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Monday, January 15, 2018

Kory Quinn

Elizabeth Nicholson & Bob Soper

7 p.m.

Free

21 and over

Kory Quinn

Kory Quinn

Like the steady pendulum of a land oil rig, Americana songwriter Kory Quinn has tapped inspiration-and greater purpose-with his new EP, Black Gold Blues. Sharp and critical, Black Gold Blues swings between misery and pride of the working class. He explores the complex relationships inherent in the immorality of modern capitalism and the individual purpose found in the work. With uncanny awareness he understands the exact point where two disparate paradigms collide.


Black Gold Blues bobs between the melancholy and the irrepressibility of humanity in the face of widespread corruption and exploitation, and the greater implications of society's current reliance on oil and fossil fuels, corrupt political leaders, and fear. But even as it tackles such heaviness, it's music is boisterous and driving, a perfect rallying call for humanity from the heart of a working man

Website:
http://www.koryquinn.com

Elizabeth Nicholson & Bob Soper

Elizabeth Nicholson & Bob Soper

Irish harp, North Indian sarod, Greek bouzouki, Middle Eastern and African percussion, Irish and Appalachian fiddle, folk guitar and harmony vocals--no one has ever been able to reach a final tally on just how many instruments Elizabeth Nicholson and Bob Soper play, or how many cultures influence their music. Duo partners for seven years, they also share the dual role of fronting the critically acclaimed international roots quintet Stringed Migration. Their music has been hailed as "performed with the sort of resonance that separates masters from neophytes" (Jerome Clark, rambles.net, 2009), and has been featured on NPR's The Thistle and Shamrock, The Midnight Special, and hundreds of other radio programs worldwide.

Considered among the top American interpreters of Irish traditional music for harp, Elizabeth Nicholson's harp studies have also included classical, Paraguayan, and medieval music, and she has stretched the traditional boundaries of the instrument into rock music and country blues. Her 2006 CD of traditional and original music, Sink or Swim was released to widespread critical praise and international airplay, and was chosen "Folk Album of the Month" on Iowa Public Radio.

Bob Soper is counted among Portland's most astonishingly versatile multi-instrumentalists. A rock and jazz drummer from a young age who also studied classical Indian music at the Ali Akbar College, he went on to learn the Irish fiddle, ultimately becoming one the Northwest's most sought-after players. Also an accomplished guitarist, bouzouki player and vocalist, he's been a member of some of the region's most beloved and successful ensembles, including the Irish bands C'l an T' and Grafton Street, as well as the old-time/country-blues group The Pagan Jug Band.

website:
http://www.elizabethnicholson.com

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