Advance ticket sales available for performances.

Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Wednesday, July 18

Poetry night

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6:30 PM, None

Sunday, July 22


An open sing-a-long of favorite songs from the 60's on up to the current day. A number of performers present songs and Holly Gwinn Graham hosts the event.

2:00 PM, None

Saturday, July 28

Poetry with Jeanine Hall Gailey

7:00 PM

Monday, July 30

Peace Walkers

7:00 PM

Saturday, September 8

Alberto Cumplido & Gwen Franz

Multi-faceted masters of their instruments, Chilean guitarist Alberto Cumplido and Pacific Northwest violist Gwen Franz bring a varied buffet of music to this concert. Items on the menu include beautiful arrangements of Bach violin sonatas, a sampling of jazz tunes, folk songs by Benjamin Britten, and the North American premier of Alberto’s new piece, El Mito de Sisifo, written especially for this duo. Something for everyone at this show!

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

Friday, September 21

Michael Jerome Browne

MichaelWe are happy to present for the first time a Traditions three-time Canadian Folk Music Award winner (Traditional Singer, 2015; Solo Artist, 2012 & 2008), Maple Blues Award Winner (with 30 nominations since 1999), Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Finalist, Four-time Juno Award Nominee in both the Roots/Traditional and Blues categories- MJB is a multi-instrumentalist, a songwriter, and a living encyclopedia of American Roots music. "Can’t Keep A Good Man Down" is the new album on Borealis Records, available November 2016. It is a compilation of traditional acoustic blues culled from his albums going back to 1998. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, September 23

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.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Saturday, October 6

Scott Ainslie

ScottThis acclaimed veteran musician comes to us for a first time from New England. Scott came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power. Armed with a variety of instruments - vintage guitars, a fretless gourd banjo, a one-string, homemade diddley bow (aka cigar box guitar) and carefully chosen historical personal anecdotes of his encounters with senior musicians across the South Ainslie brings the history, roots music, and sounds of America alive. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, October 13

Gypsy Soul

Gypsy Soul"Authentic" and "excellent" are the words most often used to describe The Gypsy Soul Experience. Like its creators, Gypsy Soul's performances are much like fine fusion cuisine... Italian, Irish, South African and Ukrainian to be precise. As with any work of art, their music is born from heartache, struggle, love and determination brewing with many textures, nuance and flavors. Their message is both universal and intimate, familiar yet otherworldly. Their soulful blend of Roots Rock, Blues and Jazz helps inform both their message and sound. Gypsy Soul began 20 years ago in Scotland when Roman Morykit (UK) and Cilette Swann (Canada/USA) made a promise to each other to make both their living and their lives from their art. They call their shows, "Around The World With Gypsy Soul" Over the past two decades, Gypsy Soul has had a Top 40 hit with 'Silent Tears' and has won numerous songwriting and performance awards including the International Acoustic Music Awards, Just Plain Folks and the Independent Music Awards among others. The duo has opened for artists such as The Doobie Brothers and Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians, has been featured on compilations with Shawn Colvin, Keb Mo and Aimee Mann, and has had their music placed in hit TV shows and motion picture films such as Providence, Felicity, 90210, Roswell, After Sex and Quick Sand among others.

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 19

The Fretless

The FretlessThe Fretless is a new approach to folk music that is quickly gaining high acclaim around the world. This unique band is taking string music to fascinating places as it transforms fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements. In November 2011, Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle), Ivonne Hernandez (Fiddle), Eric Wright (Cello) and Trent Freeman (Fiddle) got together for the first time on Vancouver Island to start rehearsing this project. After 10 days straight of writing, arranging, practicing and an absurd amount of tea, The Fretless emerged as a band. With the release of their debut album Waterbound in early 2012, the quartet grabbed the attention of critics and fans across many genres. After a busy year of touring and getting airplay they won 3 awards, Instrumental Album of the Year at the Western Canadian Music Awards, and at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Ensemble of the year, and Instrumental Group of the Year. We welcome them for a 1st show at Traditions. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Friday, October 26

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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Friday, November 16

Cosy Sheridan

CosyCosy Sheridan has been called "one of the era's finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters." She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival's NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. She has released nine CDs, her music is featured in the Robert Fulghum multi-media novel The Third Wish and she tours consistently throughout the US. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology (meet Hades the Biker), love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women. Throughout this journey, her lyrical dexterity is backed by her distinctive, percussive bluesy-gospel guitar style.

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

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Saturday, November 17

The Righteous Mothers

The Righteous Mothers Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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