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Wes Weddell

Wes Weddell

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For the past twenty years, Wes Weddell has worked multiple shifts in the engine room of Seattle’s roots music scene as frontman, sideman, writer, teacher, and community-builder.  He has been an emcee for the Jane Titland Memorial Songwriting Contest for many years, and also each year makes a trophy for the winner of the contest.

Listeners have come to expect Wes’s regionally-rooted songs to be “Always heartfelt and well-constructed” (as the “Seattle Weekly” says), and to “speak for themselves” (No Depression).  You can find all of Wes’s music at his website, WesWeddell.com.

Watch the Sky!

Watch the Sky!

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Watch the Sky is the husband and wife duo Chris and Jan Glanister.  They have played for over 20 years as a trio with Joe Wagner, but now it is just the two of them sharing an eclectic mix of  traditional Celtic and British Isles music and contemporary American folk.  They were featured in our 3RFS virtual Homebound Holiday Concert.  Jan has been a member of the Silver Lining Band; Chris is one of the Whateverly Brothers, and has also done sound on the North Stage for the past few years and served on the planning committee for Virtual Tumbleweed for the past 2 years.

Uncle Bonsai

Uncle Bonsai Band

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  • Concert:  None
  • Stages:  North Stage
  • Workshop:  None

Seattle super-harmonizers Uncle Bonsai are the Tim Burtons of folk music – dark and hilarious, but with moments of great insight and beauty.  With three voices and a guitar, they present an often dizzying vocal array of intricate harmony.

The trio aligns itself with the underachiever, the dejected, the outsider.  Their densely-packed lyrics fly by in a whirr at times, and take a skewed stance on topics such as first-world problems, the creation of the universe, the afterlife, and, of course, holidays with family.  A little like Stephen Sondheim linking arms with Tom Lehrer or Frank Zappa in therapy with Peter, Paul and Mary.

Tom Rawson

Tom Rawson

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Tom Rawson, folksinger and storyteller from Orcas Island, Washington is the Northwest’s very own version of Pete Seeger. Armed with longneck banjo and other weapons of mass delight, Tom is a master of warmth and wit who loves to share his musical treasures with an ‘I know something you don’t know and you’re gonna love it too’ kind of smile’. From gospel to contemporary, profound to downright silly, Tom will have you singing, clapping, and laughing along all night.

Tom has been singing and storytelling on stage for over three decades. He is a self proclaimed “song harvester” with the goal of spreading the songs of contemporary songwriters as well as keeping traditional songs alive. Tom has performed at many events in the Pacific Northwest, including Winter Folk Festival (Florence, Oregon), Tumbleweed Music Festival (Richland, Washington), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, Washington), Princeton Traditional Music Festival (Princeton, British Columbia), and Jericho Folk Club (Vancouver, British Columbia). In 2007 he performed at the Our Way Home Reunion peace conference in Castlegar, British Columbia, sharing the stage with Holly Near, Country Joe McDonald, and Rosalie Sorrels. Tom has performed with folk music regulars Bill Staines, Linda Allen, and Anne Weiss. He has been the song-leader at The Fellowship of Reconciliation annual regional conference at Seabeck, Washington, as well as at many Quaker gatherings throughout North America.

Join Tom for an evening of humorous stories, user-friendly songs, and acoustic folk philosophy that’s guaranteed to leave you smiling. Tune up your vocal chords—you’ll need ‘em!

“Tom Rawson has a great talent for inspiring people to come together, and on this night, it was to sing along with nearly every song he played. With his disarming manner and generous heart, he fed us lyrics like he was cooking us supper. The result was a houseful of people united in song. I mean, since when do you go to a concert, and the focus is on the audience, not the ego of the performer?” —  S. Jaen Black, Orcas News and Review

“Enter Tom Rawson. Witty, energetic, and armed with banjo, lap dulcimer, and guitar, he takes the stage to warm applause from the crowd who has turned out to see him. Tom leads them in several classic folk singalongs—his grin broadens as the harmonies swell.  He teases them singing one called ‘This is NOT a Sing-along!’  You got it:  they sing along anyway, getting louder and fuller as Tom more stridently insists that this is NOT a singalong!  His wry humor continues with his rendition of “Key of R.”  In between the humor, Tom weaves thoughtful serious messages on topics like racism and war.  Most touching was a monologue about the last e-mail messages sent from the World Trade Center by the victims of the September 11 attacks.  When the show is over, Tom responds to thunderous applause by performing not one, not two, but three encore songs.  Hearing a great performer play at a great acoustic venue is a double treat. If you have a chance to hear Tom Rawson, DO IT! And sing along, even if he tells you not to.” — Hank Cramer, Victory Review

The Whateverly Brothers

The Whateverly Brothers

Just when you thought it was safe for folk music, The Whateverly Brothers return as a duo with their own brand of too many instruments, great harmonies, and way too much fun!

Original member Dan Roberts plays guitar, mountain dulcimer, and mandolin and sings bass.  Chris Glanister came in early, with a fine tenor voice, tenor banjo, cittern, whistle, mandolin, and more recently guitar.

The Sillertides

The Sillertides

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  • Concert:  None
  • Stages:  South Stage
  • Workshop:  Workshop #1 “An clò airgid (The Silver Cloth);” Workshop #3 “Shared Singing Over Zoom”

The Sillertides bios

Linn Phipps – full biography – April 2021

Linn Phipps is a UK-based traditional folk singer in Scottish Gaelic and English. She sings lyrical songs of love, loss and landscape, and performs regularly – in English and in Gaelic – at ceilidhs, Burns nights and singarounds.  She has performed on cruise ships (strictly amateur unpaid) with ocean-related songs and extended her repertoire to whaling songs so as to perform in Canada, Greenland, and the Antarctic.

During the year of Covid lockdowns, Linn has zoom-connected with singers and singing groups all over the world.  She sings as a regular at Zoom-sings stretching from Australia through the United States and on to Ireland, UK, and France. Linn also sings Sea shanties with shanty groups originating in the USA and UK, and leads her own Ladies’ Shanty Group, with members in the US and UK. She co-founded and co-hosts regular UK-based sings in English and Gaelic, both of which are delighted to welcome USA singers as regulars.

Linn has become a regular at USA folk festivals, having actively contributed “Learn-Gaelic-Song” workshops and themed singarounds to five USA folk festivals to date, to much acclaim, and has four more USA festivals upcoming where she has been asked to contribute workshops. Participants in her festival workshops asked Linn to start a regular monthly song class (participants from USA, Ireland, Scotland and Australia!).  These monthly workshops are now in full swing and working their way gradually through learning sample songs from different genres of Gaelic song.

With much joy, Linn discovered live zoom-shared-singing. Many folksongs and ballads are built around a conversation between two or more characters, often lovers, master and servant, parent and child, married couples, or adversaries, for example. These songs lend themselves well to being sung by two or more different people, clearly differentiating the characters and bringing them to life. While in-person singing – and simultaneous duet-harmonies on zoom – are not yet possible, it is very feasible to do live zoom shared-singing of these dialogues with a song partner 5,000 miles away. Linn’s special zoom-singing partner, Doug, lives in Colorado, and although they have never met in person, Linn and Doug have developed a rapport and a repertoire, and have been performing shared songs since August 2020.  They regularly delight their listeners with new interpretations of songs sung in a “conversation” or “call and response” style. Their shared songs have become a special feature at zoom sings.  The organizer of the recent Spring Harmony festival said that their video concert performance had received “rave reviews”.  You can hear and see several for yourself at https://linnphippsfolk.co.uk/music/#collabs where Linn has posted some shared song Collaborations on her website.

Linn has particular passions around singing songs related to the First World War and Gaelic culture.  Her family lost three great-uncles in the Great War,

Linn has organized and sung at several commemorative events in Scotland, England, France and Belgium during the centenary commemoration years of WW1.  She was also privileged to sing for a new play about the loss of the ship the Iolaire at the end of WW1 – returning to the outer Hebrides on New Year’s Eve 1918 – the ship foundered with the loss of nearly all the men aboard who’d actually survived WW1.  She has since sung regularly at events remembering loss in War – in Cambrai (France), Ypres (Belgium) and the UK.

Linn also sings with two Gaelic choirs, both previous winners of the coveted Mod choral trophies.  In normal times, these Gaelic choirs are working hard throughout the year to polish Gaelic songs to compete at local Mods and the Royal National Mod (“Gaelic festival/ assembly”), which is the premier competition for Gaelic choirs and singers, held annually in Scotland.  Linn also sings with a Luadh (waulking song) group based with her Lothian Gaelic choir called “Luadh le mire”.  In 2019, Linn organised several performances for the group in the Isle of Lewis, and she has hosted weekly zooms for the group during lockdown as well as a live-zoom- performance for the Edinburgh University Seachdainn na Gaidhlig (Gaelic Week).

Linn has won national awards for Gaelic singing. At the Royal National Mod, Linn has won the Silver Pendant (the highest solo singing award for Gaelic learners), as well as both the Skye & Sutherland and the Marjorie Kennedy Fraser solo song competitions, the Learners Traditional solo song Competition and the National Mod’s solo song competition for first prize-winners at local Mods.   Linn has also enjoyed singing and performing with a local Folk Band, and a variety of musicians playing Andean pan pipes, flute, harp, concertina, Tenor Horn (!) etc.

Linn has tremendously enjoyed making the most of zoom’s many opportunities to sing and connect musically; and looks forward hugely to the chance to participate in and share with Tumbleweed.

Doug Huggins’ introduction to folk music came in the 1960’s, as a pre-teen boy soprano, singing harmony with his older sister and a girlfriend of hers in a suburb of Los Angeles, CA.   The rise of artists and performers like Joan Baez, Buffy Sainte Marie, Bud and Travis, Burl Ives, The Kingston Trio and Ian and Sylvia formed much of his early musical education.  Later when attending college in Nashville, Tennessee, he took up the five-string banjo and moved into bluegrass, adding that influence to his earlier 60’s Folksong Revival background, with influences from Flat and Scruggs, and Bill Monroe, The Stoneman Family, and Buck White and the DownHomers.

On Active Duty with the US Navy after college, he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone and began performing in the military base clubs with other military folks, playing Country & Western and Bluegrass.    A later Navy posting to Keflavik, Iceland found him performing with another GI band known as The South Wind, covering a broad range of songs and tunes from Folk, Celtic, Western Swing, Country, and Bluegrass.

1991 brought an assignment in Yokosuka, Japan where a chance reunion with the fiddler from the Keflavik days led to forming a “kick-arse Irish Pub-band” called Whiskey Business, the two Yanks joining a handful of Irish and Australian ex-pats living in the Tokyo area, performing primarily Irish music at Tokyo Celtic Festivals, and led to Saint Patrick’s day gigs in Tokyo and Beijing, and at Irish Sessions, gigs and events like the exhibition of pages from the Book of Kells in Tokyo, throughout the Tokyo/Yokohama area.

In 1994, Doug retired from the Navy to Colorado Springs, Colorado, joining local Celtic sessions and performing in the Denver, Colorado Springs and Pueblo area, with different groupings drawn from the growing traditional music community.   Family trips to Donegal, Ireland in 1999 and 2001 for the Altan-hosted “Frankie Kennedy Winter School” opened wonderful new opportunities to meet top Irish musicians and absorb more vocal and instrumental music of Ireland.  In 1998, Jack Quinn’s Irish Pub and Alehouse opened in Colorado Springs, and Doug inaugurated and anchored a weekly Celtic Session that continued uninterrupted for 22 years, suspended only in 2020 with the Covid restrictions on live public entertainment.

In September 2019, missing the first-hand live exposure to traditional Irish music, Doug and his wife travelled to Dublin for the Frank Harte Festival held by the An Goilin singers’ club.   There were wonderful opportunities to meet and sing in front of artists like Niamh Parsons and Christy Moore, and become acquainted with a large number of brilliant, slightly less famous, Irish and Scottish traditional folk and Sean Nos singers.

When the Covid pandemic prevented additional trips to Ireland and limited local opportunities for Sessions and events in Colorado, Doug turned to Zoom gatherings with song sessions at An Goilin and the Seamus Ennis Arts Center as well as other virtual gatherings in Ireland and the US.

Linn Phipps was another frequent participant in these long-distance song circles, and when Linn suggested she and Doug could co-sing shared ballads and “he said-she said” songs, unimpeded by the limitations of the Zoom system, Doug and Linn began researching, revising, arranging, and rehearsing via the internet, and presented ballad-length shared versions of Child ballads like The Raggle-Taggle Gypsies, and Tamlin, (and many other shared songs as well, some with additional guest singers) to a warm and appreciative welcome from an international audience on An Goilin and several other related traditional song circles based in Ireland and the United States.

The Shed Players

The Shed Players

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The Shed Players are a group of folks who love playing rootsy old-time folk music.  It’s all directly from “The Shed,” in historic Snohomish, Washington.  They play toe-tapping tunes at fairs, festivals and farmers markets throughout Western Washington.

The Blow-Ins

The Blow-Ins

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Beginning their musical journeys thousands of miles apart and coming from different musical places, Dave and Tom, the two Blow-Ins, found common ground when they met in Dingle, Ireland, in 2006 (it was in an Irish pub, by some strange chance).

Through listening to and watching other performers in this famous musical town, they put together a set of folk songs and laced it with humour, harmonies, stories, and spontaneity.

Even after having entertained thousands of people, visitors and locals alike, The Blow-ins still look forward to having fun each time they play, and involving the audience guarantees that no two nights are ever the same.

Thaddeus Spae

Thaddeus Spae

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Thaddeus Spae:  A forty-year veteran of the folk wars, award-winning singer/songwriter Thaddeus Spae is an innovative, eclectic entertainer who mixes unreliable narratives with songs ranging from humorous and deftly satiric to inspirational, literate and allusive. He accompanies himself with precise exuberance on an improbable assortment of instruments, including 12 string guitar, harmonica, trombone, banjolin, ukulele, guitarron and percussion — sometimes several at once. Thaddeus is an arranger, a writer, a technician, and a great side man when not leading his own band. He brings an unusual jazz influence to songs and provides melodic interludes.

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