maker and a historian of war and the results of war on people. The greatest build-up of American-led military forces since the Second World War is well under way. They are in the northern hemisphere, on the western borders of Russia, and in Asia and the Pacific, confronting China.

7:00 PM

Friday, June 30

Roy Book Binder

Roy Book BinderRoy has the goods: the original, the bare-knuckle, the low-down . . . blues. Who can say they were friends with the Rev. Gary Davis, Pink Anderson and Robert Lockwood? And toured with Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Hot Tuna, JJ Cale & Bonnie Raitt ? Roy can. He has the stories, the licks, and the mystery of timeless music in his fingers. He’s been featured on a PBS special and interviewed by Terry Gross on “Fresh Air.” He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Friday, September 1

Ruaile Buaile

Ruaile Buaile are a young Irish based four piece modern day Trad / Pop / Folk group from Offaly in the heart of Ireland. The four friends Niall (vocals and guitar), Arthur (fiddle and banjo), Shane (vocals and bass) and Jack (Cajun and banjo) formed in 2011, and have been gaining support from music fans and festival goers across Ireland, UK, Germany, Holland, France, United Arab Emirates, and America to date. From a small start to the world stage in only a few short years Ruaile Buaile are set to become a household name on the festival scene around the world with their own style of high energy ground thumping Celtic beats with a little Irish charm and flare these four young award-winning musicians are setting the pace for some of the better known established acts to follow.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

Saturday, September 9

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle BonsaiSeattle super-harmonizers UNCLE BONSAI are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty. Singers Patrice O’Neill, Arni Adler and Andrew Ratshin (also the trio’s guitarist) present an often dizzying vocal relay of intricate harmony. The group aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider, in densely-packed lyrics that fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and holidays with family. The group returns to Traditions Fair Trade to perform songs from the upcoming release, "The Family Feast," along with old favorites. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, September 15

Hot Club Sandwich

Hot Club SandwichGreat string swing tonight with the return of Hot Club Sandwich to our stage. Performing from San Francisco to Seattle, New York to Fargo, at clubs, colleges, theaters and ballrooms, festivals and farmers markets, and on subways and street corners, Hot Club Sandwich has established itself as one of the leading Django-inspired bands on the Northwest's Gypsy jazz scene.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, October 14

Gypsy Soul

Gypsy SoulGypsy Soul is singer/lyricist, Cilette Swann, and multi instrumentalist/composer/producer, Roman Morykit. With 12 albums and 1.5 million downloads later, their music has also been featured in television shows such as Providence, Roswell, and Felicity among others. Their 2012 release, entitled, “The World Is My Country" received the Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song for their version of “Angel from Montgomery” as well as winning the runner up position in the International Acoustic Music Awards in the Folk/Americana/Roots category. THE SUNDAY SHOW has been cancelled

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 20

Bill Staines

BillThe legendary songwriter and performer returns to Traditions for another great evening of songs and music. "Bill Staines has been my hero since 1977. He carries on where Woody left off-carrying on the tradition of stories and characters you wish you knew.“ Nanci Griffith

7:30 PM

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Saturday, October 21

Choro das 3

Choro das 3We are so glad that this Brazilian family can return for a concert. We had an outstanding show with them when they were here. Choro das 3 is a Brazilian instrumental group of three sisters and their father that first started to play as a band in 2002. The music they play is called Choro, a form of urban jazz native to Brazil that shares a similar feel with New Orleans jazz or ragtime or bluegrass. They have performed around the world. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 27

The Tannahill Weavers

Tannahill WeaversThe Tannahill Weavers are members of the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording. This is a first visit to Traditions for this lauded band.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Saturday, October 28

The Righteous Mothers

The Righteous MothersA Traditions favorite that we always look forward to presenting. The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest’s foremost musical performing groups for nearly four decades. They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies. The Righteous Mothers grab hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams and Supreme Court decisions. They surprise and delight young and old, gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, November 4

Larry Murante & Terry Holder

Terry & LarryAward winning singer/songwriter Larry Murante returns to our stage, joined by acclaimed singer/songwriter Terry Holder.

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

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Friday, November 24

Tellabrations

This is an annual storytelling event sponsored by the Olympia Storytelling Guild in conjunction with storytelling events across the country. Storytellers: Margaret Allen Lott, Rebecca Hom, Billie Mazzei, Mitch Nelson, Eileen McKenzie-Sullivan and Randi Moe will be sharing their varied stories. MC will be Bruce “Bear” Whitehouse More information at southsoundstory.org or email info@southsoundstory.org

7:00 PM, None

Saturday, December 2

Dana Lyons

Dana and AnneThis is an annual December event with Dana. He is the singer/songwriter best known for his outrageous hit comedy songs “Cows With Guns,” “RV” and “Ride The Lawn.” “Every movement has its minstrel. The unions had Woody Guthrie. The peace movement had Phil Ochs. The environmental movement has Dana Lyons”. Captain Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Note that this concert will start at 7PM!

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 9

Bryan Bowers

BryanBryan visits us each December or January and provides us the opportunity to listen, to sing, and to laugh as the stories roll out from this long-standing and widely-lauded performer. His virtuosity on autoharp and rousing vocals take him all over the country.

7:30 PM

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Friday, December 22

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original “impressionistic” compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 23

Tingstad & Rumbel

Tingstad & RumbleWe welcome back Grammy-award winning musicians Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel for two holiday shows. Since 1984 Eric and Nancy have been combining their considerable talents into a musical duo that has produced numerous recordings, legions of fans, and anticipation for each live show. Eric evolved from electric rock guitar to an interest in classical and jazz to solo performing of his original “impressionistic” compositions. Nancy took her interest in wind instruments, oboe and ocarinas to play with the Paul Winter Consort and then to this duo, which has toured throughout the country. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, December 30

Jim Page & Orville Johnson

Jim & OrvilleJim Page is a long-time Northwest favorite. “Jim's been writing great topical songs for as long as I can remember, bringing his acute wit and wry humor to a host of subjects that can really use both. In the tradition of Woody and Dylan, he cuts right to the heart with music you actually enjoy listening to. I'm a longtime admirer.” - Bonnie Raitt

7:30 PM

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