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
songwritersbethw.brownpapertickets.com

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Here’s a sample from the last Songwriter Circle:

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My plate is full, so grab a fork and dig in…

12/28/14 Mississippi Pizza: Gary Furlow and the Loafers(my band) and Woodlander

1/2/15 O’Connor’s: Kelly Brightwell Band and Kray Van Kirk

2/2/15 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Mary Flower

3/1415 O’Connor’s: Buddy Mondlock and Michael Sheridan

3/27/15 O’Connor’s: Rita Hosking and Lincoln Crockett

4/6/15 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Beth Wood

4/10/15 Clinton Street Theater: Claudia Schmidt

5/2/15 Secret Society: Ellis

5/16 O’Connor’s: Chuck Pyle and Dan Weber

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Coming to a music venue near you…

I have a full plate of shows in the works to keep your fall, winter and spring music-filled. Here’s what I’m working on:

10/6 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Lincoln Crockett
10/9 Secret Society: Jonathan Byrd, Tim Grimm, Krista Detor
11/14 O’Connor’s: Ellis
12/8 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Anna Tivel
2/2/15 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Mary Flower
3/27/15 O’Connor’s Rita Hosking
4/6/15 O’Connor’s: Richard Moore, Cal Scott, special guest Beth Wood
4/10/15 Clinton Street Theater: Claudia Schmidt

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Songwriter Circle: Cal Scott and Richard Moore with special guest Lincoln Crockett

Cal Scott and Richard Moore welcome singer-songwriter and mandolin master lincolnpinkflowerLincoln Crockett to their bi-monthly circle at O’Connor’s Vault in Multnomah Village, Monday, October 6 at 7:00pm.

Lincoln Crockett http://www.lincolncrockett.com is one of the finest of the new breed of Portland-based singer-songwriters, and a wizard with a mandolin. Lincoln’s occasional collaborator Chris Kokesh calls his music “A kick in the pants with a hug.  Like ‘Hey, wake up’ and ‘I understand, we’re all in this together’.” Once ubiquitous on the Portland pub scene, Lincoln is currently a scarce sighting having settled into a less frenetic domestic lifestyle in Trout Lake, Washington.

“Lincoln Crockett has a voice like wind in the hills. There’s honesty, vulnerability, and an edge of loss in these modern bluegrass-tinged tunes. Excellent mandolin and guitar playing only highlight the spiritual edge of his singing.” Dan Linn, Rosedrop Media Circus

The usual suspects bookeding Lincoln will be Cal Scott, jack-of-many-genres who writes and performs with The Trail Band and Kevin Burke, and the wordwitty 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 http://songwriterscrockett.brownpapertickets.com
or $15 at the door. These shows often sell out, and this one is not likely to be an exception.

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

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Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin In Concert

Sunday, January 19, 7:00pm, Alberta Rose Theater, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., Portland, Oregon 97211.

Tickets $15 from https://www.albertarosetheatre.com or $20 at the door

Two great songwriters. One great night. Schmidt and Elkin have each released several solo albums on Red House Records. Last year, they teamed up on “Together,” their first collection of duets.

Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin-based Danny Schmidt has rapidly ascended from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance.  With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer whose earthy poetry manages to conjure magic from the mundane.  Sing Out Magazine calls him “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”

Armed with just his voice, his words, and his acoustic guitar, Danny’s a timeless troubadour, sharing his truth in the form of songs, unadorned and intimate.  As songwriter Jeffrey Foucault put it: “Everything about the man is gentle, except for his capacity for insight, which is crushing.”  http://dannyschmidt.com/

With her Red House Records debut release, Call It My Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. She’s an artist full of contrast and contradiction. With a voice that’s somehow both gritty and pristine, the Austin Chronicle calls it “an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith” while Bob Harris of the BBC throws in comparisons to Patty Griffin and Iris DeMent, and calls her voice “spellbinding from the opening track.” http://carrieelkin.com/

 

This concert is a cooperative effort between the Alberta Rose Theater and Matt Miner Presents.  More information at https://www.albertarosetheatre.com or from mailto:mattminermusic@gmail.com

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