West, My Friend at Doverlaff Sunday March 4

A few months ago Cheryl and I attended the Far West Folk Alliance conference in Bellingham as a chance to discover some new music for this house concert series. We had a great time and heard lots of great music. Among the stand out performances we saw, West, My Friend, shone brighter than most.
This Canadian quartet features bluegrass instrumentation, guitar, mandolin, upright bass plus accordion. Their songs are all original and their playing is masterful. Their musical energy propels the listener into an altered, and altogether better, reality. The vocals and vocal harmonies are stellar.

From their web-site:

Described as everything from indie-roots to chamber-folk, West My Friend has an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies that challenges the conventions of popular music. The band features pure and thrillingly elastic vocals with catchy arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin, and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk, and pop influences. Inspired by artists such as Owen Pallett, Joanna Newsom, Bright Eyes, The Decemberists, and the Punch Brothers, and forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene on Canada’s west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music.

We hope you will join us for this fantastic show. Suggested donations remain $20 per seat. Snacks provided. No opener on this one.

Some YouTube videos:

A Birthday 

No Good Monster

Missing You

My Lover

Shape of a Home

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Gideon Freudmann and Annalisa Tornfelt at Doverlaff, February 4

Hello, Music Fans,
We have had a rough start to our yearly series due to work conflicts.  Our schedules have been forced out of sync so scheduling shows has been difficult. However, we have, more or less, figured out how to still make it happen. The rest of our shows for this year will be either on Sundays or Mondays.  We look forward to sharing more great music with you in our 2017-18 season.
As you  know we have already hosted 4 shows and we plan another 4.
Our next show will be Sunday, February 4, 2018.  This show will feature a return visit from inventive and entertaining Cello master, Gideon Freudmann and, for the first time, singer and multi-instrumentalist Annalisa Tornfelt.
To reserve your seats for this show, 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.
First some info on Annalisa:
From her website:
Annalisa Tornfelt is an exceptional singer, songwriter, fiddler and guitarist. The eldest in a large musical family, she grew up in Anchorage, AK raised on classical music, Disney, and Chuck Mangione’s Children of Sanchez. After performing extensively with the Alaska based bluegrass band, Bearfoot, Annalisa came to Portland where she established herself as a solo artist and a member of Black Prairie. A multi instrumentalists, Annalisa also plays the nyckelharpa (a Swedish harp given to her by Peter Buck) and the stroh, an instrument the looks like the unlikely offspring of a violin and trumpet. She periodically returns to her roots performing with her family group, The Tornfelt Sisters.
From No Depression Magazine:
I’d probably embarrass myself if I put down here how many times I’ve listened to the new solo album, The Number 8, from Portland roots songwriter Annalisa Tornfelt. It’s become my go-to album for times of stress at work. I flip it on and let Annalisa’s glorious voice, beautifully crafted, humble songs, and soft guitar accompaniment take me away. It’s the kind of album that most songwriters try to make, but few succeed at, because few have put in so much time and focus to become true masters of the craft. That sounds a bit hype-y, I know, but have a listen and I think you’ll agree.
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 and Annalisa at work:

Gideon Freudmann Electric Cello

Robin Hood Changes His Oil

Scared You’re Gonna Leave  (Annalisa)

Happy Bird Day (Annalisa)

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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What can we say about Peter Mulvey that we have not said before. Amazing songwriter, performer, purveyor of sage advice and instigator of epic on-line conversations. Guitar picker par excellance. Nice guy.
We have said it all before in messages we have sent to you. This will be Peter’s fourth or fifth visit to Doverlaff House Concerts and the Tiki Room. We have told you before that he is one of our absolute favorite performers. We have shared many of his songs with you and have provided independent documentation of what a fantastic writer/performer he is.
For instance:
The eclectic range of Mulvey’s tireless past pays handsome dividends on this stylistically sweeping, LA-recorded album. A crack specially convened band (including regular Dylan drummer David Kemper) adhere to his well-established live and direct recording approach and allow the performer’s deeply matured, naturally wry and hard-edged Americana to attain full, flowing life. From the raunchy melodic pop of Sympathies through suburban requiem Remember the Milkman, the dizzying weirdness of If You Shoot At A King and even Led Zeppelin modal thunder on Copenhagen Airport, Mulvey’s troubled visions attain striking clarity.
Gavin Martin, Uncut
(from the River Music Festival)
Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner – his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
Or, from Steven Stone:
  Just a guy with his guitar – that’s all you really need to make great music, right? If that guy happens to be Peter Mulvey the answer is a resounding YES!
(on Notes from Elsewhere) The seventeen songs display not only his songwriting prowess, but also Mulvey’s serious guitar-slinging chops. The opening guitar lines of the first song on the CD, “Shirt” demonstrates Mulvey’s solid fingerpicking coupled with his intelligent use of open tunings. On “Better Way to Go” Mulvey uses a “call and response” style that alternates between funky-cool riffs and open string chords. A non-standard open tuning gives his guitar a lower bass fundamental that grounds the bottom end. Notes from Elsewhere serves as a primer on modern alternate-tuning folk guitar. Mulvey’s consummate command of acoustic guitar techniques reminds me of another great acoustic guitarist and singer-songwriter, Vance Gilbert.
Here are some videos you may find helpful:
Here is one final link for you. That link is our address, 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX 97206. That is the link to which to send in advance the suggested donation of $20 per person, to secure your seats for this fantastic performer. As usual, we will provide an array of snacks for you for free and will have beer and wine available. Send checks, made out to Dan Dover, with Peter Mulvey in the memo line, to the address above.
Peter is touring with Danielle Ate the Sandwich. She will open.
Doors at 7. Show starts at 7:30.
We look forward to seeing you and Peter on Monday, November 13.
In other Doverlaff news, our Songwriters Circle happens this coming Monday, October 16 and the Doverlaff at the Jade songwriter showcase happens Tuesday, October 24 at the Jade Lounge
Cheryl and Dan
Doverlaff House Concerts
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He’s coming back for more!!!!!

Martyn Joseph will join us again for the third time here at Doverlaff for 2 performances on September 29 and 30. These will make a total of 5 times this Welsh genius singer/songwriter has trod the board of our tiny stage and we are simply wild about having him again. Truly, no one has ever left so much or their heart and soul on the floor of the Tiki Room than Martyn has. In each performance, he has given it everything he has. In Europe, Martyn plays to packed arenas but could not possibly be more committed in those performances than he is here at Doverlaff.

We love this performer. He is a man with great poetic gifts, amazing guitar chops and a vast and loving heart.

We suggest, as usual, $20 per seat donations for this show. We will provide our usual snacks and beverages will be available.  To reserve your seats, send a check, made out to Dan Dover, with Martyn Joseph and the date you wish to attend (9-29 or 9-30) in the memo line.  Send checks to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. PDX, 97206. We only cash checks the week of the show in case he or you have to cancel.

We know you will love this show. If you have seen Martyn before, you know it too. If not, come see what you have been missing.


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”


“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.

Some Videos:

I Searched for You

Lonely Like America

One Step Up (Maryn is a major Bruce Springsteen Fan and covers him here)

On My Way

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 7:30

Let us know,

Cheryl and Dan

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Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin at Doverlaff, Monday September 11 at 7:30

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Here we are in early August with a total eclipse of the sun approaching, labor day looming and the return of kids and grandkids to school not that far away.
And here at Doverlaff House Concerts, the waning of the summer means the approach of our seasons of music. This year is no different.  We have a few booked and more we are seeking to confirm. The first happens in just over 1 month.
On Monday, September, the day after the end of the Sisters Folk Festival, 2 of our favorite artists return to Doverlaff and the Tiki Room.  Danny Schmidt and Carrie Elkin will return for the second time as a duo. Danny has been here several times as a solo.  They will have in tow their new daughter, Mazie.  We are so excited to see all three of them.
Do you know Danny and Carrie?  Have you seen them before?  If so, I do not need to tell you what a great show this will be.  If not, maybe this from Redhouse Records will be helpful:
Carrie Elkin With her 2011 Red House Records release, Call it my Garden, Carrie Elkin has emerged as one of the defining new voices in the world of Texas singer-songwriters, being celebrated by Texas Music Magazine as one of their artists of the year. The voice, the stories, the images, the grace, it’s the complete package. But it’s the power of her live performances that really have been creating an incredible buzz around this young artist. Maverick Magazine said it best, after a recent festival performance: “I have never seen a performer so in love with the act of singing. That’s the gospel truth. Onstage, Elkin was simply a force of nature.”
Danny Schmidt Named to the Chicago Tribune’s “50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years,” Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero status to being recognized as an artist of generational significance. Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him: “The best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
And,if that does not tell the tale for you, try the videos below.
So, we are on a bit of a short time line for this one.  If you would like to attend, please send a check for the suggested donation of $20 per seat to us at 7326 SE Woodward St. PDX  97206. Make checks out to Dan Dover, put Danny Schmidt/Carrie Elkin show in the memo line. We do not cast the checks until the week before the show in case of cancellation by the artists or the guest.
As usual, we will provide an array of snacks. Beer and wine are available.
Lets get together and feel the joy of some great music.
Dan Weber will open.
Attachments area

Preview YouTube video Danny Schmidt – Better Off Broke (music video)

Danny Schmidt – Better Off Broke (music video)

Preview YouTube video Firestorm


Preview YouTube video Stained Glass

Stained Glass

Preview YouTube video Company of Friends-Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

Company of Friends-Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

Preview YouTube video Carrie Elkin – Jesse Likes Birds

Carrie Elkin – Jesse Likes Birds

Preview YouTube video Carrie Elkin – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall | In The Woods | NL | September 14 2012

Carrie Elkin – A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall | In The Woods | NL | September 14 2012
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David Wilcox and Rani Arbo Shows are full. No seats available.

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Rani Arbo and daisy mahem at Doverlaff on Friday, March 31

Rani Arbo and HC 2017-001Hey Folk Fans,

What a fantastic year we are having here at Doverlaff House Concerts. We started by having Eliza Gilkyson and 2 Martyn Joseph shows in one week. We followed that with Danny O’Keefe on October 28. We spent some time in Mexico and recovering from the election then had Peter Mulvey 2 weeks ago on February 8. We have two totally filled shows coming up in the next 2 weeks with David Francey on February 27 and David Wilcox on March 4. Like I said, those 2 are totally overfilled so we have no seats left for those.

However, we do still have 1 final show for this season, Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem on Friday March 31rst at 7:30 pm.

Do you know Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem. We have been following them since we first saw them at the Vancouver Folk Festival over 20 years ago and have been trying to get them here since we started this house concert series. Like Susan Werner, Rani has referred to her music as a kind of agnostic gospel and I think that fits it. They play plenty of original songs penned by Rani or other members of the band but they also make great use of the Old Timey music catalogue.

This will be the largest group we have had play in the Tiki Room with 4 players, including a drum kit made from luggage. You will have to check that out.

Bob Jones, the founder of the Newport Folk Festival said “This group is the epitome of what the Newport Folk Festival is all about.”

Or, this, “Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem have played the American Theatre on three occasions now. Our audiences love the band; and their infectious humour, virtuoso playing and engaging stage presence make for an incredible evening of first rate entertainment. Even though they might not (yet) be household names, I would urge all presenters to “take a risk,” and I am certain they will love the results. These are great musicians and great people, and they make GREAT music,” from Michael Curry and the American Theater in Hampton, Va.
Or, this from Mansel Davies, co-founder of the Calgary Folk Club in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, “I thought Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem were the best act I’ve seen in years! The quality of the music was superb. There were no flashy instrumental breaks just for the sake of showing technical mastery. Each member is obviously a master of what they play, and have the maturity and ability to play exactly what is needed for the song being performed. They also listen to each other and play beautiful complimentary parts. Their vocals were a joy to listen to. They have all of the nuances of the many styles they covered, and Rani’s own songs were a head and shoulders above most of the singer/songwriters I can think of. Their knowledge and mastery of the singing styles of the material they covered was very impressive.

Their stage presence was so warm. They passed the ball to each other easily, and we caught more than a glimpse of each personality. I think they had a wonderful time playing in Calgary, and that enjoyment was easily seen and shared by the club patrons. Off stage, they were gracious and very approachable. Years ago, Stan Rogers set a level here, which has been seldom equaled. To me, this band now carries on that elusive level of musicianship and presentation.”

How about so de rigeur You Tube videos:

This Big Ole Life

When Joy Comes Back to Me

Red Haired Boy

So, come join us for our final show of the year in our final Doverlaff House Concerts series. This group will definitely put the cherry on the top of the fantastic musical sundae we have been building here in the Tiki Room. We will let you know who the opener will be soon.

Suggested donation, $20 per seat can be sent to us by mailing a check made out to Dan Dover (please, not Doverlaff House Concerts) to us at 7326 SE Woodward St, PDX, 97206. You can reach us at this email address or you can reach Dan on his cell, 503.730.3189. Check out our web site at doverlaffhouseconcerts.org .

We certainly look forward to seeing you again and sharing this wonderful band and their special music with you.

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Upcome shows

Peter Mulvey, Wednesday February 8 at 7:00 p.m. (No Seats Left)

David Francey, Monday February 26 at 7:00 p.m. $20 suggested donation

David Wilcox, Saturday March 4th at 7:00p.m. $20 suggested donation

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem Friday March 31 at 7:00 p.m. $20 suggested donation

To reserve your seats for any show at Doverlaff, simply send a check, made out to Dan Dover (NOT Doverlaff House Concerts), with the name of the artist in the memo line, to 7326 SE Woodward St., PDX 97206.  We generally cash the checks the week of the show in case either you or the artist has to cancel.

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David Wilcox at Doverlaff on Saturday 3-4-17

 David Wilcox H.C. Poster-001
On Saturday, March 4, we will be joined by acoustic legend David Wilcox.  We are so excited to have this great guitarist/songwriter in the Tiki Room. David Wilcox has been on our radar by name only. I have not heard him live but will soon have the opportunity to correct that problem. 
The venerable New York Times said, “A charismatic performance by a star still waiting to be discovered by a much larger audience”
Performing Songwriter magazine says of David Wilcox, “For David Wilcox, music is a personal compass for finding his way home. Lining it up with something deep inside, his words become image-filled poetry that dance to an internal rhythm. Challenging situations, elusive ideas, and long-suppressed feelings are directed into inspiring metaphors of hope. Coupled with a seamless melody, it is all delivered in the language of his heart.”


Saturday Night Live alum Kevin Nealon, in Spin Magazine says, “The concert was an incredibly cleansing experience. Songs with passionate, beautiful lyrics sung in a soulful voice, backed by crisp acoustic guitar arrangements that took me on an emotional roller-coaster ride (I know, kind of sounds like a wine steward describing a fine Burgundy, right?)”

Or as the San Francisco Bay Guardian put itFolkin Great”

Fantastic local Duo, Radio Stranger will open for this show.

Below are some links to music videos

David Wilcox

Ocean Soul
Start with the Ending


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David Francey at Doverlaff on Monday 2-27-17

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Music Lovers,

Talk about an embarrassment of riches. In the next 10 weeks we have exactly that kind of embarrassment. Four acts that you do not want to miss. However, if you are not already on the list for Peter Mulvey, you will have to miss that one.

However, you still have the opportunity to be part of 3 more great shows in the Doverlaff House Concerts 2016-17 season.
On Monday, February, David Francey, winner of multiple Juno awards, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy, will make his third Doverlaff appearance. David is among the 3 or 4 songwriters of whom I cannot choose between as my favorite songwriter.  A poet for everyman. A working man who wrote of work and people and love long before he, late in life, slipped smoothly into a musical career with a catalog of songs that will move you, enlighten you and make you just gotta sing along.
Jeff Monk of the Winnipeg Free Press says,  Scotland’s David Francey has been a Canadian citizen most of his life, but the 61-year-old still sings with the thick brogue of his native country. That’s a good thing, since his type of folky tale-telling and heartfelt insights benefit from his deep, dusty cadence. Francey plays no instruments himself
here, leaving his band, the Handsome Soldiers, to deliver the tuneful, rootsy
vibes. Mandolin, banjo, acoustic guitar and the occasional fiddle finesse avoid
cliché and contour Francey’s graceful lyrics perfectly. Within this framework,
the singer’s words lay out the kind of wisdom gained not only by living a conscious
life, but having the skill to turn sincere emotion into song. Hospital tells the tale of a son watching his father barely exist while in care and the toll it takes on the whole
family. Blue Girl details a tormented slog through the porn industry, while
Crucible lifts unknown soldiers to prominence. Empty Train succeeds because
Francey writes the kind of songs driven by personal experiences, yet speak to
the larger life truths of compassion and 
sincerity. Get aboard this train.
Northwest phenomena Anna Tivel will open.
Below are some links to music videos
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