Advance ticket sales available for performances.

Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Saturday, May 26

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: $15

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Sunday, May 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

Saturday, June 2

Holly Gwinn Graham

Holly Holly will honor dads, moms, teachers, children, and present issues in ways that will help keep us sane and cheer us. There will be originals galore, with some new and some classic Holly songs, too, from aerodynamic slugs to underwear. Come ready to sing and laugh. Family friendly. Holly always brings her great wit, her community activism, her fine singing of originals and jazz and folk standards with significant touches of theater including some new songs for a theater production she is creating make for great entertainment. She has these excellent musicians joining her...Julie Bennett on percussion and Barb Collins on violin and Hilary Lewis on backup vocals. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, June 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, June 5

Oly Songwriter Circle

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, June 6

The Lost Diaries of Eve and Adam

7:30 PM, Tickets: $10,

Thursday, June 7

Writing and Poetry Class Presentation

7:00 PM, None

Friday, June 8

Recital

7:00 PM

Saturday, June 9

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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Sunday, June 10

John Doyle

John and AnandiOver the years Irish born musician John Doyle has performed at Traditions as a superb individual performer as well as in collaboration with others (Karan Casey or Liz Carroll to note), so we are excited to have him return. Name many of the most notable recordings and/or performers in Irish music and it's a fair bet that John Doyle had something to do with them. Liz Carroll; Eileen Ivers; Karan Casey; Solas; Michael Black; Mary Black; the trio of McCusker, McGoldrick and Doyle; The Teetotalers (Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, John Doyle); and now Usher's Island (Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Mike McGoldrick, Paddy Glackin and John Doyle) - a veritible who's who of the greatest names in Irish music. These are just a very few of the stellar artists for whom John Doyle's signature guitar sound, singing or songwriting is essential. "Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now." Earle Hitchener, The Wall Street Journal

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

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Tuesday, June 12

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Tuesday, June 12

NOW Meeting

5:30 PM, None

Sunday, June 17

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

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

2:00 PM, None

Monday, June 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, June 20

Poetry night

Visit the website.

6:30 PM, None

Friday, June 22

Bat talk and walk at Capitol Lake

7:00 PM, None

Sunday, June 24

Albanie Falletta

AlbanieAlbanie Falletta is an early jazz and blues guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter living and playing full-time in New Orleans, Louisiana. She had the pleasure of meeting and hearing string bassist Ryan Gould over a decade ago, in Austin, Texas when she was playing gigs with her mentor Slim Richey. Albanie soon began leading her own swing band in Austin, of which Ryan was a formative member. After Falletta's relocation to New Orleans in 2013, their musical conversations have been few and far between, and this tour will be a very special reunion. Joining them Albanie and Ryan will be the amazing woodwind player and multi-instrumentalist, Lauryn Gould, another key player in the Austin early jazz scene.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $15, Student/low income: $10

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Sunday, June 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

Saturday, June 30

The Greg Blake Trio

Greg BlakeFrom his roots in West Virginia Greg brings us his trio with very fine bluegrass and gospel music and he has twice been nominated as Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year. "[Songs of Heart & Home] is a well conceived, nicely executed release with top-flight songs and excellent vocals and instrumental work. Highly recommended." - Bluegrass Unlimited, March '16

7:30 PM

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Friday, September 21

Michael Jerome Browne

We 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.

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

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