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Summer Music in the Secret Garden 2012

Our beautiful garden is the perfect setting for a summer evening of music and a barbeque.

2012 Schedule

June 19 – September 11, 2012

June 2012

June 19 – The Tummybuckles

The Tummybuckles are a small creative ensemble from Portland OR. They perform compelling original music composed by Oregon songwriters Megan Cronin and Chris Baron.  The acoustic lineup features violin, effected guitar and a six-piece custom hand percussion ‘kit’ (designed by Tummybuckle Leo Aguirre). The sound draws on studies of classical music theory as well as club-style rock & roll. Here is a preview.

June 26 – Boa Saida

Boa Saida came together in the summer of 2010. On cello, guitar, and keyboard, the three young musicians of Boa Saida artfully blend Progressive folk and classical. The project began when singer/songwriter Andy Goncalves approached cellist, Boris Popadiuk about jamming, and after practicing around Boris’ younger sister, Oksana, they soon found her keyboard and sung harmonies indispensable. By the end of the summer the trio had become Boa Saida, which is Portuguese for “good exit”, or “good point of departure.” BOA is also the first initials of the group members, Boris, Oksana, and Andy, so thus, it means, their point of departure. Here is a preview.

July 2012

July 3 – Ali Marcus

Ali Marcus is a Seattle-based songwriter who tours the country singing songs for people. She has had the great pleasure of sharing bills with internationally renowned artists, such as Tom Paxton, Dar Williams, Jolie Holland, Catie Curtis, Danny Barnes, Ruthie Foster, Chatham County Line, and many other wonderful acts. Her music spans a variety of audiences, from straight-up 60’s folk, to contemporary singer-songwriter, and the burgeoning Americana movement that radiates out from the Pacific Northwest like moonlight on a foggy night. Her smart, melodic songs have been featured on NPR, XM, in the New York Times and venues all around America, with a box full of harmonicas that bring a dose of bluesy country to the act. Here is a preview.

July 10 – Richey Bellinger & Kelly Brightwell

Richey Bellinger has been playing guitar and writing songs for over forty years.  His songs are thoughtful, personal stories of love and longing, sung with passion and accompanied by his sweet finger picking guitar style. Here is a preview.

The hallmark of a Kelly Brightwell song is that it illuminates: she can conjure up concealed connections, find the flowering in first heartbreak, glean the grace bestowed by gravity, and harness the turbo-force of childhood dreams.

July 17 – Leela Grace

Leela Grace is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, and percussive dancer who has been making music for most of her life. Leela’s “soaring” vocals, compelling original songs, “sterling credentials” in old-time music, and disarming stage presence make her a favorite at venues across the continent. She is also known for her exceptional clawhammer banjo playing and dynamic percussive dance style. Since moving to Portland in 2007, Leela has become a highly sought-after solo performer and a popular banjo, harmony-singing, and clogging teacher in the region. To find out more about Leela, check out: and www.reverbnation/leelagrace.

July 24 – Chris Kokesh

Chris Kokesh became a distinctive voice on the Northwest music scene with the inception of the bank Misty River in 1997. With the 2010 release of her solo CD October Valentine, her stunning songwriting, crystalline vocals, tasty fiddle and solid guitar have distinguished her as a stand-alone talent. Chris Kokesh brings songs to life with a transparency that draws audiences in. She reveals the inner workings of her heart with grace and humor. She is real. Chris, together with Matt Meighan, leads the Zigzag Mountain Songwriting Camp on Mount Hood, Oregon from July 19 – 22, 2012. Some participants from the camp will be featured with Chris as the host. Here is a preview.

July 27 – Special Friday Night Concert

Dan Weber & Woody Moran

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber is a gifted storyteller in the long tradition of great singer-songwriters, entertaining audiences with heartbreaking and funny songs, inspired and energetic performances, and hilarious, true stories from the road’s he’s travelled. Since the release of his new CD ‘Ash and Bone’, Weber was named a 2012 Finalist in the prestigious ‘New Folk’ competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival and has received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine, The Great American Songwriting Contest and West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest. He’s also been given praise from legends like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, recognition from DJ’s “‘Hank and Jesus’ is easily the best folk song I heard in 2011. It has a timeless and authentic ‘Me and Bobby McGee’ feel to it” and press such as “Weber is one performer that’s living proof that you never know when a music career will bloom.” With ‘Ash and Bone’, Dan Weber brings a new voice to Authentic American Stories…

Woody Moran is a singer/songwriter with a truly unique sound. Woody weaves excellent guitar skills with crisp, laid back vocals. His lyrics tell stories and he’s got a knack for catchy melodies. Woody’s talents are especially evident in a live setting; with heaps of stage presence, solid musicianship and an undeniable charm, he can grab the attention of a room immediately and hold them effortlessly with well-written songs and amusing comedic banter.  Woody was presented with an RIAA Gold Record Award in 1991 for his work on David Lee Roth’s album A Little Ain’t Enough. After charting at #1 an unprecedented 42 weeks on Broadjam’s Folk-Rock Chart, Moran was one of five finalists in the 2008 International Singer Songwriter Association’s Best Rock Song of the Year with “Tu-Toned Stranger”. In 2010 his song “It Will Come Back to You” was chosen for a compilation CD for U.S. Adult Contemporary Radio Programmers. Woody is in regular rotation on KLOS-FM in Los Angeles, CA and in Europe via West Coast Radio Network in France. Woody is currently writing and submitting songs for film and television.

July 31 – Matt Meighan

Matt Meighan mixes his originals with songs by fellow songwriters as well as older songs from the folk and blues traditions. Drawing on his years as an activist, journalist, parent and poet, Matt writes tradition-steeped, thought-provoking songs that are at turns personal, political, poignant and funny, infused with a philosophical bent and an audible love of language. Matt, together with Chris Kokesh, leads the Zigzag Mountain Songwriting Camp on Mount Hood, Oregon from July 19 – 22, 2012. Participants from the camp will be featured with Matt as the host. Here is a preview.

August 2012

August 7 – Johann Wagner

A child of Albuquerque, New Mexico and one time park ranger of the Joshua Tree National Park, Johann Wagnerweaves stories filled with red rocks, creosotes, and sagebrush of the American Southwest into tangible and intimate songs. He is well known for writing songs that other performers cover. His music has been covered and recorded by a variety of notable musicians, and along with being a regional finalist in the Kerrville Songwriting Competition, his co-write “If I Go, I’m Goin” was in season four of Showtime’s television series “Californication”.

August 14 – Larry Kenneth Potts

A Sonoma County, California resident, Larry Potts has won considerable acclaim by winning and placing in numerous songwriting competitions, and as a seasoned performer has delighted audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area with his easy, relaxed delivery and award-winning songs, which range in genre from Contemporary Folk, Americana and Country to Blues, Pop, and Jazz.

August 21 – Anne Weiss

Anne Weiss studied classical piano, joined a street gang, became a mountaineer, developed a guitar obsession, worked as a political organizer, learned to salsa dance, and became addicted to delta blues; and yes, you will hear it all in her music. Combining contemporary folk, blues, acoustic funk, gospel music, and smatterings of classical phrasing and Latin rhythms, Anne is known for her enormous bluesy voice, great guitar chops, and striking stage presence.

August 28 – Robin Greene & Carl Solomon

Robin Greene has played guitar, mandolin, dulcimer and ukulele all over the world opening for people like the Squirrel Nut Zippers, John Prine, Nancy Griffith, EmmyLou Harris and others. She plays a mix of acoustic folk blues originals and a well chosen cover here and there. Robin has been a teacher for all levels of experience in music, voice, song writing and performance.

Music has always had deep and meaningful part of Carl Solomon’s life. He picked up the guitar after high school, looking for a musical voice to match his writings, and it worked. He learned to listen and value the human experience. From hitchhiking across this country, Europe and North Africa. Working as a carnival barker, truck driver, and bouncer, he learned to love the road and his world. There are still stories to be told. Each of his guitars tells him a story.

September 2012

September 4 – Kathryn Claire

Kathryn Claire has asserted herself in a new generation of traditionally-inspired musicians. Her violin-playing exhibits a technical grace which is matched only by her truly captivating voice and she possesses the rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. Her deep love and respect for traditional music has long been a driving influence and those roots can be heard in her own original music. Early classical training naturally gave way to her own creative inclinations. Kathryn taught herself guitar at a young age in order to explore her own voice as a songwriter. She has spent years cultivating her unique style and approach to music as a violinist, singer and songwriter. Here is a preview.

September 11 – Caroline Oakley

Caroline Oakley is a square dance caller and fiddler from Portland, Oregon. Born in South Carolina, she has over fifteen years of experience performing and teaching old-time and bluegrass music. She currently performs a duet act featuring old-time fiddle tunes and country duets with her husband Pete Leone and is one of Portland’s premier square dance callers. She is a founding member of the Flat Mountain Girls, and most recently played with old-time string band the Government Issue Orchestra.


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