Will West & The Friendly Strangers – Tickets – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR – July 21st, 2019

Will West & The Friendly Strangers

Longtime Portland folk/Americana/soul outfit releasing a new EP

Will West & The Friendly Strangers

Groovy Wallpaper, Kathryn Claire

Sun, July 21, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 ADV / $15 DOS

This event is 21 and over

Mostly Standing / Limited Balcony Seating

Will West & The Friendly Strangers
Will West & The Friendly Strangers
Carolina born songwriter, Will West, has called Portland, Oregon home since 2002. Performing live with a mix of fantastic musicians called The Friendly Strangers.
They perform as various Duos, Trios and Full Band Line-Ups.
They’ve been active since 2011, developing a signature blend of Folk, Americana and Groove Sounds with a touch of Psychedelia.
Their live shows are high energy, fun and always changing.

Albums:
Live Vol 1 (2017)
“Sunshine” (2012)
“Take this Moment” (2011) *nominated for 2012 Album of the Year by Portland Music Awards

Current members include:
Tanner Cundy (guitar)
Skip vonKuske (cello & mandolin)
Don Henson (percussion, xylophone, synths)
Jeff Simpson (trumpet, keys)
Julio Appling (upright bass)
Chad Kimbler (mandolin)
Ben Kohen (bass)

Guests and Alumni include: Drew Norman (banjo, lap steel), Christian Lucas (drums), Josh Baruch (drums), Anna Tivel (fiddle), Ji Tanzer (drums), Bob Soper (fiddle, djembe’), Sean Hudson (upright bass), Noah Peterson (sax), Drew Shoals (drums)

They are prepping for the release of their highly anticipated 3rd studio album called "Transitions" (coming June 2016)
Groovy Wallpaper
Groovy Wallpaper is the deep juggernaut of thunder that is Don Henson and the looping mastery of Skip vonKuske.
Kathryn Claire
Kathryn Claire exhibits a charisma and grace on stage which is matched only by her truly unique voice and rare ability to move seamlessly across genres. She has spent years cultivating her own style and approach to music as a violinist, guitar player, singer, and songwriter. Strong fundamentals from her classical and traditional music background combined with an innate ability to improvise has made her a favorite at venues, festivals and institutions around the world. She has toured and performed extensively in the US, Japan, India, Holland, Belgium and France.

Kathryn Claire's solo albums include Wanderer, Homespun, Morning Comes Too Soon, Shimmering Blue. The Willamette Week praised Morning Comes Too Soon saying "Claire's rich, bell-clear alto and precise playing serve her songs with emotional generosity and evident sincerity" and described her voice as "a part of the scene's very fabric". She has collaborated with an impressive roster of national and international artists including Portland-based Hanz Araki with whom Kathryn Claire recorded and released a four album celtic music project in 2012. The Irish Edition described Kathryn's voice as "strong, deeply moving" and The Irish Post included the duo on their top 10 best album list of 2013.

Kathryn also tours in the US and Japan with BIG BRIDGES, a collaborative project between Japanese rock guitarist Takashi O'hashi and musicians in Portland, Oregon. Their new record 'Will To Ascend' features music composed by O'hashi with lead vocals and lyrics written by songwriters Casey Neill and Kathryn Claire.

She is currently working on a new album titled, Bones Will Last. It is an album both hopeful and heartbreaking, with deeply personal and starkly universal themes featuring performances by Zak Borden, Allen Hunter, Ara Lee and Don Henson. Bones Will Last explores Claire's voice as a songwriter as well as instrumental composer blending her love of classical, traditional and original music.

When she is not on the road performing with her own band or Big Bridges, Kathryn enjoys touring as a side person with a stellar list of musicians including Ashleigh Flynn, Ara Lee, Robin Jackson, The Lasses, Moody Little Sister and Lewi Longmire, among others. Whether fronting a band or supporting a fellow musician on stage, Kathryn Claire consistently delivers exciting and inspiring performances. Her genuine character, musical versatility and infectious smile make her an unforgettable performer.