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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

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, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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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, Tickets: $20, Student/low income: $15

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Sunday, October 22

Hootenany

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

Thursday, October 26

Storytelling Event - Dark Tales

7:00 PM

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. We had a very fine concert with them several years ago.

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. Tonight a special guest, a fine NW performer Alicia Healey will join them. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, November 4

Larry Murante & Terry Holder

Terry & Larry An evening of songs and stories not to be missed! Terry Holder Duo and Larry Murante two northwest favorites bring their award winning songs back to Traditions. Gifted with a voice to break your heart and with a touching display of emotive vocals, Terry Holder weaves her songs from the heart and soul. Accompanied by her talented husband Jerry on guitar and harmony vocals, this powerful and talented duo has become a national favorite in the coffeehouse circuit. Larry Murante’s beautifully woven stories about every day folks, set to song combine compassionate, socially conscious lyrics and an upbeat, joyful, energetic folk/rock style. Larry is known for his soaring, mellifluous, tenor, a strong rhythmic guitar style and an engaging stage presence. Both artists are celebrating their 4th critically acclaimed CD releases. Don’t be surprised if they don’t share the stage on a few songs!

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

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Friday, November 10

The Heartsparkle Players

Heartsparkle PlayersStories of Courage, Compassion and Resilience, in collaboration with the Pierce County Aids Foundation Olympia. Through education and service they work to prevent HIV infection, assist persons affected by HIV/AIDS, addresses related health problems, and combat associated stigma and discrimination. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, November 11

David Maloney

DavidDavid returns to Traditions this year as a solo performer after a number of great years with the duo Reilly & Maloney. This evening will feature his new CD release "My Father's Shoulders". Many of you should be familiar with this veteran singer/songwriter who has twice been nominated for a Grammy.

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

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Wednesday, November 15

Poetry event - November

Local poet Joanne Clarkson is the featured reader for the Olympia Poetry Network’s monthly event. Clarkson’s full-length poetry collection “The Fates” won Bright Hill Press’ annual contest and was published in June 2017. Her chapbook “Believing the Body” was published by Gribble Press in 2014. This year her work has been featured in the WA129 Poet Laureate Anthology, Blue Heron Review, Catamaran, Edge, Modern Poetry Review, Santa Fe Literary Review, the Ice Cream Anthology from World Enough Writers and the We’Moon Datebook for 2018. She has been the recipient of a GAP Grant from Artists Trust and a NEH grant to teach poetry in rural libraries. An Open Mic will precede her reading. This program is free. Text or call 360-701-2030 for more information.

6:30 PM

Saturday, November 18

The Downtown Mountain Boys

The Downtown Mountain BoysThis is stellar group of Seattle area musicians with traditional bluegrass harmonies and instrumentals. Don't miss them. Take three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, add dazzling instrumental firepower, and you have the sound of The DownTown Mountain Boys. Ian Fox of Arches Magazine reviewing their last album says. " Harmony. It has a few definitions, but any way you use it, no word better describes the DownTown Mountain Boys’ latest album, Heartland. Each of the Boys is an accomplished musician in his own right, but together they become an exemplary classic bluegrass group." Visit the website.

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, November 25

Albanie Falletta & the Sweet Tooth Serenaders

Sweet Tooth SerenadersThis trio of Albanie, Ben Bonham, and Ronnie Ontiveros is joined by special guest, guitarist extraordaire Vince Brown. Of Albanie, jazz musician from New Orleans it is said “..Her guitar playing and singing are sublime expressions of her deep love for music. Her great wealth of spirit and personality beams through her every note... Making music with her comes so very naturally; it’s always a refreshing and invigorating experience no matter what band, genre, style, or occasion.” - Ryan Gould (Austin, TX string bass and early jazz expert)

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

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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, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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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, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, December 16

3 Play Ricochet

3 Play Ricochet plays Americana — traditional and modern acoustic music (bluegrass, ragtime, old-time, blues, country, jazz,...) with humor, taste, and passion! What else are they saying about 3 Play Ricochet? "Able to go from an old-time classic to a bluegrass stomp to a heart-rending country ballad in the blink of time's eye, 3 Play Ricochet tells the musical truth. Accomplished musicianship and the ability to strike to the heart of a song combine to make for delighted audiences and listeners. Highly recommended!" –Joe Newberry, The Jumpsteady Boys

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

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, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Saturday, January 6

Steve Luceno et al.

Steve and ReuelThe band will be Steve Luceno Guitar, Lorree Gardener string bass, Steven Bentley drums, Ariel Calabria piano (same band that played Wa Center Balck Box Jazz on Oct 27, 2017). All members of this ensemble are well known as performing musicians in the Salish Sea Region. All of them are also composers, and the music will be original jazz with personalized twists.

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

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Saturday, January 13

LaVon Hardison

LaVonLaVon gives wonderful renditions of jazz standards and and her own eclectic and compelling arrangements of popular songs. Tonight her ensemble includes some very fine NW musicians...PLU's David Deacon Joyner on piano, Jeff Busch on drums, and Osama Afifi on bass

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

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Thursday, January 18

SVER

SVERSVER play grand Norwegian folk music with relentless energy and seductive spark taking you on a fantastic musical journey guaranteed to excite you. Ranging from the very dreamy to a swinging, pounding and sweaty madness – you are invited to the party, greeted by a welcoming primal force that pulls you into the dance. Visit the website.

7:30 PM

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Saturday, January 20

Baby Gramps

Baby GrampsThe Van Gogh of Americana Music Baby Gramps mixes the myth-making mystique of a traveling troubadour of the past with an incredible array of musical influences ranging from the blues, folk, country, jazz, ragtime, sea shanties and other sounds from around the world. According to Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Baby Gramps is one of the 50 most influential musicians of the last 100 years.  Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys a two-CD set produced by Hal Willner and Johnny Depp, brought the name Baby Gramps into the homes of those who bought the collection for its rare and one-off Bono, Sting, Nick Cave, Rufus Wainwright, Richard Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Martin Carthy, and others. Yet, with all that star power, it was the Gramps track, “Cape Cod Girls” that got top billing (side one, cut one). He’s also the artist they sent to The Late Show with David Letterman to plug the CD. This motley crew including Baby Gramps, Tim Robbins (actor), and Shane McGowan took the CD on tour in England, Ireland, and Australia. In recent years Baby Gramps participated in 7 films including a jug band documentary, a “Louie Louie” documentary, and an update of the academy award nominated film “Streetwise”.

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

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Saturday, January 27

Bill Evans

Alan and Bill

7:30 PM

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Sunday, February 11

Derek Gripper

DerekWe are proud to present South African guitarist Derek Gripper. His ninth album, One Night on Earth: Music from the Strings of Mali, was released late in 2012. Recorded at an all-night session the album magically conjures anew a centuries-old ancient African musical heritage, interpreting kora compositions (21 string harp) on solo guitar, a feat which classical guitar legend John Williams said he thought was “absolutely impossible until I heard Derek Gripper do it.” When Kora maestro Toumani Diabate heard these recordings he asked his producer Lucy Duran to confirm that she had actually seen one person play this music on just one guitar. He immediately invited Derek to collaborate with him in Mali, an invitation which saw Derek performing at the Acoustik Festival Bamako in early 2016, the first international festival held in Mali since 2012. Visit the website.

7:00 PM

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Friday, February 16

Jim Malcolm

JimAward-winning Scottish folk performer Jim Malcolm has garnered many fans in Olympia. He returns from across the waters with his infectious humor, his fine songwriting and singing, and his deft guitar playing. He routinely gets reviews such as these, "Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning"- Mojo or "A master of well chosen words and melodic inventiveness." Rock and Reel

7:30 PM

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Saturday, February 17

Jim Malcolm

JimAward-winning Scottish folk performer Jim Malcolm has garnered many fans in Olympia. He returns from across the waters with his infectious humor, his fine songwriting and singing, and his deft guitar playing. He routinely gets reviews such as these, "Quietly, unforcefully and undeniably stunning"- Mojo or "A master of well chosen words and melodic inventiveness." Rock and Reel

7:30 PM

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Friday, February 23

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

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Thursday, March 1

John McCutcheon

John McCutcheon Referred to as folk music's renaissance man for his instrumental abilities, his singing and songwriting, storytelling, and as an activist and an author this evening's performance will cover a very wide array of music and styles as John accompanies himself on banjo, guitar, hammer dulcimer, piano, and fiddle. "The most impressive instrumentalist I've ever heard."ť Johnny Cash

7:30 PM

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Saturday, April 14

Andrew Finn Magill & Brazilian Violin Trio

Andrew Finn MagillAndrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, spending every summer at the Swannanoa Gathering Folk Arts Workshops learning fiddle from some of the finest folk musicians in the world. By age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare, and produced a Fulbright-MtvU-funded concept album, Mau a Malawi, with Malawian Afro-vibes artist Peter Mawanga, about those affected by AIDS. He currently resides in Rio de Janeiro, where he is a sought-after violinist in Brazilian styles and leads O Finno, his own quartet of choro musicians. "Andrew Finn Magill is a leading fiddler in a new generation of musicians. He plays with incredible versatility and is accomplished in a variety of styles." - Martin Hayes

7:30 PM

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