Our 10 month concert season starts with a very full, and exciting, September schedule. Go to the Events page to listen to music excerpts for performers but also to see what is already booked far beyond.
Friday, September 1st -
Ruaile Buaile are 4 young musicians from Ireland creating followings wherever they have toured with their spirited blend of traditional, folk, and pop music.
Friday, September 8th
Jonell Mosser who is a powerful vocalist from Nashville bringing with her an all-star backup band from Nashville, Cuba, and the NW. Here is just one video of her in performance. Don't miss this!
Saturday, 9th -
Uncle Bonsai the popular NW harmony trio of great wit and irreverent quirkiness returns to keep us on our toes.
Friday, 15th -
Hot Club Sandwich with Gypsy swing, standards, Brazilian choros, Mexican tunes and so much more...and a new album.
Friday, 22nd -
John Batdorf whose duo Batdorf & Rodney are in the Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and who has been songwriting and performing for film, TV, and across the country.
Sunday, 24th -
John Whelan, an Irish button accordian player who has won 7 all-Ireland championships and is an acclaimed composer
and finally –
Saturday, 30th -
Kat Eggleston a NW treasure since she has been back from Chicago, whose songwriting and performing have always been superb.
We hope to see you at many of these shows.
Traditions is a place to discover folk art products from cultures around the world, made available through fair and equitable trade relationships with low-income artisans and farmers from more than fifty countries.
Traditions is also a cafe and center for concerts, workshops and public forums; a gathering place for a community of interesting and involved people.
This site is about community - from our friends here in Olympia to the wider community of the world. Here you'll find useful information, stories and connections to others. We welcome your comments, suggestions, ideas and your presence. We encourage you to come gather with us for conversation, music and good food.
Find out where some of our clothes and accessories came from in our interactive “Where in the world did it come from?” pages. Click on the images below to learn interesting facts about a number of fair traded items.
Traditions, as Traditions Fair Trade, started at the Antique Sandwich Company. in Tacoma, Washington. in October of 1993. The Antique Sandwich Company has been operating since 1974 as a place for tasty and healthy breakfasts, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and desserts as well as a spot for the South Puget Sound community for folk and classical concerts, open mikes, plays, and social benefits. Tamie and Shirley Herridge started small and grew over the years and they continue to serve the first and next generation of Antique regulars. I had been a working part of that partnership for two decades until devoting my time to the Olympia store and cafe. However, you can still find a section of Traditions crafts at the Antique Sandwich Co., so visit there as well - if not for the crafts then for the best milkshakes you might ever have. (Antique Sandwich Company, 5102 No. Pearl, Tacoma, Wa. 98407 (253) 752-4069, near the entrance to Pt. Defiance Park and the Vashon Ferry landing) -Dick Meyer
Contact Dick by email at Dick@TraditionsFairTrade.com.