Yeehaw: Hootenanny returns to the Edmonds Library

Downtown Mountain Boys in Edmonds
By Brian Soergel | Feb 08, 2018
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Wintergrass Festival preview with Downtown Mountain Boys

When: 2-4:40 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10
Where: Edmonds Plaza Room, 650 Main St., Edmonds (above the library)
Admission: Free

 

Hootenanny: an informal gathering with folk music and sometimes dancing.

At most musical performances, you sit and listen. Maybe wiggle a bit.

When the Downtown Mountain Boys play Saturday, Feb. 10, at the Edmonds Library, you’ll have a chance to join them in an improvisational musical jam. Playing instruments and dancing are encouraged.

Following a 45-minute performance, band members will host the jam session with other musician friends. Audience members who play an acoustic instrument are welcome to join in.

Included in the program, part of the “Music at the Library” series, is an opportunity to try out various instruments in an “instrument petting zoo,” with the instruments supplied by the band.

The show is billed as a special preview of the Wintergrass Music Festival. There will be a ticket giveaway to the Bellevue festival, which takes place Feb. 22-25.

“We had an amazing event last year, with over 100 people for the performance,” said Cultural Services Manager Frances Chapin. “And then people who brought their instruments got to jam with the band members for about an hour afterwards.”

This is the third year of the Wintergrass preview and jam session. Downtown Mountain Boys also performed in 2016, and Old Growth – which includes Downtown Mountain Boys members – performed last year.

“The Downtown Mountain Boys are a bluegrass band, but our repertoire is eclectic,” said Don Share, who sings and plays guitar. “We play music that is influenced by old-time, country and folk music. We feature quite a few originals written by three of our members.”

The band has been together for about 20 years. Three members hail from Seattle, while one is from Kirkland and the other from Bremerton.

The band’s third CD, “Hey John,” was released Feb 1. It follows “Heartland” in 2014 and “Big Darlin” in 2007.

“The title track is an original written by bass player Terry Enyeart about the Kennedy family,” Share said. “The recording has some straight-ahead bluegrass, some country, some old-time selections”

Paul Elliott, the band’s fiddle and bass player, recorded and produced the new CD. The band also includes Dave Keenan on banjo and vocals, Terry Enyeart on bass and Tom Moran on mandolin.

Share, whose band has performed at the Summer Concert Series in Edmonds, said he looks forward to the jam sessions at the library.

“Bluegrass jamming is a key aspect of the music. There are standard songs that participants will call, and people just follow along as best they can,” he said.

“No chord sheets or words. And yes, there will be instruments provided to pet. This is a fun event.”

The “Music at the Library” series is sponsored by the city of Edmonds Arts Commission, Edmonds Sno-Isle Library and Friends of the Edmonds Library.

The series continues March 15 with Jazz with Jake Bergevin and concludes April 19 with Mark Press’ “Music with Theater” program.

 

 

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