A home for interesting, less-than-commercial music in Arcata

The Quick Overview

Sunday, 26 March doors - 6pm. music-7pm
French Oak Gypsy Band
French Chanson & Dixieland Jazz

Tuesday, 16 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Elias Alexander & the Bywater Band

Sunday, May 21 doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Brazilian Violin Trio

Tuesday, May 23 doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Dan Walsh
virtuoso English Banjo

Saturday 3 June doors - 7pm. music-8pm
Hiroy Tsukamoto
Cinematic Guitar poetry

Thursday, July 20 doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Jonah Udall & Sound Underground

Sunday 26 March doors - 6pm. music-7pm
French Oak Gypsy Band
Songs of France and New Orleans

Petaluma native Stella Heath grew up fascinated by music, singing along with whatever
sounds abounded in a house full of classic jazz swing and the multi-faceted sounds of New Orleans.
She was that little girl joining in with all her heart and manifesting Satchel Paiges suggestion to "Dance like nobody's watching", who was clearly destined for a life in performance. She went on to study theater at
Interlochen Arts Academy and Syracuse University, moved to New York to take her place in the most
vibrant center of theatre anywhere in the world. Moving more and more toward roles in musicals she began
to focus more on the music, projecting herself as a singer and seeking out collaboraters such as Paul Nieto, Jody Shelton and Sam Godin. Relocated back in her native Sonoma Co. and united with french-american guitarist, Thierry Gabriel Pirard, she has immersed heself in the rich tradition of French chanson and the
happy result is French Oak Gypsy Band. They'll be joined by saxophonist James Inciardi for a lively
romp through French Chanson, Swing favorites, Dixieland Jazz and other Traditional World Folk traditions.
More about Stella Heath and French Oak Gypsy Band can be found on their website -

Tuesday 16 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Elias Alexander & the Bywater Band
Dynamic Scots Pipes

It was while on holiday in Scotland with his family at the age of 14 that Elias Alexander first
encountered the power of traditional celtic musics and quickly realized it was to take control
of his life. Back home in Ashland, Oregon he started taking lessons with a local piper. School
in New Hampshire, busking in New Orleans and a move to Boston for immersion in that cities' lively
traditional music world followed. Additional study trips to Scotland brought him to the attention
of the roots of the tradition and an invitation to appear on the bill of the prestigeous
Celtic Connections Festival. He's since appeared with Galician pipe wizard Carlos Nunez,
indefatigable proponent of Scots fiddling, Alisdair Fraser and celtic singer, Gillebrìde MacMillan.
He's a regular staff member of the Alisdair Fraser fiddle camps and is responsible for the afro-celtic
funk band, Sousha, the americana comedy duo The new Mellinium Jelly Rollers and the celtic power trio MAC
Part of Elias' wild ride has been assembling the Bywater Band:
Eamon Sefton - guitar
Kathleen Parks - fiddle
and Patrick Bowling - flute, uillean pipes & percussion
from the cream of the Boston traditional music scene and this is the group that will be joining him
on this swing along the West Coast.
Here's our old pal Kevin Carr, who helped stoke the fire in this amazing young performer simply by showing
him his extensive collection . .
"Elias is the best kind of force of nature,
musical, charismatic, witty, warm, and very gifted.
And he plays the pipes! – among other things. A grand singer, guitarist and fiddler.
His shows are spontaneous, moving and great fun!

More information about Elias Alexander & the Bywater Band can be found on their website -


Sunday, May 21 doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Andrew Finn Mcgill
Brazilian Violin Trio


Tuesday 26 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Dan Walsh
Virtuoso English Banjo


Saturday, 3 June
Hiroy Tsukamoto
Cinematic Guitar Poetry

***** Special Request *****
Many of our visiting performers are in need of a place to stay when they come to play.
Any House Concerteers with the wherewithall to take home a musician can count on,
not only free admission, but the scintillating company of a disciplined and conscientious
student of their chosen musical tradition. Let me know if this is a possibility.


Imagining what a House Concert featuring one tune from each of our performers over the entire year might sound like, I've lined up one example of what each of our performers have provided us over the past year. To be sure, there have been a couple of evenings that missed being recorded and I hope your favorite was not among them. I also hope you can do without titles as announcements are not always intelligible on the recordings. Click on each of these links to access the audio files.

01) Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford
02) Dan Newton
03) The Lost Trio
04) Hanz Araki/Colleen Raney/Stuart Mason
05) Goitse
06) Snowapple
07) Johnny Connoly & Leonard Barry
08) Cassie & Maggie McDonald
09) Frankie & Sean Gavin
10) Syrinx Effect
11) Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
12) Luke Brechtelsbauer
13) Dan Walsh
14) David Power
15) Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
16) Johnny Connolly/Winifred Horan/Cary Novotny
17) Anita McDonald
18) John Schott ACTUAL Trio
19) Ned Evett


These evenings are supported by the
soup, fresh bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea & general conviviality
for which doors will open an hour before the music starts.

Suggested Donation - $25 - 10 sliding scale
(thank you, Dan Compton)
Contact via:
(707) 499-8516 for more information