A showcase of Northwest musicians at the Northshore Performing Arts Center

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A showcase of performers from the Pacific Northwest music scene come together at the Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell) on Sunday, February 10 at 2:00 pm. Talented local musicians include Del Rey, Steve James, Smalltime String Band, the Gloria Darlings, The Casey MacGill Trio, and Tony Mates. All seats for this afternoon of amazing entertainment are $15! 

Del Rey started playing guitar when she was four. At the age of fourteen she was introduced to the world of traditional acoustic music. Her guitar playing is influenced by country blues, stride piano, classic jazz and hillbilly boogie - all filtered through the sensibility of an autodidact trailer-park aesthete. Thirty years later, when Del Rey became fascinated with the ukulele, she tried to play the same kind of complicated rhythmic blues and ragtime on four strings as she does on six. She expects a lot out of the little instrument, and usually gets it. "The 'ukulele taken to a new level of musicianship." (John Book) 

If Steve James is well known in the world of contemporary folk, blues and roots music, it's not because he has a high-power publicist. He has toured internationally and extensively, performing at festivals, concert venues and clubs, and has also offered a variety of music workshops for the sizable "hands-on" contingent in his ferociously loyal audience. James was exposed early to blues/folk/jazz through his father, a record collector and amateur guitarist, and was self-taught on the guitar from age 12. His touted playing, singing and song-craft have been featured on several solo albums, and he has performed with musicians including Bo Diddley, Buddy Guy, John Hammond, and Del Rey.

Smalltime String Band is a family band

Smalltime String Band is a real family band that plays old time music in and around Seattle. They have been playing music for as long as they can remember. They love to busk on the streets of Seattle, and gain their inspiration from the Northwest fiddlers and string bands in the area. Fiddler Oliver Abrahamson and banjo player Eli Abrahamson sing lead and backup. Rock solid guitar player Terrie Abrahamson sings backup and Danny Abrahamson lays it down as upright bass player.

The Gloria Darlings - Pandi, Milly, and Kate - are a Seattle-based female folk-grass trio. An innovative string band, they sing bright, vibrant, vocal harmonies to outstanding instrumentation. These young ladies are all multi-instrumentalists: fiddle, guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer. Often-called sirens, their catchy original tunes and harmonies weave through the crowd. Their deep well of repertoire is full of original tunes, traditionals, and folksy renditions of popular song.

The Gloria Darlings are a Seattle folk-grass trio

The Casey MacGill Trio performs music that swings. Nat "King" Cole Trio meets the Mills Brothers. Fats Waller meets Fats Domino. Slim Galliard meets Fred Astaire. At the core of their sound are the band's sometimes sweet, sometimes rough-hewn three-part harmony vocals and a piano-ukulele-bass-and-drums rhythm section that swings in a variety of textures. Casey MacGill is the heart and soul of the band, playing boogie-woogie, swing, and stride piano. He blows a lyrical jazz cornet, and his most unique instrumental voice is a 6-string tenor ukulele.

Tony Mates has been a part of the NW music and dance scene for many years. A native of Seattle he grew up listening to Stan Boreson and dancing to the Sonics, but didn't play a lick of music until he was nearly 30. He now plays fiddle, guitar and bass, loves to sing, and for many years has called square and contradances all over the country. He plays bass and sings with Trio A Propos, fiddles with Peckin' Out Dough and recently has had the pleasure of playing bass with the Smalltime Stringband. He is honored to be a part of NPAC's PNW Showcase.

Tickets or call 425-984-2471 


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