Unless otherwise noted below:
Concerts are held at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens Street, Portland, OR 97214.
Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30.
Colonial Heights Presbyterian is located between Hawthorne and Division. Stephens is one block north of Harrison.
The PFS October concert presents a “double-triple”: two power-house trios bringing songs and stories ranging from old timey to modern popular music.
Fine Company is the lead-off group. These Smithsonian-Folkways recording artists, Bill Murlin, Jim Portillo and Ron Dalton on guitar, banjo and bass, keep that old timey feel with rich vocal harmonies that extend into their new compositions. Bill is a long time PFS member, having served on the board, the Singtime Frolics and Concert Committees. He recently played a major part in the Smithsonian Folkways presentation of Roll Columbia, a new album of Woody Guthrie's Columbia River songs.
Jim fell in love with folk music as a kid in El Paso Texas while listening to Doc Watson on the radio. Lessons, open mics, playing with many friends and stealing licks from pickers like Wayne Henderson helped hone his skills. He's part of the Seattle Folklore Society concert committee.
Ron, who has the vocal range to sing bass or tenor, is by day a teacher in Edmonds, Wash. He wrote three of the originals on Fine Company's CD. He also sings with the Seattle group Burgundy Pearl.
Fine Company contributed two recorded songs to the Roll Columbia album. In Fine Company is the trio's first CD. Laurie Lewis, one of the leading ladies of bluegrass says, “Fine Company has a welcome air of love and dedication in their thoughtful arrangements and choice of songs. These are songs that beg to be sung, and Jim, Bill and Ron join their voices with obvious and infectious delight”.
Bluegrass star Kathy Kallick says that Fine Company evokes the folk-trio sound of the 1960s.
Three Together is the second part of this exciting double bill. Originally formed in 1997, the group consists of Doug Smith, Don Mitchell and Judy Koch Smith. They blend their voices and instruments for an evening of folk, pop and soft rock with an emphasis on harmonious FUN! They won the Peoples's Choice Award at the 2011 Florence Winter Folk Festival at the Oregon coast. They also were awarded the Lions prestigious Melvin Jones Fellow award in 2009 for outstanding service to non-profits throughout the Northwest by performing concerts for many worthy causes.
Doug is a nationally and internationally known finger-style guitarist who has performed for PFS before. He won a Grammy in 2005 for collaboration on the album, Pink Guitar, a tribute to Henry Mancini. He was the winner of Winfield's Walnut Valley Music Festival finger-style guitar championship in 2006.
Don is the former Director of Instruction at the Emil Fries Piano Technology School in Vancouver, WA. He is an expert at vocal harmonies and music theory and plays the acoustic guitar along with many other instruments. Give him an instrument, and he'll quickly learn to play it.
Judy, who started playing flute in 6th grade, comes from a large musical family and brings her singing and instrumental abilities to round out this exciting group. Her CD Keep it Under 90 covers old favorites by Billy Holiday, Phoebe Snow and Van Morrison among others. on how music connects us.
Bringing these two groups together blends the love of the folk tradition with a fresh perspective.
For more information call (503) 267-8547.
Tickets: $18 General Admission, $15 PFS Members, $9 ages 12-18 (under 12 free)
Questions, comments about concerts? Send e-mail to the Concert Committee.
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