Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands
Jan
14
7:30 PM19:30

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

Tickets Available

Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has twice been voted IBMA's Female Vocalist of the Year and has won the respect and admiration of her peers.

Since her debut in 1986, Laurie has recorded nearly 20 albums in a number of musical formats. Her latest album with her band the Right Hands (Tom Rozum, Brandon Godman, Patrick Sauber, Tatiana Hargreaves and Max Schwartz), The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017.

"One of the contemporary acoustic music scene’s most skilled and enduring performers." – Acoustic Guitar

"Singer-songwriter Laurie Lewis has long been a purveyor of some of the most artful and sophisticated folk and bluegrass music." – Relix

"Whatever country music is supposed to be, she’s at the center of it." – Utah Phillips

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Will Durst
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

Will Durst

Tickets Available!

DURST CASE SCENARIO.  

Fresh from the national tour of his award- nominated, hilarious chronicle of the action- packed 2016 election, “Elect to Laugh,” comedian, columnist, actor, author, former oyster shucker, Will Durst, presents his new solo outing “Durst Case Scenario,” a hysterical historical exploration of the changes in America during the Time of Trump. DCS is a rollicking feast of outrage and outrageousness as up- to- date as the latest 4 am Oval Office tweet.

In this lightning- paced, 85- minute comedic tour- de- force, Durst, described by the New York Times as “possibly the best political comic working today,” analyzes where we are, how we got here and what destinations may lie ahead. Along with analyzing the altered political landscape, he also details the wacky zany antics, palace intrigues and potholes and pitfalls of polarization that threaten our country, hemisphere, planet, solar system and universe, in this, The New Abnormal.

The response has been electric. Crowds stream to performances searching for a community of like- minded confused souls. Equal parts comedy and therapy, the intrepid Dr. Durst assists audiences in overcoming their PTSD: President Trump Stress Disorder, by surgically isolating the farcical and sticking pins into the ludicrous. For sufferers who never thought they’d laugh again, this show is the perfect prescription.

Durst describes this strange new world where everyday without a mushroom cloud is a victory. He provides a prescription for the anxiety of never knowing whether the president will strike the flint that shoots a spark to light the fuse to Armageddon. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance. Because its laughter that allows hope to creep back on the inhale.

Ably assisted by his trusty overhead projector and blessed with an extraordinary talent to engage audiences with righteous exasperation, Durst mocks & scoffs & taunts in segments such as Trumpapalooza, the Bright Sides of Donald J. Trump’s Presidency, the Symptoms of PTSD & Mike Pence is the Product of Reverse Taxidermy.

The Durst Case Scenario is playful and ludicrous and whimsical and droll and silly and serious and sarcastic, mischievous, incisive, trenchant, profound, and chock full of jokes. Many funny ones. A unique theatrical event delivered with stand- up timing and not less than a modicum of poetry.

Due to the subversive nature of this show, a portion of each night’s proceeds will be donated to fund a non- profit whose mission will be to bury wire cutters along the Canadian border. Will Durst’s performances are brought to you by the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution. At least, right now. See this show before this sort of thing becomes illegal.

Acknowledged by peers and press alike as one of the premier political satirists in the country, Will Durst has patched together a quilt of a career, weaving together columns, books, radio and television commentaries, acting, voice- overs and stand- up into a riotous patchwork of funny comedy humor. The Oregonian called him, “The thinking man’s comedian." Author of 4 books, Durst has told jokes in 16 countries, racked up 800+ television appearances, released 5 CDs and despite blistering reproach, continues to squeeze ketchup on his bratwurst.

Here’s a brief excerpt.

And here are a few choice remarks from this and previous shows.

DURST CASE SCENARIO.

Lily Janiak. San Francisco Chronicle.

“Not just a cathartic evening, but a galvanizing one as well.”

http://www.sfgate.com/performance/article/Durst-Case-Scenario-the-nightmare-you-want-11728239.php

Joint Forces Journal.

“Equal parts therapy and comedy. Prepare to meet the funny side of defiance.”

http://www.jointforcesjournal.com/_jfj.php?READ=yes&which=2811

All Events Review.

“Be thankful for Durst to help us keep our heads on straight.”

http://forallevents.info/reviews/hoyle-and-durst/

Talkin’ Broadway.

“A lightning- quick farce. A comedic tour de force rant.” 

www.talkinbroadway.com/page/regional/sanfran/s1789.html

 

ELECT TO LAUGH.  

Eddie Reynolds. Theatreblogspot.

"Outrageously funny! Will Durst is a master comic and highly enjoyable."

Woody Weingarten, Marinscope.

“My face ached from chuckling" "The crowd’s laughter began with Durst’s first gag and ended with his last" "When it comes to political satire, I think I’ll cast my vote for Durst.”

Cy Ashley Webb. Stark Insider.

“He’s so good that even if you’re suffering from the queasy nausea that goes with too much election year BS, you’ll still make room for him. The other joy of watching Durst lies in watching a master at work who fits into the rare genre of intelligent comedy, equal parts professor and clown.”

Evan Almdale. Joint Forces Journal.

Just when you think the 2016 election cycle can’t get any more over-the-top, along comes Will Durst to find fresh and even more outrageous material to satire.

Richard Connema. Talking Broadway.

“My stomach ached from laughing.” 

Doug Konecky. SF Theatre Blog.

“With one nonstop joke after the other, Will Durst has us roaring in the aisles with big, galumphing belly laughs through the show.”

 

BOOMERAGING: FROM LSD TO OMG.

Voted #1 Artist by the 2014 Santa Cruz Fringe Festival.

Winner of the Arthur Smith Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Special Closing Night performance at 2015 Maui Fringe Festival.

Jean Schiffman. San Francisco Examiner.

“Durst’s good-natured, acerbic monologue is so funny that… I found myself on the verge of uncontrollable, hysterical laughter. His observations are hilarious.”

Berkeley Patch. “I can’t remember being more amused by anything in years.”

Berkeley Daily Planet.

Durst is magnificent on stage. His observations are unique and cutting, his vocal acrobatics are hilarious, his physical routines are inspired, wacky and polished."

Kate Copstick. The Scotsman.

“Everyone will be thrilled by the display of mastery of the art and craft of stand-up, and his kind of smart, classy, quality comic observations.”

 

THE ALL- AMERICAN SPORT OF BIPARTISAN BASHING.

New York Times.

“Highly recommended. Durst is at his sly, savvy best. A sharp one- man show.”

The New Yorker.

“He’s perfected a veritable jitterbug of comedy, taking on politics and war and rhetoric.”

The New York Post.

“Durst is the natural successor to Mort Sahl.”

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Riders In The Sky
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Riders In The Sky

Tickets Available!

Riders In The Sky are truly exceptional.

By definition, empirical data, and critical acclaim, they stand "hats & shoulders" above the rest of the purveyors of C & W - "Comedy & Western!"

For more than thirty years Riders In The Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing the genre. And while remaining true to the integrity of Western music, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!"

Riders In The Sky are exceptional not just in the sense that their music is of superlative standards (they are the ONLY exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy, and Riders have won two), but by the fact that their accomplishments are an exception to the rule as well.

That Riders In The Sky was even formed is a feat of improbable likelihood. What are the odds that a theoretical plasma physicist, a wildlife manager - galvanizer - Life Scout, an English major - shot putter - Bluegrass Boy, and a Polka Hall of Fame member would collectively become "America's Favorite Cowboys?" And even more unlikely is that 30-plus years later, the original members are still "bringing good beef to hungry people" while putting up Ripken-like numbers! The Rolling Stones only made it a few years before replacing Brian Jones; the Sons of the Pioneers constantly changed personnel; even the Ringo-era Beatles only lasted 8 years. (Perhaps Too Slim, as a sophomore writer for the University of Michigan Daily, had an ulterior motive in 1969 by propagating the rumor that Paul McCartney was dead! It's true... go ahead and Google "Paul is dead rumor"...) But the key to keeping the same founding members intact for three decades on the road is more easily explained: "Separate hotel rooms," cracks Ranger Doug!

Riders In The Sky's first official public performance was Nov. 11, 1977, at the erstwhile Nashville nightspot "Phranks & Steins." Taking the stage that night for a crowd of eight or nine (counting Herr Harry behind the bar) were Ranger Doug (Idol of American Youth) on arch-top guitar and baritone vocals, and Too Slim (A Man Aging Like Fine Cheese) on bunkhouse bass, face, and tenor vocals. A chain saw may have been in the mix somewhere that night, but was soon retired. Replacing the chain saw was Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) on fiddle, tenor vocals and rope tricks, and the launch was successful! They subsequently added the "Stomach Steinway" stylings of Joey the Cowpolka King on accordion and baritone vocals, much to the delight of 'Polkaholics' everywhere.

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led them to heights they could have never predicted. Riders have chalked up over 6100 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl.  Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, and landed them their own weekly show on TNN, as well as a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller. And their animated likenesses have shared the screen with Daffy Duck on the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channel's Stanley. If you consider their compositional credits, one might call them "Writers In The Sky!" In addition to penning award winning songs for their own albums, they wrote the score for Pixar Animation's 2002 Academy Award-winning short "For the Birds." They composed the theme song for the internet cartoon show "Thomas Timberwolf" by renowned Bugs Bunny creator Chuck Jones. But the animated character that history will most certainly link to Riders In The Sky is the loveable cowboy Woody, as Riders performed "Woody's Round Up" in "Toy Story 2," with the album of the same name garnering Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children." Two years later, Riders roped their second Grammy in the same category, for "Monsters Inc. - Scream Factory Favorites," the companion CD to Pixar's award winning movie.

Equally as exceptional, but of greater significance, is that in 1982, Riders In The Sky became the first, and to date only, exclusively Western music artist to join the Grand Ole Opry, the longest running radio show in history, and thus began a love affair with radio as well. In 1988, they recorded comedy skits for the album "Riders Radio Theatre" and launched the long-running international weekly radio show of the same name on public radio. And keeping pace with the ever-changing technological landscape, in 2006 "Ranger Doug's Classic Cowboy Corral" debuted on XM Satellite Radio, still heard weekly on SiriusXM Channel 56.

Exceptional artists also appeal to a diverse and broad-based cross section of their adoring public. Riders In The Sky's music and comedy delights cowboys and cowgirls of all ages, and from all walks of life. Riders are equally at ease amusing a theatre full of children as they are enthralling a symphony audience accompanied by 50 or 60 classically trained instrumentalists, or even an NCO club full of servicemen during a USO Tour. Riders have performed at the White House for both Democratic and Republican administrations, and at Major League Baseball's winter meetings for both American and National Leagues (although with an admitted bias for the Detroit Tigers). With their ability to persuade cowpokes on both sides of the fence to set aside their differences for a brief escape from day-to-day tribulations, is it any wonder that Riders have a virtual home called "Harmony Ranch?"

Ultimately, exceptional careers do not go unnoticed, and throughout theirs, Riders In The Sky have been honored regularly. In addition to being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, Riders are in the Western Music Association's Hall of Fame, the Country Music Foundation's Walkway of Stars, and the Walk of Western Stars (in Newhall, CA near Melody Ranch Studios) along with Gene, Roy, John Wayne and other cowboy legends. No less important than their two Grammies, Riders have been the Western Music Associaton's "Entertainers Of the Year" seven times, and won "Traditional Group of the Year" and "Traditional Album of the Year" multiple times. The Academy of Western Artists has named them "Western Music Group of the Year" twice in 5 years, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has bestowed Riders with their Wrangler Award statuette three times. It comes as no surprise then that Billboard magazine's Jim Bessman counts them as one of "the most historically significant acts in the history of American music."

Yes, it would be "The Easy Way" to call it a career after 30-plus years, but it wouldn't be..."The Cowboy Way!"  And so, the never-ending trail drive continues. The ponies are rested and watered, and America's Favorite Cowboys are ready to saddle up and ride, bringing good beef to hungry people wherever they may be. Yes, Riders In The Sky are truly an exception to the rule.

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Masters of Hawaiian Music
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

Masters of Hawaiian Music

George Kahumoku Jr tours every year both as a soloist and with other Hawaiian Masters.  His relaxed manner and entertaining stories frame his easy going slack key guitar style.  Slack key guitar is a traditional Hawaiian style of open tunings with embellishments unique to Hawaii, and George is a Grammy Award winning master of the craft.  Polished by years of hosting his peers at his popular weekly Slack Key Show – Masters of Hawaiian Music concert series on Maui, George brings Hawaii to you. Experience the warmth, beauty, and culture of Hawaii through his music, stories, and imagery.

Led Kaapana's mastery of stringed instruments, particularly slack key guitar, and his extraordinary baritone and leo ki`eki`e (falsetto) voices, have made him a musical legend. He has been thrilling audiences for more than 40 years. With easy-going style and kolohe (rascal) charm, he has built a loyal corps of Led Heads  from Brussels to his birthplace on the Big Island of Hawaii. Recognition by his peers earned Led 4 Grammy nominations in his own right and 2 wins on slack key compilations.

Recognized as one of Hawaii’s most versatile musicians, Jeff Peterson is at the heart of the Hawaiian music scene today. His passion for the guitar has allowed him to shine as a solo artist and has given him the opportunity to collaborate with a wide variety of artists from Hawaii, across the US, and abroad. His focus on Slack Key guitar, classical, and jazz music has allowed him to develop a unique and transcendent voice on the guitar while being deeply rooted in the traditions of his Hawaiian heritage.

 

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Greg Brown
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Greg Brown

Tickets Available November 8th!

With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a holy roller preacher. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and more. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-Winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Ultimately, brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.

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Dave Stamey
Mar
24
7:30 PM19:30

Dave Stamey

The Newest member of the Western Music Hall of Fame, Cowboys and Indians Magazine has called Dave Stamey “the Charley Russell of Western Music.”  Western Horseman Magazine  has declared his “Vaquero Song” to be one of the greatest Western songs of all time.  In 2010 , 2011 and 2013 True West Magazine  named  him Best Living Western Solo Musician.  Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler, and is now one of the most popular Western entertainers working today.  He has been voted  Seven times Entertainer of the Year,  Seven times Male Performer of the Year and Five times Songwriter of the Year  by the Western Music Association, and received the Will Rogers Award  from the Academy of Western Artists. He’s delighted audiences in twenty three states, and finds that he prefers this to being stomped by angry horses.

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Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong
Dec
9
7:30 PM19:30

Sourdough Slim with Robert Armstrong

Sourdough Slim & Robert Armstrong have had the pleasure of sharing their lively roots music with audiences at Carnegie Hall and The Lincoln Center to concert halls, festivals and fairs around the country. With a repertoire of western classics, country blues, vintage jazz and string band favorites from the 1920's and 30's, they share a passion for America's rich musical heritage and they know how to communicate that feeling to an audience. You'll hear raucous and often heartfelt singing accompanied by a dizzying array of acoustic instruments including accordion, guitar, banjo, ukulele, jug, national steel, musical saw and harmonica. All dished up with a hearty dose of vaudevillian stagecraft making for a delightfully entertaining experience. "Sourdough Slim and Robert Armstrong are flat-out-entertaining fun....with perfect comedic timing and showmanship....outstanding abilities on a variety of instruments, they dazzle audiences. Performances are always fresh and different....something for everyone." says Margo Metegrano of CowboyPoetry.Com. Sacramento Magazine calls their show "A rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song."

Sourdough Slim hails from California's gold country and is the recipient of the Academy Of Western Artist's "Yodeler of the Year" and a four time nominee for the Western Music Association's "Entertainer of the Year." String instrument virtuoso Robert Armstrong is a founding member of the infamous "Cheap Suit Serenaders" and an in demand studio musician who makes his home in Winters, California.



"A must see for those that love to be thoroughly entertained." - Charity Maness, Calaveras News

"A rollicking evening of outrageous humor and song." - Sacramento Magazine

"Five stars.... They don't make 'em like this anymore." - Barbara Steinberg, Sacramento City Guide Examiner

"A delightfully entertaining show. Real deal Americana." - Diane Brinkman, Seattle Times

"You won't find better authentic Country or Western music being played anywhere." - David Barnes, British Archive of Country Music

"Much more invigorating than 9/10ths of the stuff you hear from the current cadre of Western revivalists." - Ronald Lankford, Jr., Sing Out! magazine

"Goof Stuff!" - Dallas Dobro, Master of Ceremonies, Strawberry Music Festival

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Iris DeMent - SOLD OUT
Nov
26
7:30 PM19:30

Iris DeMent - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT! (Call 707-786-7030 for wait list)

Iris DeMent has performed world over with her unique blend of folk and country and her music has been featured in film (True Grit 2010) as well as television (The Leftovers on HBO). She was also been nominated for a Grammy for her duet work with John Prine in 1999.

Do not miss this opportunity to experience Iris DeMent in Ferndale at The Old Steeple. The venue is quickly becoming Humboldt County's premier acoustic music room. Set inside the historic converted Methodist church the room's stained glass windows and Italian pressed tin ceiling inspire and excite the evening of entertainment.

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Tom Rush
Oct
4
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Rush

Tom Rush is a gifted musician and performer, whose shows offer a musical celebration…a journey into the tradition and spectrum of what music has been, can be, and will become. His distinctive guitar style, wry humor and warm, expressive voice have made him both a legend and a lure to audiences around the world. His shows are filled with the rib-aching laughter of terrific story-telling, the sweet melancholy of ballads and the passion of gritty blues.

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John Hammond
Sep
21
7:30 PM19:30

John Hammond

Multi Award winning Bluesman John Hammond stands as one of the world’s premier acoustic blues artists. A Blues Hall Of Fame inductee with 33 + albums to date, he is one of a handful of artists who can say they have been steadily working and recording for 50 + years. A Grammy award winner, John is also an  8 time Grammy nominee. With 22 Blues Music Award nominations and 10 wins, most recently for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and Album Of The Year for 2014, John is one of the most awarded artists in the genre.  

He has performed or recorded with Jimi Hendrix (discovered while playing in John’s band), Eric Clapton, Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, JJ Cale, Tom Waits, The Band, John Lee Hooker, Dr. John and many more. He remains the only person who has ever had both Jimmy Hendrix and Eric Clapton in a band at the same time. A tireless performer, he continues to tour world-wide on an annual basis

“John’s sound is so compelling, complete, symmetrical and soulful with just his voice, guitar and harmonica, it is at first impossible to imagine improving it… He’s a great force of nature. John sounds like a big train coming. He chops them all down.” – Tom Waits


“John Hammond is a master… He is a virtuoso. A Conjurer… A Modernist… John is in a very small circle of men with a guitar and a harmonica. Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan. The guitar is an orchestra. He’s sending messages. Storytelling. All mystery. Protection. The language goes out through the night… The Big Boom. Boom the room.” – T Bone Burnett


“…a blues legend with a voice like Robert Johnson’s and a demeanor that belies his tear-it-up might before an audience…” – The New York Times

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Private Event
May
27
9:30 AM09:30

Private Event

Did you know that The Old Steeple is the perfect space for your next private event?

We seat 225 in our concert configuration, but can rearrange for dining for up to 124. We are perfect for your next wedding, Christmas party, funeral/wake, birthday party, business seminar, or any event that you can dream up!

Contact Paul at Ferndale Music Company by calling 707-786-7030 or email him direct at ferndalemusic@yahoo.com

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Tom Russell
Apr
26
7:30 PM19:30

Tom Russell

Singer songwriter, painter, essayist - Tom Russell has recorded thirty five highly acclaimed records, & published five books - including a book on his art and a book of his songs. Tom Russell songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Doug Sahm, Nanci Griffith, K.D. Lang, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Ian Tyson, Iris Dement, Joe Ely, and a hundred others. Tom Russell graduated from The University of California with a Master's Degree in Criminology. He was recently awarded the 2015 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism & has appeared on Late Night with David Letterman TV show five times.

In 2015 Russell released a 52 track "folk opera" on the West, The Rose of Roscrae, which was hailed as "Maybe the most important Americana record of all time," by UK Folk, and "The top Folk album of 2105," by Mojo Magazine. It was included in top ten lists in three dozen publications, including The Los Angeles Times. The record included tracks by Johnny Cash, Leadbelly, Walt Whitman, Maura O'Connell, Finbar Furey, and others. His latest release (May 2016) is The Tom Russell Anthology 2 (Gunpowder Sunsets) - 19 Tracks.

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, "the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling", and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. Over the last 16 years of creating a buzz at festivals and concert halls across the world, they have truly set the standard for fiddle and cello in traditional music. They continue to thrill audiences internationally with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

Fraser has a concert and recording career spanning over 30 years, with a long list of awards, accolades, radio and television credits, and feature performances on top movie soundtracks (Last of the Mohicans, Titanic, etc.). In 2011, he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. Haas, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Music, is one of the most sought after cellists in traditional music today. She has performed and recorded with a who's who of the fiddle world including Mark O'Connor, Natalie MacMaster, Irish supergroups Solas and Altan, Liz Carroll, Dirk Powell, Brittany Haas, Darol Anger, Jeremy Kittel, Hanneke Cassel, Laura Cortese, and many more.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra. The duo's debut recording, Fire & Grace, won the coveted the Scots Trad Music "Album of the Year" award, the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. Since its release, the two have gone on to record three more critically acclaimed albums that blend a profound understanding of the Scottish tradition with cutting-edge string explorations. In additional to performing, they both have motivated generations of string players through their teaching at fiddle camps across the globe.

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John Craigie with Cygne
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

John Craigie with Cygne

If John Prine and Mitch Hedberg had a baby, the resulting product would resemble something very close to Portland, OR singer-songwriter John Craigie. Musically comparable to Prine, with the humor and wit of Hedberg, the humble, gracious, and hilarious Craigie is one of the best storytellers of our time. Its no wonder that Chuck Norris sends him fan mail, and Todd Snider brings him gifts on stage.


The vagabond troubadour has charmed audiences in all 50 states and throughout much of Europe, with a DIY spirit seldom seen these days. While touring solo and with the likes of Todd Snider, the Shook Twins, Nicki Bluhm, and ALO, Craigie has taken the stage at festivals, sold out venues, intimate house concerts, center camp at Burning Man and even Gregory Alan Isakovs farm. Although based in Portland, Craigies true home is on the road, and just like that hes on to the next town, playing and singing and telling stories to everyone who wants to listen

Hell make you laugh and make you cry, all in the same song. With a fan-base that is more of a continually-expanding circle of friends, John Craigies true passion is connecting with people through shared experiences, stories, and song.

Cygne:

After ten years of studying classical violin Cygne found her voice writing and performing original songs in New York City. Upon graduation she embarked on her first solo European tour, fearlessly embracing the uncertain path of an independent musician. When she returned to the US she moved into her car and by summer she was performing on the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festival main stages.

In the 250,000 miles and 1000+ performances since, Cygne's passion has translated to audiences from small clubs in the Czech Republic to large US & Swiss festivals. Like a friend who alternately comforts, entertains, and probes, she greets us with the ease and authenticity of someone who has spent a lifetime turning strangers into family.

Written in response to her experience in Europe during the refugee crisis and terrorist attacks of 2015 and 2016, Cygne's new album Let It Breathe (February 3, 2017) provides hope and inspiration for challenging times. Cygne worked with producer Steve Rossiter at Axis Sound in New York City to create what has been unanimously declared their finest collaboration. Tune in as she enchants with thought-provoking songs and stories from the road.

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Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings
Mar
25
7:30 PM19:30

Roy Rogers and the Delta Rhythm Kings

“Roy Rogers means the modern master in the art of slide guitar…His versatility with the technique is nothing short of astonishing.”    ~ All Music Guide

Virtuoso slide guitarist and Grammy nominated songwriter/producer and recording artist Roy Rogers remains defiantly upbeat on his 12th solo album Into the Wild Blue — out June 2nd on CD all and digital formats. 

Even though 64 year-old Rogers has lost longtime friends like blues legend John Lee Hooker, his recent recording partner of eight years, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, as well as his younger brother Robert — he says “life’s too short” to wallow in our grief or what we have lost. “I want to celebrate life through my music.”  

Into the Wild Blue wails, squawks, stomps and boogies with authenticity — ready for the open road and the live stage. Years of working with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Sammy Hagar and Steve Miller has given him a pop musicality.

“I’m the guy that always likes to push the envelope,” Rogers says, at home in Northern California. “We cover a lot of ground on this record.”

Rogers says he had no “master plan” for the 12th addition to his solo catalog. “It’s just putting one foot in front of the other.” Yet Into the Wild Blue demonstrates a master’s confidence and vision.

Born in Redding in 1950 and named after Hollywood’s King of the Cowboys, Rogers grew up in the Bay Area of California and started playing guitar at the age of 12 and became entranced by the recordings of the blues, especially Robert Johnson at age 15. 

By age 13 he was playing in a local R & R band, and quickly became a young blues fanatic hitting the San Francisco’s ‘60s club scene – even once taking his little brother to see Jimi Hendrix perform.  When John Lee Hooker asked him to go out on tour in 1982, it changed his life.

Rogers toured throughout the 80’s with Hooker, also recording with BB King and Miles Davis along the way - becoming synonymous with feverish slide guitar skills. As a producer, he garnered dozens of production credits, eight Grammy nominations, and two Grammies were awarded for his work with Hooker.

Rogers’ debut solo LP Chops Not Chaps (1985) paid homage to Delta Blues, yet the jam-oriented, pop song structures and arrangements evoked early Van Morrison, and Steve Miller Band. Rogers repeatedly cracked the Billboard Blues Chart Top 10, with #3 best seller Slideways, and #10-ranked Split Decision. His second recording with Ray Manzarek Translucent Blues reached #1 on the Americana Roots chart. 

The collaboration of Rogers and Manzarek produced 3 releases - Ballads Before The Rain (2008), Translucent Blues (2011) and Twisted Tales (2013) - Manzarek’s last recording. The seemingly odd pairing ‘just clicked’, Rogers said, and both had appetites for musical experimentation.  Rogers stated Ray always like to call their music “21st Century Blues.”  In reference to the blues, Rogers has stated “I’ve never felt like I was preserving anything or traditional in approach,” he said. “I just want to make good music.”

Into the Wild Blue launches right into a raucous slide guitar jam. It’s a positive take on the final fight in a relationship — the “Last Go-Around." Blues credentials established, Rogers adds some funk to the beat and ‘60s Motown female back-up vocal elements in “Got To Believe."

“I grew up when LPs first came out. You made a recording like a book, from start to finish,” he said. “I know that many people just buy individual tracks these days, but I  approach recording like writing chapters in a book. The sequencing is important to me.”

Rogers worked on the lyrics and music for a year. The basic tracks of Into the Wild Blue were recorded in just four days, it was well rehearsed before going in to the studio.  “I’m old and new school in the studio. To me, technology should support the music, not be the music. Spontaneity is key,” said the rhythmic composer. 

Producing a record is so much about maintaining the vibe of the song’s original inspiration. “That can be hard to do,” he said. “You’re grabbed by any song usually in the first few seconds. The real excitement for me is when I know the song will work –  then the real work begins.”

The self-produced Into the Wild Blue sounds up-close, stripped down, and highly intimate. “I want the music to be right in your face, but with a little bit of an edge. I just want it to feel real to people when they hear it.”

Rogers wails on his trademark custom doubleneck with a glass slide, or his vintage Martin with its DeArmond pickup, or his ’58 Les Paul. Steve Ehrmann is on bass, alongside drummer Kevin Hayes, with Jimmy Pugh on Hammond B3 organ. Virtuoso Carlos Reyes performed on the violin and stringed harp.

Losing a buddy like Manzarek, and then your brother, might make any songwriter embrace the dark side. “That’s not what the music is about,” Rogers said. “Music, whether it’s blues or anything else is about singing your heart out and hopefully feeling better in the process.  As John Lee Hooker said, “it’s all about the feeling.”

The wistful, closing instrumental “Song for Robert (A Brother’s Lament)” comes from a place of acceptance, and while sometimes plaintive, it focuses on the overarching beauty and mystery of life.

“It hopefully should be uplifting, and for me it is about remembering my brother – It’s my salute to him” Rogers said.
 
Songs like “Dackin’’ and “High Steppin’” really capture the energy of Rogers’ live show, and Roy will rock on selected dates worldwide through 2015 featuring the songs on this recording. 

“Thatʼs not a slide on Roy Rogersʼ pinky, itʼs a time machine. With it, Rogers transports you to the Mississippi Deltaʼs past and future. ......” ~ Guitar Player
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World Storytelling Day
Mar
19
1:00 PM13:00

World Storytelling Day

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Paul Woodland - storyteller and “Joyous Public Personality” - will be
telling stories of happiness, compassion, and unity on World
Storytelling Day (Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m.). Paul tells traditional
folktales from around the globe with passion, dignity, and a wry sense
of humor accompanied by his trademark vocal acrobatics. It’s an
incomparable afternoon of joyous family entertainment in a cozy and
intimate setting (The Old Steeple) - ideal for storytelling. The show
is only six dollars and it is suitable for ages six and up. Tickets coming soon to Ferndale Music Company, Wildberries Marketplace, Brown
Paper Tickets, and at the door.

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Laurence Juber
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Laurence Juber

As a young working musician in London, England in the 1970s, Laurence Juber got an extraordinary, life-changing break when Paul McCartney picked him to become Wings’ lead guitarist. Juber spent three years recording and touring with the band. During that time he won a Best Rock Instrumental GRAMMY® for the track “Rockestra” from the Wings album Back To The Egg.

After Wings folded in 1981, Juber embarked on a career as a solo artist, composer and arranger, and soon developed a reputation as a world-class guitar virtuoso, being voted #1 by Fingerstyle Guitar magazine.

He has released 14 critically acclaimed solo albums, including “LJ Plays the Beatles”,”Guitarist” and “PCH”. “I’ve Got The World On 6 Strings”, is a collection of solo guitar arrangements of classic tunes by Harold Arlen. Juber’s DVD “Guitar Noir” is DVD Etc. magazine’s top pick for surround-sound 5.1 audio and earned a 2005 CEA “Demmy” award for sonic excellence.

His solo guitar arrangement of “The Pink Panther Theme” is featured on the Best Pop Instrumental GRAMMY®-winning album “Henry Mancini-Pink Guitar”. His arrangement of “Stand By Me” was featured in the “Diamonds Are Forever” TV commercial.

Folios and DVDs of his compositions and arrangements are published by Alfred Publications. The venerable C.F. Martin Company currently offers an ‘LJ’ Signature model guitar and GHS Strings market Juber’s Signature guitar strings. His latest release “Wooden Horses” showcases LJ’s composing for solo guitar.

“Juber is a master of acoustic finger style, but with less of the trick-guitar mishmash that seems obligatory among the high-octane pickers. He has a fluid style that shifts gears through simultaneous jazzy chording, leads, and bass lines, while weaving in and out of musical thoughts faster than a Formula One racer.”
– San Diego Reader

“He gloriously articulates the melodies and never succumbs to show-off playing. But the notes spin out of the songs with such finesse and musical agility, it’s hard to believe he has only 10 fingers and six strings. Juber has made a rare acoustic guitar record with bark and bite. His playing is just short of sleight of hand and, like all magicians, he makes it seem effortless.”
– San Francisco Chronicle

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Dan St. Paul - Comedy Night
Mar
4
7:30 PM19:30

Dan St. Paul - Comedy Night

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Dan St. Paul has been chronicling his life on stage for 30 years. After turning fifty, he discovered his body changing (“I’m a cylinder now. I can where a belt anywhere on my body.”), his memory faulty (“I have eight pair of reading glasses and I have no idea where they are.”), and dealing with a teenager more challenging (“I have a bumper sticker that says ‘My Son’s Just Getting By At Hillsdale High’.”).

Instead of moaning about it, he developed it into a show that leaves baby boomers and the senior set rolling in the aisles. Dan has been a national headlining comedian at some of the top comedy clubs in the country. He has appeared on NBC, ABC, FOX, Comedy Central, A&E, and VH-1. Dan has also opened for such celebrities as Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Ringo Starr, Natalie Cole, Hall and Oates, Vince Gill, Clint Black, and even the San Francisco Symphony (“I knew them when they were just a garage band.”) His “The First Baseball Game” is one of the most requested comedy pieces on the syndicated Bob and Tom Radio Show.

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John Jorgenson Quintet
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

John Jorgenson Quintet

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Music virtuoso John Jorgenson, known for his blistering guitar licks and mastery of a broad musical palette, has earned a reputation as a world-class musician and guitarist who has collaborated with the likes of Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Luciano Pavarotti, and Bob Dylan. In addition to acoustic and electric guitars, he is also regularly featured on the mandolin, saxophone, clarinet, bouzouki, pedal steel, vocals and has garnered recognition for contributing to GRAMMY-winning and numerous platinum-selling albums.

Jorgenson, who currently is touring in four distinct, separate configurations – J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band), John Jorgenson Quintet (gypsy jazz), John Jorgenson Electric Band, and The Desert Rose Band—creates a unique musical experience that equally enthralls the most discerning and the casual music fan.

Jorgenson’s newly-formed bluegrass band, featuring the legendary Herb Pedersen, Jon Randall and Mark Fain is creating quite a buzz; his Electric Band is a whirlwind tour-de-force; and his dynamic Quintet’s authentic gypsy jazz—the string-driven swing created by Jean “Django” Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in 1930s Paris—is recognized internationally. One of the elite gypsy jazz players in the world, Jorgenson portrayed Django Reinhardt in the Hollywood feature film Head In the Clouds.

The John Jorgenson Quintet is comprised of Jorgenson (acoustic guitar, bouzouki, clarinet, vocals), Jason Anick (jazz violin), Jon Jarvis (piano), Simon Planting (bass) and Rick Reed (percussion).

All About Jazz has described the John Jorgenson Quintet’s performance as “a mix of soulful romance and rollicking celebration, with Jorgenson’s fingers a blur that created avalanches of notes and chords, his dazzling prowess often caused listeners to gasp at the speed and sound…” A concert review by Djangobooks also gives the Quintet’s live performance high marks, noting the compositions are “strong in a variety of styles” and the arrangements are “fresh, complicated and compelling) while adding “the show is golden and the music soars.” And NPR has observed that “John Jorgenson has insanely fast fingers – they’re nothing but a blur when he’s notes-deep into a song.”

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David Lindley - SOLD OUT
Feb
6
7:30 PM19:30

David Lindley - SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Multi-instrumentalist David Lindley performs music that redefines the word “eclectic.” Lindley, well known for his many years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own band El Rayo-X, has long championed the concept of world music. The David
Lindley electro-acoustic performance effortlessly combines American folk, blues, and bluegrass traditions with elements from African,Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical sources. Lindley incorporates an incredible array of stringed instruments including but
not limited to Kona and Weissenborn Hawaiian lap steel guitar, Turkish saz and chumbus, Middle Eastern oud, and Irish bouzouki. The eye-poppingly clad “Mr. Dave’s” uncanny vocal mimicry and demented sense of humor make his onstage banter a highlight of the show.

David Lindley grew up in southern California, first taking up the banjo as a teenager, and subsequently winning the annual Topanga canyon banjo and fiddle contest five times as he explored the American folk music tradition. between 1967 and 1971 Lindley founded and lead
what must now be seen as the first world music rock band, the Kaleidoscope. In 1971, Mr. Dave joined forces with Jackson Browne,serving as Jackson’s most significant musical co-conspirator until 1981. In 1979, Lindley had begun working with old friend Ry Cooder on ‘Bop Till you Drop’ and ‘The Long Riders’ sound track, a musical collaboration that lasts to this day, and has spawned many recording projects and several world tours as an acoustic duo.

In 1981, Lindley created his own remarkable Band El Rayo-X, which integrated American roots music and world beat with a heavy reggae influence. ‘El Rayo-X’, ‘Win This Record’ and ‘Very Greasy’, as well as a live e.p. During this period he also came forth with a solo album,
‘Mr. Dave’.

Lindley and guitarist Henry Kaiser went to Madagascar for two weeks in 1991 and recorded six albums of indigenous Malagasy music (including two collaborative cd’s, ‘A World Out of Time’ volumes one and two on Shanachie) which proved to have a major impact on the
world music scene, both for the quality of the Grammy nominated music recorded, and the fair and ethical way the Malagasy musicians were dealt with. Throughout this long and distinguished career, Lindley has been one of Hollywood’s most in demand session musicians, lending his skills to the recorded works of Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Crosby and Nash, Warren Zevon, and many others.

In 1990 a chance meeting of Lindley and Jordanian born percussionist Hani Naser led to an impromptu jam and an instant decision that “we should take this on the road.” David and Hani toured the world for the following six years. The duo recorded two self-released “Official
Bootleg” compact discs, ‘Live in Tokyo Playing Real Good’ and ‘Live All Over the Place Playing Even Better’ on Pleemhead Audio.

At his expansive and eclectic live performances David Lindley consistently gives one of the most unique concert experiences available to adventuresome music listeners.

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Bryan Sutton Band
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

Bryan Sutton Band

Tickets available now!!!

Bryan Sutton is the most accomplished and awarded acoustic guitarist of his generation, an innovator who bridges the bluegrass flatpicking traditions of the 20th century with the dynamic roots music scene of the 21st. His rise from buzzed-about young sideman to first-call Nashville session musician to membership in one of history’s greatest bluegrass bands has been grounded in quiet professionalism and ever-expanding musicianship.

Sutton is a Grammy Award winner and a nine-time International Bluegrass Music Association Guitar Player of the Year. But these are only the most visible signs of Sutton’s accomplishments. He inherited and internalized a technically demanding instrumental style and become for young musicians of today the same kind of model and hero that Tony Rice and Clarence White were for him. And supplementing his instrumental work, he’s now a band leader, record producer, mentor, educator and leader in online music instruction.

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Milt Abel & Anthony Hill (Comedy)
Nov
12
7:30 PM19:30

Milt Abel & Anthony Hill (Comedy)

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Born on New Year’s day in the nation’s capital and with a last name that begins with the letters A-b-e, Milt has always been at the front of one line or another. Before he was one year old Milt’s family moved west in a covered station wagon, and despite living his entire life in California he has yet to refer to anyone as ‘dude’.

A headlining stand-up comedian for over twenty years, Milt has performed throughout the United States and Canada in venues ranging from corporate engagements to cruise ships, from television to bars masquerading as comedy clubs under names like ‘Ha Ha a Go Go.’ With almost a dozen television appearances, including “An Evening at the Improv”, Showtime, and PBS, Milt also tours in the show 4 stand-up Dads, and has recently published a book of humorous short stories, “Stories from the Delux.”

Milt now lives in a small town outside Portland, Oregon with his wife, Janie, and their three kids; Kelsey, Noah, and Ellery where they have next door neighbor with a rooster that, ‘Apparently is blind. This bird has no idea when the sun rises, but takes shots at it all night long.”

 

(quoted from a recent interview)

What got you started in stand-up comedy?

            “The brochures were very alluring. There was also a campus recruiter who had set up a booth with a banner reading; Wanna make fun of people and sleep ‘till noon?’ I became a victim of aggressive marketing.”

How would you describe your comedy?

            “Observational, anecdotal. Neither divisive or derisive. I stay away from cheap shots because there is nothing worse than telling a joke you’re not proud of, and it doesn’t work. A good portion of my material comes from stories and observations about my wife and kids. I have a wonderful marriage and family life but it doesn’t sound exactly like that in my show, there’s no humor in ‘we all loved each other today and we were happy, happy, happy’.”

A favorite joke of yours?

           “A friend of mine spent his entire life trying to find the secret to immortality… you know what his dying words were? ‘No, that’s not it’.”

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Movie: The Majestic
Oct
22
7:30 PM19:30

Movie: The Majestic

This movie, filmed in Ferndale and starring Jim Carrey, was released 15 years ago. We at The Old Steeple will celebrate with stories, before and after the film, from the folks who were there!

Just $5 per person. Refreshments and popcorn will be available for purchase!

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Sierra Hull
Oct
19
7:30 PM19:30

Sierra Hull

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Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull's career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall.

With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

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