March 2018, Old Time Jam, Contra Dance, Square Dance, Plant and Seed Exchange, REDS Band "House Concert" ( Pan-Celtic Music)

Oly Old Time stairwell jam
  March 7th, 7:00 Old Time Jam with Joel Brown
The Quimper Grange Old Time Jam is held on the first Wed of the month and welcomes players of all skill levels.

This month we are fortunate to have Joel Brown leading the jam. He’s a heck of a fine fiddler and plays tunes you just might want to catch. He’ll start by teaching “Laurel Lonesome” (AEAE tuning on fiddles). We’ll play in A for the first half of the evening then, after a social break we’ll play G tunes until time runs out.

To get a taste of Joel’s excellent fiddling you can listen to Cameron DeWhitt’s podcast interview with Joel:

Snacks to share at the break are appreciated. There is a suggested donation of $1 or $2 to cover costs of hall use.

March 10 , 8 PM Square Dance - Dave Thielk, Gabe Strand, Alex Macleod, and Johnny Fitzpatrick 

(come early and jam with the band at 7:00

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Gabe Strand
Come on up to the Grange on March 10th at 8 PM and square dance with Dave Thielk and friends.  Dave Thielk, Gabe Strand, Alex Macleod and Johnny Fitzpatrick will be swapping mics and instruments while playing and calling traditional dances from Appalachia and beyond. Dave lives in Port Townsend and is the organizer/producer of the Quimper Grange Square dance. Gabe, Alex, and Johnny, members of the Seattle Subversive Squaredance Society, have been playing and calling in the PNW for many years.  Gabe currently is living on Lopez Island.
Alex Macleod

All dances are taught. All experience levels are welcome and encouraged. Come alone, with a friend, as a family, or bring the whole tribe.  Experience is not necessary.

Johnny Fitzpatrick
This is a family friendly event (no alcohol). Quimper Grange is located at 1219 Corona in Port Townsend. Admission is $7; 16 and under is free. For anyone bringing their own personal water bottle, or arriving on foot or bicycle, admission is $5.  Let's reduce our impact!  Bring yourself, a special friend, the family, or the whole tribe and be prepared to rock out on this holiday weekend.

For more information, call Dave Thielk at 360-602-1270.

March 17, 7:30 to 11:00 Contra Dance
with The Luddite Ramblers, Abigail Hobart calling
Lesson 7:30 to 8:00

The ramblers are Laurel Stone (fiddle), Craig Shaw (flute, fife, whistle) and Jay Finkelstein (guitar).
They magically weave together an infectious dance rhythm, enchanting melody, and rich harmony. “Who would have thought that guitar, flute, and fiddle together could sound like a single propulsive and lyrical dance instrument? The Luddite Ramblers do it.”

We’re happy Abigail Hobart from Bellingham is returning again to call for us again. A relatively new caller, Abigail brings a deep love of the tradition, personal warmth, and joie de vivre to calling and interactions both on and off the dance floor.

Admission $6              16 and under free

questions? call Tinker (360) 379-2882

March 25th, 11-3 Plant and Seed Exchange

The 7th Annual Plant and Seed Exchange will take place March 25th, (Sun) 11-3. This popular event will be held outdoors under canopies and in the Quimper Grange hall. Bring your extra seeds, plant divisions, spare potted plants, trees, bare roots, bulbs, and whatever else needs a new garden to thrive in and take away the plants and seeds you’d like to grow. Books will be on hand to help answer plant and seed questions and Mountain Spirit Herbals will be providing hot tea. Donations help defray costs of the organizers and help maintain and improve the Quimper Grange Hall. For more information call: Ashley Kehl at 360-821-2092

March 31st 7:00 The REDS Band: Celtic Music and then some!

“A performance by the REDS is not to be missed! Tight, focused playing with subtle virtuosity provides great lift and energy, rising from a solid traditional base which makes this band a true rising star in the pan-Celtic scene.”- Cameron Stahl

The REDS, a teen folk band from Olympia, are well on their way toward being among the master musicians of tomorrow. They have already shared the stage with some of their musician heroes: Darol Anger and Rushad Eggleston; Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas; and most recently We Banjo 3. The REDS play a variety of fiddle music genres from Scottish, Irish, Cape Breton, Scandinavian, old time and bluegrass. In case you are wondering, their band name is an acronym for their first names. They are made up of two sets of brothers (Dante and Eros – River and Sage) all are multi-instrumentalists. They play a combination of traditional tunes, originals  and popular fiddle compositions and have been featured performers at Oly Old Time, and Bellingham Folk Festivals as well being Young Adult Teachers in Training (YATTs) at Wintergrass. In addition River made a CD at the age of 12 called River's Edge; Dante and Eros released their first CD Beirt, the Gaelic for "twosome" last year.

For a preview of their music visit their facebook page:

Suggested donation $5- 15
Doors open at 6:30

Be sure to catch them on Phil Andres’ KPTZ radio show ”Tossed Salad” on Friday March 30th, 1:00-2:00