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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

Thursday, April 26

Dine Out for AIDS 2018

All day a portion of your purchases in the cafe will be donated for AIDS programs.

12:00 AM

Friday, April 27

Arts Walk

During Arts Walk celebrated all over town we will have art exhibits by Kaleidoscope Kids and the Olympia Community School and a photography exhibit. We will have free music with Irish music of Curlew's Crew from 6 to 7:30 and then eclectic world music on banjo and accordian from the duo Tsunami Pinata from 7:30 to 9:00. The Luminaria Parade happens around that time.

5:00 PM, None

Saturday, April 28

Arts Walk Procession Night

Artswalk continues all day and then the magical Procession of the Species happens in the afternoon. Visit the website.

4:00 PM, None

Sunday, April 29

Dylan Foley and Eamon O'Leary

Dylan and EamonDylan Foley is, as Brian Conway said, "One the finest Irish fiddlers of his generation.” A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, he has delighted audiences from Lincoln Center to the Austin Celtic Festival, and from the mayor’s Gracie Mansion in NYC to Irish Television. You can hear his passion for the music in his lively and fluid playing. Eamon O‘Leary is on guitar, bouzouki, vocals. He moved to New York City in 1991 and has been an instrumental Irish artist here in the U.S. since then. Eamon is a superb accompanist as well as singer-songwriter and respected interpreter of Irish traditional song.

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

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Friday, May 4

Molsky's Mountain Drifters

Allison, Bruce and StashGrammy nominated and Visiting Scholar at Berklee College of Music, Bruce Molsky, "one of America's premier fiddling talents" (Mother Jones) presents his new group and self-titled debut album "Molsky's Mountain Drifters" featuring two of the best next gen trad players, Allison de Groot (The Goodbye Girls) and Stash Wyslouch (Deadly Gentlemen). Bruce's previous collaborations include recordings with Anonymous 4, Mark Knopfler on Tracker, Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny's supergroup Mozaik, BBC TV Transatlantic Sessions with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and "David Holt’s State of Music" airing nationally.

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

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Saturday, May 5

Scott Cossu

ScottScott is an internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist. He was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago. He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founder Will Ackerman and Alex Degrassi, in their new label out of Palo Alto, California. Scott would affectionately call his music Heavy Mental or Cosmic National Geographic, even though he was one of the grandfathers of the New Age scene; he was labeled a 'jazz luminary of the future', by Billboard Magazine. Much of Scott's work exhibits departures from the New Age field and includes a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences. He has been nominated for a "Lifetime Achievement Award " by One World Music Radio, out of London, and also for "Best Piano Album with Instrumentation" with his latest recording "Safe In Your Arms " by the Zone Music Awards. Lonnie Mardis will be with him on guitar as well as some special guests. Visit the website.

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

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Sunday, May 6

Trio Brasileiro

Trio BrasileiroFormed in 2011, Trio Brasileiro quickly made a name for itself as an ensemble worthy of international attention. And, after four recordings and successful tours through Europe and North and South America, they are receiving more than their share of it. Among the many accolades, their 2017 recording with the brilliant Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, Rosa Dos Ventos, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album, and was named one of the top twenty jazz recordings of the year in the Downbeat Magazine Readers' Poll.

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

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Friday, May 11

The Heartsparkle Players

Heartsparkle PlayersComing Out of Darkness and Into Light. This month we collaborate with YouthSound. A state program that promotes the power and importance of youth voice. They believe that all youth have the right and ability to be empowered leaders in creating change in their lives, their communities and the systems that impact them. Through workshops, events and activities they provide safe places for youth to have fun, connect with their peers to explore the power of artistic expression in recovery. They promote peer support for youth by creating opportunities for partnership, training and education and through advocacy and persistent leadership. They utilize their lived experience and passion for action to create real change for and with youth. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, May 12

Claudia Schmidt

ClaudiaClaudia's coming back to Traditions, and we have learned to expect anything at one of her concerts a hymn, poem, bawdy verse, torch song, satire, and the gamut of emotions. Her musicality is astonishing, and her joy and love of performing are contagious.

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

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Saturday, May 19

April Verch

April VerchWe are glad to be able to bring back this champion Canadian fiddler, champion stepdancer, and outstanding singer. Along with an accompanying and very accomplished band, April puts on a spectacular show. The Toronto Star recently reviewing April says "Playful and flirtatious, whimsical and wry, Verch is in peak form, having reached a transcendent level of musicianship where hard-earned technique can be safely abandoned." Come hear some brand new tunes from their newly released album and some old favorites. Don't miss the show.

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

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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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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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Saturday, June 16

Holly Gwinn Graham

Holly 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. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, June 30

The Greg Blake Trio

Squirrel Butter & Greg Blake From 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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