PFS Concerts now booking for 2017-2018

Unless otherwise noted below:
Concerts are held at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, OR 97214.
Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30.

Colonial Heights Presbyterian is located between Hawthorne and Division. Stephens is one block north of Harrison.

Friday, November 17: Sprygg (Pronounce it ‘Sprig’)


We like the definition “poly-folk” since it really explains the wonderful range of music this group presents to the audience. Sprygg is a gathering of musicians from all over the world who happen to have come together in Portland. The result will be an evening of Irish jigs, Appalachian murder ballads, Yiddish cabaret music and a few New Zealand original works. If you find that enticing you might also feel yourself moving to a Balkan dance tune. All of these songs come together as the Sprygg quartet pulls their audience from Eastern Europe to the cafes of 1930s Paris and then down into the dark hollows of the Appalachians. The musicians of Sprygg accomplish these musical feats by bringing their individual worlds of experience and musical ability together into a blend of energy and empathy for the subjects of their songs and to the joy of the audience.


Nina Lane (voice and guitar) grew up on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand, surrounded by musicians, artists and writers. She toured her homeland for many years as a singer-songwriter, and performed in Singapore, India, Australia and northern Europe. Fran Slefer (button accordion and five-string banjo) is from Limerick, where she was surrounded by Irish traditional music from an early age. She picked up the box (accordion) on a road trip from Oregon to Quebec many years ago, and has developed a rhythmic, soulful and direct style of playing. Bryan Owens (voice, mandolin, guitar, mandocello and clarinet) is blessed with an eclectic taste in music, due in part to extensive musical travels around the world. His present activities stretch from being lead guitarist in King Black Acid to playing bluegrass mandolin. Dan Compton (voice, fiddle, guitar, and tenor banjo) is a Northwest folk fixture, well known as a performer and teacher. Years ago, while studying classical guitar, he became transfixed by the world of traditional fiddle music and hasn't been the same since.

What happens when all these different packages of experience come together is truly wonderful. Their performance for the Portland Folk Music Society is a night not to be missed.

A song link: “Wind and Rain”

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Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 PFS Members, $10 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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