Concerts in the Woods
at the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center
On the Coyle Peninsula, Jefferson County
923 Hazel Point Road
Coyle, WA 98376
14 miles out on the end of the beautiful Toandos Peninsula sits the Laurel B. Johnson Community Center operated by the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation District and the citizens of the Toandos Peninsula, see: www.toandos.org. This facility offers a lovely community room with seating for 50+, a fireplace, and a full-service kitchen. The Toandos Peninsula is frequently called the "Coyle Peninsula" because the community of Coyle is located at the tip and occassionally it is called the "Dabob Peninsula" because it separates Dabob Bay from the rest of the Hood Canal. And it is also affectionately called "the end of the earth" by some of the residents who live way out there. Whichever name you want to use, it's the perfect place to hear an intimate concert in a beautiful room "at the end of the earth."
Concerts are for all ages.
Admission is by donation. Please join us.
See the article from the May 15, 2013 Port Townsend Leader about this concert series: port_townsend_leader_20130515_B01.pdf (2.15 MB)
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Saturday June 22, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Afton Marie Prater
Afton is a 15 year old singer/songwriter. She has been playing guitar since age 11 and performing since age 12. She writes her own music and recorded her first CD called Beautiful Describes in August 2012. Afton is an amazing dedicated songwriter and performer. Her unique voice and stage presence has won her several awards. She is loved by all ages.
"Her ability to sing with so much emotion at such young age is one of
her greatest qualities. She truely sings her little heart out. She draws in
an audience with her voice,lyrics,and emotion. Afton is a natural talent with
an innate musical sensibility, yet still remains humble."
- Jeftt Tassin: Emmy winning composer, writer, and performer.
Saturday July 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Witherow (formed by Abby Mae & Dillan Witherow), is the combination of two passionate sweethearts meeting together in song. Full of soaring vocals, heart-wrenching melodies, and intricate guitar, their powerful performances will leave you astounded and breathless! Described as a "No-holds barred, take no prisoners kind of [lead] singer and an extraordinary interpreter," Abby Mae accomplished performing at Wintergrass 2012 in Bellvue with her previous band, "Abby Mae & the Homeschool Boys," having only performed for two years! not to be outdone, Dillan Witherow is an accomplished virtuoso on the guitar, having won several regional competitions for instrument as well as voice. Having just released their debut album together at Robert Langes' studio, they are expected to be a rising star in the Northwest music scene.
Saturday August 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Victor & Penny
Victor & Penny is a Kansas City based duo singing music they call Antique Pop on ukulele and a lovely old guitar. With characteristic charm and good humor, they bring a fresh twist to music of the early 20th century, unique arrangements of modern tunes as well as clever original songs. Victor & Penny impress and delight audiences with their infectious energy and deft and oft-surprising jazz guitar licks anchored by a fiery one-ukulele rhythm section. The duo is touring the USA in 2013 and was recently awarded the 2013 Escape To Create Artist Residency in Seaside, FL.
Saturday August 17, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Brongaene Griffin - Celtic Fiddling
with Nancy Conescu and Mike Doolin
Brongaene (Bronnie) Griffin began playing fiddle at age 8 and never wavered. As a child she placed first for her age division twice at the NW regional Old-Time championships in Spokane Washington and third in the nation in Weiser Idaho, while also frequently winning many other first place championships in and around her home state. Raised on Old-Time and Bluegrass her father brought her up hearing the richness of Americana and other traditional styles of music until she met fiddler Kevin Burke whereupon she developed her lifelong love of Irish music. After moving to Ireland she spent ten years honing her skills on perfecting the triplets, rolls and other ornamentation commonly heard in Celtic fiddling, and which sets her playing apart. Bronnie is known for her strident sounding Irish fiddling where her roots sound throughout.
Saturday September 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Carolyn Cruso from Orcas Island. She is equally at home on hammered dulcimer, flute, guitar and vocals and performs a diverse array of original tunes and songs as well as traditional material.
Saturday October 19, 2013 at 7:30 PM
The Joy Mills Band
Seattle songwriter Joy Mills brings forth a new solo album, Trick of the Eye, released in June 2012. Balladeering and soulful country songs about the ethos and modern myth. The line-up includes Mills' partner of eleven years, Tom Parker, on bass, Lucien La Motte on pedal steel and electric guitar, and Paul Culala on drums and percussion.
Saturday November 9, 2013 at 7:30 PM
The Gloria Darlings
back again to the Coyle with their new album, "Come Home to Me"
The Gloria Darlings are a Seattle-based female indie-folk-grass duo. An innovative string band like nothing ever seen or heard, they sing bright, vibrant, vocal harmonies to a one-of-a-kind courting dulcimer (one instrument two gals play at the same time)! These young ladies are multi-instrumentalists: fiddle, guitar, and mountain dulcimer. Often-called sirens, their catchy original tunes weave through the crowd. The percussive nature of the dulcimer and tour de force harmony get every crowd smiling, singing along and toe tapping.
Their deep well of repertoire is full of original tunes, traditionals, and folksy renditions of popular song. Influences include Joni Mitchell, The Carter Family, Phil Ochs and Madonna. The Gloria Darlings appear frequently at folk festivals and venues from Eugene to Bellingham, sing backups for Northwest folk legend Linda Waterfall, and perform regularly at the center of the universe, Seattle’s Pike Place Market. A unique little act with a big crowd-pleasing sound!
Saturday December 21, 2013 at 7:30 PM
to be determined . . . .
Saturday January 18, 2014 at 7:30 PM
to be determined . . . .
Saturday February 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM
Tania Opland and Mike Freeman
Since 1995 Tania Opland and Mike Freeman have been touring the world together from home bases half a world apart, with a unique and eclectic mix of songs in several languages and acoustic music played on more instruments than any sane duo would travel with: hammered dulcimer, guitar, recorders, cittern, violin, Native American flute, ocarina, hurdy-gurdy, percussion... Their shows feature traditional and contemporary material from many cultures as well as original compositions, all presented with wit and style - guaranteed to provide an evening of great music and entertainment for all, especially those seeking something a little off the beaten track. Mike's irreverent sense of humor and Tania's stunning vocals provide the springboard for a rollercoaster ride across several continents and back again. Strap yourself in and enjoy!