Kathryn Claire and The Lasses Return to Manzanita

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Kathryn Claire will return to the Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita Sunday, Apr. 17 at 7 p.m., accompanied by “The Lasses” — Sophie ter Shure and Margo Limburg. Admission will be $12-15 at the door.

Claire, ter Shure and Limburg appeared at the Hoffman Center in early 2015, shortly after they teamed up for concerts in The Netherlands and Germany.

They share a love for harmony singing and telling stories through music, and deliver heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs on stage.

Claire has a popular following as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter around the Pacific Northwest. She has toured extensively throughout the U.S., Japan, India, Holland, Belgium, and France.

The Lasses met in 2011 while performing during open mic sessions at an Irish pub in Amsterdam. They quickly combined their talents. Their first tour of the U.S. included Manzanita.

More information about the performers is available sat www.kathrynclairemusic.com, and www.thelasses.wordpress.com.

Dutch folk duo comes to the Hoffman Center March 13

Hoffman Center copyTwo Dutch girls met at an Irish session in Amsterdam and soon discovered their shared love of harmony singing and telling stories through music. They started to perform the songs they loved best, drawing from the Scottish folk tradition – where Sophie lived for a while – as well as from Irish musical heritage – which Margot knew like the back of her hand, after years of busking with her harp-playing husband.

The snug fit of their voices was not lost on the public and The Lasses have tackled many cafés, concert halls, festivals and churches in the last two years with their enchanting folk repertoire. In 2014, they ventured as far as the West coast of Ireland where they were invited by Luka Bloom. Each Lass plays guitar as well as bodhrán but their voices are instantly recognizable: Margot is the husky alto and Sophie the emotive soprano. This year, they hope to enthrall an audience even further west than Ireland: you!

This spring tour will see the release of The Lasses’ second album, Daughters, containing a selection of songs about perky girls who might have done better if they had listened to their parents. On this album, Sophie and Margot perform some songs that are more traditional to the United States, as well as stories from Ireland, Scotland and England. The girls pick their songs by gut feeling – if the song feels like home, if a story rings true in their own heart, there really is no other choice but to start singing it.

With their unique harmony singing and their charming style, their performance should not be missed. So come to one of their shows in and around Oregon and find out what daughters do with well-meant advice!

The lovely Kathryn Claire (kathrynclairemusic.com) will be performing with The Lasses. Kathryn’s unique blend of original, Celtic and Americana music makes for a captivating and energetic live performance. Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and and dynamic guitar work, and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.

The Friday, March 13th concert starts at 7:30 pm and is all ages.  Admission is $10.  Tickets to the event are not pre-sold.

Award-winning songwriter, Cal Scott, brings concert to Manzanita, Friday May 16th

Cal and KathrynManzanita smCal Scott, first place winner of The Great American Song Contest, brings a concert of original songs to The Hoffman Center in Manzanita on Friday, May 16th at 7:30 pm.  The concert will feature Cal on vocals, guitar and harmonica, and Kathryn Claire on vocals, fiddle, and guitar. Scott will be performing songs from his latest CD, Carved Wood Box and in addition to accompanying Cal, Kathryn will be singing songs from her new CD, Shimmering Blue.

Cal is the musical director of the eight-piece ensemble, The Trail Band, and also records and tours with Irish fiddler Kevin Burke. Their CD “Across the Black River” was hailed as “one of the top 12 world music CDs of 2007” by the New York Times. He has also written musical scores for over fifty PBS specials including the opening theme for the Oregon Public Broadcasting program, The Oregon Experience.

Admission is $12.
Carved Wood Box is receiving airplay all across the country on Folk playlists. Here are some comments
about the songs:

“I wanted to tell you how impressed I was by every aspect of the production. At the heart of it, of course,
your wonderful songwriting and storytelling in song. I am sent so many CD’s, and very, very few touch me
as yours did. Thank you again.” Tom May, Host, River City Folk. (syndicated radio program).

“Paid Too Much for the Diamond …is an exceptionally well-written song in every aspect.” Great American
Song Contest Judges, March, 2013.

“Cal Scott writes story songs the way they should be written, with clear plot and simple words, so natural
you would think you were listening to him talk. …songs worth repeated listening.” – Mitch Park, Folk on
Sunday, 104.7FM, Hastings, New Zealand

“Great songwriting and accompanying instrumentation, along with Cal’s guitar work, make this disc a joy to
play – and a joy to listen to!” – Jim Canales, The Acoustic Revival, 90FM WWSP, Stevens Point, WI

Youtube links:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGST8mPBTXE    Carved Wood Box

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5-NbnN3QPw   Listening for Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uOFSeUVVDoQ    Overcast Skies

Kathryn Claire CD Release Show on March 28th

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Join Kathryn Claire for a CD release show at the Hoffman Center in Manzanita March 28th at 7:30pm.

Kathryn will be releasing Shimmering Blue, a collection of cover songs.  Kathryn’s unique blend of original, Celtic and Americana music makes for a captivating and energetic live performance.  Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and and dynamic guitar work, and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.


This show will feature a full backing band for Kathryn– Allen Hunter on bass; Zak Borden on mandolin( who just performed at the Hoffman Center with Kathryn in January); and Don Henson on percussion.

If you aren’t familiar with Kathryn, here’s a video from one of her solo performances at the Hoffman Center:

For more info on Kathryn Claire, check out: 
http://www.kathrynclairemusic.com

Admission to the show will be $12.

 

Kathryn Claire Returns on January 4th, 2014

Kathryn-4103 - Version 2 (2)Kathryn Claire returns to the Hoffman Center on Saturday, Jan. 4th, for her third annual New Year’s concert.
Kathryn’s unique blend of original, Celtic and Americana music makes for a captivating and energetic live performance.  Her fiddle-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and and dynamic guitar work, and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres.
Performing is a truly joyful experience for Kathryn Claire, and her love of music is evident every time she takes the stage. In a recent review of Kathryn Claire music, The Willamette Week said, ““Regardless of which hat Kathryn Claire’s wearing, she’s embedded herself in two very essential folk scenes.  Whether she’s playing a traditional jig or lamenting a lost love, hers is a voice that has become a part of the scene’s very fabric.”
Show starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $10.  Kathryn Claire will be joined by mandolinist Zak Borden.  More information at www.kathrynclairemusic.com.

 

Two Celtic Duos from Two Great Towns for One Amazing Night of Music

Untitled 9Naia, a Celtic Flute and Harp duo from Portland, Maine will be joining Kathryn Claire and Hanz Araki from Portland, OR for a concert at the Hoffman Center, Thursday April 18th at 7:30 pm. Admission will be $10.

Flutist Nicole Rabata and harpist Danielle Langord of Naia have appeared throughout the US and on international stages in various ensembles and as soloists.

Recent highlights include the International Flute Festival of Lund, Sweden, the Magic Flute Festival in Stockholm, the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland, Longy School of Music, WOMAD Festival in England,Amherst College, New Hampshire Highland Games, the Festival Interceltique du L’Orient in Brittany, France, and the Hammersmith Irish Center in London.

Nicole has been featured on BBC Glasgow and French National Television.

Both have been heard recently on NPR’s show ‘Thistle and Shamrock.’

In demand as teachers, both musicians are on the applied music faculty at Colby College, teaching clinics and workshops throughout New England.

To listen to their music, check here: http://www.naiamusic.com/listen

HANZ ARAKI: Flute player/singer Hanz Araki is the quintessential world music musician, performing a blend of traditional Scottish, Irish and English songs and instrumentals with fierce musicianship and an original approach. His journey began with traditional Japanese music and led to traditional Celtic, pop and rock. Channeling six generations of flautists, a cross-cultural tapestry is woven that never grows stale.

KATHRYN CLAIRE: Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her violin-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music.

For more info on Hanz and Kathryn, check out:

http://www.thecelticconspiracy.com/

Kathryn Claire Concert Rescheduled to Friday, January 4th

kathryn claire head shotHoffman PosterKathryn Claire’s solo concert at the Hoffman Center has been rescheduled to Friday, January 4th.  The show will start at 7:30 and admission is $10.

From an article in Tillamook’s Headlight Herald–

“Following an acclaimed tour of Japan, singer-songwriter Kathryn Claire will return to the Hoffman Center in Manzanita for a solo show at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 4. Kathryn will perform songs from her latest release and her other favorites. Admission will be $10.

Violinist and vocalist Claire is a Portland-based performing, recording and visual artist celebrated for her frequent visits to the north Oregon coast.

“Morning Comes Too Soon” explores the themes of transition, loss and discovery, while showcasing the narrative and personal qualities for which her songs have become known.”

We hope to see you there!

 

As I Roved Out: Songs of Spring CD Release Event

Kathryn Claire and Hanz Araki return for the release of their newest cd “As I Roved Out: Songs of Spring”. Love songs, jigs and reels from across the Atlantic evoke the green fields and meadows; the penny whistle and fiddle echo the song birds with this sprightly, time-honored music. Featuring special guest guitarist Chris Hayes on guitar. 8 pm $12 admission/$10 for students and seniors.

Kathryn Claire returns to Hoffman Center, January 6

Kathryn Claire in concert on Friday, January 6

 Following a phenomenal performance with Hanz Araki in October, singer-songwriter Kathryn Claire will return to the Hoffman Center on Friday, January 6th for a solo show. Kathryn will be playing from her latest solo release Morning Comes Too Soon.  Admission is $7.

Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her violin-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music.

Kathryn released her third solo album, Morning Comes Too Soon, in April 2011. It features Jeff Baxter on piano, Jules Holbrook on bass and Scott McPherson on drums with guest performances by Hanz Araki, Ezra Holbrook, Andrew Lorish, Matthew Hayward-Macdonald and Skip Von Kuske.

The album was recorded in an intense few days at the Secret Society in Portland, Oregon (with engineer Jordan Leff and co-producer Andrew Lorish) and has a very live, dynamic quality. Explored in the 10 tracks are themes of transition, loss and discovery. The songs retain the narrative and personal quality that she is known for while allowing a more mature sound to develop around them.

“Claire’s tunes bridge a personal presence with traditional folk style, and solid contemporary acoustic guitar. Lyrical melodies, and a heart-full folk soprano reminiscent of Baez” – HipFish

www.kathrynclairemusic.com