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

The Quick Overview

Thursday, 22 March doors - 6pm. music-7pm

Vocal Quartet & Social Justice

Thursday, 11 April doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Neil Pearlman & Dylan Sherry

Folk music on Piano & Saxophone

Monday, 16 April doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Jaap Blonk

Vocal Experiments

Wednesday, 18 April doors-6 pm, music-7 pm
Anita McDonald & Ben Miller
the music of Cape Breton on fiddle and smallpipes

Tuesday, 24 April doors - 6pm. music-7pm
The Lasses with Kathryn Claire

Irish singing from Amsterdam, NL & Portland, Ore.

Friday, 4 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Dan & Laurel

Songs & Stories on banjos, fiddles & guitars

Monday, 7 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Terry Robb
Canadian Fingerpicking guitar virtuoso

Wednesday, 9 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Marc Atkinson

Canadian Mandolin virtuoso

Saturday, 19 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Songs & Stories from the Highlands of Scotland

Monday, 21 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Oskar Stenmark

A jazz treatment of Folk songs of Sweden on Fluglehorn

Monday, 28 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
The Ladles

Voices, fiddle, banjo & guitar from Boston

Friday, 22 June doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Jaeger & Reid

Guitars and songs from California

Wednesday, 14 November doors - 6pm. music-7pm
New World String Quartet

West Coast acoustic supergroup


Thursday 22 March

Vocal Quartet & Social Justice

Lynn Mahoney Rowan - voice
Will Thomas Rowan - voice, guitar & banjo
Lauren Breunig - voice
Jeremy Carter-Gordon - voice, guitar & banjo

The vocal quartet Windborne is engaged in keeping alive the tradition of voices
raised in harmony in the cause of Social Justice. Groups like the Weavers, Peter, Paul & Mary,
The Almanac Singers, The Limelighters, The Gateway Singers ushered in the
great ‘folk scare’ of the 1950’s and ‘60’s and popularized songs by Joe Hill, Woody Guthrie,
Pete Seeger, Josh White and others putting the causes of Social Justice into words and music.
With their project ‘Song on the Times’ documenting 400 years of working class movements for
peoples rights and the clip of them singing in protest outside Trump tower going viral,
Windborne has taken up the mantle of a beloved tradition of protest singing. And in the
tradition of the best folksingers, Windborne are avid students of group singing wherever it’s
found in the world. As researchers the quartet have collected and studied polyphonic
vocal music for over 15 years from traditional singing masters from cultures around the world,
and they’re capable of shifting effortlessly between radically different genres. An improvised
Corsican couplet is likely to flow into an Elizabethan English Ballad into and then into a
Venezuelean joropo. Even as their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures,
Windborne remains deeply rooted in American folk singing traditions. Praised for
“the purity of their voices, strength of their material, and attention to detail in their arrangements,”
these four share a vibrant energy onstage – their connection to each other and to the music
clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining
the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing.

“A gleefully winding path through American music…
theirs is a dynamic approach born of genuine and deep-seated appreciation of the
tradition in all its aspects” -Fatea Magazine

“Sublime listening… its simple beauty is the outward expression of high artistry
and meticulous care.” -The Reformer

“Unusual four-part harmony…perfect use of four good voices“ -fRoots Magazine

“Vocal virtuosity such as you rarely see on any folk stage” –Watford Folk

“Completely enthralled with them from the first notes…their harmonies are gorgeous…” –No Depression


Thursday 11 April
Neil Perlman & Dylan Sherry

Celtic music on piano and saxophone!


Friday, 12 April
Adam Miller

Stories and songs and Autoharp Virtuosity



Monday 16 April
Jaap Blonk

Dutch vocal experiments


Wednesday, 18 April
Anita McDonald & Ben Miller

The music of Cape Breton on fiddle and smallpipes

Tuesday, 24 April
The Lasses with Kathryn Claire

Irish voices from Amsterdam & Portland

A strong stage presence, spectacular harmonies and beautiful songs. This collaboration between
The Lasses (Amsterdam) and Kathryn Claire (Portland, Oregon) is guaranteed to mesmerize you.
With the vocals at center stage, this dynamic trio shares songs from the Celtic and American traditions
along with their own original music. Their three-part harmonies are complemented by skillful
arrangements on violin, bodhrán and guitar.

Three years ago, Kathryn Claire met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (The Lasses) in an
Irish pub in Amsterdam. The three women connected instantly and decided to tour together.
At first they approached their shows as two separate acts, but in a short amount of time they found
themselves singing and playing on each other's songs with harmonies, percussion and violin.
As their music and collaboration evolved they found they had created a unique and strong sound as a trio.
Three years in, the women have toured all across Europe and the States and released a highly
praised album, recorded live at De Parel van Zuilen in The Netherlands:
"a treat for the audience" (Irish Music Magazine),
"a pearl in the crown of folk music" (OOR), "sublime" (fRoots).


Thursday 26 April
Henry Barnes

Kanawha Valley (Applachia) Fiddling

Friday 4 May
Dan Frechette & Laurel Thomson

Americana tunes & songs


Wednesday 9 May
Marc Atkinson

Canadian Gypsy jazz guitar and virtuoso mandolin



Saturday, 19 May
Linsey Aitken & Ken Campbell

Songs & Stories from the Highlands of Scotland


Monday, 21 May
Oskar Stenmark

A jazz treatment of Folk songs of Sweden on Fluglehorn



Monday, 28 May
The Ladles

Voices, fiddle, banjo & guitar from Boston



Friday, 22 June
Jaeger & Reid

Guitars and songs from California


***** 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