News + upcoming events
May 26th Scott Cook with Mandy Troxel opening! (May 24th - Shaw Island Community Center)
Doors open 6:30pm, Concert 7-9:30pm
Scott Cook - A roots balladeer with a rare personal warmth, Canada’s Scott Cook has managed to distill the stories collected over a decade of near-incessant touring across Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, Asia, Australia, and elsewhere into straight-talking, keenly observant verse. He brings humor, a disarming honesty, years of roads, and a deep love of humanity to his songcraft. Cook’s songs are true stories set to music, drawing on influences from folk, roots, country, soul, and blues. “There’s nothing flash about Canada’s Cook. He sings his heart and soul, and in doing so lets light flood into your own... A good eye for imagery, a gentle human touch, a wry sense of humor, a whole lot of integrity, a warm, rugged voice... Truly one of Woody Guthrie’s children.” -David Burke, R2 Magazine, UK. (www.scottcook.net)
Opening - Fans of Mandy Troxel’s music often share the similar story of being swung around by the clear bell of her voice and then rooted to the spot by her lyrics. Describing her music with a dash of telltale self-deprecating humor, Mandy describes her music as “Country Western Pathetica” and “Island Mama Americana”. She juxtaposes the beauty of her Orcas Island home with the connection and humor of living in small town community. Her songs acknowledge the dark moments in life, illuminating the cracks with a beacon of hope. Americana troubadour Bill Mallonee (formerly of Vigilantes of Love) says “With a folky voice of clarity that reminds one of early Emmylou Harris, Troxel navigates the waters of love lost and found with songs that offer memorable lines, but no easy answers.” www.mandytroxel.com
Suggested donation is $15. Cash, please, at the door. For credit card purchases, please purchase ahead of the evening at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4221490
June 7th Singer-songwriter, Author and Poet, Beth Wood with Mandy Troxel at Darvill's Bookstore in Eastsound
Doors open 6:00pm, Program beginning soon thereafter featuring Beth's new award-winning Poetry book, Ladder to the Light. Mandy Troxel will open for the evening. Beth will also be playing songs as prelude to the full concert she and Ara Lee James will be at The Orcas Grange on Saturday night, June 9th (see below for more!).
In Ladder to the Light, the follow-up to her debut poetry collection Kazoo Symphonies, BW explores deeper and more complex emotional territory. Inspired by an image from a Jane Hirshfield poem ‘Mule Heart’ in which grief and joy are carried in “two waiting baskets,” Wood seeks to find balance again and regain footing after heartbreaking loss. Ladder to the Light chronicles her journey from grief to gratitude to believing in love again—poetry as a ladder toward the light. Ladder to the Light was chosen as a finalist for the 2019 Oregon Book Awards – Stafford/Hall prize for poetry and is the winner of the 2019 Oregon Book Awards Readers’ Choice Award.
“Beth Wood is a courageous witness, careful perceptive notice, graceful word swimmer, and honest chronicler of soul-wrenching nights and unfathomable bliss. These poems are about how things and people echo off of other things and people, and why it matters so deeply. You will remember and recognize your own moments in her moments, and will also be taken to places you’ve never been. These constellations of words are gifts born of careful, raw, vulnerable attention to beauty, but also born of living a real life, in which things happen that we don’t choose, that tear us open and dare us to survive.” –David Lamotte, Award-winning singer-songwriter, international speaker, author of Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness
This evening is free - and of course, books will be available for purchase and autographing with Refreshments!
June 8th Beth Wood and Ara Lee James
Doors open 7:00pm, Concert 7:30-10pm at the Orcas Island Grange
Beth Wood hails from Texas and Ara Lee James from Oregon, having joined forces in Portland, Oregon - Beth's adopted town. Together, they are powerful. They are Stand and Sway - harmonies that matter. Check out this video! http://peninsulaartscenter.org/concerts/
Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. For twenty years she has been writing, creating and touring full-time, delighting and inspiring audiences with her exceptional musicianship, intelligent songwriting, powerhouse voice, and warm and commanding stage presence.
A home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, Beth’s work has expanded to include teaching voice and song coaching as well as leading workshops at festivals, retreats and beyond. Beth has released two books of poetry, Kazoo Symphonies and Ladder To The Light on Mezcalita Press.
Beth’s skills in the craft of songwriting have been recognized by the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, The Sisters Folk Festival Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Award, the Billboard World Song Contest, and many more. There have been incredible and surreal moments in the spotlight: opening for Steve Winwood, Michael McDonald, Shawn Colvin, Chris Whitley; being a four-time featured artist on Cayamo, a week-long Caribbean songwriters’ cruise. http://www.bethwoodmusic.com ... and her Mission Statement - best one I ever heard in my 40 years in business... http://www.bethwoodmusic.com/house-concerts/
Ara Lee, when pressed, calls herself a singer-songwriter. But the image of a wispy, soft-voiced, guitar strummer that might come to mind couldn’t be farther from what she does. Call it soul, call it folk, call it gospel, Ara sings like a woman with something to say, in a voice that makes you stop and listen, with lyrics that make you remember why you decided to be human once upon a time. Crediting Nina Simone and Rumi among her influences, Ara is equally comfortable with stripped down acoustic-driven folk and her signature soulful, tribal grooves. Known for her hair-raising voice and commanding stage presence, Ara Lee’s shows cut straight to the gut. Backed by her band they're nothing short of a full tilt revival. Check out her website: www.araleemusic.com A favorite song of mine ... https://aralee.bandcamp.com/album/born
We are very excited to have these two grace the Orcas Grange stage in June! Y'all come on out :) Suggested donation is $15. Cash, please, at the door. For credit card purchases, please purchase ahead of the evening at: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4245397
June 9th Play More! Workshop with Beth Wood and Ara Lee James 12-4pm Singing, songwriting, group shenanigan workshop for everyone, held at a Private Residence on Orcas Island.
Trying something new, creative, personal can be some of the bravest work youll ever do. And we believe that the best way to coax out ideas, songs, words, whatever might in there takes a thoroughly supportive environment and permission to just try already.
We don't teach people how to sing. Or write. Or perform. We help people remember how to play. Come to a workshop where well play together.
THINGS WE'LL DO:
Write group poetry. Its strange and silly and surprisingly fun.
Make up songs. Well approach songwriting from new angles, and if you've never done it, well give you some ideas to get you going.
Do some creative unlocking. Well do some talking about why and where and how we get stuck. And well give you some tools to dig up that stuff and give you permission to start where you are.
Sit still. We think this alone is worth the price of admission. What happens when we do that is things float to the surface. Well help you catch that stuff with a net, usually in the form of a piece of paper.
Sing, like nobody's listening. OK well be listening, but well be doing it together. Off key, on key, loudly, softly, together, and solo if you feel ready. Well do it in a non-religious, non-performance, non-take yourself too seriously environment. Because singing is the most fun and if you can talk, you can sing. We promise.
DATE:June 9th noon 4pm
MENTORS: Beth Wood and Ara Lee James (in concert at the Orcas Grange June 8th, 7:30 pm)
COST: $65, includes a salad buffet lunch, treats, beverages. For registration, kindly RSVP. At the event, please pay cash, OR, for credit card registration, please click: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4252825.
BRING: Yourself hopes, doubts, fears, ideas! A journal/note pad, optional.
WHERE: Private Orcas Island residence with creative break-out spaces Attendance limited to 12 participants for optimal group and personal experience