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Call Traditions at 360-705-2819.

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

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

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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

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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Sunday, October 1

Chuck Stentz Quartet

ChuckThis is a free Sunday afternoon show.

2:00 PM

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Tuesday, October 3

Oly Songwriter Circle

7:00 PM, None

Wednesday, October 4

Economics for Everyone presentation

The event will feature Michael Albert, co-founder of South End Press, Z Magazine and ZNet. The event is titled: "Learning from Revolutions."

7:00 PM, None

Thursday, October 5

Meeting of the Oly Assembly

7:00 PM

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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Sunday, October 8

Open Shape Note singing

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

5:00 PM, None

Sunday, October 8

Jung Society

7:00 PM, None

Monday, October 9

Witness for Peace Presentation

This is a Witness for Peace Northwest speaking tour with Roberto Mendoza Pérez from Mexico’s National Network for the Defense of Human Rights (RNDDH). His tour is entitled: “Human Rights in Mexico: How US Policies Affect State Violence, Militarization, and Displacement.” Over the past 15 years, Witness for Peace Northwest (WFPNW) has organized many successful Speaking Tours. For each tour, we have invited a member of one of our partner organizations in Latin America to travel to our region, educating US citizens about the impacts of US policies and corporate practices in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to offer an alternative policy analysis, as seen from the perspective of the Global South.

7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 10

NOW Meeting

5:30 PM, None

Tuesday, October 10

Doula Bi-monthly Meeting

7:00 PM, None

Friday, October 13

Heartsparkle Players

Playback TheaterThis month we collaborate with Sharing Teens and Elders Project (STEP), an intergenerational program where teens and elders gather to talk, listen and learn about their similarities and differences. This is a project of Senior Services for South Sound. Intergenerational relationships break down the barriers and myths they may have about the "other" generations. It helps each person open up their point of view. The individual grows, the community grows, and the ripple continues. Visit the website.

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

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Saturday, October 14

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

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Sunday, October 15

A Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Jam

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

2:00 PM, None

Monday, October 16

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, October 18

Poetry Event - October

Women workers’ advocate Carolyne Wright will be the featured poet Wednesday, October 18, for the Olympia Poetry Network. This free event takes place at Traditions Café, 300 5th Ave. SW in downtown Olympia from 6:30-8 p.m. Wright’s new book is This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse Press, 2017). Her ground-breaking anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), received ten Pushcart Prize nominations and was a finalist in the Foreword Review’s Book of the Year Awards. Other honors include Fulbright, NEA and Instituto Sacatar (Brazil) fellowships. A Seattle native, she teaches for Hugo House, Antioch University Los Angeles MFA Program, the Whidbey Writers Workshop for its entire 2005-2016 existence, and for universities, conferences, and festivals throughout the U.S. She will be available to autograph copies of her books. An Open Mic will precede the reading. For more information, call 360-701-2030.

6:30 PM

Thursday, October 19

International Midwifery presentation

7:00 PM

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 PlayersIn 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.

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, November 25

Albanie Faletta

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

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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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

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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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