Award-winning musicians come to Lopez

  • Tue Jun 26th, 2018 1:30am
  • Life

The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes held each year in Port Townsend draws musicians from all over North America, and this year some of the finest old-time musicians in the country will be making a stopover on Lopez Island to play the monthly square dance at the Lopez Island Grange — a favorite event for locals and visitors alike. The dance will take place Saturday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. with a potluck at 6 p.m.

Heading up the band is Tatiana Hargreaves, who has toured with musicians such as Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Laurie Lewis, Darol Anger and Bruce Molsky. From being the second woman to place first at the Clifftop Appalachian Fiddle Contest when she was just 13 years old, she is now a young adult renowned for her deep soulful voice on the fiddle.

Chris Miller is a recent resident Lopezian, having moved to the island after visiting with his Grammy-nominated band the Revelers in 2016 and falling in love. He will be making his island square dance debut playing banjo and has brought the band together as the Carolina Silverbells, including musicians hailing from across North Carolina: Miller and Hargreaves join Leo Shannon on fiddle, Sarah Jamison on guitar and Haakon Oyen on bass. Perennial favorite Kelsey Nelsen will be calling dances. No experience or partner needed! Suggested $10 sliding scale.