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

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Saturday, February 24

Mine Wars film

7:00 PM

Sunday, February 25

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, 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  Sorry, this show is SOLD OUT

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Friday, March 2

Gangspil

GangspilThese three of leading folk musicians will take us on a tour of Danish folk traditions. Sonnich Lydom (accordion, harmonica), Kristian Bugge (fiddle) and Norwegian guitarist Vidar Skrede present everything from wild polkas and jigs to lyrical waltzes, fiery reels and happy hops as with a good dose of humor and stories from many years out on the road.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, March 3

Blood on the Mountain film

7:00 PM

Friday, March 9

The Heartsparkle Players

Heartsparkle PlayersStories of Rebuidling – in collaboration with Quixote Village Supported by Panza. This month we collaborate with Quixote Village. They strongly believe that everyone deserves safe and affordable housing. They work to provide housing for community members experiencing homelessness in Thurston County. They are a tiny house village that offers communal living with a rich peer mentorship and support. Visit the website.

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

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Wednesday, March 14

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Alasdair & NatalieThe musical partnership between Alasdair Fraser, Scotland’s premier fiddle ambassador, and the sizzlingly talented Californian cellist Natalie Haas comes to the Traditions stage with their dazzling teamwork, driving rhythms and their shared passion for improvising on the melody and the groove of Scottish traditional dance music. Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $25, Student/low income: $20

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Friday, March 16

An Evening of Malvina Spirit

JudySongs and Stories of Malvina Reynolds as told by singer-songwriter Nancy Schimmel (Malvina's daughter) and Montana singer-songwriter Judy Fjell. Judy has come to Traditions before and displayed her considerable musical gifts with humor and insight as a performer and a songwriter. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, March 17

Sierra Hull

SierraWe are doing 2 shows, one at 6PM and the other at 8:30 (ish), with this talented mandolinist and vocalist. Since the age of 11 when she first appeared on the Grand Ole Opry stage through the next decade plus recording and touring since then, Sierra has drawn rave critical acclaim. "I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round." — Alison Krauss Sierra's show also features Ethan Jodziewicz on bass. An outstanding talent Phoebe Hunt, a Brooklyn singer/songwriter will open the show.

6:00 PM, Tickets: $25, Student/low income: $20

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Friday, March 23

Pearl Django

Pearl DjangoThis Northwest quintet has been entertaining audiences and critics for a number of years with swing, gypsy jazz, and variety of other forms of acoustic music. Michael Gray on violin, David Lange on accordian, Neil Andersson on guitar, Rick Leppanen on acoustic bass, and Tim Lerch on guitar are all wonderful individual musicians as well as skilled collaborators. They travel internationally packing crowds into dance halls, nightclubs, and before festival audiences. "Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." Seattle Weekly. Get your tickets now! Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, March 24

Pearl Django

Pearl DjangoThis Northwest quintet has been entertaining audiences and critics for a number of years with swing, gypsy jazz, and variety of other forms of acoustic music. Michael Gray on violin, David Lange on accordian, Neil Andersson on guitar, Rick Leppanen on acoustic bass, and Tim Lerch on guitar are all wonderful individual musicians as well as skilled collaborators. They travel internationally packing crowds into dance halls, nightclubs, and before festival audiences. "Pearl Django play(s) gypsy jazz and they do it with such verve, skill and pleasure that they're pretty much irresistible to jazz and non-jazz listeners alike." Seattle Weekly. Get your tickets now! Visit the website.

7:30 PM, Tickets: $18, Student/low income: $12

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Saturday, March 31

PC & J and Friends

Pat and JamieLocal artists, Pat Cole and Jamie Jenson, make up the vocal and acoustic duo PC & J. Their music ranges from Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt covers, to jazz classics by Rogers and Hart, Duke Ellington and Antonio Carlos Jobim Together with friends Bill Duris on bass, Kathleen Scarborough on violin, and Craig Cootsona on drums, they plan an evening of stylistically versatile music that will include something for everyone.

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

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Saturday, April 7

The Page Turners

The Page TurnersThe Page Turners are headed by Carolyn Kendrick (Stockton, CA) and Jake Howard (Akron, OH). Winners of the 2016 Freshgrass "Best Duo" award, they met at the Berklee College of Music and perform mostly original acoustic music. "The Page Turners blend their love of bluegrass, whiskey-fueled old-time, and classic country into one big all-purpose seasoning of delicious Roots Music."

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

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Saturday, April 14

Andrew Finn Magill & Brazilian Strings Trio

Brazilian Strings TrioWe had a wonderful Celtic show with Andrew Finn Magill who 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. After residing in Rio de Janeiro he became immersed in Brazilian Choro music and this trio display that. Brazilian Strings Trio joins three of the most innovative instrumentalists on the contemporary Brazilian musical scene. Ted Falcon and Andrew Finn Magill are both multi-genre American violinists who after years of living in Brazil have become ambassadors of the growing Brazilian violin movement. Rounding out the trio is Brazilian guitarist Nando Duarte, a giant of the contemporary Brazilian music scene and an award-winning composer and arranger.

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

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Friday, April 20

David Roth

DavidFormer Seattle resident (now living on Cape Cod) David Roth returns to Traditions, now in his 20th year of full-time music-making. During his time in the Pacific Northwest Roth recorded 4 of his 9 CDs and joining him this evening will be co-producer David Lange on piano and accordion, for a healthy dose of heavy-mental easy-listening protest music. Think James Taylor meets Jerry Seinfeld meets Joe Hill...www.davidrothmusic.com

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

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Saturday, April 21

Benefit concert for Kamukamu Learning Foundation

It’s a Small World – come listen to Irish music supporting schools in Africa. The Burren Band will perform a fundraiser concert for the Kamukamu Learning Foundation, a non-profit Olympia organization supporting underfunded schools in Uganda. Doors open at 7 and the music starts at 7:30. Visit the website.

7:00 PM, Tickets: $20,

Sunday, April 29

Dylan Foley & Eamon O’Leary

Dylan & 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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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

Formed 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

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

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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

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Saturday, May 26

Greta Matassa with John Stowell, and Clipper Anderson

In 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 clichés; 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

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