Category: 2018 Festival Lineup

CON BRIO

 “Con Brio is the best new live act in America!” (PopMatters)  After just three short years, Con Brio today has exploded onto the West Coast music scene on the strength of their vibrant funk and psychedelic-soul San Francisco sound.   Lead singer Ziek McCarter and his swiveling hips, splits and backflips have earned him frequent comparisons to a young Michael Jackson or James Brown.  And Con Brio is conquering the rest of the world as well.  They’ve been a sensation at most of the major American music festivals (Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Summerfest, Outside Lands, etc.) and around the world – Fuji Rock, Japan’s largest music event; Montreal Jazz Fest, the Netherlands, London, Paris and more. After a dazzling performance at the Austin City Limits Festival, PopMatters declared that “they were enthralling, especially McCarter. It’s a feeling I haven’t had since seeing a 16-year-old Derek Trucks render a bunch of unaware bar patrons slack-jawed more than 20 years ago. While watching Con Brio, I kept looking around the tent, searching the faces: “You’re seeing this right? You get what’s happening?” And they were. It was hard not to be swept up in it all.” SATURDAY

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MARCHFOURTH

Who can forget that unforgettable moment just three years ago when MarchFourth burst upon the Juan de Fuca Festival with their swirling volcano of high energy music and spectacle. MarchFourth is an internationally acclaimed, genre-breaking force in the world of entertainment – a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world taking audiences on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization.  With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes and irresistible charisma.  This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.”  MarchFourth delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience of pure joy. As bass player, John Averill notes, “we definitely have a funk and New Orleans influence, but we also do rock, jazz, lots of different genres.  If it’s got a groove, we’ll play it.”  FRIDAY

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CURTIS SALGADO

Curtis is the original Blues Brother.  After John Belushi caught one of Curtis’s typical, no-holds-barred performances, Belushi was inspired to create the Blues Brothers and modeled his character after Curtis (along with dedicating the first Blues Brother album, Briefcase Full of Blues, to Curtis).  Recognition for Curtis as the consummate bluesman has arrived — he swept the 2013 Blues Awards in Memphis, winning BB King Entertainer of the Year, Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year and Soul Blues Album of the Year. With 2017’s new CD, The Beautiful Lowdown, Curtis did it again – winning Best Male Blues Artist, Best Album and Best Song.  Curtis tours heavily, leaving fans excited and hungry for more wherever he plays. Reknowned as a solo artist, his long and storied career also includes stints as the lead singer for the Robert Cray Band, Roomful of Blues, Steve Miller and Santana.   “Always give it your best,” he says. “Be honest and be real. Treat every show like it’s the biggest night of your life.” “Triumphant, joyful blues-soaked R & B –one of the most soulful, honest singers ever.” (Blues Revue)  SUNDAY

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THE SAM CHASE

Over the past several years, The Sam Chase has emerged, perhaps, as Port Angeles’ favorite out-of-town band. Equally popular in the Bay Area, the band are time winners as “Best Band” in the SF Weekly Best of the Bay Readers Poll. Hailing from the hills of San Francisco, Sam and his band, whom he lovingly refers to as The Untraditional, take to stages all over the country with a virulent and frenetic passion which many history buffs might liken to the Norse warriors known as The Berserkers, who were known to have fought battles with an uncontrollable, trance-like fury. But we digress. In 2012 came the release of his long awaited first studio album, The Sam Chase Will Lead Us To Victory which took the group all across the United States. The cry came for more, so they released a new album, The Sam Chase Will Never Die. Interestingly, many children have been conceived to this album and all of these children are now showing higher than normal levels of intelligence and immunity to most diseases. MONDAY, AFTER HOURS SUNDAY

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ROYAL JELLY JIVE

Few bands have the ability to evoke an old-school throwback vibe and yet sound entirely fresh and new at the same time. Royal Jelly Jive is one of those bands. Combining elements of Soul, Rock, Swing and Hip-Hop, Royal Jelly Jive shakes up every dance-party and grooves harder than your typical rock n’ roll band dares to go. It is all fronted by enigmatic singer Lauren Bjelde, whose sultry voice and songwriting lands somewhere in-between Amy Winehouse and Tom Waits. The infectious sounds of swingin’ horns, gritty keys and a bumpin’ rhythm section carry a crowd into bliss — creating an unforgettable live experience that will leave you wanting more.  Since forming in San Francisco’s own Boom Boom Room in the summer of 2013, Royal Jelly Jive has quickly ascended to become one of the Bay Area’s most anticipated acts. Playing hi-energy shows and festivals in cities and towns all across the West Coast, they have captivated the ears and hearts of almost all who hear them.  (Royal Jelly Jive will be performing three shows for area students at Port Angeles High School.)  SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS SATURDAY

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DEEP BLUE JAM

Deep Blue Jam is a mandolin/guitar based Americana Roots/Rock/Funk fusion jam band, or what they like to call, “Bluezgrass.”  Founded by veteran musicians, Lorin Rowan and Kirk Casey, the band also includes Eric McCann on bass, Matt Willis on drums and Steve Berk on keys.   Lorin’s recordings and performances include a long history as part of the Rowan Brothers with his brothers, Peter and Chris, as well as with iconic musicians Vince Herman and Leftover Salmon, Steve Miller, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Levon Helm, Bill Kreutzmann, and more. Some of Kirk’s recordings and performances include The Sims, SimCity, Kenneth Nash, Steve Miller, Journey, Tower of Power, and many others. Eric McCann, Matt Willis and Steve Berk also boast remarkable resumes and have played and recorded with a wide variety of virtuoso musicians including Phil Lesh, Doobie Brothers, Steve Miller, Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Greg Allman Band, Little Feat, Bill Kreutzman, Jim Keltner, Steve Cropper, Clarence Clemmons, Levon Helm and Jerry Garcia – just to name a few.  SUNDAY

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WORLD’S FINEST

An eclectic five-piece band combining Americana, ska, dub and bluegrass, World Finest banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings. Never happy to settle, the band is always looking to push through boundaries and challenge themselves.  With five albums under their belt, the band is still firing on all cylinders. World’s Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, Summer Meltdown, Oregon Country Fair, 4 Peaks, Symbiosis and more. With their unique style, World’s Finest connects with fans from all over the musical universe. FRIDAY, AFTER HOURS FRIDAY

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TOO LOOSE CAJUN/ZYDECO BAND

Get ready to get your ya yas out with the ever-popular Too Loose Cajun/Zydeco Band as they rock the house with their infectious brand of Cajun and zydeco dance music from Southwestern Louisiana. With their traditional Cajun/zydeco instrumentation, this band will take you on a rollicking journey into the heart of the Louisiana bayou with two fiddles, accordion, electric and acoustic guitars, piano, the traditional Louisiana rub-board, and a kickin’ rhythm section. With their vocal harmonies tart and sweet, male and female, they are perennial favorites on the zydeco stage at the Portland Waterfront Blues Festival as well as many other parties and festivals. So come on down, and don’t forget your dancin’ shoes.  SUNDAY

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ALL OUR EXES LIVE IN TEXAS

Although it would be understandable if one thought that All Our Exes hailed from somewhere in the southwest, this talented group of women are actually from Australia where they just won the prestigious ARIA (Australian Grammy) for best roots/blues album of the year. All Our Exes Live in Texas is a fantasy draft of Australia’s finest singer-songwriters – combining to create four-part indie-folk harmony heaven. They’ve had an impressive career to date, touring and performing with The Backstreet Boys (USA), Passenger (UK) and many others including a number of Australian musical icons like last year’s tour of the US with Midnight Oil. “All Our Exes Live in Texas have been touring over the past couple of years selling out venues all over Australia – it’s hard to feel sorry for someone singing a sad song when their talent is completely blocking any feelings of pity you could ever feel – they are the most badass girl folk group ever.” (hhhappy.com) SATURDAY

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BALLET VICTORIA

JFFA is committed to just one legacy act– a group that we feature at our Festival every single year.  That group is Ballet Victoria.  Ballet Victoria is a boutique professional ballet company that presents four yearly productions in its home base of Victoria BC.  They are known for their dramatic, technically demanding and often laced with humor, performances. Audiences can always expect shows that are entertaining but also with great artistic depth – satisfying to both aficionados and to those just discovering ballet.  Under the direction of Artistic Director Paul Destrooper, innovation is always happening, quietly but insistently.  Having produced over 73 new works, Ballet Victoria is starting its 15th season in 2018.  Their programs utilize a diverse range of choreographies, from Baroque music to Rock, from Opera to folk songs. The result is pure magic.   The Juan de Fuca Festival will enjoy excerpts from their remarkably rich and varied oeuvre. SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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LAURA LOVE

Laura Love is an award winning “folk-funk” singer/songwriter/bassist who has been touring throughout the world since the early 1990s.  Laura has released 11 CDs on major and minor labels, she has performed at nearly every great music festival in North America and Australia, she has composed commissioned music for dance and theater productions and is a published author.  After taking nearly a decade off the festival/touring circuit (including the Juan de Fuca Festival!), to live off grid and raise her daughter, Laura is again returning to the stage to continue where she left off.  To that end, she exploded back onto the festival scene in 2017, taking the Kate Wolf, Strawberry and Philadelphia Folk Music Festivals by storm.  With these powerful performances she and her stellar guitarist, Terry Hunt, showcased a whole new batch of songs that left audiences leaping to their feet mid-set and some concert-goers telling her “she was even better than she’d been years ago. ” Her music is exuberant…reaching out with an almost fervent joy.”  (New York Times)  SATURDAY

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TILLER’S FOLLY

A long time festival favorite, it’s been seven long years since Tiller’s Folly last joined us.  Tiller’s Folly is the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally travelled acoustic power trio, planted at the forefront of a bold new movement in progressive roots music. A highly regarded Canadian Celtic group-turned-historians, this award-winning ensemble has shifted to what might be more aptly termed Acoustic Roots Music.  Principle songwriter and vocalist Bruce Coughlan is a true collector of songs and a multi-faceted talent — fated to be recognized as one of the great Canadian songwriters in the league of Gordon Lightfoot and Stan Rogers.  Fiddler/multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray is an Oregon State Fiddle Champion, top ten Grand Master Champion and top ten US National Fiddle Champion.  The bassist Laurence Knight is an expressive musician who adds his soulful, rhythmic signature to the Tiller’s Folly blend.  “Tiller’s Folly is a national treasure”. (Edmonton Journal) MONDAY

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DAVID JACOBS STRAIN W/BOB BEACH

A long-time favorite of the Juan de Fuca Festival, David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player and song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and his spirit of emotional abandon. His live show moves from humorous, subversive blues to delicate balladry and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. David has appeared at major festivals throughout the world including a stint on the faculty of Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop at the age of 15. He’s shared the stage with Lucinda Williams, Boz Scaggs, Etta James, Taj Mahal, the Doobie Brothers and many more. He will be accompanied by Philadelphia’s harmonica virtuoso Bob Beach. “His albums are slow-burning wonders…” (Pop Matters) David and Bob’s set on Monday will be a joint show with Keith Greeninger and Dayan Kai. SUNDAY, MONDAY, AFTER HOURS SUNDAY

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KEITH GREENINGER W/DAYAN KAI

These two powerful artists combine award winning songwriting, stunning vocal harmonies, and effortless musical collaboration.  Keith Greeninger is a seasoned troubadour, award-winning songwriter, and captivating performer. As a solo artist and with his band, he has toured the national Folk and Americana circuit extensively for the last two decades. His masterfully crafted songs and warm distinctive vocals have earned him the top songwriting awards at the Telluride Blue Grass Festival, The Kerrville and Napa Valley Folk Festivals.   Dayan Kai is a true musical force of nature. Born without sight he began playing classical piano at the age of two. He plays a diverse array of musical instruments with mesmerizing ease. With a harmony voice most angels would trade their wings in for, Kai moves fluidly between guitars, keyboards, winds instruments and percussion creating a rich musical backdrop for the duo’s soaring music. Keith and Dayan’s set on Monday will be a joint show with David Jacobs Strain and Bob Beach.  SUNDAY, MONDAY

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ROSIE AND THE RIVETERS

Rosie & the Riveters are fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair! Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humor and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off!  Along with whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a sound and sight that is lighthearted and captivating for all music lovers.  Inspired by Rosie the Riveter, the feminist icon who symbolized the women’s movement into the workforce during WWII, the Riveters seek to empower women to be ambassadors for change within their own communities. In support of this vision, they invest 20% of their merchandise profits in women’s projects around the world through KIVA.org.  Rosie & the Riveters’ unmistakable visual branding of red lipstick, pin curls, and overtly feminine costuming may be deceiving, but this is not a throwback band. Every word, note, and movement in their live show is done purposefully to empower and challenge. SUNDAY

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THE ROWAN BROTHERS

The Rowan Brothers , Chris and Loren, play acoustic roots/Americana with tight brotherly harmonies and haunting melodies on guitars & lap steel/dobro.  The music is an eclectic mix of  sound of modern day Everly Brothers meets the Beatles, Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young, and more.  Lorin’s song ‘Soldier of the Cross’ is the title track of country artist Ricky Skaggs’ Grammy winning CD.  Chris’s song, ‘If I Only Could’ charted 59 on Billboard Top 100 for “The Rowans” (including brother Peter Rowan) back in the ‘70’s while on Warner/Asylum Records.   They are an International touring act as a duo as well as with their  brother Peter.  Chris and Lorin have shared the stage with Phil Lesh, Left Over Salmon, Steve Miller, Little Feat, Jerry Garcia, Levon Helm, Huey Lewis, to name a few. Their most recent CD is The Anthology ‘Now & Then’.   Special guest, Ken Emerson, a virtuoso lap steel/dobro player has recorded with Todd Rundgren and Donald Fagen (Steely Dan).  He’s also well known for Hawaiian slack key guitar and was part of first compilation Hawaiian Grammy winning CD.  SATURDAY

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PEARL DJANGO

With a performance history spanning over two decades, Pearl Django endures as one of the most highly regarded Hot Club style groups working today. Although the band’s roots are firmly in the music made famous by Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli, its extensive repertoire includes traditional jazz classics and original compositions. Pearl Django has performed at festivals, dances and nightspots throughout the U.S. and abroad. They have played at the prestigious Festival Django Reinhardt in Samois sur Seine and have been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” The band’s signature style is marked by pristine and dexterous string work, colors of Bal Musette, the steady pulse of rhythm guitar and an unmistakable swing that delights audiences of all musical sensibilities. Throughout the years, Pearl Django has cultivated a devoted and enthusiastic following and they continue to play to packed houses wherever they perform. “Pearl Django: the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt done to perfection!” (Seattle Times) SATURDAY

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MOUTHS OF BABES

“Hands down the best new music I’ve heard in years. It’s damn near perfect.” (Café Veritas) From Atlanta, Georgia and with more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo (actually quartet) that brings more style and depth than ever before. “If I was forced to categorize it, I’d call it modern folk. It’s powerful, romantic, and giddy. And the two are insanely infectious together onstage, like a musical and a personal love fest all at once.”  (Huffington Post) SATURDAY

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HALIE LOREN

Halie Loren is an Alaskan-raised, Oregon-based, internationally-acclaimed singer/songwriter.  She brings a fresh and original perspective to time-honored musical paths, channeling her innate understanding of connectedness across musical boundaries to forge bonds with diverse audiences in North America, Asia, and Europe.  She sings in several languages, including English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Korean. She has released nine albums that have garnered several national and international awards as well as significant critical and chart successes along the way, including several that have reached #1 on Billboard/Japan Jazz Charts, iTunes (Canada and Japan) and Amazon Music. For the past 7 years she has traveled east to west in the US and other parts of the world, including Canada, Japan, Italy, China, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Haiti. She is currently recording a new album of her original material to be released in Spring 2018. SATURDAY

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CHRISTIAN SWENSON

Christian Swenson has an extensive background in dance, mime, voice and improvisation.  He is known for his pioneering work in what he calls “Human Jazz”, a global fusion of dance/drama/music for body and voice.  For the past 30 years he has been performing creations for the body and voice searching for a more global aesthetic.  Since 1980 he has been a touring artist visiting communities and schools in the Northwest and beyond.  He has performed and taught throughout this country, as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan and Nepal.  His work is unique in its cross-cultural synthesis of theater, dance and music and its willingness to unbridle the imagination — where freedom is more important than conflict, and within which continual transformations can take place.  “Swenson is that rare soloist who can fill a stage, a mind, for a whole evening. He makes you feel you might be eavesdropping on genius.”  (Seattle Times)  (Christian Swenson will be performing three shows for area students at Port Angeles High School. )SATURDAY

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WEST MY FRIEND

We feel very privileged that West My Friend was able to join us this year since they had to cut short a European tour to make it happen.  Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies that challenges the conventions of popular music. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk and pop influences.  Inspired by artists such as Joanna Newsome, Bright Eyes, the Decemberists and the Punch Brothers, and forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene of Canada’s west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music.  With the release of their third and latest album, Quiet Hum, West My Friend builds admirably on the body of great music coming out of Victoria and across British Columbia.  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AFTER HOURS FRIDAY

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JOHNAYE KENDRICK QUARTET

Jazz singer Johnaye Kendrick is “not just a vocalist,” says the legendary saxophonist Jimmy Heath.  “She is a complete musician with a beautiful instrument and open ears.” With her sterling vocals and bright, warm disposition she’s always sure to give an exciting and authentic Jazz performance.  Johnaye Kendrick has performed at Earshot Jazz Festival, the Royal Room, Chicago Symphony Center, International Jazz Festival Bern, Chihuly Gardens, and more. At the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz she worked with many outstanding jazz musicians, including Terence Blanchard, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Brian Blade. She received a DownBeat Student Music Award for Outstanding Jazz Vocalist, and she was nominated for an Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award as “Northwest Vocalist of the Year.” Johnaye has also been a featured vocalist with the Ellis Marsalis Quartet as well as the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, which won a Grammy for their album Book 1 on which Ms. Kendrick is featured. SUNDAY

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SCOTT COSSU

Scott is an internationally known, composer, pianist and recording artist. He was up front when New Age was just beginning over 30 years ago.  He was one of the first Windham Hill Artists to join with founders Will Ackerman and Alex Degrassi on their new label out of Palo Alto, California.  Scott signed onto the label the same day as Michael Hedges and they both joined George Winston who was new to the label himself.  Scott affectionately call his music Heavy Mental or Cosmic National Geographic, even though he was one of the grandfathers of the New Age scene.  Much of Scott’s work exhibits departures from the New Age field and includes a melodic blend of jazz, classical and ethnic influences. He has enjoyed great success at the top of the jazz charts and has sold out shows from England to Japan, Chile and Germany.  Scott will be joined by Lonnie Mardis on guitar, and Steve Banks on drummer.  “A jazz luminary of the future.”  (Billboard Magazine)  SUNDAY

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DAMONDE TSCHRITTER

Damonde is a hilarious and unique stand-up comedian, so much so that Canada’s National newspaper, The Globe & Mail, hailed him as “Comedy’s new Superhero, and perhaps this country’s finest comedic storyteller.”  His TV comedy specials have aired on CTV, CBC, HBO, Comedy Network and Comedy Central. He has appeared at every comedy festival in North America including the New Faces Gala at Just for Laughs!  He’s the only Canadian in 35 years to win The Seattle International Comedy Competition, the largest of its kind in the United States. And he was awarded the Gold Medal Performance for top comedic act at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.  Damonde has shared the stage with comedy legends, Robin Williams, Tim Allen and Bob Saget, just to name a few. He has appeared in both film and television, is an accomplished screen writer with two TV shows and one movie currently in development.   SATURDAY, SUNDAY

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CASEY NEILL & JOHNNY B CONNOLLY

It’s been 15 years since Casey Neill and Johnny B. Connolly embarked on a cross country US tour.  Fast forward to 2018 and they are together again with songs and instrumentals from the Scots/Irish and American traditions as well as a selection of originals.  Johnny Connolly was born and raised in Dublin, Ireland where his dexterity on the accordion earned him a place with the established Celtic ensemble, Anam, at the age of seventeen. For the past few years, Johnny has been touring as a member of internationally acclaimed Irish band Solas and is featured on their latest CD ‘All These Years’. Casey Neill is a songwriter and guitarist who tours extensively in the US, Japan, and Europe. He performs solo and with his band The Norway Rats, as well as being a member of indie rock super group The Minus 5. Neill has a long history in the traditional folk world having worked with masters of Scots/Irish music such as Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, and Martin Hayes. SUNDAY

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WHISKEY MINSTRELS

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories from four decades on the road.  Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-roots of Roots music.  At times you’ll hear Celtic influences and stories from their times in the highlands of Scotland. At other times, the Bluegrass and Country Blues of their journeys through the South.  Songs from all the roads in-between. Stories that speak of a rich and colorful landscape that has been laid out for these talented artists to interpret.  Bruce is a multi-faceted talent and great Canadian songwriter while Nolan is a top ten US Grand Masters and top ten US National Fiddle Champion.  They are also two-thirds of Port Angeles favorites, Tiller’s Folly.  SUNDAY 

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BIRCH PEREIRA & THE GIN JOINTS

Born out of a love of the early years of swing, Americana and rock ‘n ‘roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.  The band’s debut album, Dream Man, was released independently and received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for “Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year” in 2016. Birch has also been nominated for 2017 Vocalist of the Year in the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear awards.   Fans, critics and deejays have delighted in Birch Pereira’s “old soul,” tenor voice, the group’s new, stripped-down arrangements of musical gems from the past and Pereira’s ever growing repertoire of original, yet period-evoking material. SUNDAY

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CLAUDE BOURBON

Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.   There is an almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude’s playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearics to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta.  His Spanish medieval blues can evolve into Gypsy and Eastern European, with a splash of Delta Blues and more. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.  French but now based in the UK, some of Claude’s influences allow us a fascinating insight into this remarkable musician — Paco De Lucia,  Richie Blackmore, JJ Cale,  JS Bach and others. “A breathtaking acoustic fusion of blues, jazz, folk, classical and Spanish guitar from a stunning guitar virtuoso.”  (Altadena News, USA)  SATURDAY

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JOY IN MUDVILLE

If you’re ever in Port Angeles wondering where everybody went, you may want to check out wherever Joy In Mudville is making the scene. The band features some of our favorite musicians with Jason Mogi on clawhammer banjo/acoustic and electric guitar/vocals, Kim Trennary on acoustic guitar/bass guitar/vocals, Paul Stehr-Green on bass guitar/vocals AND Terry Smith on drums.   The music they create together combines influences from old-time bluegrass, folk, rock, country, blues and funk. Whether an original tune, a driving barn-burner, some funk rock or one of many Grateful Dead covers, their music is super-high energy with tight harmonies and clever arrangements and grooves that make you wanna bust out those dancing shoes.  FRIDAY, MONDAY

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NAOMI WACHIRA

“I am an African girl, well I know where I’m coming from, and I know who I want to be” is the defiant soul-anthem that jumpstarted Afro-Folk singer/songwriter Naomi Wachira onto a whole new path and calling. These words, from the title track of her first EP African Girl (2012), paved the way for this Kenyan-born, Seattle-based artist, who is determined to make a contribution in the world by offering music that is poignant, hopeful and life-giving.   Five years later comes her sophomore album Song of Lament.   With music that is both uplifting and somber, there is no doubt Wachira is determined to create a niche in the world and perhaps inch us closer to one another as we remember our shared humanity. Like the two predecessors she has long admired, Tracy Chapman and Miriam Makeba, she hopes that she can contribute to making the world a better place. “Naomi Wachira is an artist of formidable talent and heart.  Her music & songwriting brings together harmonies that speak across continents and cultures.”- (Northwest Music Scene) SATURDAY

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CHANDRA JOHNSON & THE HOMESCHOOL BOYS

It was a sad day for Port Angeles, not all that many years ago, when Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys played their last show.  One of Port Angeles’ most favorite bands, they combined the timeless tradition of old time music with Gaelic, Blues, and Gospel. Silly, sultry, spiritual, and heartbreaking, Abby Mae and the Homeschool Boys was one foot-stomping band.  So it was with great excitement to learn that this great band has been resurrected with one of Port Angeles’ musical heroes, fiddler and vocalist Chandra Johnson.  Already well-known as a member of San Francisco’s great Sam Chase Band and Port Angeles’ Crushwater, her newest initiative with the reformed Homeschool Boys is something you don’t want to miss.  Musical synergy – taking two great musical entities and joining them together to create something even better than the sum of its parts!  FRIDAY, SATURDAY, SATURDAY AFTER HOURS

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CAROLYN CRUSO

Carolyn Cruso is an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and composer. She has toured widely in both the United States and Europe, as well as producing eight CDs during that time. She is equally at home on hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar and vocals and performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material. Her instrumental compositions are mainly for the hammered dulcimer and are inspired by her strong connection to nature as well as her extensive travel and the cultures she’s encountered along the way. Her unusual and lyrical approach to the dulcimer especially delights audiences and has even won over curmudgeons who swore they hated hammered dulcimer!    She celebrates the release of her latest instrumental recording, Migrations – A Retrospective (1989-1995), which draws from four early albums she made with the late great Robert Almblade.  Migrations was chosen Best Instrumental CD of 2013 by the Indie Acoustic Project. “A musical tour-de-force, fusing an eclectic mélange of folk, jazz and Celtic elements…a poetic virtuoso.”  (Eureka Times Standard) SUNDAY

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