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

The Quick Overview

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

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

Saturday, 27 May doors - 7pm. music-8pm

Jazz from USC

Monday, 29 May doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Christian Pincock & Jonathan Kipp

Valve Trombone & electronics
Vibraphone & electronics
Solos & Duets

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

Monday, 3 July doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Joanna Wallfisch

sublime piano and songs

Saturday, 8 July doors - 7pm. music-8pm
Leah Grants Johnson

Eureka Singer/Songwriter from Nashville

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

New Jazz trip from Miami, Fl.

Monday, 7 August doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Howard Alden

Virtuoso Jazz Guitar

Saturday, 12 August doors - 7pm. music-8pm
Bad Luck

Saxophone & Drums in conversation

Tuesday, 19 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Pete & Will Anderson
jazz saxophone duo

Thursday, 28 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Johnny Connolly & Eamon McElholm
2/5ths of Solas

Sunday, 15 October doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Cassie & Maggie McDonald
Cape Breton fiddle & piano

Thurs., 9 Nov. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Ari & Mia Friedman
Americana Chamber-Folk





Elias Alexander
& the Bywater Band

Tuesday, 16 May
Scots Pipes


It was while on holiday in Scotland with his family at the ae 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 -



Brazilian Violin Trio
Sunday, 21 May
Brazilian Violin Trio


Dan Walsh
Tuesday, 21 May
Virtuoso English Banjo

Saturday, 27 May

Jazz from USC

Monday, 29 May
Christian Pincock & Jonathan Kipp

Valve Trombone & electronics
Vibraphone & electronics
Solos & Duets

Saturday, 3 June
Hiroya Tsukamoto
Cinematic Guitar Poetry


Wednesday 19 July
Sound Underground
New Eclectic Jazz from Miami


***** 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