Savannah Fuentes, born in Seattle to parents of Puerto Rican and Irish ancestry, is one of the only touring artists in the Pacific Northwest region with strong links to Flamenco culture. She studies both baile (flamenco dance) and cante (flamenco singing) and has toured throughout the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Montana, Idaho and Arizona. Savannah last performed on the Havurah stage in March, accompanied by Jose Moreno (percussion & vocals) and Pedro Cortes (guitar).
A form of song, dance, and instrumental (mostly guitar) and commonly associated with the Andalusian Roma people of southern Spain, Flamenco has spread all over the world.
While the roots of flamenco, though somewhat mysterious, seem to lie in the Roma migration from Rajasthan (in northwest India) to Spain between the 9th and 14th centuries. These migrants brought with them musical instruments, such as tambourines, bells, and wooden castanets, and an extensive repertoire of songs and dances.” If you missed them earlier this year, don’t miss this opportunity. Besides the electric dancing of Savannah and the dynamic guitar and percussion work, audiences are treated to the history and culture surrounding Flamenco.
JD Hobson was born and raised in Seattle, yet his father comes from the Appalachian blues country of Virginia. The music that drifted up from a juke joint named the Dewdrop Inn in Martinsville Virginia made a permanent impression on JD’s father when he was a child. The seed was planted in JD as he grew up listening to his father’s music on the radio.
When Outlaw Country and Americana meet the Delta Blues you get a whole new genre. JD Hobson takes his Virginia – Appalachian blues roots and combines it with Seattle’s Americana and rock scene, and a sound is created that has gotten people standing up to take notice.
Studying under greats like John Jackson, David Honeyboy Edwards, and John Cephis at Centrum in Port Townsend helped JD hone his craft. The end result is that JD has an exceptional feel for most roots music. His ability to grasp every nuance down to the minutest inflection has become his hallmark.
Rachel Harrington, a sixth generation Oregonian, feels a strong connection to place and also to creating music that captures some of the stories and heritage of the West. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Pacific Northwest Bioregional Studies from Fairhaven College at WWU in Bellingham and a Master’s in Environmental Conflict Resolution at NAU in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Reared among the Pentecostal pines of Oregon, Rachel Harrington has been doing things in the wrong order for quite some time. She’d had extensive radio play before performing her first live show, and she was opening for Grammy winners before releasing her first record.
From families of Danish dairymen and Irish lumberjacks, Rachel’s only exposure to music as a young child was gospel – that, and her father’s secret Stax/Motown collection he’d amassed since his return from serving in Vietnam. She especially loved the black gospel groups and the secular Otis Redding and Sam Cooke.
“I remember being a little girl, 8 or 9 years old, and my folks would leave to go to church in the evenings and I’d beg to stay behind at home. When they left I’d turn out all the lights and put on the Otis Redding records and stand in front of the big window in the living room, singing into this broken little microphone I’d gotten somewhere.”
New York born fiddler Brian Conway is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman. Brian performs with a skill, grace and force that are steeped in tradition but distinctively his own. Well known in the Irish/Celtic community, he’s won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions, and has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. Nothing is missed or missing in Brian Conway’s Sligo-style fiddling.
The winner of two All- Ireland junior titles in 1973 and 1974 and the All-Ireland senior championship of 1986, Brian’s early studies were with his father Jim of Plumbridge County Tyrone and with Limerick born fiddler/teacher Martin Mulvihill. However, it was the legendary fiddler and composer Martin Wynne who taught him the nuances of the County Sligo style. Later, Brian met and befriended the great Andy McGann of New York a direct student of Michael Coleman, who further shaped his precision and skill on the instrument.
Brett Newski is an North American nomad, songwriter, illustrator, and folk punk guitarist from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
In 2011, Brett toured Southeast Asia alone for six months until completing his first solo LP, In Between Exits, while on the road. The album was written and recorded in budget hostels and apartments across Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Korea and the Philippines. Coined the “Homeless in Asia Tour”, Newski completed 30 shows in unconventional venues including Couchsurfer Apartments, a Vietnamese convenience store, an underground Korean record shop, and residential rooftops in Hong Kong while also playing club shows. During his time living in Vietnam he wrote advertising jingles for Saatchi & Saatchi.
In 2012, Newski completed a 20-date tour across South Africa in support of “In Between Exits”, traveling exclusively on public transportation. The same year he formed the band “Brett Newski & the Corruption” in Vietnam with drummer Mean Matt Green (UK) and bassist Jeffro Ganter (Vancouver, Canada). The band toured across the US and Asia. Their sound has been compared to Weezer, REM, The Hives, The Pixies, and The Violent Femmes.
In 2014, Newski released his second solo album, American Folk Armageddon, on Good Land Records. The album was picked up by German record label Make My Day Records for European release. Newski toured extensively in 2014 to support the album, including tours with Rocky Votolato in Europe, Pete Donnelly and Carter Hulsey in the US, and Jon Shaban in South Africa.
Newski continued touring in 2015, playing shows in South Africa, Europe and the United States. In June 2015, Newski released the Victor DeLorenzo produced cassette, Hi-fi D.I.Y,” followed by “Land Air Sea Garage” which received notable press in Rolling Stone, Paste and The Boston Globe.
Newski was recently on tour as the opening act for the Violent Femmes. His latest release Life Upside Down received notable praise with Rolling Stone, WXRTin Chicago, WXPN in Philadelphia, KCMP “The Current” in MPLS, WRLT “Lightning 100” in Nashville and Paste, leading to support shows with Pixies, Manchester Orchestra, New Pornographers, Chuck Ragan, and Ike Reilly.
The Lasses are Margot Merah and Sophie Janna, the Amsterdam duo performs traditional folk and original songs with intricate harmonies. Sophie and Margot sing together like sisters. Songs from the Celtic and American traditions and original compositions are sung with clear voices, heavenly harmonies and full hearts.
The Lasses specialize in stories that speak to audiences now as much as when the songs were first written. With honest, effective arrangements on bodhrán and guitar, the beautiful blend of the women’s voices takes the center stage.
Sophie and Margot are excited to play in the Havurah building. “We love to play small, intimate venues and we love to tell a good story. We hope we get to play for you for a long time to come. Thanks for all your support along the way.”
“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! The USA!), we’ve recorded three albums (“sublime harmonies”, wrote fRoots) and we still discover beautiful traditional songs as well as write our own.”
Brian Conway, Brett Newski and The Lasses all will be touring and traveling long distances. To keep abreast of any scheduling changes or cancellations subscribe to our newsletter for the latest information.