A home for interesting, less-than-commercial music in Arcata

The Quick Overview

Tuesday, 19 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Pete & Will Anderson
jazz saxophone duo

Friday, 22 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Sam Amidon
New Old-timey music

Sunday, 24 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Jack Williams
Singer/Songwriter/Storyteller/Picker/Wlaking Encyclopedia of American Song

Tuesday, 26 Sept. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
A Latin Evening

Thursday, 28 Sept.
doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Johnny Connolly & Eamon McElholm
2/5ths of Solas

Monday, 2 October doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Elias Alexander & MAC
Pipes sensation with his trio

Monday, 16 Oct. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Devon Kosloff
Classical guitar virtuoso

Thursday, 19 October doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Odd Job Ensemble
Accordion based Klezmer/Balkan trio

Monday, 23 October doors - 6pm, music - 7pm
Joey Abarta
Foremost American Uilleann (Irish) piper

Thurs., 9 Nov. doors - 6pm. music-7pm
Ari & Mia Friedman
Americana Chamber-Folk

Tuesday, 19 Sept.
Peter & Will Anderson Trio from NYC

Identical twins on sax, clarinet, flute with a guitarist

Peter Anderson - saxophones, clarinet & flute
Will Anderson - saxphones, clarinet & flute
Adam Moezinia - guitar

Peter and Will Anderson are one of the most extraordinary set of brothers performing music today.
Known for their unique renditions of classic jazz songs and innovative original music, they hail from Washington, DC, but moved to New York City to attend Juilliard. Peter and Will have performed with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Jimmy Heath Big Band, Wycliffe Gordon,
Cecile McLorin Salvant, Paquito D’Rivera, Kenny Barron, Bob Wilber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and are featured on the 2014 Grammy Winning Soundrack of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks.

The Anderson’s have headlined at The Blue Note, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Sarasota Florida Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s Jazz Corner, Seattle’s Triple Door, Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, DC’s Blues Alley, and Arizona Music Festival. Their ensemble has performed in over 40 U.S. States, toured Japan, and featured four times in NYC’s famed “Highlights in Jazz” series, alongside Lou Donaldson, Ken Peplowski, and Warren Vache. As guest clinicians, Peter and Will have visited Temple University, Xavier University, University of South Florida, University of Central Oklahoma,
Florida State
University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, University of Scranton and others.

Peter and Will’s debut release from 2012, Correspondence, features Kenny Barron and was listed in Vanity Fair magazine alongside Miles Davis in “Four New Releases to Make You Love Jazz.” The Washington Post called their music,“imaginatively unfolding in ways that consistently bring a fresh perspective to classic jazz.” Their newest album, Deja Vu, features Albert “Tootie” Heath and was called “a burner that reveals the band’s cohesiveness and spirit” by JazzTimes. In 2016, they performed live on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, playing a duo version of “Lotus Blossom” commemorating Billy Strayhorn’s centennial.


Friday, 22 Sept.
Sam Amidon

A new look at Old-Timey music

Sam Amidon is a singer and multi-instrumentalist originally hailing from Brattleboro, Vermont, US.
His most recent album, The Following Mountain, was released in May of 2017 by Nonesuch Records.
His first album of entirely original songs and compositions, it features appearances by Jimi Hendrix percussionist Juma Sultan and legendary free-jazz drummer Milford Graves, known for his pioneering work in the 1960s with artists such as Albert Ayler and Sonny Sharrock.
Prior to The Following Mountain, Amidon has released five albums of radically reimagined folksongs
on the Bedroom Community and Nonesuch labels. Called "part preservationist, part visionary"
by the Boston Globe, Amidon's material for these albums consists primarily of adventurous
reworkings of traditional American ballads, hymns and work songs, with the New York Times writing that
Amidon "transforms all of the songs, changing their colors and loading them with trapdoors."
The albums have been deeply collaborative in nature, inviting contributions from musicians such as
composer Nico Muhly, guitarist Bill Frisell, and improviser Shahzad Ismaily among others.
Along the way Amidon has recorded or performed as a guest artists with musicians such as pianist Jason Moran, indie rock bandBon Iver, and Glen Hansard.
Amidon lives in London with his wife, singer and songwriter Beth Orton.


Sunday, 24 Sept.
Jack Williams

Singing/Songwriting/Storytelling/Guitar picking Road Warrior

The music of Jack Williams, rooted in his native South Carolina, was shaped by a 59-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 30s, 40s and 50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's "folk" circuit - "...one of the most enlightened and entertaining performers I've ever encountered", said Dave Humphreys of Two-Way Street Coffeehouse in Downer's Grove, IL. Jack is considered a "musician's musician", an uncommonly unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar. Rich Warren of WFMT Chicago's The Midnight Special said, "His artistry is nothing short of amazing". Vic Heyman, in SING OUT!, wrote, “He is one of the strongest guitar players in contemporary folk.”

Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry, Jack prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing. Playing for more than 50 house concerts each year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer. year, Jack enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners. Jack is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.


Tuesday, 26 Sept.

A Latin Evening


Thursday, 28 Sept.
Johnny Connolly & Eamon McElholm

2/5ths of Solas

Monday, 2 October
Elias Alexander & MAC

Pipes, fiddles, guitars playing Reels, Jigs & Polkas

Elias Alexander - bagpipes, voice
Ryan McKasson - fiddle
Colin Cotter - guitar/vox

The story of MAC begins in 2014 in the city of Boston, MA where a troupe of Celtic musicians waited out an apocalyptic snowstorm that had grounded flights for the foreseeable future - in times such as those, the only reasonable course of action is to head to the pub and play tunes until spring. It was at this marathon wintry jam session that MAC members Ryan McKasson (fiddle), Elias Alexander (bagpipes/vox), and Colin Cotter (guitar/vox) first played tunes together as a trio, laying the foundation of what was later to become MAC.
Fast-forward to September, 2015 when McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter were all in the same place for only the second time, in this case as performers at the KVMR Celtic Music Festival in Northern California. Ryan and Colin invited Elias (who was performing with famed Galician piper, Carlos Núñez) to join them on stage for some tunes and songs, and thus was MAC born!

MAC is, at its core, part the natural progression of Celtic music as it has worked away
into the American consciousness. McKasson, Alexander, and Cotter are all three well-versed
in the Celtic music tradition, and the music that they write and perform is steeped heavily in
this timeless tradition while calling upon influences ranging from rock to classical. Their
performances reveal fiery personas tempered with artistry, finesse, and virtuosity as they draw
from a deep well of innovative original music and lush arrangements of traditional songs and tunes.
Ryan is a Scottish fiddler (former National Scottish Fiddle Champion) and tune writer from
Seattle who tours with a number of well-known bands around the world. He is also in demand
as a recording artist, appearing on two of Hanneke Cassel's albums as well as on
Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas' album, "Highlander's Farewell."

Elias is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, originally from Ashland, Oregon,
now living in Boston. He tours nationally and internationally with several projects, and has
performed with greats such as Carlos Nuñez, Alasdair Fraser, and Gillebrìde MacMillan. He is also a regular faculty member at Alasdair Fraser's Sierra Fiddle Camp, as well as being in demand for
other music camps around the country.

Colin is a guitarist, fiddler, singer, and songwriter who has toured internationally
as the front man in bands and as a guitar accompanist to traditional fiddlers of
varying backgrounds. He has released 4 studio albums largely of original music,
has shared the stage with the likes of David Bromberg and Alasdair Fraser,
and is a regular faculty member at Alasdair Fraser's Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School
and the Mike Block String Camp.



Monday, 16 Oct.
Devin Kosloff

Classical Guitar Virtuoso

Thursday, 19 Oct.
Odd Job Ensemble

Accordion based Klezmer/Balkan Trio from Sonoma County

Monday, 23 Oct.
Joey Abarta

Americas leading proponent of Uillean pipes
Thurs., 9 Nov.
Ari & Mia Friedman

Americana Chamber-Folk
***** Special Request *****
Many of our visiting performers are in need of a place to stay when they come to play.
Any House Concerteers with the wherewithall to take home a musician can count on,
not only free admission, but the scintillating company of a disciplined and conscientious
student of their chosen musical tradition. Let me know if this is a possibility.


Imagining what a House Concert featuring one tune from each of our performers over the entire year might sound like, I've lined up one example of what each of our performers have provided us over the past year. To be sure, there have been a couple of evenings that missed being recorded and I hope your favorite was not among them. I also hope you can do without titles as announcements are not always intelligible on the recordings. Click on each of these links to access the audio files.

01) Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford
02) Dan Newton
03) The Lost Trio
04) Hanz Araki/Colleen Raney/Stuart Mason
05) Goitse
06) Snowapple
07) Johnny Connoly & Leonard Barry
08) Cassie & Maggie McDonald
09) Frankie & Sean Gavin
10) Syrinx Effect
11) Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
12) Luke Brechtelsbauer
13) Dan Walsh
14) David Power
15) Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
16) Johnny Connolly/Winifred Horan/Cary Novotny
17) Anita McDonald
18) John Schott ACTUAL Trio
19) Ned Evett


These evenings are supported by the
soup, fresh bread, beer, wine, coffee, tea & general conviviality
for which doors will open an hour before the music starts.

Suggested Donation - $25 - 10 sliding scale
(thank you, Dan Compton)
Contact via:
(707) 499-8516 for more information