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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Sunday, August 27

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

Monday, August 28

Pollinator presentation and study group

7:00 PM, None

Friday, September 1

Ruaile Buaile

Ruaile BuaileRuaile 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. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, September 3

Jazz Jam

We are resuming the Jazz Jam for 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

Tuesday, September 5

Oly Songwriter Circle

7:00 PM, None

Friday, September 8

Jonell Mosser

JonesComing from Nashville we are proud to present Jonell Mosser who is a true musician's musician. I say "Don't you dare miss this concert!" because not only are her records first-rate, her performances powerful, but she has also been summoned to sing backup studio vocals for the likes of B.B. King, Trisha Yearwood, Etta James, Wynona, Rodney Crowell, Vince Gill, Waylon Jennings, Patty Smythe, A.J. Croce and Bruce Cockburn "Listen to Jonell Mosser just once in concert and you'll be an instant believer. She sings with all-out passion and heart. No frills. No games. Just a soulful intensity that makes you realize you're in the presence of the real thing...." Steve Morse, former staff writer at the Boston Globe and on the nominating committee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Joining Jonell will be Tom Britt on guitar. He is a Nashville icon besides being the guitarist for Vince Gill for the last 20 years. Joshua Hunt on drums is one of the best in Nashville and has worked a lot with Allison Krause and Jerry Douglas Brian Ward on piano is a Jazz Studies Piano Instructor at WSU and a staple of the PNW music community. Gaston Joya Perellada is one of the top bassist out of Cuba and has been the bassist for ChuChu Valdez for the past 5 years. And finally another well-known Northwest performer Jim Pribbenow will play saxophone. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, September 9

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle Bonsai Imagine what might happen if Tim Burton hijacked the Andrew’s Sisters en route to a Stephen Sondheim festival with The Beatles and Tom Lehrer in the sidecar; you’d get Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai. With just three voices and an acoustic guitar, Uncle Bonsai presents an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony. Their songs, dark and hilarious at times, just as often delight with moments of great insight and beauty. Now in it’s thirty-sixth year, this acoustic folk-pop trio tackles topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with the family. Join us as they debut songs from their latest album and ninth release, "The Family Feast: The Study of the Human Condition, First World Problems, and the Lasting Physiological and Psychological Effects of Eating Our Young," along with favorites from over 30 years of performing. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, September 10

Jung Society

7:00 PM, None

Sunday, September 10

Olympia Jazz Tentette

Some of Olympia's finest jazz wind instrumentalists will treat us to a free concert this afternoon.

2:00 PM

Sunday, September 10

Open Shape Note singing

Open to all who would like to sing in the shape note traditions

5:00 PM, None

Monday, September 11

Working Towards Health and Equity: Stories from Partners in Health in Sierra Leone

Join us to hear stories from the fight for better access to health care, and a more equitable world, from Sierra Leone, West Africa. Mara Kardas-Nelson is the Director of Community-Based Programs at Partners in Heath (PIH) in Sierra Leone. She will speak about PIH's work in the country, from its initial efforts in the fight against Ebola to its current work strengthening the country's health system. PIH's work is rooted in social justice, with the belief that the world's poorest also deserve the world's best healthcare. Mara will speak about the organization's community-based work with Ebola survivors, people living with HIV and TB, and the country's poorest and most marginalized. PIH’s project in Sierra Leone is part of the organization’s work in many different regions to support equitable health care at a time when international health care is being defunded and undermined.

7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 12

NOW Meeting

5:30 PM, None

Thursday, September 14

Thurston Climate Action Team

The Alliance for Jobs and Clean Energy The Alliance is advancing a statewide policy initiative for 2018 to reduce carbon emissions and build a clean energy future. The initiative would invest in clean energy, clean water, and healthy forests, by implementing a performance-based tax on major polluters, while providing investment for disproportionately impacted communities and a just transition for workers. Your help is needed to advance this initiative, and at this forum you can share your ideas and sign up as a volunteer.

12:00 AM, None

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

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Sunday, September 17

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

This is a 3rd Sunday monthly jam of bluegrass and acoustic musicians

2:00 PM, None

Monday, September 18

UkOlympians

This is a song circle for ukelele players and singers. All are welcome but it is not a performance.

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, September 20

Poetry night

Lena Khalaf Tuffaha, an American writer of Palestinian, Syrian, and Jordanian heritage, will be the featured reader. The event takes place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. An Open Mic will precede the feature. Tuffaha earned her MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. She is the winner of the 2016 Two Sylvias Prize for her chapbook Arab in Newsland. Her poems have been translated into Arabic, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, and Spanish. She has been published in International and American journals and nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. Learn more about her work at www.lenakhalaftuffaha.com. This event is free. For more information, call 360-701-2030. Visit the website.

6:30 PM, None

Friday, September 22

John Batdorf

John and AnandiJohn Batdorf is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community. In his five-decade career, he’s worked with icons such as Ahmet Ertegun, David Geffen, Clive Davis, Roger Birnbaum, Adele, James Horner, Jimmie Haskell, Bill Conti, Bob Ezrin, Tom Werman, Bill Halverson, America, Rod Stewart, Dave Mason, Donna Summer, Dwight Yoakum, David Lee Roth, and Motley Crüe, plus many others

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

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Sunday, September 24

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

Sunday, September 24

John Whelan

JohnJohn is one of the best Irish button accordion players living in the United States. His long and stellar career includes 15 CDs and 7 all Ireland championships, many of them classics of Irish music. He is also a prolific composer and teacher. John's music and spirit represent the best of Irish music.

7:00 PM

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Saturday, September 30

Kat Eggleston

KatKat has returned to the Northwest after quite a few years based and working out of Chicago. Kat receives rave review from many sources. “Kat Eggleston not only has the soul of a poet but the voice of an angel, not to mention that the lady can play a mean guitar.” Dennis Palkow, Chicago Tribune. Visit the website.

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

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Friday, October 6

Arts Walk

During Arts Walk celebrated all over town we will have free music with our annual Fall Fiddlefest. We have 6 acts of fiddle music up until 9PM. Here is the line-up. 6:00 The Burren Band Spirited and jaunty Irish jigs and reels. 6:30 The Bow Weevils Olympia’s newest band of young musicians who sing and swing American oldtime tunes. 7:00 Barbara Collins and Friends Fiddler extraordinaire plays her favorite tunes, and her own compositions. 7:30 The REDS Four energetic young musicians put their spin on tunes from Ireland, Scotland, Scandinavia, and North America. 8:00 Contra Quartet Riveting New England and American old-time dance tunes for fiddle, cello, percussion, and guitar. 8:30 Les Gens des Chutes Joyful French Canadian dance tunes from the South Sound's People of the Falls.

6:00 PM, None

Saturday, October 7

Nina Gerber & Chris Webster

Chris and NinaAfter carving a career out of what some might call the shadows, guitarist Nina Gerber is at last beginning to dare the light. Her first album as a leader, ‘Not Before Noon’ follows two decades which brought her to prominence without ever placing her name on the front of an album cover. Since her accompaniment of Kate Wolf first earned her recognition, her acute skills as performer, producer and arranger have continued to deepen. Her contributions to acoustic music have earned her a following as loyal as for the numerous high talents she has accompanied. A career that began nearly two decades ago as a teen-aged lead singer for one of California's best know regional acts (Mumbo Gumbo), Chris Webster boasts a successful resume highlighted by four solo releases (Drive, Now Playing, Something in the Water, My Name is Christine) and one amazing traditional Bluegrass/Americana recording (The Webster's "10,000 Miles) with her sister Cassie and renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard.

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

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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.

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 & 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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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.

7:30 PM

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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. 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, 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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Sunday, December 10

The California Honeydrops

California HoneydropsWe have the return of the California Honeydrops. We had a packed show the first time so don't miss a group who don’t just play music—they throw parties. Drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, and New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their live shows. They’ve taken the party all over the world: on their nine European tours, to featured slots at such premiere festivals as Monterey Jazz, High Sierra, and Outside Lands, and performances in 2013 supporting B.B. King, Dr. John, Buddy Guy, and Allen Toussaint. Visit the website.

7:00 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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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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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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