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PFS Concerts 2014-2015

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. Ticket prices are listed below. Children under 12 FREE.

November 21: Timberbound, with Avery Hill

Timberbound

Timberbound is a collective of musicians led by Joe Seamons, based in the Pacific Northwest. Their performances take audiences on a tour of old sawmills, logger's cabins, and fisheries of the Pacific Northwest. They released their debut album in the spring of 2014. The Oregonian has a beautiful summary of their story , and here is a longer article about the group.

Joe Seamons grew up hearing the Timberbound songs performed by family friends, foremost among them Hobe Kytr and Dave Berge. Hobe and Dave included one song from the Timberbound songbook on their 1986 album, Dog Salmon & Rutabagas. In fact, you can hear Joe as a little baby, crying in the background on the album's title track. Joe has been studying, researching, and performing the songs for over ten years now.

Kate Sandgren grew up in Aberdeen, WA. Her grandfather, the artist Nelson Sandgren, attended the University of Oregon--where he met Joe's grandfather shortly before WWII. Joe's mother and both of Kate's parents have been painting and printmaking together since the two of them were small children. Their parents have, for decades, studied and interpreted the art of Northwest Native Americans. This influence has deepened their love for the region.

Gavin Duffy met Joe in 2003, and the two have been playing music together ever since. Gavin is a multi-instrumentalist whose musicianship and vision contribute mightily to the arrangements of the Timberbound songs. Gavin is a chef as well as a musician, you can taste his food at the Devil's Dill in SE Portland.

Jenny Estrin is a classical violinist who began fiddling with the Timberbound Project in 2012. You can also hear her playing with the Portland Opera.

Listen to tracks from Timberbound's self-titled album.

Avery Hill
Opening the program is Portland-based singer Avery Hill, whose songwriting is influenced by historic stalwarts such as Billie Holliday, the Beach Boys and contemporary confessional songwriters such as Dar Williams. Avery recently appeared on Tom May's syndicated internet radio show, River City Folk.   May commented, “This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice, and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent.”

Tickets: $17 General Admission, $14 PFS Members, $8 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)

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December 12: Mary Flower and the BBQ Boys

Mary Flower blew into the Portland music scene from Denver in 2004 and it hasn't stopped blowing since. She is an immense talent recognized internationally -- whether playing her dexterous and mesmerizing fingerpicking or lap-slide melodies. While her instrumental dexterity is truly outstanding, the added punch is her husky voice that forms a fine strand holding everything together. She pleases crowds and critics at folk festivals and concert stages domestically and abroad: Merlefest, Kerrville, King Biscuit, Prairie Home Companion and the Calgary Folk Festival, among many. In recognition of her incredible talent, she is in demand as an teacher and has been on staff at numerous festivals and camps throughout the U.S., Canada and the UK.

Mary Flower

Mary was a top-three finalist in 2000 and 2002 at the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship, a nominee in 2008 and 2012 for a Blues Foundation Blues Music Award, and a 2011 Portland Muddy Award winner. She offers up an incredible mix of rootsy, acoustic-blues guitar and vocal styles that span a number of idioms -- from Piedmont to the Mississippi Delta, with stops in ragtime, swing, folk and hot jazz. Downbeat Magazine said it well, “A world class finger-style guitarist and lap slide player.”

The BBQ Boys are a subset of the BBQ Orchestra started in the early 90s by the late Fritz Richmond, legendary jug and tub player of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band and John Sebastian's “J” Band. The Boys joining Mary in concert are Stew Dodge on Fiddle, Spud Siegel on Mandolin, and Doc Stein on Dobro. The original BBQ Orchestra performed together for 12 years until the untimely death of Richmond. They recently performed with Mary to enthusiastic audiences at the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland. The Boys add a new dimension to Mary's steady hands and come together into something you've just gotta hear!

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

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