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2016-2017 Projects Completed

Savanna Wheeler at Stage 7 Piano Gallery

On Sunday, April 30th,  Savanna Wheeler played a wide variety of her own piano arrangements, from Harry Potter to Beethoven, on one of the best Steinways of the region at the Stage 7 piano gallery in KirklandShe has the ability to absorb the details of practically everything she hears, including complex orchestral music such as the Pokemon theme music, and translate it into beautiful piano music. As her piano teacher, I have enjoyed watching and facilitating her process. It was incredible seeing her share this with the greater community!

The first quarter hour of the show was dedicated to hearing three of my other talented students, including Ava Powell playing one of her compositions, and Elliot Lawrence and Allan Muharsky playing some jazzy upbeat tunes. I also had the privilege to perform in Savanna’s majestic two-piano arrangement of The Legend Comes to Life. It was a f
ree, fun, and all-ages event with kids young and old!


Songs in Rounds

We had a great season of Songs in Rounds, evenings focused on songs that were easy to learn, with short, universally-beautiful phrases. As we progressed, we sang them in rounds in beautiful and straightforward ways. This helped us develop our independent vocal skills and hearing harmonies. We all felt a great overall sense of well-being.

To learn more about Studio Beju, which has a lovely ambiance and great acoustics, or if you have any questions, contact Maren Van Nostrand at

Look forward to seeing you at the next ones!


Community Music Moments…


Soundfalls helped provide yet another opportunity for the community to share music in a fun and creative way! It was the March of the Vegetables, a bit of a crazy name for a parade, but truly an honor to help express our love and respect for the healthy and fertile agricultural riverine system in which we live. We gathered in Duvall on the afternoon of  March 25th, 2017, and, dressed in our artistic costumes and sharing our festive music, walked with hundreds of others down the hill, across mainstreet Duvall, and on to McCormick Park where crowds of people celebrated even more.

It was a truly memorable Saturday for us all, a whimsical, public, non-profit, community event created in order to uplift the spirits of everyone far and wide, and to remind us of the beauty, preciousness, fragility, and sacredness of this valley. It was a way to express togetherness and and show respect for all that grows.


 Valentines Weekend Movie and Music Yoga Weekend

On Saturday evening, February 11th, over a dozen new friends gathered for a cozy, quality movie night at Studio Beju, and we pondered a Song Without Borders…A way to see the musicianship in all of us, the language that binds all humans on earth together in a common language….

This was a meaningful way to spend a Valentines weekend, learning about the heartfelt songs of people from around the world with other people in our community as we pondered “In Search of the Great Song.” (Made by A Song Without Borders Productions.) A fruitful discussion followed the movie, with great contributions from everyone about their relationship to music in their lives. 

The next day was Sunday evening, February 12th, and we enjoyed, Chocolate, Music, and yoga…

The Origin of Soundfalls Name

Snoqualmie Falls was the first Traditional Cultural Property listed in our country’s National Register of Historic Places, and has carried a deep meaning for many people. For the Snoqualmie People, the falls are sacred, a core part of their creation story. For us at Soundfalls, it carries a special significance as well: it inspired the title of our shows when they began 10 years ago. It symbolizes the volume, and often times unpredictability, of talent rushing through this valley, and, like the falls, we felt that it needed to be brought to light and celebrated. Ever since, we’ve been collaborating and publicly sharing the valley’s, and region’s, talent in surprisingly rewarding and unifying ways.

Snoqualmie Falls



News from 2015

Our Soundfalls Workshop had such a great party, with desserts, drinks (non-alcoholic), and impromptu live music last December.

IMG_5530We also had a fantastic show at the Vincent School House!

We always love having the warm audience back again to listen to our latest creations, and celebrate the season with us.

Reservations are ideal but not required. Questions? Email me at









Our Monday Night Sound Circles were a great success!

Everyone can join the symphony of life, and last fall was the perfect time to discover the creative performers in us. We learned what happens we  simply “play” with sound. Even if you don’t consider yourself a musician, you’ll be amazed by what you can do when you have simple direction and encouragement.

Maren with the Kendang which she bought directly from the maker in Bali. 1998.

Maren with the Kendang which she bought directly from the maker in Bali. 1998.

It was a series of six Sound Healing Workshops at the new Studio Beju. Workshops were in circle format of and featured an opening performance at each session. We used hand-held instruments, including percussion and drums, and our voices. As the season progressed, others began to bring in their own instruments. We had lots of fun!

Sept. 21: Rhythms of our Lives: learned and new

Oct. 5: Rhythms of Healing: patterns, vibrations

Oct. 19: Sounds of our Lives: awareness, circle of sharing

Nov. 9: Sounds of Healing: voice, harmony, pitches, colors

Nov. 23: Show Conceptualization: improvisation and brainstorming

Dec. 12: Holiday Show

If you are interested in finding out more about our workshops and shows, please contact Maren Van Nostrand, 425-466-4594 or

To read more about Soundfalls go to


Old Haunted Schoolhouse Show! 

October 24th

Vincent Schoolhouse

Vincent Schoolhouse

The Vincent Schoolhouse was the perfect new venue for our quarterly show on October 24th! Located on the lovely and pastoral West Snoqualmie Valley Road, the night came alive with music and stories! It was a relaxing yet fun evening of only the best kind of music: up close, creative, unplugged, and in person. Given that it was one week before Halloween, a few uninhibited souls appeared in their costumes, such as someone who looked like a princess fish, and one of the “Nights who say Ni”. The Seventh Song and Roadside Goatshow Bands were tremendous. George Seccombe and Janice Van Dyke accompanied Maren in a few fun tunes, the audience completely getting wrapped into her sing along on a jazzy pumpkin song. People enjoyed hot apple cider and other delicious treats at the intermission.


Address: 8010 W Snoqualmie Valley Rd NE, Carnation, WA 98014

2013-2014 was outstanding!

Families Who Love Music, June 2014   To wrap up the school year, Maren’s students created a family show. They invited their parents to play something on stage with them. One mom read poetry to her daughter’s piano composition. Another father sang a mini opera piece accompanied by his son on the piano. Another father played guitar alongside his daughter on the piano. Does talent run in the family? Yes, but even more importantly, so does bravery! This was a show of music and stories from some fantastic kids and their parents! The event was FREE, FUN, open to the public, and the public came!

Master Class in the Studio, March 2014   On a lovely evening in early March, a group of students met in small circle at Maren’s studio to share works-in-progress, and have a heart warming discussion about creativity and practice. If you are interested in participating in one of these, please call Maren. You need not be an enrolled student to participate; you only need to be willing to share something you are working on. 425-466-4594

High Energy Nature Songs with Ken Lonnquist
at the Carnation Tree Farm Barn

Ken Lonnquist, Singer, Guitarist, Songwriter performed on Saturday, June 28th, 7-9 pm at the Carnation Tree Farm Barn. Ken has written “a whole slew of great songs.” — Sing Out! Magazine. Brilliant! Fabulous!l — The Nation. The most astounding thing to happen.”…..The show was great and the audience loved him. The Soundbites band joined in alongside Ken for a chunk of the evening, as well as on their own. They featured some outstanding licks from George Seccombe on the guitar, Stacy Powell on guitar and voice, Todd Powell on keyboard, Byron Ricks on trumpet and drums, and Maren on drum set and voice.

Ken Lonnquist

Questions? Call or email: or 425-333-6486.

Soundfalls Holiday Sing-Along Beats Cabin Fever in December

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Lynne Petitjean, Collienne and Mike Becker, Maren, Jeannine Luce, and Shirley Edgerdale-Doolittl

On Saturday, December 7th, 2013, a dozen or so of us friends and acquaintances beat cabin fever by singing holiday carols the old fashioned way and strolling along small-town main street and serenading merchants and shoppers in the fresh winter air! We met at Millers following Carnation’s Tree Lighting Festival, looked over the music, then headed out! We reconvened at Millers after that to warm up, enjoy free desserts and drinks, and continue singing together around the piano. Soundfalls always makes a point of opening up events to sing along opportunities such as this, and we provide the written music as well. Questions? Call or email Maren:

Laura Caviani House Concert was Saturday, Oct 12, 2013

ImageNew folks and returning Soundfallers packed the house for a one of a kind private, semi-formal house house concert featuring Laura Caviani in Celebration of her 50th Birthday and a lifetime of Jazz Piano Creativity, on Saturday, October 12, 2013.  Delicious cheeses, desserts and wines were served while guests mingled then enjoyed Laura’s music. Reviews came streaming in afterward:

“I sure did enjoy myself last night.  Your sister is truly a marvel.  I have no idea how a person’s hands and mind can move at that level of speed, complexity, mastery and artistry.  It was delightful to be able to experience her and to sit in her lap, as it were.  Thanks for providing a memorable experience.”

“Thanks for wonderful evening of great music, entertainment, food and comeraderie.  Laura is so talented.  Besides great tunes in my head, walked away with great thougths: “I’ve Got the Awesome Blues”, and “If you think you’re lost, you just haven’t gone far enough.”

“Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for a wonderful wonderful show in your beautiful home!  Very special indeed!!  We are all so glad we were there!”

Her 2006 CD release Going There enjoyed a long run on the JazzWeek national radio charts. Music critic Bob Protzman described it as “piano trio jazz of the highest order.” Other releases have received such praise as “stunningly fresh” from JazzTimes and “in a word, outstanding” from the Minneapolis Star. In 2010, Caviani was one of five finalists for the International Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, FL. She has performed with many luminaries including Karrin Allyson, Toots Thielemans, Stan Getz, Diane Schuur, Bob Mintzer and Dave Liebman. Laura Caviani was born and raised in Minnesota, where she currently freelances and teaches at St. Olaf and Carleton Colleges. Her numerous projects there include the Pete Whitman X-tet, whose CD Where’s When? received a 4-star review from Downbeat magazine. She holds degrees from both Lawrence University (BM Theory/Composition) and The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. (MM–Improvisation)  Please visit

Thank you Jay Pinto, Jenn Dean, and the Poindexters For your GRAND performances on April 27, 2013!

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Jenn Dean

We brought the valley to life with a great show on April 27th, featuring Jay Pinto, Jenn Dean, and the Poindexters. As the cool April air settled-in that night, we luxuriated in the now-heated performance space of the Carnation Tree Farm’s barn while we listened to the much-loved guitar and voice of Jay Pinto, and listened to Jenn Dean’s experiences coming face to face with the wild Snoqualmie Valley…and world! We also had so much fun tapping our feet to the very cool and laid-back folk sounds of the Poindexters, featuring Denny Redman on vocals and clarinet, Clare Conrad on fiddle, Rick Scheuer on guitar, and Stuart Brune on banjo.

The Poindexters

The Poindexters


Specific Questions? email Maren Van

More about Jenn Dean
New York-born writer and naturalist (and former actress and stand-up comedian):

Jenn Dean holds an M.F.A. from Bennington Writing Seminars in Literature and Nonfiction, has won a Millay Colony residency, and is a frequent writer-in-residence at Centrum in Port Townsend. Her writing has appeared in Salamander and her interview with the writerJane Brox appeared in the AWP Writer’s Chronicle. In the past ten years she has banded migrating songbirds and Sawwhet Owls, worked as a teacher/naturalist for Massachusetts Audubon, and traveled to Bermuda to study one of the world’s most endangered seabirds. Her columns about Washington State birds have appeared in The River Current News and she has started an informal webcast series on natural science, Live from Washington State!, that shows how our wild spaces, and the creatures within, form and inform the human community. She has lived in or near Carnation, WA for over 6 years.

An inspiring quote from Jay Pinto:
Image 4I’ve been writing songs for a long, long time. Early on I put a lot of energy into trying to figure out “the rules” of songwriting. “What’s the RIGHT way?” What I’ve come to believe, mostly through trial and error, is that there are as many ways to write a song as there are songs to write. That whatever Inspires you, whatever process you choose – as long as it ends up in some honest, relatable embodiment of your experience it’s valid and good.

‘Wish I had said it myself! Hope to see you all there! Maren

St. Paddy’s Day Bash on March 16 was lots of fun!


Sno-Valley Tilth and Carnation Farmer’s Market joined forces with Soundfalls for the hosting of the 1st Annual St. Paddy’s Day Bash at the Carnation Tree Farm on Saturday, March 16th. This was a huge success with what appeared to be about 300 folks who came for the Irish activities, authentic Irish food, live acoustic music, and dancing. (There was also beer and whiskey tasting, which made it quite different from our other shows in the past.) People of all ages, many of them kids, flooded both the large open 2nd level dance floor and the upper loft of the barn with festive hats and beads, and tooting on their penny whistles. The Valley of the Moon Fiddlers attracted a crowd of parents and their dancing children, a lovely sight to see. Then at show time we heard beautiful music from Raleigh Wilson and Rob Pitre, Kate and Pat Brougham, and Kate Phillips and Bryan Rust, and then at dance time, many lively jigs and reels for a full hour by the Fire Inside (The Fire Inside as well as.

Janna Treismann, Roger Thoreson, Jackie Norris, Feb '12 Show

Janna Treismann, Roger Thoreson, Jackie Norris, Feb ’12 Show

jean mann and Kate Phillips were amazing at the FEBRUARY 2nd, 2013 show….!

Jean mann and Kate Phillips were amazing at the 8th Anniversary Soundfalls Show on February 2nd in the LOFT of the Carnation Tree Farm. Jean brought our favorite songs, and her favorite furry friend, Sunny the dog, who sat on a dark blue sweater at her feet and swooned under her melodic lines most of the evening. (They were celebrating their fourth anniversary together).

Kate Phillips

Kate Phillips

Kate Phillips sang with her beautiful voice that night with heartfelt lyrics that wrapped us all up in a kind of trance and transported us into another world (Check her out on MySpace)!

All in all, it was a relaxing evening except for a few moments of suspense when Fruzzy the guinea pig was presented as the representative ground hog of Ground Hog’s day, and everyone held their breath as he indicated with his furry brown nose not only the future weather patterns but also who would win the Super Bowl. And actually, the action and laughter only brought on more delight.

Todd Powell as Abe Lincoln

Todd Powell as Abe Lincoln

Oh, and there was some tension during the shaving of Todd’s mustache as he became Abe Lincoln (with low beard and top hat), our local representation of the all-important Presidents Day approaching!

“Chips off the Street” (Julia Ricks and her friends Ava and Sophie Powell) danced a number accompanied by the Soundbites band members Todd, Stacy, Byron, Maren, their parents, who shared a truly silly, though remarkably creative, moment.

New and regular volunteers were everywhere at the show providing their utmost support. Collienne Becker came as food artist extraordinaire in her second time only at the refreshments table (but certainly not new to the business), and Janice Van Dyke arrived with her camera, a professional to no end (whose photos we are sure to see soon on this very site). George Seccombe, partner of Janice, dedicated his entire evening as on-call soundboard tech as well as provider of relaxing pre-show acoustic guitar.

The 2012 Shows

Here on our home page, read all about what happened at Soundfalls in 2012 so that you can have a sense of who we are as performers and participants. Everyone who comes to our shows, whether onstage or off stage, play an important role. To learn more about who we are in general, or how we began, please see Soundfalls is… | Soundfalls Institute of Live Performance

Nancy Colton

Last spring, the City of Carnation invited Soundfalls to host a Centennial celebration of music and stories by local artists at the Carnation Tree Farm’s barn. We accepted, of course! It is what we do! We picked the date, October 13th, scrambled into action, and produced an amazing show! A hearty thank you, 100 times over, to the Centennial Committee for all that you did to pull together and support us in our work, especially Lee Grumman who gave so much of herself this year to chair the committee!

The doors opened at 6 pm for a meal sponsored by the Centennial Committee, with chili (made by local chef, Annie Gerson), and cornbread (made by Colliene Becker), cookies (donated by Pepperidge Farms), and live acoustic music by Becky Chaney on accordion, George Seccombe on Mandolin, and Dan Carollo on guitar…under which we munched and mingled.

Bill Pritchard and Nancy Colton

We found the best local, organic, hand-crafted, free-range artists we could find: Becky and Martin Chaney (accordion and violin), Jack Ballard (guitar and voice), Bill Pritchard and Nancy Colton (guitar and voice), Raleigh Wilson (guitar and voice), and Dan Carollo (guitar and fiddle). Click on their names to hear their music. To hear the entire show online, punch Podacious, and sit back and enjoy!

Martin and Becky Chaney

Rhoda Bezdicek, Carnation resident, Centennial Committee representative, and member of the Soundboard Team, helped us welcome Carnation residents to the stage for some local lore: Isabel Jones, on growing up in Carnation, Jim Jordan, on being the principal of Carnation Elementary School, Roger Thoreson, on memories of his stoic grandmother and the farm, and Steve Davidson of the Davidson saw mill.  For those of you who enjoy surprise performances from the mysterious Feldspar, you should know that we aired the world premier of “Tolt! Igneous Feldspar and the Closing of the American Frontier” by Mocumentary Artist and Featured actor, Todd Powell, on large screen. For those of you who missed this, we will do what we can to show it again, as you really need to see Carnation’s history through this lens!

Jack Ballard

As these artists performed, it was apparent that they have Carnation in their hearts and minds. We must say that we’ve waited a long while to hear Jack, a town favorite, play in the barn. And Bill and Nancy, also busy artists, were equally hard to rope in. So again, this was a show not to miss! Raleigh, one of our regulars, had something very special this time: in anticipation of this event, he composed a song about Carnation. (Listen to the song on the a new website that he has made:

Roger Thoreson, Owner, Carnation Tree Farm

Also, Dan Carollo, another of Soundfalls’ favorite artists, melted our hearts and warmed our souls with his traditional Celtic sounds. Becky and Martin also surprised us with their rustic and real music. As we’ve seen in previous shows, all of these artists brought home some of the best sounds and stories that you can find in the world.

Raleigh Wilson, Local Singer Songwriter

Although we always bring in something new, we think the audience was also once again delighted to hear from some of the familiar folks of our Soundfalls team: Stacy Powell and I sang a song she wrote, Twister, to start off the show, and Byron Ricks welcomed us with his traditional dulcimer medley.

Stacy Powell

All in all we had almost 100 people, and they were either on the edges of their seats in anticipation, in tears of laughter or sweet sorrow, or munching on a yummy bowl of chili and thanking God for such strong community and the big, historic barn and lovely historic small town in which to enjoy it.


Maren and Byron

If you would like to know more, or would like to become involved, please call 424-333-6486 or email


Thank you, your host, Maren Van Nostrand



On April 28th, 2012, Claudia Schmidt joined us…

at Soundfalls with another grand performance. She played to a full house….or barn, rather! She drew us in with her stories, then colored an even clearer picture with energetic musical messages on both dulcimer, guitar and voice. Claudia Schmidt’s Official Home Page

Claudia Schmidt at Soundfalls, April, 2012

Rooftop Dogs warmed-up the stage for Ms. Schmidt. This exciting new group (Katie Parker on guitar and vocals, Pete Schroeder on bass guitar, Jesse Vernon on banjo, Jessica Bierhaus on drums, and Ashley Sullivan on vocal and fiddle), was brought to Soundfalls by Ashley Sullivan, their violinist, who also teaches many local folks, including those in the Young Artist’s quintet, Adagio Ensemble, who were also featured this same night, including Samara Cline, Paul Bartos, Bradley Bartos, Fiona Cromarty (of Carnation), and Rebecca Putnam. To see more about Ashley’s work: Encore Four — String Quartet

2012 First show of the year:

We started out the new year on February 4th, 2012, with Raleigh Wilson, three young artists, and some extended music from your hosts, and they left a lasting impression on folks…

While nipping on birthday cake in the loft after the show, many people expressed how deeply moved they were by Raleigh Wilson’s guitar and voice. This was apparent by how many of them closed their eyes in appreciation during the show as they listened to his unique compositions about his closest relationships—with life and the people in it—enhanced by Dan Horn on the Uillean Pipes and Irish flute, J.D. Wilson on trombone, and Maren on piano.This was Raleigh Wilson’s second Soundfalls appearance, now with five original songs in his repertoire. Perhaps the most outstanding moment was when he and his best friend, Rob Pitre, sang a cover of an Iron and Wine song completely a cappella with the artistry and similar blending of Simon and Garfunkel. For more of Raleigh’s original material and three of his live tracks taken from Soundfalls (the April show of 2011), connect to

We were also lucky enough to have three individuals fill the Young Artist spot for the evening: Rachel Rigsby, who played beautifully on the harp, and Elsie Dombek and her younger sister Audrey, who performed on piano. Elsie played solo and Audrey played a duet arrangement of March by Tchaikovsky with Maren.

Byron also took the stage to share more than the usual number of stories, this time with earlier memories of finding his voice, and intertwined them with noodling on the dulcimer and trumpet. And Maren, as a request from Byron, performed three pieces on piano ranging from some Edward Grieg to some jazz standards, singing along on one of them with her own birthday wish for him.

Byron Ricks, Star Humorist


You can instantly read about and listen to previous Soundfalls shows, view photos, and get directions on this web site.

Thanks, and please, forward this email to friends and family.

Peace to you and yours! — Maren

The 2011 Shows

WE HAVE HAD A GREAT YEAR! Starting with a roast and toast from Californian Melanie Lamoureux for Byron’s birthday in February; Claudia Schmidt (all the way from Michigan) and jean mann in April; Susan Burke, Dan Carollo and Julie Mainstone in June; Simone LaDrumma and Rose Laughlin in September; and last but not least, Myra Joy and Diana Strong as Sweet Moments of Confusion in November with Kaj and the Old Guy from Hakai.


Now’s your chance to hear our recordings! Forget your desk work, or cooking, cleaning or checking email! Set that work aside and simply kick back with a hot cup of jo with sounds from the show. You can scroll through to your favorite show and part. And as you listen, imagine all the possibilities of creativity we are bringing to life for and with you from this community of live performance….

Myra Joy and Diana Strong’s Sweet Moments of Confusion Tour

NOVEMBER WAS: Sweet Moments of Confusion, a duet performimg original compositions inspired by folk traditions from many corners of the world, kicked off their fall tour with Soundfalls. In their compositions, Myra Joy on cello and Diana Strong on accordion wove together sounds both delicate and subtle to playful and bold. Local Whidbey Island musician, Simon Chrisman, joined their duo for the first time, playing on dulcimer and drum.

To learn more about Myra Joy’s music, view/listen: Myra Joy Media

To learn more about Diana Strong:

Accenting the first half of the show with live theater was Doug Poage and a dozen children of Cascade Community Theater presenting a scene from their upcoming performance, A Christmas Story. The deep humor not only kept our audience on the edges of our seats, but got us thinking about “life in the neighborhood”…be it wherever you live… they brought us through a common crisis: “Every neighborhood had them.  The lines were clearly drawn – like a kid caste system – you were either a Bully, a Toady, or one of the nameless rabble of victims…..[the bully legend in Hohman Indiana of Scut Farkas and his kid brother Bus]. For more information about CCT’s entire production in December, and tickets, please visit:

We were also treated to our beloved and favorite Bob Bunes’ duo, Kaj and the Old Guy from Hakai. This father/son team got us thinking even more about the beauty of family music in the wilderness as they sang a few sea shanties and an old folk song we all know and love, the Garden Song, off stage and right on the floor with the audience as though we were with them on the trail.

Bob and Kaj Bune

A few more ideas brewed-up from the Soundbites band Byron, Maren, Todd and Stacy Powell in time for the show. Stacy invited Maren to be a part of Zinnia and sing her latest composition, Honeybees, which featured some tight harmony from Maren and some swingin’ trumpet improv from Byron, with Todd accompanying on piano.

Maren talked about how we all need to say hello to those we pass in small towns such as Carnation, and followed it up with a story about someone who went out of his way to help her and Byron with a flat tire in the ranch country of Montana. Then last but not least, Byron appeared onstage as Felspar, the well-travelled gear expert who this time was chanted into the room by the audience eager to hear more about his latest advice on staying warm as a lonely traveller at 10,000 feet above sea level.

Fespar, the Expert yet Lonely Traveller, Photo by Kaj Bune

A rare night when the Chaneys got the audience to dance.



A large audience joined us for what may was one of the more unique and powerful performances yet, with Simone LaDrumma (aka leader of the group once known as Ladies Don’t Drum) wrapping us up in her passionate comedy in drumming. This was Simone’s second time with Soundfalls, and once again she brought her magnetic, dynamic energy with her! Simone enticed us with thought-provoking humor about what we choose and don’t choose to take along with us on this journey called growing up.

Rose Laughlin folk musician

And bringing in the first half of the show was Rose Laughlin and her musical partner, Bear Hubbard. Rose is noted by SingOut! Magazine as “a true folk music chanteuse,” and as she and Bear sang and strummed for us in their smooth and musically rich style we could see why. Currently Rose is promoting her third album “House of Memory”, a collection of American Roots and Celtic song produced with folk luminaries Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston. As happens with nearly every person who joins us, but most especially Rose, she “whole heartedly believes in our mission!” Click on Rose Laughlin

And for those of you who couldn’t make it to the show on September 17th, you should know that you missed a few moments that will never be quite the same again. Perhaps the most notable moment was what happened when, inspired by the presence of the infamous DEVO band visiting the Puget Sound that very same night, the Soundbites and the Chips of the Street pulled together an outrageous and rollicking dance number, “Workin’ in a Coal Mine” (made famous by Devo quite some years ago), complete with flashy headlamps and romping electronics. Why go to them when we can bring them here to realize our dream all at the same time (speaking especially for Byron)?! Also never to be forgotten were the sweet and mellow sounds of Martin Chaney as he shared traditional Baltic music through voice and fiddle, accompanied on accordion by his partner in music, and in life, Becky.


Susan Burke, Celtic Violin

Susan Burke came back, with one of our favorite, practically-in-house artists, Dan Carollo, and new guest and Celtic singer, Julie Mainstone. This threesome brought some of the highest quality Celtic vocal guitar sounds that you can find in the Puget Sound region. Julie’s hauntingly high and bucolic sounds enchanted the audience as they wove in and out of Dan and Susan’s rich and complex sounds.

Visit their websites and check it out….

Stacy Powell and Maren also warmed the audience at this June 4th show with a fine harmonic blend above their guitar and drums. And Todd Powell surprised the audience by singing and playing locally-appropriate and humorous themes about cows and u-picks to the delight of all the children in the audience. And what do we say about Byron…you’ll have to see for yourself all that he is coming up with….. at the next show!



Details: No reservations or RSVP required. Doors open at 6:30. Save time to park your car and climb the stairs to the performance level. Dress warmly. $10-$20 per adult suggested sliding-scale donation at the door. (Kids 12 and under free and 12-18, $5). Snacks will be available for purchase anytime at the show. Consider enjoying the town of Carnation before the show for a walk on the trails, dinner at the local restaurants, gift shops for fun. See suggestions below.