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The Creaking Planks head to Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast for the end of June! Jun. 23rd, 2009 @ 05:23 pm
It's the jug band of the damned's "Flogged Round the Fleet" tour, in promotion of our finally-available recording of the same name, in a premium package we think will guarantee some grins. We're pleased to say we're returning to Victoria Friday the 26th at the Solstice Festival for the Folk with David Simard and Free Range, the Duncan Garage Showroom the afternoon of Sunday the 28th (2 pm), the amphitheatre at Rathtrevor Beach that evening with the B:C:Clettes, the Gumboot at Roberts Creek 4 pm Monday the 29th and the Wild Bistro in Gibsons that night. Then Tuesday June 30th we're back in Vancouver playing at Cafe Montmartre. A little tour, but it's a start. Fuller details including addresses, showtimes and admission can be found at the link or creakingplanks.com

Please consider helping some new faces gravitate to our shows in hitherto unexplored territory... they'll never have seen anything quite like us.

(And if anyone has any ideas what to do with a band kicking around the east coast of Vancouver Island on a Saturday night, please don't hesitate to make a suggestion -- it could be your living room or backyard party we liven up by cramming some Tom Waits into Britney Spears! Ooh!)

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Seattle Music at Squidoo... Apr. 29th, 2009 @ 01:59 pm
Hello, all--I've recently completed (more or less) several Squidoo lenses relating to music in Seattle and the Northwest region; and thought I'd share them over at LJ. So far, I've got lenses on Busking in Seattle, the World Rhythm Festival (just held this past weekend), and the Northwest Folklife Festival. Constructive comments and concrit are of course welcome on these or any of my other lenses that I've finished to date; in any case, do check them out and feel free to comment on the lenses themselves...
Current Mood: wordy

Dec. 20th, 2007 @ 11:53 am

Hope all is going well. I just wanted to let everyone know about a recently launched website that may be of interest called Piano Lessons with Master Teachers. If you click the black and white photograph on the home page, it will take you to a collection interviews with concert pianists from the early 1900's, such as Paderewski and Ernest Schelling. It's a very good read, and it's all free material. I hope it can be a good resource for some of the community members.

Take care,

Tommy Makem memorial tributes in the Pacific Northwest? Aug. 5th, 2007 @ 02:22 pm
Dear LairCronies:

It's getting downright eerie how so many well-known figures have left us in the past calendar year. This past Wednesday, one of our very favorite folksingers, Irish legend Tommy Makem, passed away at age 74 in Dover, NH. We here at the Lair, though not completely surprised at the news, are heartbroken nonetheless at this loss of one of the LairMistress's foremost musical role models.

Does anyone know if memorial tributes to Tommy will be held anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, especially Seattle, where the LairMistress is based? We would love to help put on and participate in any such event; as of now, all we've had a chance to do is light candles several nights in a row at the Home Lair, as well as toasting the Bard of Armagh with pink margaritas the other night.

In any case, please let us know if you know of anything being done in memory of Tommy Makem in the Northwest in the near future. In the meantime, light a candle, sing an Irish song, recite a poem by Yeats, say a prayer or meditation, sign a guestbook or message board with your condolences, or otherwise remember Tommy in your own way. Slán abhaile agus míle buiochais, a chara dhil!!

--Karen and Co. at the Lair

Tommy Makem, Irish folk musician, poet and songwriter (1932-2007)


Reposted from my Myspace page, and crossposted where relevant...
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Singer/Songwriter Contest! Jul. 17th, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

[apologies for the x-posting]

Moderator(s): Have I posted this here before? I honestly don't remember, and since I don't see it, I either haven't posted it, or it was pulled.  I'm not sure which, so I'm taking a risk.

Are you a musician of Asian heritage?  If so, we would like to invite you to participate in our online contest.

Grand prize: a chance to demonstrate your musical talents in front of a live audience and music industry professionals

The Vancouver Asian Film Festival (VAFF) aims to support and promote North American-Asian artists.  While in the past our main focus had been on filmmakers, we are now officially launching a new event in partnership with Arc2 Intertainment to support singers/songwriters of Asian heritage.

The contest steps, rules and regulations are listed at the link provided.  Basically, you have until August 10th, 2007 to post a video of you performing original music onto the VAFFmusic YouTube Group here:


where YouTube voters will have a chance to pick their favorite 3, and the final winner will be chosen by ARC2 judges.

Remember, the earlier you post a video, the more votes you may be able to generate!

The contest is free.  All entrants will gain exposure and the notice of ARC2 Intertainment talent scouts.  The winner will perform 3-4 original songs in front of a live audience and music industry professionals at Arc2 Intertainment's summer "Stripped" Benefit Charity Concert in downtown, Vancouver on August 30th, 2007.

Venue: Performance Works, Granville Island, Vancouver, Canada.

[Sorry, due to a very limited budget, we cannot cover any travel or accomodation costs.]

Looking forward to seeing your video!  Good Luck!

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» Vancouver Folk Music Festival POV
If you are attending this weekend's festival bring your camera and share your point-of-view.

Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

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» It nearly slipped my mind...!!
What with all the Disabled Canine angst at my apartment building, I nearly forgot to post word of my Seattle coffeehouse gig next week! I'm opening for a couple of fellow buskers at C&P Coffee Company at 5612 California Ave SW in West Seattle. The headliners are Greg Spence Wolf and Jorge Zorro. Jorge's website has a really Cool Open Mics LairLinks page that's probably more up-to-date than mine.

Also, I'll be doing a set on the first evening of the Northwest Folklife Festival, Friday, May 25, on the Alki Stage at 4:20 pm. I think I refer to myself on the program as a "Late-Blooming Polyglot Busker" for want of anything more Flattering. It fits, in any case. I will likely be busking at the festival as well, during much of that weekend (May 25-28, also Memorial Day weekend).

In future news, I also plan to do busking at Seattle's University District Street Fair on May 19-20; and at the Fremont Fair on June 16-17. Prior to then, I'll be out of town visiting my aunt and her critters on the farm in Colville, WA during June 5-12.

If I've missed anything, I think the full range of info can be found on the Lair's Myspace Page and on my Sonicbids EPK...

Cross-posted to my LJ and seattlemusic
» Celtic Punk at The Buffalo Club, Dec 7th
Thursday, December 7th at the Buffalo Club:

The DREADNOUGHTS - Ball-busting Celt-punk from Vancouver's newest group of drunken misfits, with a shot of pirate-shanty, a shot of Irish melody and a triple-chaser of street punk. The result is a powerful live sound, with whirling fiddles, mandolins and accordions inviting you into a world of drink and debauchery. Imagine Rancid had their tour bus hijacked by a group of inebriated gypsies... and you're beginning to understand.

More info: http://imuproductions.com/events.html#dec7bc
» Hi!
Hi all,
just found this community, so I figured I'd start by letting everyone know about the concert I'm putting together for August 22nd. It's basically the result of myself and my friend Alexis wanting an excuse to play music in public, force our friends to do so and hopefully hear some new music along the way. We held it last year and managed to break even and have a great time with WAY too many people playing long after closing hours...heh. This year we split it into two concerts, one of which already happened (the Radical Knitting Collective concert) which was accoustic music and featured, amoung other things, a full sized pipe organ and singing bowls.

Catfish will be loud, rockin and weird. We've already got some really wonderful people playing and we could probably take one or two more acts (we need a recording or a live audition) if you want to join the fun onstage, but definately come out and listen to some of the weird music - we're encouraging people to bring merchandise too, so you might even be able to get a cd or a pin! Excitement abounds!!

» Vancouver Folk Music Festival
Here it is, directly from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival website, the 2006 lineup:

2006 Performer Lineup
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