Annalisa Tornfelt in Concert with the Tornfelt Sisters

mm1-10-15Sunday, January 10, 7:00pm,

O’Connor’s Vault

7850 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR, 97219

Advance tickets: annalisapdx.brownpapertickets.com

Matt Miner Presents and sponsor Hearing Health welcome Annalisa Tornfelt and the Tornfelt Sisters to O’Connor’s Vault, Sunday, January 10 at 7pm. Born and raised in Alaska, Annalisa listened to classical music, Disney, and Chuck Mangione’s song, “Children of Sanchez”. She played bluegrass for decades and recently discovered rock and when her bandmates in Black Prairie asked her to sing a cover of  “The Song Remains the Same” at a New Years Eve party. Originally a side project of the Decemberists, Black Prairie has become a major touring and recording act of its own with five albums released, most on the Sugar Hill label. Annalisa has become the face of the band, and its main vocalist.

“I asked Annalisa to play a few fiddle tunes with me, which soon flipped to her picking up a guitar and singing Hank Williams,” says her Black Prairie bandmate, Chris Funk, also a member of the Decemberists.  “It was simple, but it was stunning.  It’s those moments when she grabs the all too familiar guitar and sings a song that you realize your bandmate and friend has the unique gift and power to make the weight of the world lift for three minutes.”

For this show, Annalisa will take the stage with her sisters Emily and Kjirsten adding harmony vocals. Here’s a sample of the trio from a recent show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqWAWSf9-Yc.

Advance discount tickets are available from annalisapdx.brownpapertickets.com

Once the show is sold out, a few tickets may be available at the door, at the discretion of the venue.

O’Connor’s Vault is a friendly, comfortable neighborhood music venue offering a full restaurant menu and full bar. Over 21 only, please.

Our generous sponsor, Hearing Health, is Portland’s #1 rated Hearing Aid Provider, located in Raleigh Hills.

For more information about this show and others like it, contact Matt Miner at mattminermusic@gmail.com or 503-484-8196.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore with special guest Jack Dwyer

jackmandoMonday, December 14, 7:00pm,

O’Connor’s Vault

7850 SW Capitol Hwy

Tickets: $15 advance through http://dwyercircle.brownpapertickets.com

or at the door.

Cal Scott and Richard Moore welcome multi-instrumentalist Jack Dwyer http://www.jackdwyer.com to their bi-monthly circle at O’Connor’s Vault in Multnomah Village, Monday, December 14 at 7:00pm.

Raised in an Alaskan family bluegrass band and seasoned on the stages of various New York City and Hudson Valley music clubs, Portland-based performer Jack Dwyer has embraced his roots-music background and found a new voice as a talented songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. His shows move seamlessly through country classics, swing jazz, honky tonk blues, bluegrass, bouncy bayou-flavored gems, and original songs written in all of these styles. Jack’s wide musical vocabulary is liable to entertain even the most multilingual sort of listener, but his joyful ramblings are balanced by a keen sense of tradition and a deep love for the more “authentic” sounds favored by musical purists. His gifts for imitation are matched with a sly sense of humor and a passion for storytelling, which always make his songs more than just reproductions. As Jack puts it, “most of the time I am trying to write what I call the C-Side… classic hits from a parallel universe.”

The Circle regulars with Jack will be Cal Scott and Richard Moore, who have fine-tuned their acoustic chops together and individually over the past forty-some years. They initially joined forces as a collegiate vocal trio with tv star-to-be Markie Post, then with a rock band in the seventies, and now are four years running with the Songwriter Circle.

Advance tickets are $15 each from  http://dwyercircle.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.  Once the show is sold out, a few tickets may be available at the door, at the discretion of the venue.

O’Connor’s Vault is a friendly, comfortable neighborhood music venue offering a full restaurant menu and full bar.

More information from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic@gmail.com.

 

 

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Steve Seskin in Concertmm11-15-15
with special guest Kelly Bosworth

Sunday, November  15, 7:00pm
O’Connor’s Vault
7850 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR, 97219

Advance tickets:

http://seskinpdx.brownpapertickets.com

Matt Miner Presents, O’Connor’s Vault  and new sponsor Hearing Health welcome California singer-songwriter Steve Seskin and Portland’s own Kelly Bosworth, Sunday, November 15 at 7pm.

Steve Seskin http://steveseskin.com/ is one of the most successful writers in Nashville today, with a boatload of songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Peter Frampton, Waylon Jennings, Alabama, and Peter Paul and Mary. His song “Don’t Laugh At Me” was a finalist for CMA “Song of the Year” in 1999, and has spurred an entire tolerance movement, launched by the Don’t Laugh at Me Project. Other Seskin hits include: “I Think About You,” “Life’s A Dance,” “No Doubt About It,” “If You’ve Got Love” and “Grown Men Don’t Cry.”

Here are a couple of quotes from his peers in the business:

“Steve Seskin leads the cutting edge of American songwriting that, in this dark period of our history, leads us back to our humanity and our light. Beyond that, he lives the message of his music as this troubadour inspires his audience to laugh, cry and forget their fear of believing once again.”
– Peter Yarrow of Peter Paul & Mary

“Steve Seskin is a pal, a collaborator, a helluva songwriter, and a coffee fanatic.” -Craig Carothers

Kelly Bosworth http://www.kellybosworth.com/ is a folk Americana singer/songwriter raised on family jam sessions and classical music. Her evocative, haunting melodies and warm vocals draw audiences into her songs, which speak to universal themes of loss, longing, and love.

Advance discount tickets are available from
http://seskinpdx.brownpapertickets.com

Once the show is sold out, a few tickets may be available at the door, at the discretion of the venue.

O’Connor’s Vault is a friendly, comfortable neighborhood music venue offering a full restaurant menu and full bar.

Our new sponsor, Hearing Health, is Portland’s Number one hearing aid source. Hundreds of people have relied on Hearing Health to restore not only their hearing, but their connection to people and to life. Learn more at http://www.yourhearinghealth.com/

For more information about this show and others like it, contact Matt Miner at mattminermusic@gmail.com or 503- 484-8196.

Next up: Songwriter Circle with special guest Jack Dwyer, Monday, December 14.
Tickets at http://dwyercircle.brownpapertickets.com

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Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore with special guest Melissa Greener

MG335_11x17_small_altMonday, October 5, 7:00pm,
O’Connor’s Vault
7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy
Tickets: $12 advance through

http://greenerpdx.brownpapertickets.com

or $15 at the door.

Cal Scott and Richard Moore welcome Nashville-based Americana artist Melissa Greener to their bi-monthly circle at O’Connor’s Vault in Multnomah Village, Monday, October 5 at 7:00pm.

“I had the chance to open for Melissa a while back and she absolutely knocked me out.  Great singer, great guitarist and wonderful songs.  Don’t miss this one!” -Cal Scott

Melissa Greener is a singer, songwriter and guitarist of the highest order.  Her songs summon their truth from mountain ranges, holy places, deserts, oceans and forests, or the lonely stretch of blacktop from Detroit to Austin.  Impressive vocal chops wrap quirkily crafted narrative that “paints superb portraits of the human condition” (Maverick Music Magazine -UK).  “Words for Greener are pigments”, finely placed and skipped like stones across the surface of the deep-pocket groove of her raucous electric tremolo guitar.

Greener grew up in Detroit with an alluring cacophony of Motown, standard torch ballads, and 1960’s Laurel Canyon records. The unique brew emerged as the fermentation of a classically trained soprano mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club, and a politically bent hippie father.  She savored the lyrical stylings of modernist poets whose books she discovered in her junior high school days.  Greener muses, “I had an English teacher in the seventh grade who introduced us to poetry.  I think it back-fired on him, because I would skip class to hide out in the library reading Dylan Thomas, Robert Service, Dickinson and Yeats.”

During her years of living in Austin, Greener discovered a solace; in the Medina River, in the rolling Texas Hill Country, and in the outlaw songwriters of the region.  Texas left a permanent mark on her – in psyche and song – so much so that Guy Clark could relate and he has become a regular songwriting partner with Greener.

The usual suspects bookending Melissa will be Cal Scott, jack-of-many-genres who composes film scores and performs with The Trail Band and the Scepters, and the word-witty, tune-wise Richard Moore.

Discount advance tickets are $12 each from

http://greenerpdx.brownpapertickets.com

or $15 at the door. More information from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic@gmail.com.

 

 

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Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys in Concert with special guest Jordie Lane

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with special guest Jordie Lane

 

Monday, September 14, 7:00pm,

O’Connor’s Vault

7850 SW Capitol Hwy.
Portland, OR, 97219

Advance tickets: jbyrdpdx.brownpapertickets.com

Matt Miner Presents and O’Connor’s Vault welcome Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys, with special guest Jordie Lane, Monday, September 14, at 7pm.

Jonathan Byrd http://www.jonathanbyrd.com and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists. Between heartbreaking ballads and hell-raising sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain, inspire, and get audiences involved in the show.
 Jonathan Byrd is a preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Fifteen years into his music career, Byrd’s songs are campfire favorites at folk festivals. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.” Cellist Paul Ford played bass with songwriter James Deely and Pittsburgh’s rock legend Norm Nardini. Electric guitarist Johnny Waken met Paul Ford in Norm Nardini’s band, and they worked together for six years in the U.S. and Europe. A celebrated prodigy, Waken was invited to play Jon Bon Jovi’s birthday and Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan’s wedding.

Australia’s critically acclaimed folk storytelling troubadour Jordie Lane http://jordielane.com/ has just come off an epic two year world tour of his Nashville recorded EP, “Not Built To Last” which was picked up by Sirius XM’s The Coffeehouse Radio Channel across North America. Accompanied by the multi-talented singer/songwriter Clare Reynolds, they’ve been sharing their dynamically powerful harmonies across the globe doing coveted main stage appearances at Philadelphia Folk Festival, Winnipeg & Calgary Folk Festivals (Canada), Celtic Connections (Scotland), Port Fairy & National Folk Festival (Australia), and a 50 date US Tour which included appearances on public radio’s Folk Alley and Mountain Stage.

O’Connor’s Vault is a friendly, comfortable neighborhood music venue offering a full restaurant menu and full bar.

For more information about this show and others like it, contact Matt Miner at mattminermusic@gmail.com or 503-484-8196.


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7/19 Marshall McLean Band, Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin at Secret Society
8/3 Songwriter Circle featuring Nathaniel Talbot at O’Connor’s
8/17 J (Johann) Wagner, Alexa Wiley at O’Connor’s
8/27 Keith Greeninger at O’Connor’s
9/14 Jonathan Byrd and Jordie Lane at O’Connor’s
10/5 Songwriter Circle featuring Melissa Greener at O’Connor’s
10/17 Greg Trooper at O’Connor’s

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5/8 Ellis at O’Connor’s
5/16 Chuck Pyle at O’Connor’s
6/1 Songwriter Circle with Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

ellis3Ellis in Concert

Friday, May 8, 7:00pm,
O’Connor’s Vault
7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy
Tickets: $15 advance through http://ellisplayspdx.brownpapertickets.com
or $20 at the door.

There’s just something about Ellis.  She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. After her recent appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Ellis’ music charted in the Folk Top 100 in iTunes and Folk Top 20 on Amazon.com. She also received hundreds of messages from strangers including, “you exude pure joy,” “I heard you and fell in love” and “I was stopped in my tracks by your music and captivating laugh” as well as “Yours is a voice we all need to hear.”  Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.

A winner of several awards and honors, Ellis has been recognized both for her songwriting skills as well as her engaging performances.  Many folk festivals have “audience choice” awards, and Ellis has claimed those honors at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Moab Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival.  She also won the Midwest Mountain Stage New Song Contest (US) in 2011 and the award for the Just Plain Folks (International) Best Female Singer Songwriter Album in 2009.

Tickets are $15 in advance from ellispdx.brownpapertickets.com or $20 at the door.  Seating is limited.  Best bet is early purchase of advance tickets.

chuckpChuck Pyle in Concert
with special guest
Richey Bellinger

Saturday, May 16, 7:00pm,
O’Connor’s Vault
7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy
Tickets: $15 advance through http://chuckpylepdx.brownpapertickets.com/
or $20 at the door.

Chuck Pyle has won high praise from both fans and peers alike throughout an inspired performance career of over 40 years.  When reviewers first gave him the “Zen Cowboy” moniker, he decided to, as he says, “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going,” and took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense.  He mixes infectiously hummable melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys.

Chuck’s songs have been recorded by John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Suzy Bogguss. Country fans know him best for writing “Cadillac Cowboy,” recorded by the late Chris LeDoux, and “Jaded Lover,” recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker.

While fans love his recordings, they adore Chuck’s live performance.  The first time he made an audience laugh, he was “hooked.” A nimble guitarist, critics say his sense of rhythm is more like a fine classical, or jazz soloist, his songwriting musically sophisticated yet full of uncluttered space. The Chuck Pyle Finger-Style approach to guitar has distinguished him as a true original, earning him invitations to teach at such prestigious events as The Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and The Swannanoa Gathering.  His music has made him a favorite of Bill & Melinda Gates who have had him play at their home in Seattle.

Richey Bellinger is a Portland song writer/musician, ceramic artist, art educator, and photographer.  He is a favorite among his fellow Oregon singer-songwriters and has been featured at the Sisters Folk Festival.  About his music, RIchey said, “The wonderful people I have met in the Portland songwriter community, and the collaborative nature of music making especially brings me joy.”

More information about these shows from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic@gmail.com.

Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore
with special guests Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

Monday, June 1, 7:00pm,
O’Connor’s Vault
7850 S.W. Capitol Hwy
Tickets: $12 advance through http://katestevepdx.brownpapertickets.com
or $15 at the door.
Cal Scott and Richard Moore welcome the godparents of the Portland folk scene to their bi-monthly circle at O’Connor’s Vault in Multnomah Village, Monday, June 1 at 7:00pm. Kate Power and Steve Einhorn have held an honored place in the center of Portland’s folk and singer-songwriter community, both as performers and until recently, long-time owners of Artichoke Music, a retail and performance center for acoustic instruments in southeast Portland.

Kate & Steve’s music delivers the real deal in a push-button world. They have appeared as special guests on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion and won the Grand Prize from Music2Life in Kerrville, Texas “for songs that make a difference” with Kate’s song “Travis John.”

Twenty-five years of teaching people their first chords at Artichoke Music and a lifetime in concert as folksingers, Kate & Steve were inspired to create the Ukalaliens method for teaching people to play and sing and took it to the road in October 2009. Known for their Johnny Appleseed approach to sharing the joy of ukulele in America, the Ukalaliens are opening doors for thousands who never dreamed they could learn to play a musical instrument.

“So earthy and fresh is your music. I love it.” – Lloyd “Tommy” Doss, Sons of the Pioneers

“Your music is wonderful! I love your harmonies. Keep on!” – Pete Seeger

“You guys are the best – the absolute best.” – Dave Carter

The usual suspects bookending Kate and Steve will be Cal Scott, jack-of-many-genres who writes and performs with The Trail Band and Kevin Burke, and the word-witty and tune-wise Richard Moore, likely to share a few more scenes from “Rain,” his musical-in-the-works about Portland.

Discount advance tickets are $12 each from katestevepdx.brownpapertickets.com or $15 at the door. More information from Matt Miner at 503-484-8196 or mattminermusic@gmail.com.

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Next Up:

3/14 Buddy Mondlock with Michael Sheridan, O’Connor’s
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3/27 Rita Hosking with Lincoln Crockett, O’Connor’s
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4/6 Songwriter Circle with Beth Wood, O’Connor’s
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