Since 2000, jazz-tinged, Americana singer-songwriter Jean Mann has played 100+ dates per year – locally, regionally and nationally. In 2014, she took her songs to Europe, dazzling the masses in France, Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.
“Since our beginnings at an Irish session in Amsterdam, we’ve had some of our wildest musical dreams come true. We’ve been touring all around the world (Scotland, Japan and the USA) and we’ve recorded three albums covering beautiful traditional songs as well as our own.”
Jean has garnered fans the likes of Cyndi Lauper and jazz sensation, Jacqui Naylor. It’s no wonder. jean gains hordes of happy ears wherever she performs her musical prose; a truly soul-quenching voice in today’s independent music scene.
With seven original records in her growing catalog, Jean headlines house concerts and listening rooms, churches, wineries, festivals, and has performed in such iconic rooms as Yoshi’s in San Francisco, the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, and CBGB’s in New York. She has opened for Peter Mulvey, Peter Himmelman and Blame Sally, and shared the stage with Laura Veirs (Rounder Records) and Vicci Martinez (The Voice).
Vashon’s own John Browne’s musical career has been what he jokingly refers to as one long, downward spiral to this present time……but we all know differently.
In the early 60’s he moved from college in Miami to the west coast and became a worshiper of Tom Rush, Fred Neil, Buffy St. Marie & Bob Gibson’s music. John joined San Francisco’s Ph Phactor Jugband in 1966. He was frequently the opening act for a number of notable performers — many sadly dead — including Frank Zappa, Lenny Bruce, Dan Hicks, The Dead, The Doors, The Quicksilver Messenger Service, Blue Cheer, The Byrds, The Airplane, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mance Lipscomb, Country Joe & the Fish, Art Linkletter, The Congress of Wonders, and others.
Palmer’s Gate was born out of musical friendships formed at jam sessions in the performer’s lounge at the Northwest Folklife Festival. The quartet blends a contemporary and traditional approach to Irish and Scottish tunes, including a bit of Quebecois.
While Julie Bennett and Jesse Partridge are from Olympia, WA, Barbara Calm and Jason Foy are From Kalispell, Montana. Julie and Jesse have collaborated in many bands over the years, just as Barbara and Jason have . “We found that we truly enjoyed playing with each other and formed the band despite the distance between members,” said Julie. The result is a very powerful and dynamic sound.
In an email Julie had this to say about how the band came together: “What makes this band special is that Barb and Jason are from Montana and have developed their own unique style of playing. Just so happens that Jesse and I fit right in with them musically. Jesse and I met Barbara and Jason at NW Folklife festival many years ago and hit it off immediately, quickly forming Palmer’s Gate just to play at Folklife every year.”
“This year  during our set at Folklife it was pouring rain and we lost power! That didn’t stop us from playing. In fact we gained an audience of about 80 folks who stood in the rain to listen! We figured we’re doing something good. So we decided to start scheduling short tours several times a year. Fall in Spokane region and the Puget Sound area in Spring.”
On Friday evening May 29, 2020 Palmer’s Gate performs at the Havurah Music Stage, just a few days after the NW Folklife Festival at Seattle Center.
Palmer’s Gate Are: Jesse Partridge – Fiddle, Guitar
Barbara Calm – Hammered Dulcimer, Bouzouki, Octave Mandolin, Irish Whistle
Jason Foy – Irish Flute, Irish Whistle, Mandolin, Guitar, Bouzouki
Julie Bennett – Irish Bodhran, Cajon, Djembe, Frame Drum, Drum Set, Bones, Shakers, Chimes, Cymbals
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