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214 North Main, Pendleton, OR  97801


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Through this series we bring a wide variety of musicians and performers to an intimate space. Named for the elegant Great Blue Herons living on the Umatilla River, this series will surprise you with everything from alt-country to bluegrass to jazz and everything in between.

 

 

Next up...

Friday, July 22, 2016     -  The Fire Scottish Quartet with guest Peter Willis  $15
Featuring Rebecca Lomnicky, the only non-Scottish born fiddler to ever win the Scottish National Fiddle Championship, David Brewer and Adam Hendey.

 

Friday, August 26, 2016    -  Molly’s Revenge $15
This dynamic acoustic Celtic band combines bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle, with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran and a hard-edged accent.

 

Thursday AND Friday, Sept. 15 & 16, 2016     -  The EOscenes (formerly Cabbage Hill)  $12
Some of the best bluegrass and roots music to come out of the region. A crowd favorite!

 

Saturday, September 24, 2016    -  Bing Futch LIVE in Concert  $12

Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, drums and electronic effects, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion and wit.

 

Friday, October 14, 2016  -  Men of Worth   $12

 

Donnie Macdonald comes from the Isle of Lewis, one of the Hebridean Islands off the west coast of Scotland and writes tunes and original songs in both his first language Gaelic and in English.He performs on vocals, octave mandolin, tenor banjo, concertina, and bodhran. James Keigher comes from Co. Mayo in the west of Ireland and is a singer, writer and collector of traditional and contemporary folk music.He performs on vocals, guitar, mando-cello, and bodhran.

 

Friday, November 11, 2016  New West Guitar Group  $12
One of the nation’s premier guitar ensembles.

West My Friend is returning in February 2017! Watch this space for details.

 

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About our Round Up Performers...

Sept 15 & 16, 2016

 

The 1960's are synonymous with hippies, counterculture and psychedelic sound, but in the small rural town of La Grande, a group of Eastern Oregon College students was experimenting with a different form of music: bluegrass.

  

Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, worked to bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to eastern Oregon for Round Up week. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle Champion Dan Emert on fiddle.

 

Emmons and Boyer met during freshmen orientation week at Eastern Oregon College and connected with Spence and McClellan through their involvement in the Eastern Oregon College Ambassadors, a musical touring group that performed high school assemblies all over the Northwest. Each man went on to have great success over the past five decades on the national bluegrass scene, performing with a wide range of groups and ensembles.

 

Bluegrass musicians tend to mix and match themselves into different arrangements for each performance. The name EOscenes, chosen for the Round Up week performances, is a play on the college’s monogram, EOC (which later became EOU) and the Eocene epoch, a period on the geological time scale that occurred 55-34 million years ago.  

 

Emmons lives in Hermiston and has played mandolin and sung lead tenor and baritone with the Blue Mountain Crested Wheatgrass Boys, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Blue Heat and The Thatchmasters, as well as Cabbage Hill.  

 

Boyer now lives in Haines, Oregon and plays banjo and guitar, and sings lead, tenor and baritone. He taught banjo and guitar at EOC and played a major role in bringing national Bluegrass acts to that part of the state.

 

McClellan resides in Oregon City and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and is known for is low, lonesome bass voice. He’s also fronted a country-swing band and sang in a gospel quartet.

 

Hal Spence of Dallas, Oregon played guitar and sang tenor for 27 years with The Sawtooth Mountain Boys, one of the northwest’s best known bluegrass bands, whose travels included three tours of Europe.

 

The performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!
Call 541-278-9201 to reserve a seat.

 

The Fire Scottish Quartet

Friday, July 22, 2016

$15 -  Call 541-278-9201 to reserve a seat

7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30 pm

Rebecca Lomnicky began playing classical violin and piano at age five, discovering Scottish fiddle music a few short years later. In 2005, she won the Junior Division of the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Competition, and in 2006 recorded her first CD, The Call, praised by "Dirty Linen" magazine as "technically masterful, and wonderfully melodic."

In 2009, Rebecca won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship held at Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland. The invitation only championship - seen as the Grammys of the fiddling world - is widely regarded as the most prestigious in Scottish fiddle. She is the only non-Scottish born fiddler to ever earn the title.

 

She'll be on the stage with David Brewer, who is a founding member of the popular west coast Celtic band, Molly's Revenge, which was voted Best Band of 2005 at the Live Oak Music Festival. They've performed nationally and internationally with highlight appearances at the Chicago Irish Festival, the University of Hawaii Concert Series, the Ballarat Federation Tattoo in Australia, the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in Tasmania, twice at the Shanghai International Music Festival in China and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland. As a studio musician David has been contracted to play pipes, bodhran, and whistles for indie films, commercials, and most recently the PBS special on Andrew Jackson.

They will be joined by Peter Willis, who is in
demand as an acoustic guitar accompanist throughout the Northwest. He's at home with jazz, bluegrass, Celtic, and acoustic roots music. His long friendship with Rebecca and David makes for a warm stage presence. It's a treat to see three masterful musicians whose ability to communicate on stage with the smallest of gesture makes each performance both tight and dynamic. 

 

We expect this show to sell out, so early ticket reservations are recommended and can be secured by calling 541-278-9201. More information is available at pendletonarts.org