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PFS Concerts 2015-2016

Unless otherwise noted below, concerts are held at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church , 2800 SE Harrison Street, Portland 97214. (A church is located at the same address in Milwaukie, which confuses some GPS units. Use the zipcode.)

St. David is located just east of the Ladd's Addition neighborhood. Harrison Street is midway between Hawthorne and Division. There is limited free parking in the church parking lot and additional on-street parking in the immediate neighborhood. All concerts are smoke-free; a handicapped-accessible entrance is available.

Concert at 7:30 pm; doors open at 7 pm.

February 19: Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen
Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen

Soulful virtuosity and songs that feel like a warm embrace.

Husband and wife team Mark Hanson and Greta Pedersen are, respectively, a Grammy-Award winning guitarist, and a Young Audiences' National Artist of the Year. Their concerts are memorable, highlighted by blazing fingerpicking, haunting ballads, fun songs and good humor. A steaming blues fingerpicking tune may segue into a Ray Charles ballad. An a capella duet of Oh, Brother Where Art Thou's “Down to the River to Pray” may be followed by a “name-that-tune” dulcimer/guitar medley or Dan Hick's “How Can I Miss You (When You Won't Go Away)”. Likely, they will include a bit of audience participation!

Mark won a Grammy in 2005 for his contributions to the Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar CD, and Greta was Young Audiences' National Artist of the Year in 2009. They have performed around the world, and have shared the stage with many greats -- including the late Jerry Garcia. In 2009, they played and sang for the President of the United States in San Francisco. Mark's guitar recordings play on NPR, Martha Stewart Living, and many other programs.

Step Striders
Nina Lane and Bryan Owens will open the show with a diverse range of songs and instrumentals from around the world.

Nina's lush alto voice and guitar playing are featured on her self-titled CD. As a songwriter, she draws inspiration from themes such as love and the natural environment of New Zealand, her native country.

Bryan joins Nina on guitar, mandocello and harmony vocals, and sometimes on mandolin, violin and clarinet. His work with Mistral (Breton), Kendálin, (world folk-fusion), Kafana Klub (Balkan), and Switchgrass (newgrass) reflects his wide-ranging interest in multi-cultural roots music. Bryan and Nina also perform together in Sprig, a quartet inspired by global folk music.

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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March 18: Kat Eggleston and Kate MacLeod
Kat Eggleston and Kate MacLeod

Modern Minstrels.

In March, Portland FolkMusic Society brings three modern minstrels to the stage. Songwriters Kat Eggleston of Vashon Island and Kate MacLeod, Salt Lake City, share the stage for our main act. Kat and Kate performing together is an opportunity you won't want to miss. Rich Warren of Sing Out praises their “heavenly CD of traditional and original songs. Two expressive but distinctly different voices twine around their favorite songs, songs that have influenced their own compositions along with some of their original favorites.” Backed by Kat's powerful guitar and sweet hammered dulcimer and Kate's award winning fiddle, their lyrical and lovely voices will carry you back to the time of traveling minstrels. For a sample, try this, or Kat; Kate.

Portland's own Jenn Rawling will open. A songwriter/guitarist and vintage American folk singer, Rawling composes highly melodic songs from fascinating scraps of images and phrases, singing them with a vibrant, immediately engaging yodel-edged alto that just might send a tingle up your neck. Check Jenn's website.

Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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