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.
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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: www.dianastrong.webs.com
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…..as 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: www.cctplays.org
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.
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.
OUR SEPTEMBER SHOW WAS….
SIMONE LADRUMMA, “STAND-UP DRUMMER”, AND ROSE LAUGHLIN AND BEAR HUBBARD, VOCALIST, GUITAR
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.
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.
OUR JUNE SHOW WAS…
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.