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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com 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