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About the Musicians Supporting Carnation's Arbor Day

Updated: Apr 28

Soundfalls is excited to share more about the musicians who will be providing music for the First Annual Carnation Arbor Day Celebration this weekend, Saturday, April 29th, 2023! At this world-class venue, you will be able to meander through the Arbor Day open house, with new and familiar friends, while listening to the wonderful sounds of Todd Powell, Pat Brougham, and Raleigh Wilson. Many other activities will be happening as well, including a tree pruning demonstration, stories, crafts, and a scavenger hunt! All free.


When: April 29, 2023, 10 am – 2 pm (arrive any time)

Where: Tolt Barn at Tolt McDonald Park in Carnation, WA


Big thanks and kudos to these wonderful artists who have given their time and talent to Soundfalls shows, circles and workshops over the years, and expanded their talents into the greater region. We are grateful for their continued generosity through music and volunteering. Read on:


Todd Powell (10 am) is the songwriter and lead singer in the band Calliope Claims the Heart in which he also plays ukulele and guitar. He also plays keyboards in the Grateful Dead cover band Long and Strange. Todd has been involved in the Valley’s musical community for many years, including as a performer and volunteer with Soundfalls and was a member of the show’s house band, The Soundbites. His original songs are inspired by literature and history, by the spaces and places where we live and explore, and by the ways we love and the ways we sometimes forget to love. You can learn more about his music at: http://www.toddwpowell.com/calliope-claims-the-heart. News about upcoming performances of Calliope Claims the Heart can also be found on Facebook and Instagram. Their next scheduled show will be at Remlinger Farms on May 26.


Pat Brougham (12:15 pm) is a valley legend! He's also well-versed in music from around world! We first met him when he played for a valley favorite, The Budget Funeral Band. He and the talented Kate Brougham have contributed to many Soundfalls shows and gatherings over the years, including the Irish Bash of 2013 which drew hundreds of people to the Carnation Tree Farm. You can follow Pat in many places, including Sandblast and Market Days in Duvall. You can also hear his music on his YouTube channel, including all the songs from his CD, At Last! ReverbNation quotes Pat saying, “I have been playing this 1930's Oahu Hawaiian lap steel guitar for 45 years. I was originally inspired by what I think of as a continuing line from Son House to Robert Johnson to Muddy Waters to the early Rolling Stones. Over the years I have been influenced by the swing jazz and especially soul music that I grew up with. Later, Country, Bluegrass and Irish music were strong influences for me. In the last 20 years the beautiful music of Hawaii has become part of my musical life. I am what Hawaiians call a "backyard player." I play for the love of music. I try to play from the heart.” We agree, his music is heartwarming!


Raleigh Wilson (1 pm) is a multi-faceted presence to behold, connected to community on many levels and beyond! Known as The Deacon Raleigh St James, he’s not only a performing artist and songwriter, but also a visual artist, a teacher at Tolt Montessori, and a board member of Carnation Farmers Market. Raleigh has collaborated with many musicians and performed at many festivals, clubs, and gatherings, including Soundfalls shows and circles. His latest group was quoted as being “a power trio, performing original material influenced by rock, jazz, funk, folk, blues, and pop…Eclectic in mood and style, defying easy categorization” (GigTown). His Facebook page describes his music this way: “The plot twists. The river bends. Each song an electric story, a small universe unto itself.” We agree!


Thank you for reading about these artists and their work. If you have questions or ideas about the Arbor Day Celebration or anything else, give me a shout: maren@soundfalls.org


To read more about all who have contributed to this event, click here!


For more general information about the event, go here!


~ In community we trust, Maren Van Nostrand

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