Martyn Joseph returns for 2 nights at Doverlaff; Plus Songwriters Workshop.

Martyn Joseph HC Poster-001Hey music lovers,

Last October we hosted Martyn Joseph here at Doverlaff House Concerts and it was a blow-out, MOMMA GRAB YOUR SOCKS OR THEY WILL BE BLOWN OFF kinds of fantastic show. Well be are having him back again. Last year we had to turn many people away as we could not fit any more in. This year, we are doing TWO FANTASTIC SHOWS!!!!!!!!!!! PLUS A SONGWRITERS WORKSHOP on Saturday afternoon.

Martyn will grace the Tiki Room with his presence and his amazing heart and fantastic songs on both September 30 and on October 1. You will want to get your seats secured early and we may well sell out both shows. Suggested donation is $20 per seat. Songwriters workshop suggested donation is $30 or $45 for the combo (show and workshop.) To secure your seats please send a check, made out to Dan Dover, with Marty Joseph House Concert in the memo line to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX 97206.  You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189 for questions or directions.

Below you will find some of the material I sent out last year. These will give those of you who do not know the special nature of the man’s talent a glimpse of what you are in for.

(Mostly quoted from last years promotions)

We have seen Martyn twice (and again here in our basement, so 3 times now). Once at Sisters Folk Festival and again at the Alberta Rose. He is a helluva performer and song writer. He has a great love of America and American music (especially Bruce Springsteen) but is not beyond a little critique of our shortcomings. We have this recurring opportunity and would love to host him but cannot if you cannot come.

Some blurbs from the press:

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”
MOJO
“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”|
Q Magazine

“A profound experience”
The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”
Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”
Financial Times

“He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”
Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”
MoJo 4* review

From Martyn’s Bio:

Martyn Joseph 2015

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerizing live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognized by programs such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognized with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.” There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorize. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

“Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.”

Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer.

In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organization which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations

He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

As I said, we really love Martyn and will love to hosting him again. Let us know soon if you are interested. The suggested donation will be $20. We will start the show at 7:30 pm on both Friday, September 30 and October 1. Martyn will host a songwriters workshop here in the Tiki Room on Saturday. Suggested donation for the workshop is $30, or $45 for the workshop and a show.

Let us know,

Cheryl and Dan

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Eliza Gilkyson Sunday September 25 at 7 p.m.

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Hey folkies,
The rescheduled Eliza Gilkyson show is coming up on Sunday, September 25. I know we do not have to say much about Eliza, you all know her and her music.  We are totally pumped (do people still say that?) to present this show. We can only plan on around 50 seats available. If the weather cooperates, we may be able to have the show outside in Cheryl’s Garden so we could hold several more in that event.

The suggested donation for this show is $25. You can reserve your seats by sending that in advance to us. Make checks out to Dan Dover, with Eliza Gilkyson House Concert in the memo line. Please DO NOT make checks out to Doverlaff House Concerts as we cannot cash those. Mail checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. PDX 97206. You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189 for questions or directions. We will have the usual amenities for the show. It will start at 7 pm as it is a school night.

We are sure we do not need to extol Eliza’s virtues to you but if you want to know more about her click HERE.

Let us know if you plan to come even if you do not want to make your donation now so we can get you on the list before the masses get wind of the show.

Dan and Cheryl

 

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David Mallett at Doverlaff House Concerts, Sunday June 12, 2016

David Mallett H.C.Poster 3-001It is funny how momentum builds slowly then just takes over. That has been the course of development for the Doverlaff House Concert Series.  We hustled around, talking to artist and sending emails to managers and booking agents to try to get artist to play in our series, then the momentum took over and now we have folks lining up, not to attend these shows but to perform in them.  We have next season 2016-17 already mostly fully booked, or, maybe I should say the 2016-17 season has booked itself.  More on that later. 

Our show last week with Cello Master and Cello Bop experimentalist, Gideon Freudmann was an unqualified success.  Though our audience was not quite as large as other shows this year, the quality of the performance and the engagement of the audience was, as the Rusty Trumpet might say, “Yuuuugggghhh!!.”
 
We had a fantastic time meeting, hearing and getting to know Gideon.  What a fun night we had.  If you were not here, we suggest you check him out and hear him live whenever you can.  Songs like “Denmark” or “Kangaroo Courtship” are bound to intrigue, fascinate and entertain you.  Not exactly your father’s Folk Music, but just as real, just as compelling and way more exciting than just about anything  you can hear today.  
 
But we ain’t through yet!
 
Next month, on Sunday, June 12 at 7 pm, we will be in the fortuitous position of hosting one of folk musics secret stars.  David Mallet (along with Bassist Mike Burd) brings his whisky and wood smoke voice, his impeccable poetic lyrics and musical sensibilities to our tiny stage here at Doverlaff House Concerts, and you can be there for the magic.  
 
Many of you may not know David Mallett.  We discovered him through a friend from the Northeast who was working here over 25 years ago and gave us a mix tape with a couple of his songs on it.  We were taken immediately by his lovely voice and his compelling story songs.  Even so, you may have sung along with his best know song, “The Garden Song” (Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this garden grow) without ever knowing it was him. (his Bio).
 
While that is a great folk classic, it is not representative of the rest of his body of work. Songs of people and places sang with a quiet conviction and a connection to the souls of both the characters and places he sings of and those of his listeners provide a totally intimate musical experience that you have to experience to understand.  
 
But don’t just take my word for it.  Here is some stuff others have said about David Mallett. 
 
Of David’s album “Alright Now”:
 
“a masterpiece …This is an exquisite, ennobling record, made by a terrific craftsman.”
– Steve Morse, Boston Globe

 
Of “The Artist in Me”, one of our favorites:
 
The title song, Didn’t Nobody Teach You, Strange Life, The Wind Is on the Water, and Livin’ on the Edgepack the plainspoken poetic power of this consistently on-the-money songwriter’s best work.”
– Mike Thomas, Acoustic Guitar Magazine

 
“He harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be heroic. David Mallet has a lustrous, melancholy voice that both engages and lulls the listener, never stretching too high or too low but always staying comfortable and believable.”
– The New York Times Synd.

 
And some Videos:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We hope that gives those of you who do not know the music of David Mallett a little taste of what is in store for you at this show.  We sure hope you can join us. 
 
As usual, we suggest a $20 donation per seat for this show. To reserve your seats make advance donation by sending us a check made out to Dan Dover (put  David Mallet House Concert in the memo line. Also as usual, we will have snacks available for free and beverages available.  
 
Also, opening the show will be one of our favorite local duos, Dale Jones and Ann Hayen.  We think you will love their songs.  Dale is among the most musical of all of our songwriting friends while Ann writes songs that paint pictures of places, people and situations she has seen or maybe just created in her fertile imagination.  You will love them.
 
Earlier, we mentioned next year being mostly booked.  Here is a tentative line-up for our 2016-17 season. 
 
September 25- Elyza Gilkyson 
September 30-October 1 Two shows when Martyn Joseph returns
October 13 or 16  Molly O’Brien returns
January Gideon Freudmann returns
February 26 David Francey returns 
March 3, 4 or 5 David Wilcox
April 1 (or there-abouts) Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem
 
While these may not all work out as planned but we think we will be able to offer you bunch of totally fantastic house concert experiences. We hope you can join us for David Mallett next month and for some or all of our show next season.
 
Thank you for providing us a reason to have these wonderful people in our home and for allowing us the privilege of your presence here as well.
 
Musically Yours, 
 
Cheryl and Dan
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Gideon Freudmann at Doverlaff, May 14, 2016

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Hello Music Fans, 

 
After another great show last week with David Jacob-Strain, Bob Beach and Caleb Paul we here at Doverlaff House Concerts are getting ready for out next show. Sure to be a great experience.  Gideon Freudmann, Cello-Bop master will bring his unique sound to our little stage.  Be sure to be there. 
 
This show will be a step out of the deep groove of Folk, Americana and Roots you usually expect from Doverlaff but we think you are going to love it.  We first heard Gideon at the old Mississippi Studios many years ago.  We were fascinated by his use of Cello, looper and effects pedals to produce a unique multi-layered sound that is nothing less than entrancing. 
 
We hope you enjoy the material below. Even more, we hope you can join us on Saturday, Ma 14 for what promises to be a fine evening of some unusual music from a master musician. Suggested donations for this show will be $20 per seat.  Snack provided and beverages available.  We have not settled on an opening artist at this time. Watch this space for more on that. 
 
In case the show fills completely up, we suggest reservations via pre payment of the suggested donation.  You can send checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, Oregon, 97206. Make checks out to Dan Dover (not Doverlaff House Concerts.) Put Gideon Freudmann House Concert in the memo line.  You can reach Dan for question, directions or whatever at 503.730.3189.
 
We look forward to seeing you at the show.
Here is some of the press buzz about Gideon and his music:

“Gideon Freudmann is a talented, experimental cellist that got the ear of producers from NPR’s All Thing’s Considered. There is sense of humor, a spirit of eclectic adventure, and a mastery of classic and jazz forms in these pieces. This fusion of talent & experiment makes for a peerless and unforgettable collection of gems.”

 Perfect Sound Forever

“Taking a modern artist’s approach to the four-stringed instrument, Gideon Freudmann has brought the cello to a new realm. His latest album is a dreamy, cinematic tour-de-force!”

– The Boston Globe

“Freudmann sounds like nothing less than a cutting-edge, avant-garde musician, whose genre-bending exploits combine aspects of performance art, new-classical, psychedelia and comedy, a sort of cross between Kronos Quartet and Leo Kottke.” – Berkshire Eagle

“Gideon is sharp, witty, prolific, talented… A cross between Woody Allen, Frank Zappa, and a touch of Peter Schikele” – Maine Public Radio

“17 tracks of twisted, madcap songs, slightly along the lines of Syd Barrett or Robyn Hitchcock, if they had ever tripped out on cello, with a little Dan Hicks humor for sanity. The melodies were memorable, totally infectious, swirling with a psychedelic vertigo and an occasional Beatlesque moment.” – Dirty Linen

And some YouTube videos of Gideon at work:

Gideon Freudmann Electric Cello

Robin Hood Changes His Oil

All four one — cello impulses: Gideon Freudmann at TEDxConcordiaUPortland (a 17 min TEDx Presentation)Denmark
Gideon Freudmann concert (1.5 hours)

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Preview YouTube video Gideon Freudmann Electric Cello

Gideon Freudmann Electric Cello

Preview YouTube video Gideon Freudmann at TCAN – “Robin Hood Changes His Oil” on electric cello

Gideon Freudmann at TCAN – “Robin Hood Changes His Oil” on electric cello

Preview YouTube video Denmark – Gideon Freudmann

Denmark – Gideon Freudmann

Preview YouTube video Gideon Freudmann

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David Jacob Strain at Doverlaff April 17

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Sunday, April 17, Doverlaff House Concerts will host slide guitar phenom David Jacob Strain along with his side man, on harmonica, Bob Beach.  The show will start at 7 p.m. with an opening set by Portland’s own Caleb Paul.
 
We first heard David when he was a 16 year old slide guitar prodigy at the Vancouver (B.C.) Folk Festival.  We think he is 27 now and has a lot more experience and thousands more hours on the the guitar and has certainly achieved what Malcolm Gladwell referred to as the criterion for mastery, 10000 hours doing the thing.  Truly as maven of the slide guitar, fully competent on the slide guitar canon and with many great original tunes.  
 
Those of you who attended Sister’s Folk Festival in 2008  may have caught him there. He plays with side man, harmonica great, Bob Beach.
 
Some stuff from reviews:
 
Todd Snider said “This kid’s gonna be a superstar and I want a cut on his next album”
 
Jorma Kaukonen adds“He is just one of these guys who is in his own class. A great singer and guitar player.”
 
From Guitar Player Magazine this, “David Jacobs-Strain sings and plays slide-driven country blues with a passion and authority that few artists of any age can muster. But besides firing off compelling covers of traditional tunes. . . his original songs have served to update and evolve the idiom, winning widespread respect from the contemporary blues community.”
 
From the Washington Post, “His acoustic and electric guitar work is crisp and driven, and his voice can rise to a soulful pitch or fall quietly in sync with a loping beat. His imagery-rich tales—well, it’s not hard to imagine some of them being covered by the likes of John Hammond Jr. . . . or Boz Scaggs
 
Maybe a few You Tube videos will give you more perspective: 
Caleb Paul will open.  We think you will really love Caleb’s singing and guitar work.  He blew us away the first time he attended our Doverlaff Songwriters Circle.  A beautiful voice and great guitar chops define his performing. 
 
The show will start at 7 p.m. with a short set by Caleb.  We will have the usual snacks and drinks available.  Come join us for another great show at Doverlaff.  $20 suggested donation, all of which goes to David.  Seats are only guaranteed by advance payment of the suggested donation. You can send, or hand deliver them to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. Portland, Oregon 97206. You can reach Dan for questions or directions at 503.730.3189.
 
We sure hope to see you here.

We have a few more shows coming up in our 2015-16 season including:

Gideon Freudmann, on May 14th

“Gideon Freudmann is a talented, experimental cellist that got the ear of producers from NPR’s All Thing’s Considered. There is sense of humor, a spirit of eclectic adventure, and a mastery of classic and jazz forms in these pieces. This fusion of talent & experiment makes for a peerless and unforgettable collection of gems.”

and

Folk Legend David Mallet, on June 12

In a career spanning four decades, he has recorded 14 albums, had several hundred covers of his songs, including the American folk classic Garden Song [Inch by Inch, Row by Row] and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals across the US, Canada and Europe. He has appeared on numerous broadcasts, including National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. Known for his carefully written, poetic offerings, his body of work has provided material for an eclectic list of artists that includes Alison Krauss, Pete Seeger, Hal Ketchum, Emmylou Harris, John Denver and the Muppets.

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John Craigie House Concert Saturday, March 19, 2016

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Hey Music Lovers,

The musical juggernaut  that is the Doverlaff House Concert Series rolls on, despite a few bumps on the road.
Many of you probably do not know that we were supposed to host Elyza Gylkison last night.  The offer for the show csame last minute. We had it confirmed the day of our Danny Schmidt show last month. We announced it at the show and essentially filled the show that night. We notified a couple of our die hard regulars and completed filling within a few days.  We even paid to reschedule our return from Mexico a day earlier. Then, Monday, we received word that they would have to cancel.  Total bummer. Nina Gerber, guitarist extraordinaire, was to accompany Eyza, but her dog became terminally ill and she had to cancel to tour.  But, they promise to reschedule another show, maybe two for the fall.  Watch this space for more on that.
On the brighter side, our March 19 show with iconoclastic singer-songwriter, John Craigie approaches rapidly. We had John here a couple of years ago and it was a great show. John is quite funny and his humor informs most of his songs.  A good friend of the Shook Twins, he brought them along to join him on a couple of tunes.  We are very excited about this show.
Why, you may ask? Well lets see what others have had to say on the matter.
Jason Felton of Record Department Music Reviews on John’s album “The Apocalypse is Over” wrote, “Modern day troubadour John Craigie spent most of past decade crisscrossing the United States and traveling abroad on tour. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, his songs are filled with memorable melodies and finely crafted, socially conscious lyrics about politics, modern life, and love. Craigie’s latest release, The Apocalypse Is Over, was influenced by time spent in New Orleans, resulting in the addition of horns, piano and other creole instruments to the mix. The album is filled with expressive vocals and instrumentation, showcasing Craigie’s own immense talent as well as the accomplished chops of his backing band. Highlights include: the toe-tapping opening track Innocent In My Arms; the plaintive ballad Rachel; the fun loving and determined We Ain’t Leaving This Bar, Patrick (Til We Find You Some Love); and the catchy I Wrote Mr. Tambourine Man. If you haven’t heard of John Craigie, I recommend you pick this one up followed by his back catalog. And if you have, then add this to your collection immediately.
Jam Band Friendly’s, also on “The Apocalypse is Over” penned, “John just released the album The Apocalypse Is Over, a brilliant masterpiece that’s gotta make waves in the music world.  If it doesn’t there is something wrong.  This one screams of professionalism, grace and eloquence with tracks that you could listen to over and over again…We all have to use road-maps sometimes to get to the destinations we’re searching for.  John’s road-map is a soulful, American-music structure that incorporates top-notch musicians, high-class engineering and a sound that is contagious.  Play this album over and over again on a Sunday to start your week and I promise that your world will be lifted up and your spirit taken to a new level.  Throughout the week you’ll reflect back to John’s lyrics, the music and his harmonica as biblical lessons to get you through the challenges of life.”
And here are a few videos to give you a better feel for his music.
John Craigie Profile by Jason Boritz
We really like John.  We hope, and think, you will to.  A very unassuming performer he is very funny, yet very sincere.
As usual, we request $20 per seat donations.  Guarantee your seat by sending a check for the suggested donation made out to Dan Dover with John Craigie House Concert in the memo line to us at 7326 SE Woodward Street, Portland, 97206.  You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189 for questions or directions.
Cheryl and Dan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ELYZA GYLKISON SHOW CANCELLED

Elyza Cancelled-001Due to family illness on the part of Nina Gerber, Elyza Gylkison’s guitarist, we sadly must cancel the Elyza Gilkyson concert scheduled for this Friday, February 19th. We just learned of this situation this morning. Elyza’s management promises to reschedule another show, possibly two, in the fall.

In the 7 years we have been doing shows we have only cancelled one other show, that due to the death of John Smith’s friend. We are very sorry about any inconvenience this may cause you.

If you sent us a check, we will destroy the check. If you paid your donation in cash we will return it to you or apply it to a future show, as you prefer.

Again, we are so sorry and disappointed at this turn of events but look forward to hosting Elyza and, hopefully, Nina in the fall.

We will be back home on the 19th so if you have questions please call us then as we have no cell service in Mexico.

Please let us know that you received this message.

We look forward to hearing from you or seeing you at an upcoming show. We will host John Craigie on March 19, David Jacob Strain on April 17 and Gideon Freudman on May 14.

See you soon,

Cheryl and Dan

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Elyza Gilkyson with Nina Gerber 2-19-2016

Hey Music Lovers

This last minute show was filled before we had a chance to promote the show. Unfortunately, no seats are available.

We will be hosting John Craigie next month, David Jacob Strain in April and Gideon Freudman in May. Hope to see you at one or all of these show.

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Danny Schmidt, Wednesday, January 20, 2015

 

 

 

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Hello Music Lovers,

 
We have had a little break since we hosted out last house concert, a totally amazing show with Martin Joseph in October.  I think that is good.  Too many shows starts to wear on us but, it is time for more music from Doverlaff. 
 
On Wednesday, January 20th at 7 pm we will host another of our all time favorite singer-songwriters, a Martin Guitars official artist and amazing wordsmith, Danny Schmidt.  This will be Danny’s 4th appearance at Doverlaff putting him among the top 3 frequent performers, all also Dans, Danny Schmidt, Dan Weber and yours truly. 
 
If you know Danny Schmidt, the rest of this email is superfluous.  If you don’t, it’s time you did.  Danny is that perfect combination of great guitar player and amazing song-writer and sincere and humorous performer.  His last performance here was in the garden with his wife, the incredible Carrie Elkin.  It was the only show for which we got busted by the cops for excessive noise. This show will not get busted and will not be too loud. I promise.
 
Some reviewer comments: 
 
From NetRhythms  UK

Danny has a hell of an imagination, but one which doesn’t exclude his listeners, whom he holds in rapt attention throughout his storytelling and ruminations. I was so impressed with this album I just had to investigate further, and it turns out that Parables & Primes is Danny’s fourth CD, recorded back in 2005 and only just now gaining a UK release; apparently there’s a further new album on the way as we speak, which I’m looking forward to immensely.

Parables & Primes is an absolutely outstanding singer-songwriter album by any standards, truly one of the finest and most individual I’ve heard this year, and I’m glad to report that Danny’s going to be touring the UK briefly next month.

From Sing Out! Magazine

“Danny Schmidt is a force of nature: a blue moon, a hundred-year flood, an avalanche of a singer-songwriter. His songs are a flood of poetry, mythology, folk wisdom, and surprise.”
– Matt Watroba, Sing Out! magazine

From Austin Chronicle

“In today’s underground folk world, Danny Schmidt is spoken of in reverent tones, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, with a poetry that breathes naturally and without pretension, with results that are both attractive and intense.”
– Jim Caligiuri, Austin Chronicle

Here are a few You Tube videos you may like. Many more are available there: 
 
 
 
 
 
Unfortunately,  Google has labeled us as spammers so some of there messages will not get through.  It seems to be getting worse, so, friend me on Facebook (Dan Dover) and like our page (Doverlaff House Concerts) so you will know about our shows in the future if the blocking problem gets worse.  You can also check out and bookmark our web site at doverlaffhouseconcerts.org.
 
So, if your interest is whetted, let us know that you plan to attend.  This show will almost definitely fill up fast.  The only guarantee for seats is advance donation of the suggested $20 per seat.  You can send checks to us at Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, Oregon 97206.  You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189 for questions or directions.  
 
Our opener for this show will be Jan Hutchison, a member of our Doverlaff Songwriters Circle gang and singer of bluesy, sexy originals and covers.  We think you will love her as well.  Jan plays around town and joined us this past summer for the first time in the Pacific City Folk Festival.  
 
Cheryl Mitzlaff and Dan Dover
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Martyn Joseph Wednesday October 7th

 

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It is official!!!.  We will be hosting, from Wales, amazing singer songwriter and alpha Bruce Springsteen fan, Martyn Joseph for a house concert  ON WEDNESDAY, October 7th.  We really need to get at least 30 people for this show, so, we hope you can come and bring your friends.

We have seen Martyn twice. Once at Sisters Folk Festival and again at the Alberta Rose.  He is a helluva performer and song writer.  He has a great love of America and American music (especially Bruce Springsteen) but is not beyond a little critique of our sometimes inane behavior.  We are so happy to have this last minute opportunity and hope you can come despite the short notice.

Some blurbs from the press:

“Springsteen-indebted Americana, suspended folk chords glistening beneath troubadour tales, his lyrical eloquence still inspired almost 30 years on from his debut”

MOJO

“One of acoustic music’s most original voices, and most forward looking of his generation of singer/songwriters”|
Q Magazine

“A profound experience”
The Boston Globe

“Songs of social commentary as much as love, with a rootsy sensibility”
Time Out

“Written with craft, performed with passion”
Financial Times

He is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better like the finest of wines”
Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“Britain`s best kept secret……a challenging songwriter and a compelling courageous live performer”
MoJo 4* review

From Martyn’s Bio:

Martyn Joseph 2015

Martyn Joseph is a powerful singer and songwriter gifted with the rare ability to speak to the soul with his expressive and poignant lyrics. With a career spanning 30 years, 32 albums, over a half a million record sales and thousands of live performances, the versatility of his music touches genres of folk, rock, soul, folk-funk and Americana, yet somehow all these labels cannot define the spirit of his music.

Compared to Bruce Springsteen, John Mayer, Bruce Cockburn and Dave Matthews, he has created his own style and reputation as a mesmerising live performer and stands in his own right, built on a reputation for giving what thousands have described as the best live music experience of their lives. A unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He’s a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”

Martyn was awarded Best Male Artist at the 2004 BBC Welsh Music Awards and in 2012 his song “There’s Always Maybe” won the best folk song category in the World Independent Music Awards. In addition to his 5 top 50 UK hits, the importance of his work has been recognised by programmes such as BBC 2’s prime time series on Singer/Songwriters. Social justice has an essential presence throughout his music, which has been recognised with various humanitarian awards and plaudits.

Concerned with making music that is relevant and vital to his audience, he engages with challenging narratives tackling the complexity of the human condition underpinned with a promise of hope. In his own words “Really what I do is to try and write songs that might step up and make some sense of a moment in time. A good song makes you feel like you’re not alone in the world.” There is a versatility to Martyn’s music that is hard to categorise. Many have tried, resulting in labels such as Folk, Rock, Soul, Folk Funk and Americana; all of which somehow miss the mark. But sometimes music doesn’t need a defining genre and with the ability to articulate a sense of the bigger picture, Martyn’s music and social commentary manage to empower and speak for many. His songs are pictures, and stories, and feelings all put to music and delivered by a master craftsman.

“Songs For The Coming Home”, his most recent self-penned studio album, is filled with snap shots and images from his personal journey. “At the heart of this record is the notion that we are always striving to return. Returning to a place of solace, understanding, compassion, a place of justice, mercy and peace. That despite the carnage around us we can still save the day.”

Upon the release of the album BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris said “Martyn is one of our most intelligent writers. He gets better and better.” Described as a cinematic journey through continents via his trademark ‘one take’, up close sound with stunning instrumentation, “Songs For The Coming Home” resonates with raw performance. Incorporating this element of live presentation into the recording process, preserves the spirit of this charismatic live solo performer.

In 2013 Martyn released a CD of Bruce Springsteen songs, to great public and critical acclaim, with the glowing endorsement of Dave Marsh, acclaimed American music critic and official Springsteen biographer.

2014 saw him take the spirit of his music onto a more practical footing with the launch of his “Let Yourself Trust”, a not-for-profit organisation which aims to make a small difference out of great love and commitment by challenging injustice wherever it’s found, educating via advocacy, campaigning for human rights, and raising issues that have been forgotten or ignored via fundraising initiatives, thus bringing about greater awareness for beautiful people in powerless situations

He has won the love of audiences from USA and Canada to Europe through an impressive number of live dates, and has previously toured with the likes of Art Garfunkel, Jools Holland, Ani DiFranco, Suzanne Vega, Mike and The Mechanics, Joan Armatrading, Celine Dion and Shirley Bassey. He is hailed as a raconteur weaving tales on topical concerns, as well as stories on the fragility of love, with a magical ability to reach out to his listeners through his passion and humour. Stunning reviews single him out as an unmissable solo performer whose music stays with you long after the show has ended.

As I said, we really love Martyn and are so excited to have this last minute opportunity..  The suggested donation will be $20.  We will start the show at 7 pm on Thursday, October 8th.

Let us know,

Cheryl and Dan

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