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Music Lovers, 
It is still warm but we have noticed a kind of crispness in the morning air.  Now when we get up for work at 5:30 in the morning, the sky is still dark.  That must mean that fall is close at hand. 
Along with the return of the cooler weather, we start to focus more on inside activities.  That means it is time for the Doverlaff House Concerts Series to ride boldly back to provide autumnal (as well as wintry and vernal) entertainment in the form of a big tribe of people getting together to listen to great music.
To kick our 2014-2015 season, we will have Matt the Electrician and Tim Easton here in the Tiki Room on Thursday, October 16 at 7 pm.  We are suggesting a $15-20,sliding scale donation for this show.  We will provide the usual snacks with beer and wine available for a nominal donation. We sure hope you can join us to start the new season right.  Seats are only guaranteed when we receive the suggested donation.  Mail checks made out to Dan Dover with Matt and Tim in the memo line to Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St, Portland, Oregon 97206. We hold all checks until the week of the show in case you or the artists have to cancel.  
Dan first met Matt the Electrician at Sisters Americana Songwriting Academy back in 2011.  He thought, that’s a strange name, but it was attached to some really cool music. He was struck by a song about Walmart. It was funny and touching.  It was called “For Angela” and you can find a link to the video below.
The Houston Chronicle‘s William Michael Smith wrote,Austin‘s Matt the Electrician (Matthew Sower to his family and friends) must be both proud and puzzled by the blurb on his CDBaby marketing page which says, “Recommended if you like Ben FoldsPaul SimonTaj Mahal.” Oddly enough, that description isn’t as far off as it seems at first, although we would have added Tom Waits and fellow Austinite Beaver Nelson to that list. Sower is one of a handful of brainy, somewhat quiet Central Texas singer-songwriters who write with considerable plainfolks wit, down-to-earth blue-collar common sense and smart-folks ideas. What emerges are songs like “Change the Subject” and “One Right Thing,” delivered somewhere between Paul Simon’s New Yorky folk-pop and Waits’s back-alley sandpaper growl. There’s just the right mix of vulnerability and strength, ennui and hope to make women want to take him home and mother him. The Electrician makes it earthy and ethereal, and that’s a hard trick to pull off.”
But we think the name is Matt Server
From Matt’s website: 
Matt the Electrician crafts sharp narratives with equal measures heart and home. Evidence: It’s a Beacon, It’s a Bell. The longtime Austin resident’s excellent new album showcases a seasoned songwriter in top form. “Look out the window at the road rushing by,” he sings on the stunning “Muddy Waters.” “The shatterproof glass breaking up in your eyes/Your own private movie when things fall apart/Everyone’s trying to break your heart.” Details whittled from real experience frequently fortify his songs…

“Matt’s greatest asset as a songwriter is his natural ability to tell a story,” says Austin-based singer Seela Misra. “The world in his retelling is brutally honest, tender and hilarious at the same, a comforting combination. Equally comforting is his singing voice. You believe what he tells you.”

Key words: Honest, tender, hilarious. Yes, Matt’s most thoughtful moments mirror Van Zandt. They shadow Guy Clark. Haunt every great Texas storyteller with an eye for triumph and truth. Still, every lyrical twist and turn maintains his own unique style and substance. “I think Matt will be an influence on a lot of songwriters in the future,” Newcomb says. “What really stands out about Matt as a performer is he makes every crowd his own. By the end of his set, no matter who they came to see, the audience will be Matt the Electrician fans.”

We had not heard Tim Easton before.  He and Matt are touring together so we get them both.  So I went on YouTube to check him out.  See videos from each of them below. 

Review of Tim Easton by Hal Horowitz  

For his first release in over three years, and his third for the New West label, singer/songwriter Tim Easton goes even further back to his roots. An album made on the road, its 13 songs were recorded in six studios in six different states. Still, it maintains a distinctive thread provided by Easton‘s unplugged, unvarnished approach and smooth yet earthy vocals. Various members of the Jayhawks contribute, but like Tift Merritt, whose barely-there backing vocals on the lovely “Next to You” don’t add much personality, they only bring muted accompaniment to what is very much a solo project. Only Lucinda Williams‘ trademarked whisky-soured harmonies on “Back to the Pain” convey another distinctive voice to the mix. Easton sticks primarily to emotional ballads, with even his own strumming guitar and occasional percussion relegated to the background as he sings primarily of alienation and lost or waning love. The album’s generally dark, somber lyrics mesh well with his doe-eyed sleepy voice and the laconic tempo of the songs. “C-Dub” and “News Blackout” return him to Bringing It All Back Home-era Bob Dylan with prominent harmonica and political lyrics on the latter that creep into the personal as he closes the song with “Sweetheart, please, please take my hand.” There is a lonely, solemn quality to the unaccompanied “J.P.M.F.Y.F.” (short for “Jesus Protect Me from Your Followers”) that sounds like Easton strumming in his bedroom as he quietly lashes out at those who are “spitting in the face of love with one hand on the Bible and the other in the purse.” The closing cover of the blues standard “Sitting on Top of the World” brings the disc to a resigned and tranquil conclusion. Easton shoots his bullets with a silencer on the scraggly, moving, and introspective Ammunition, a personal album that takes a few spins, or more, to appreciate.

Some Videos from Matt the Electrician:

Accidental Thief

For Angel

I Will Do the Breathing


Some Videos from Tim Easton:

Sittin’ on Top of the World

Just Like Home

Audio of Tim on Mountain Stage

We really hope you can join us Thursday, October 16 for this great show.
Cheryl and Dan
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Music Lovers, 

First, a big thank you to those who attended the Cosy Sheridan show here Saturday.  We had a great turnout for a great singer/songwriter who gave us all a great performance.  All in all, a great night. It was such a pleasure to hear Cosy’s funny, moving and, at times, politically biting commentary and her amazing guitar playing. Backed up by her “sweetie” Charley, on base and back-up vocals, she put on one hell of a show. 

And speaking of a “hell of a show,” those of you who were here 2 years ago for the fantastic David Francey show we hosted in Cheryl’s Garden here at the Doverlaff Masion, know what an amazing show David and Mark gave us.  Well, looks like they are about to give it to us again. 

Monday, May 5 starting at 7 pm, we will host them again, probably in the Tiki Room (as we cannot count on sunny weather in May.)  We know many of you already
know about David Francey, multiple Juno award winner (the Canadian version of the Grammy.) David’s moving songs relate the real stories of people he has known, places he has seen and his experiences.  A true Everyman’s songwriter with a Canadian-Scottish accent that is totally charming and lends a gritty realism to his songs.  David, if you cannot tell, is one of our all-time favorite songwriters and it is a travesty that more people do not know the man and his music.

Lets try to help correct that by having you here on Monday, May 5 at 7 pm for this show.  Dan will do a short opening set and David and Mark will start by 0730. The suggested donation for this show will be $20 per seat.  As usual we will provide some snacks, coffee, tea and some soft drinks for free. We will also have beer and wine available and we suggest a $2 donation for those. 

If you do not know David’s music, check out some of the videos on YouTube: 

We are sure these tunes, and others you can find on line, will convince you that you must see David Francey.  Last time he was here in the back yard, we had 80 people.  Since we can only seat 50 inside, be sure to get your advance suggested donation of $20 per seat to us quickly to guarantee your seat.  As always, we prefer cash for “at the door” donations.  Make checks out to Dan Dover with David Francey in the memo line and send them to Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St. PDX, 97206.  You can reach me at 503.730.3189 if you have questions.  

We know you will love this show and we so look forward to sharing the evening with you.

As our friends Spud and Rich say, The Music Is Magic.  Come share some magic with us, 

Cheryl and Dan
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Cosy Sheridan, April 19, 2014



Hello Music Lovers, 

As the days get longer and the temperatures slowly climb we are feeling the draw of spring and the need to share the joy.  Of course, sharing the joy is really what we are all about here at Doverlaff House Concerts.  Cheryl and I have another great show lined up and would love for you to be here to share more joy, more great songs, more laughs and just plain old good times with us. 

On Saturday, April 19, we will feature award winning singer/songwriter Cosy Sheridan here in the Tiki Room of the Doverlaff Mansion. I am sure many of you know Cosy and her work.  I know you will want to catch her here in the intimate environment of the Tiki Room. Margaret Branch will join Cosy for a short opening set. For those who may not be so familiar with Cosy here is some information. 

“Cosy Sheridan has been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”  She first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won both the Kerrville Folk Festival’s NewFolk Award and The Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest, then released her critically-acclaimed debut CD Quietly Led on Waterbug Records. “

The Chicago Examiner, on her CD The Horse King said “The Horse King,” from Chicago’s Waterbug Records, is Cosy Sheridan’s 10th CD, give or take. You can’t make it into double digits, and continue touring for twenty or so years, unless you know what you’re doing, and do it well. Rarely do you find a CD where every song is memorable. It happens, just not often. It happens here. Nine of the 10 cuts are Cosy Sheridan originals. They are mostly upbeat, often tongue-in-cheek, and always original and clever.”

Rich Warren, of Sing Out Magazine had this to say of Cosy’s 2008 release Eros, Cosy Sheridan possesses an eccentric muse, or perhaps it possesses her. That’s all for the good as this muse leads her into explorations to which other writers are oblivious. Thus, Eros stems largely from Greek mythology, as Sheridan sings with the wisdom of Minerva. Eros is a complete dozen song cycle that explores the nature of contemporary women and their lives as reflected in the age-old mythology. Sheridan specifically cites the myth of Eros and Psyche as the foundation for the album. She introduces the album’s concept with the opening “The Story Of Longing,” which contains a line about “the gods holding out their hand to me.” Several of the songs stand alone without direct reference to the theme, but, taken in context, they fit like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. “The Beauty Cream” updates the Persephone myth in a mock Gospel style. The wonderfully tongue-in-cheek “Weekend Workshop” sends up and puts down some New Age rituals. It might take Dr. Freud to divine all the nuances contained in this fascinating album of well-written songs. “You Still Love Me Somewhere” could be mistaken for a Carter Family song, not derivative, simply in that timeless style. The album ends with some irony, with “Happiness is Waiting,” a song that uses laundry as metaphor. On this self-produced CD, Penny Nichols helped with the arrangements. Sheridan, who is a most adept guitarist, is accompanied by TR Ritchie, Kent Allyn, Nichols, David Surette and Eric Halter. This talented crew gives the songs bounce and substance. There’s some very tasty picking on many of the songs. Sheridan has practiced her trade for many years, and has touched on these themes before, but not in a coherent stream of new songs. I laud her for going to Hades and back for a CD that stands apart from the hydra of singer-songwriters. Sheridan sings with the knowingness in her performance of someone who has lived, and this makes the tale of Eros all the more provocative and relevant.

Some of Cosy’s videos that you may want to check out:

Quiety Led

First Song

Air Guitar

Well, that is just a taste of Cosy.  We are sure you will love her show, we did when we saw her at Artichoke Music last year.  

The suggested donation for this show is $15.  To guarantee your seats, send us a check, made out to Dan Dover with Cosy Sheridan in the memo line. I will not cash the checks until the week of the show.  We do prefer cash for at the door donations since I will need to give the money to Cosy after the show and will not have an opportunity to cash checks. You can mail checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, 97206

We sure hope you will join us for Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19.  The show will start at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7. Its going to be a great show.  It will be better if you are here. 

As usual, we will provide some snacks for free and will have beer and wine available. We suggest a $2 donation for wine and beer.  

Hoping to see you at the show, 

Cheryl and Dan

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Quietly Led, Cosy Sheridan

Cosy Sheridan, First Song

Cosy Sheridan, Air Guitar
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John Craigie House Concert, Friday February 21 at 7:30 pm











Hello Music Lovers,

We truly cherish the opportunity to share music with you.  We love sharing artist that you already know and love.  We also like to introduce you to folks you may not know yet, knowing that you will add them to your list of favorites.
That may be the state of affairs with John Craigie .  We first heard John at the Sisters Folk Festival in September of last year. Our first encounger happened when he joined the Shook Twins on stage for a cameo appearance. 
John considers himself to be in a line that leads from Kris Kristofferson to John Prine to Todd Snyder to himself.  He even has a song about the time he ALMOST stole some weed from Todd Snyder.  He is full of fun, funny and more serious songs.  His on stage banter is hilarious. 

The show will be Friday, February 21st starting at 7:30 pm here at Doverlaff House Concerts, 7326 SE Woodward St. Portland, 97206.  We suggest a $15 donation per seat. We will have the usual free snacks for the audience and beer and wine will be available as usual and we suggest a small donation for those.  Seats are on a first donation. first secured basis.  Seats may be available at the door but only if advance donations do not secure them all.  We already have several reservations for this show so you should act fast if you decide you want to see John here.

Santa says his  “acoustic performances blend sharp observations with gentle wit.”

Aaron Tsuru of says “one of the most entertaining performers I’ve seen.”

Here are a few Videos from John Craigie:

Anna Rose, pt. 4 with the Shook Twins

Of course,  John is one of those artists who is better live.  To find out how much better, come see him here.  We will have a short opening set by someone yet to be determined. 

Remember, we still have a couple more shows this season (maybe more.)  We host Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19 and the incredible David Francey on Monday, May 5.  Look for more on these shows as the dates get nearer.

Looking forward to seeing you here,

Chery and Dan
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John Craigie, Friday, February 21!


Hello Music Lovers, 

We truly cherish the opportunity to share music with you.  We love sharing artist that you already know and love.  We also like to introduce you to folks you may not know yet, knowing that you will add them to your list of favorites.  

That my be the state of affairs with John Craigie.  We first heard John at the Sisters Folk Festival in September of last year.  Our first encounter happened when he joined the Shook Twins on stage for a cameo appearance with them.  He almost stole their show. 
John considers himself to be in a line that leads from Kris Kristofferson to John Prine to Todd Snyder to himself.  He even has a song about the time he ALMOST stole some weed from Todd Snyder.  He is full of fun, funny and more serious songs.  His on stage banter is hilarious.  

The show will be Friday, February 21st starting at 7:30 pm here at Doverlaff House Concerts, 7326 SE Woodward St. Portland, 97206.  We suggest a $15 donation per seat. We will have the usual free snacks for the audience and beer and wine will be available as usual and we suggest a small donation for those.  Seats are on a first donation. first secured basis.  Seats may be available at the door but only if advance donations do not secure them all.  We already have several reservations for this show so you should act fast if you decide you want to see John here.

Santa says his  “acoustic performances blend sharp observations with gentle wit.”

Aaron Tsuru of says “one of the most entertaining performers I’ve seen.”

Here are a few Videos from John Craigie:

Anna Rose, pt. 4  with the Shook Twins

Of course,  John is one of those artists who is better live.  To find out how much better, come see him here.  We will have a short opening set by someone yet to be determined.
Remember, we still have a couple more shows this season (maybe more.)  We host Cosy Sheridan on Saturday, April 19 and the incredible David Francey on Monday, May 5.  Look for more on these shows as the dates get nearer.

Looking forward to seeing you here, 

Chery and Dan 

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Steve Poltz Live at Doverlaff House Concerts, Thursday, January 9

Steve Poltz
Hello music fans, 

It has been a while since I last spammed you with a house concert notification.  Cheryl and I have been in India for the past 6 weeks. Got home 3 days ago and have not readjusted yet.  You can read my travelogue of our trip on my facebook profile page, which is public, no friend request needed.  I think you might enjoy the story.

But that is not why I am pestering you again.  We have more great concerts coming in the next few months, starting with Steve Poltz on Thursday, January 9 at 7 pm.  Dan Weber will open (again.)

Steve was a huge hit at Sisters Folk Festival and at the Sisters Americana Songwriting Academy.  He is funny and warm.  His humor is sometimes a bit out there but he really pulls you in.  He got a big break when he co-wrote with Jewell the song that made her a  household name.
As usual, we suggest a $15 donation per seat.  Advance donation guarantees your seat in case the show fills up.  You can send a check to Dan Dover, 7326 SE Woodward St., Portland, Oregon 97206. You can reach us by phone at 503.730.3189. We will have snacks available for free and beer and wine available for which we suggest a small donatio.  

From Steve’s website: 
(Steve) best known for his hilarious storytelling and witty personality, defying all traditional definitions in the songwriting genre. This is a rare artist who is as comfortable touring with such noted national acts like Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jewel, The Wallflowers, Bare Naked Ladies, Rusted Root and Lucinda Williams in arenas, as well as performing intimate living room shows in any city in America. Successfully shattering the traditional troubadour mold, Poltz has most gloriously been compared to unique performers and songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Steve wrote and appeared in the video of the 1995 hit, “You Were Meant For Me” helping launch Jewel’s debut CD to triple platinum.

Some press buzz: 
Cracker singer David Lowery once opined that the world needs another folk singer ‘like I need a hole in the head.’ He must not have known about Steve Poltz…” –The Baltimore Sun

“Poltz has the impish sense of humor that lands mouthy but harmless boys in Saturday detention and possibly not-so-harmless men in the relationship doghouse—after a slap, or a drink, in the face or two…” –The Washington Times

“Clever, creative and humorous with a musical delivery all his own…” –Buzz Magazine

“Steve Poltz weds his love of absurdity to winsome melodies and aching chords on Chinese Vacation… There are times on Chinese Vacation where Poltz eerily echoes Jeff Tweedy’s sweetly scratchy croon, as if a miner has sifted his vocals through a sieve along with the sediment, nicotine and shiny nuggets…” –North County Times

Some You Tube Videos:

Other Upcoming shows: 
John Craigie, February 21
Cozy Sheridan, April 19
David Francey (DO NOT MISS THIS) May 5

We look forward to seeing you at some or all of these shows. 

Have a musical holiday season, 

Cheryl and Dan 
Check out Steve’s Website at
Check out some of Steve’s videos on You Tube
   You Were Meant for Me (Part 1)
     You Were Meant for Me (Part 2)
      License Plate Eyes  
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Chuck Pyle, Friday October 18

Music Lovers,  


Why do we love Chuck Pyle?  To begin with, he has one of those honey and campfire smoke voices that have instant credibility just based on timbre.  Plus, he is funny, affable, has songs that resonate with anyone who loves nature, the outdoors, or good stories, not to mention fine solo guitar playing.  

If  you like any of those things, be sure to be at our next house concert here at Doverlaff House Concerts.  We will be hosting Chuck Pyle on Friday, October 18, starting at 7 pm.  Another of our favorite “Cowboy Poets” will be opening the show, great songwriters and general raconteur Dan Weber will warm you up and get you ready for Chuck’s performance. 

Below are some things said by various sources about Chuck and his music:   

“A masterwork of southwestern acoustic sound that’s rich, colorful, and oftentimes funny.” — Acoustic Guitar ( on Chuck’s CD ‘Keepin’ Time by the River’)

Chuck Pyle’s music is so simple as to make a reviewer despair. The man succeeds where so many others fail, in convincing you that with three chords, simple words and the most basic melody a song can make you cry. He convinces you that he invented music last week and here for the first time you are listening to this magic thing that makes noises so pleasant. – Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange

Chuck Pyle’s performance is a ride down some trails less traveled, a touching and hilarious celebration of an American original and his take on making the best of a musical life. One of Chuck’s favorite quotes is, “Always ride the horse in the direction it’s going,” and when reviewers named him the “Zen Cowboy”, he took the nickname to heart, shaving his head and blending his upbeat perspective with old-fashioned horse sense. He mixes catchy melodies with straight-from-the-saddle poetry, quoting bumper stickers, proverbs, world leaders and old cowboys with a modern Will Rogers wit. Pyle has released eleven albums and has written songs covered by such artists as Jerry Jeff Walker, Tish Hinojosa, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss and Chris LeDoux – Jam Base

Though better known as a performing songwriter who’s songs have been recorded by Jerry Jeff Walker, John Denver, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Suzy Bogguss and Chris LeDoux, Chuck has also developed a reputation as a powerful, push-the-envelope guitar stylist, and has taught guitar seminars at such prestigious events as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. Chuck is also one of the more popular performers on the singer-songwriter circuit.  – Artists Direct

Below are some select Chuck Pyle You Tube videos you might enjoy and will give you a taste of what to expect from Chuck if you have not heard him before:

The video above “Here Comes the Water” has been on our minds a lot these past several days.  That song is about the last time Colorado had flooding comparable with the one that has been going on there the past week.  It is the moving tale of a highway patrolman racing a flood in the Thompson Canyon and saving the lives of many people along the stream.  We think you will be moved.

You can find several other Chuck Pyle videos on You Tube.  Check him out.  We are sure you will love his music.

We are truly excited to have two of our favorite cowboy singers here to share with you.  Come join us if you can.  This will be our last show until the new year as we will be in India for almost 6 weeks.  As usual, we suggest a $15 per seat donation for the artist.  We will also have snacks for free.  We will have beer and wine available for which we suggest a $2 donation.  Come join us for a fine evening of Western Folk Music and camaraderie with a large group of music lovers.

In the rest of this season we will be featuring Cosy Sheridan, Karen Savoca, and John Craigie. We are working on a couple of others that we have not nailed quite down yet.  Watch this space for further news.  

Hoping to see you at the Chuck Pyle show and/or some of our other shows this season,

Cheryl and Dan
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Barn Birds House Concert, Sunday September 1, 2013

It is hard to believe that it is almost time to start the Doverlaff House Concerts 2013-14 seasons, but it is true. 

You will know how true it is on September 1, here in Cheryl’s Garden when the Barn Birds (Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh) make their third appearance here.  Jonathan’s amazing and evocative songs along with Chris’ angelic voice and dynamic fiddle will sure kick this season off with a bang.  And, yes, we are having this show in the back yard, Cheryl’s Garden, so we can handle as many people as want to come.  We know it is Labor Day weekend, but, if you are in town, this is THE show to see.

We know many of you are already familiar with Jonathan Byrd.  In case you are not, we have attached a couple of mp3s below.  You can also watch some videos on Jonathan’s home page (the link above). 

If you have seen Jonathan here, you have also seen Chris Kokesh, as she has played with him in every show he has played at Doverlaff House Concerts.  She was the fiddle player for the widely respected northwest bluegrass group, Misty River. Check out her web page (the link above).  While there, listen to some of the songs from her CD October Valentine.

You can check them both out on YouTube. Here is a video about the making of the Barn Birds CD. Also, you can see the vidoe for Lay Your Hands on the Highway, and I Was an Oak Tree, both written by Jonathan.  Here is a video of them playing Chris’ song I Hear the Trains.  

Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.

The great folksinger,Tom Paxton, said of Jonathan, “So deeply rooted in  tradition, yet growing his own way.”

One of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune

I guess we should say that Cheryl and I just LOVE Jonathan and Chris.  They are a fabulously entertaining dou and one of our very favorite groups.  Their voices were made for each other.  They have also been by far the best attended of all of our house concerts.  We are pretty damn sure you will love them too. 

As usual, we suggest a $15 donation per seat.  We will provide a lot of lovely snacks for free and have beer and wine available.  We suggest a $2 donation for those.  We will be starting this show at 7 pm in Cheryl’s Garden, my favorite place to be on a lovely summer evening.  We will have an opener, but have not decided who that will be yet.  We prefer to have advance payment of the suggested donation by checks.  We prefer cash at the door.  You can mail checks, made out to Dan Dover to 7326 SE Woodward St, PDX, 97206.  You can reach us at or or by phone at 503.730.3189.

We certainly hope you can make it despite the holiday weekend and all.  It is always our intent to support the kind of artist that we admire by getting them as big an audience as we can.  Please, join us to show these fine musicians the appreciation they so richly deserve.  We know you will love it.  

By the way, October 18, we will host the Zen Cowboy, 
Chuck Pyle with an opener by Dan Weber.  We hope you can be here.  

Just trying to keep the music real, 
Cheryl and Dan 
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Ray Bonneville, Saturday, July 6


Music Lovers, 

It seems life just keeps getting faster although our ability to keep up does not.  Sometimes it seems that everything is happening at once.  Sometimes you just need to slow it all down a notch or maybe two.  Maybe this will help.

Coming, Sunday, July 6, Red House recording artist, Ray Bonneville at Doverlaff House Concerts.  We first discovered Ray a while after Hurricane Katrina when  he released his CD Goin’ by Feel with the paean to New Orleans “I Am The Big Easy.”  Also from  this album the great song covered by Slaid CleavesRun Jolie Run which conveys the harrowing story of a young woman trying to escape a very bad man and her “little 32.”  

Goin’ by Feel elicited this response from one reviewer:
With Goin’ by Feel, Bonneville’s sixth album, the singer and producer Gurf Morlix have managed to capture the sound of kudzu growing and cypress creaking. The songs here are saltwater-drenched, with an undeniable bluesy vibe that is reinforced by Bonneville’s soulful, gruff vocals and rich six-string pickin’. This is music as atmospheric as the fog on a Louisiana swamp at daybreak, and performed with a casual, laid-back style that is in no hurry towards its destination.

With his guitars, harmonica, 2 rhythmic stomp boards, Ray evoked the spirit of the Big Easy and his relationship with that complicated city.  We saw him twice last year, first in a House Concert at David Peasley’s place in Lake Oswego, then again a couple of days later at the Secret Society in Portland where he appeared with the Zen Cowboy, Chuck Pyle (coming to Doverlaff House Concerts in October).  We made a kind of bond with Ray that first night and we really look forward to having him here in July.  

2011 brought Ray’s latest CD, Bad Man’s Blood featuring such songs as the title track and Darlin’ Put you Suitcase Down and Nightwalker.   Ray develops a miles deep groove and takes you on a stark and humid trip through the characters and places that inform his unique take on life. 

The Austin Chronicle describes Ray as “a bluesman mining the same vein of America’s musical underbelly as Ray Wylie Hubbard and Greg Brown, and Bad Man’s Bloodis a worthy follow-up to 2007’s award-winning Goin’ by Feel. Joined occasionally by Gurf Morlix on electric guitar and bass, Bonneville journeys through dark times with temporary moments of sunshine, all unvarnished and illuminated realistically”

No Depression Magazine says Bad Man’s Blood, “Listening to Bad Man’s Blood, I am reminded of the music of John Lee Hooker. Hooker would set up a groove with just a few notes, and he would stay on those notes for the entire song. The effect was haunting, like an incantation. It was a technique that only worked for Hooker, I thought, but its power was undeniable. Ray Bonneville has a somewhat richer musical vocabulary here, but he achieves some of the same kind of effect. Bonneville casts a spell, and he holds you for the length of the album.”

Opening for Ray will be local singer-song William (Randy) Stafford.  Randy has led a very interesting, rough and tumble life and has developed a song writing and performance style all of his own.  With a voice that is occasionally reminiscent of Tom Waits, in turns bombastic and humorous, insightful and ethereal, Randy’s song are sure to affect you and to stick in your mind for days after hearing them.  I will try to locate some links for Randy’s music and send them in the next mailing. 

We hope you can be part of this show.  The show will happen Sunday, July 6 and will start at 7 pm with doors open at 6:30.  As usual, we will provide snacks and refreshments for free.  We will have beer and wine available and suggest a small donation for those.  If you do not know,  we are located at 7326 SE Woodward St.  You can reach us at 503.730.3189 or at or at

We are suggesting a $15 donation per seat for this show.  We prefer advance donations by check that can be mailed to the address above.  Day of show, seats that remain will be available on a first come, first served basis for the same price.  We prefer cash at the door. 

This is going to be a great show.  We hope to see you here for our last show of the 2012-2013 season.  We will open the 2013-2014 series September 1 with Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokest, The Barn Birds.  

See you on July 6.   BE THERE!!!

Cheryl and Dan
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Justin Roth, Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm

Album Cover w/o text

Music Lovers,

The weather the past few days has restored my optimism.  (I started this a couple of days ago, alas, the weather has changed.) We know it just a teaser, but we are 11 days away from spring.  Tomorrow, daylight savings time and sunsets after 7 pm.  That is more like it.  I went for a nice long walk today with the music and the energy of the Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore show ringing in my head.  What a great show.  Thanks to Mollie and Rich and to Andy Anderson for providing a wonderful evening of music, humor and camaraderie for us all.  We totally loved Mollie and Rich’s version of David Francey’s Saint and Sinners.   Great songs from Andy in the opening set.  Great people in the audience.  All in the midst of some beautiful spring days.  How much better can it get?  

We do not know the answer to that question, but, on Thursday, April 4 we can see how close we can come again.  Guitar ace, Justin Roth, will join us on that evening for another great show.  We first encountered Justin at the Sisters Folk Festival American Song Camp where he was one of the instructor and a performer on the main stage at the festival.  A truly inspiring guitar player and a pretty fine song writer, and a totally great guy.  

The San Francisco Art Magazine said of Justin, “Fans of Leo Kottke or Michael Hedges will find themselves right at home with [Roth's] intricate guitar work…beautifully written lyrics.” 

Other press comments include:

“An album of depth and quality, excellent guitar playing…lyrics are a strong point…it’s the first time I’ve ever heard of Justin Roth, and on the strength of this great album, I certainly don’t think it will be the last.” – WhisperinandHollerin, Ireland

“…intimate, personal and richly melodic…eloquent fingerstyle chops.  From the atmospheric beauty of the title track to the instrumental gem “Spaghetti Junction,” Roth delivers a lucid record that reveals an artist who’s taken his craft to the next level.” - Taylor Guitar’s Wood & Steel Magazine

“Justin Roth was a smash when he opened at The Ark for John Gorka, selling out a big stack of CDs and nearly stealing the show.” - The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

“Superb guitar player, singer, songwriter well worth seeking out…exquisite, emotional and powerful…4 of 5 stars!” - Maverick Magazine (UK)

“…an incredible blend of excellent songwriting and sharp, intricate guitar work. You’ll want to listen to it again and again and again…” Hunter At Sunrise, WHRV, Virginia Beach, VA



“One of the best singer/songwriter/guitarists I’ve heard in ages…Justin Roth is a flat out talent.  Roth rivals a young Willy Porter…His vocal delivery is smooth.  His guitar playing is extraordinary.” – The Journal Times, Racine, WI“Fantastically gifted songwriter…an eye popping performance…a Swallow Hill favorite!” - Swallow Hill, Denver, CO

“Justin Roth’s music is wonderfully melodic and rich, brimming with life and passion.” - Ellen Stanley, Red House Records


Or as John Gorka said ““Now you know—Justin Roth has come into his own

Have a listen to this You Tube video of his song Spaghetti Junction.  

And this song Fatima’s Waltz.  

I will be making up a poster/flyer for this show and will send it out in the next mailing.  We hope you can make it to this show.  This show will be held on Thursday, April 4. As usual, for school night shows, we will start the music at 7, with a short opener and Justin will take the stage at 7:30.  Suggested donation is $15 per seat.  We are located at 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX, 97206.  You can reach Dan at 503.730.3189.  Check out our web page at

Remember, the only way to guarantee seats for this show is advance payment of the suggested donation.  Make checks out to Dan Dover and mail to the address above.  Remaining seats will be available at the door.  We suggest cash payment for night of show donations.  

See you next month for this fine acoustic artist,  

Cherly and Dan
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