Friday June 3rd, 2016 8pm
The Daphnes with
The Blue Janes
Come out for an evening of mesmerizing music in a wonderful listening environment! The Daphnes play modern chamber-pop compositions featuring Monica Schley (harp and voice), Nate Omdal (bass) and Julie Baldridge (violin). This unconventional group draws sounds from neo-folkster M. Ward, 90s alternative bands Mazzy Star and Cowboy Junkies, and jazz musicians Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane.
Special guests The Blue Janes are seasoned musicians jean mann, Kathleen Tracy and Arni Adler. They marry 3 ukes and voices for a delightful blend of humor and sweetness, and are getting rave reviews. The Blue Janes will open the show.
All ages, refreshment available for purchase.
Doors will open at 7:30. Tickets $12 or $10 in advance from Brown Paper Tickets
Friday, May 6th, 2016 8pm
hot vintage jazz!
Greg Ruby leads a diverse array of venerable vintage jazz ensembles, locally and nationally, deftly performing everything from Django-inspired Gypsy jazz (Greg Ruby Quartet) to New Orleans second line (Post Alley Ramblers), Prohibition-era dance hall swing (The Rhythm Runners) to Valse musette and European café jazz (Bric-a-brac Trio). A former member of Pearl Django, and founding member of Hot Club Sandwich, Greg has toured throughout the United States, Canada and Europe and appeared at the prestigious Django Reinhardt Festival in Samois-sur-seine, France.
His compositions have appeared in film and documentaries and his 2010 release "Look Both Ways", featuring original compositions honoring Django's 100th birthday, reached #1 on the Roots Music Review jazz chart.
In 2014, Ruby began work on a project to revive the nearly lost works of late great Frank D. Waldron. Waldron - saxophonist, cornetist, composer, bandleader, and teacher to Quincy Jones, Buddy Catlett, and others - was one of the most important yet unknown figures in early Seattle jazz. Ruby and the Rhythm Runners have recorded and performed songs from Waldron's 1924 Syncopated Classic, and Ruby continues to work on documenting the rich legacy Waldron left behind for Seattle and the jazz world.
Here's a taste of The Greg Ruby Quartet playing "Hot Off The Press"
With lots more to explore at his website
Advanced tickets on sale at Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door if available.
All ages welcome (under 12 free with adult)
Doors open at 7:30; refreshements available for purchase
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Friday April 1st, 2016 8pm
music from Greece and Asia Minor
Dromeno returns to the Garden House on Beacon Hill! Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter and their family and friends are well known as masters of Greek and Balkan musics. Richly evocative and infectiously energetic, their music dips deep into the well of tradition and makes the ancient new again. There will be beautiful melodies to take you away, but it's also hard to imagine a Dromeno concert without some dancing as well.
Advanced tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets or $10 at the door.
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Doors open at 7:30, kids welcome, refreshments available
Friday, March 4th, 2016 8pm
music crossing continents and centuries
What are the stories carried in a wandering melody played out by strings? Whose are the hands that have played this contagious rhythm long before?
Named for the ancient river and gorge that divides the city of Rhonda in Andalusia, Trio Guadalevín explores the deep roots that bind the Americas with Southern Europe, the Maghreb and West Africa – roots that stretch across the ocean and intermingle Indigenous, African, Arabic and European cultural expressions.
Drawing on Mexican son jarocho and huasteco, melodies sung in Zapotec, Spanish xácaras, Italian ciaccona, Andalusian song, Sephardic balladry and Moroccan shabia – Abel Rocha, August Denhard and Antonio Gómez interpret and often re-imagine a soundscape that draws on the many facets of identity that link Latin America and the Mediterranean.
Abel Rocha Harp, jarana, guitar, quinta, voice
August Denhard Lute, Baroque guitar, therobo, oud
Antonio Gómez Pandereta, bendir, teponatzli, cajón,
Advanced tickets from Brown Paper Tickets
or $10 at the door
Friday, February 5th, 2016 8 pm
Come prepared for a delightful night of tunes, stepdancing, and storytelling with Podorhythmie and friends!
Podorythmie has enchanted audiences around Seattle with driving rhythms, lively melodies and foot percussion of French Canada. And that's not all! They will also be sharing the brilliant and beautiful artform known as "crankies" or moving panoramas. Crankies, popular in the 19th century and recently revived, are hand cranked scrolls with images that tell a story. We'll get to see the debut showing of the Barn Quilt Trail (sneak peek on the left), accompanied by the lovely waltz "My Cape Breton Home".
Pascale Lelong - accordion, vocals
Sue Truman - fiddle, podorythmie, maker of crankies
Cil Pierce - guitar, stepdance, podorythmie
Julia Derby - guitar, stepdance, podorythmie, crankist
Prairie Wolfe- fiddle, stepdance, podorythmie
Tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or
$10 at the door (under 12 free with adult)
Friday, January 8, 2016 8 pm
World music..... shaken, not stirred
Tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or
$12 at the door (under 12 free with adult)
Alchymeia is an ensemble of gifted musicians, whose members gather elements of song from a vast array of world traditions, and transform them into gorgeous new musical substance.
The repertoire reflects the varying backgrounds of the ensemble's founding musicians - Nadia Tarnawsky, immersed in Eastern European singing techniques for decades, and Brandon Vance, a champion fiddler in a variety of styles. Tonight they are joined by John Lenti, master of baroque strings, on guitar.
Lively drinking songs and plaintive lullabies, ragtime blues and old Yiddish tunes, Scottish reels, Appalachian murder ballads, contemporary songs, original works and familiar standards, along with traditional Ukrainian, French and Albanian songs... even the oldest surviving piece of composed work dating from 200 BC - these and more have all have found their way to the magic of Alchymeia.
For this concert, Alchymeia will perform a selection of songs for winter season.
The Socialite Gypsies light up the gorgeous Garden House with European musetttes, selections from the great American songbook, waltzes, polkas, bossas and tangos. The Socialite Gypsies are:
Dina Blade: chanteuse guitarist
Julian Smedley: violinist extraordinaire
Bonnie Birch: accomplished accordianist accomplice
Hans Brehmer: intrepid ivory-tickler
Doors at 7:30. Go ahead...dress up! Or come as you are. Refreshments will be served, dancing will be encouraged, and very good times will be had.
Advance tickets are available on Brown Paper Tickets or $12 at the door. Teens are half price and kids are free.
Friday, December 4th, 2015 8 pm
The Socialite Gypsies
A night of cafe and swing music for your listening and dancing pleasure!
Friday November 6, 2015 8pm
The Jocelyn Pettit Band
lively traditional & contemporary Celtic fiddle tunes
Tickets in advance from Brown Paper Tickets or
$12 at the door; $6 youth (12-18); under 12 free
The Jocelyn Pettit Band come down from Canada to grace the Garden House with their dynamic repertoire of traditional and contemporary Celtic songs.
Jocelyn takes the lead in this family band. Her expert fiddling, Cape Breton stepdancing, foot percussion and melodic vocals are solidly backed by family members Siew Wan Khoo (piano, fiddle) and Joel Pettit (bodhrán, cajon), and perfectly complimented by Dublin-born, Seattle-based instrumentalist and composer Colm MacCárthaigh on guitar
The Jocelyn Pettit Band share their passion for the wide world of Celtic music, performing songs from Cape Breton, Québec, Ireland, Scotland, France (Brittany), Spain (Galicia) and beyond.
Friday October 2nd, 2015 8pm
The Gallus Brothers
country blues and rags...with a few twists
with special guest
internationally acclaimed ukelele and guitar virtuoso
The Gallus Brothers are nationally known ragtime, jug band, and country blues specialists. Lucas Hicks and Devin Champlin bring ribald humor, remarkable musicianship and depth of knowledge to a show that is guaranteed to be the full entertainment package. Come hear them stretch it out at the Garden House.
Del Rey is virtuosic on both ukulele and guitar in just the right way-in order to realize her musical ideas. From her first gig at the San Diego Folk festival in 1974, to her world travels today, she has played music that is slightly nostalgic, but fresh and thoughtful. Her distinctive arrangements of songs like Creole Belles (a 1904 ragtime piece performed on the ukulele) or a tribute to guitarist Memphis Minnie, bring vintage sounds to contemporary ears in an engaging manner.
“Rey is one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar.” --Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"The 'ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship" --CD Baby
“To listen to Rey is to abandon all hope of ever viewing the world in the same comfortable way.” --Dirty Linen Magazine
Tickets available here or at the door...if there are any left, our capacity is 80 persons.
Friday June 6th, 2015 7:30pm
Washington Middle School's
Junior and Senior Fiddlers
with special guests
Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons.
An award winning program of musical mentoring featuring the fiddlers of the future. While these kids can easily handle Bach or Beethoven, this show will range from jazz to bluegrass and everywhere inbetween. Closing out the night will be a set from roots musicians and educators Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons. Note the earlier start time!!
Friday May 1st, 2015 8pm
The Lonely Coast
Folk and traditional music from Europe and the Americas
The Lonely Coast (Valerie Holt & Anne Mathews) perform close-harmony duets, lullabies, and folk and traditional music from Europe and the Americas. For this upcoming Garden House Concert they will be joined by special guests Annie Ford and Adam Troy. They have performed on the Duwamish River, in the King County Library System, at Smoke Farm in Arlington, at the Arts in Nature Festival, as part of the Seattle Center's Next 50 celebration, in the City of Seattle’s parks (as part of the Parks & Recreation Busker Program), and at clubs and venues in Seattle and beyond.
Their debut self titled CD (2012) is a world-ranging collection of close-harmony duets, recorded at two different sites: out in the fields of a historic Washington State farm, and deep in the recesses of a former detention center in Seattle.
Friday, April 3th 8 pm
The musical and compositional combination of Amy Denio (back from world tours with Kultur Shock & The Tiptons) on accordion, clarinet & vocals, together with the award winning Latin American duo of Correo Aereo --Abel Rocha & Madeleine Sosin, on Venezuelan & Mexican harp, violin, cuatro, guitar, bombo, & maracas --has been described as "a rarely yodeling, always scintillating, latin american afro-sephardic eastern european gypsy circus chamber music band." This show is likely to swing from somber beauty to hilarious joy in the course of one evening. Not to be missed!
Friday, March 6th 8 pm door@7:30
An adventure in Greek and Balkan Music
Greek and Balkan music comes to Beacon Hill with Seattle's best: Drómeno. Drómeno is a unique folk group presenting regional music from all over Greece and the Balkans. Led by Christos Govetas and Ruth Hunter, long-time players in the Balkan music scene, the group includes both of their kids (Eleni and Bobby Govetas), as well as Nikos Maroussis, Peter Lippman, and Benji Rifati. Dromeno presents authentic music that pulls from deep roots from Greece and all across the Balkans. Between them, these versatile members create the brass sounds of Macedonia, sonorous clarinet and vocal interplay from Ipiros and Thessaly, strident zournas and daouli from Serres, and energetic Thracian dance tunes.
Haunting melodies, irresistible rhythms. True to an ancient tradition but rooted in our New World, Dromeno can stir your soul or bring you to your feet.
$10 at the door/ $8 in advance.....
Friday, February 6th 8pm
Brazilian Music Duo with
The Romtvedt Cumbia Dance Band
Button Accordion music that pulls out all the stops
Maracujá plays music of Latin America drawing from its roots to find their own sound. From Brasil and its street sambas and gentle bossa novas to Cuba and its African rhythms of son, guajira, mambo, and bolero. ….and all places in between. Music for a mood or music to move to.
Maracujá can perform in intimate settings or play fiery Afro Cuban and Afro Brazilian rhythms to make a crowd swing and dance.
The Romtvedt Cumbia Dance Band comes all the way from Buffalo, Wyoming to burn your socks off! Button accordion, saxophone, slinky rhythms and sly melodies will make you shake it when we push back the chairs and roll up the rugs. This is one not to be missed!
November 30th 6pm
The Beaconettes & Atasha Manila with A la Carte
Join us to celebrate our fifth year of bringing fun to Beacon Hill! These fabulous femmes will fear no wigs and will be available during the cocktail hour to pose with you for mini photo momentos!
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Friday November 7th
An evening featuring local songwriters, pianists, and guitarists. Come listen to what you've never heard before!
8:00 pm. Tickets $8 at the door.
Gretta Harley is a composer/performing artist, music educator and Beacon Hill resident. She is planning to release a solo record in February and before she disappears into planning that, she is sharing the stage at the Beacon Hill Garden House.
Jake London is a Seattle singer, songwriter, and guitarist. His music
draws on an eclectic range of influences and is particularly inspired
by people who make a lot of sound with one voice and one guitar (e.g,
Richard Thompson, Nick Drake, and Josh White). Along with John Ramberg (Tripwires, Minus 5), Jake co-hosted the monthly songwriter night at the Sunset Tavern from 2000-2005. He has also performed at the Bumbershoot Music Festival, the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, and numerous Seattle-area venues.
Friday October 3rd
'Quirky and original neo-world music for acoustic quartet'
8:00pm. Tickets $8 at the door.