Offered by LCCA

Stanley Greenthal Ensemble

Winter Solstice Concert

Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, 7:30 pm

Admission: Ticketed

Tickets in advance: Adult $15, Youth $6
Available from:
Lopez Center Office, Paper Scissors on the Rock, Blossom Organic Grocery, Lopez Book Shop
Tickets at Door: Adult $15, Youth $6

Children 5 and under free

"Celtic and Balkan tunes & seasonal songs and stories, strings plucked & bowed, woodwinds & drums to fire up the longest night of the year"

On December 21st, the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts celebrate the winter solstice with instrumental music, songs and poetry. Stanley and Kip Greenthal, with special guests Jamie Laval and Christos Govetas will perform spirited instrumentals with traditional and original songs of the season.

Internationally acclaimed songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal stretches musical borders from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany to Greece and the Balkans. He sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, laouto and lavta (Greek and Turkish lutes), while Kip Greenthal adds harmony vocal and percussion. Sparked by Jamie’s soulful, fiery violin playing, and Christos’s hypnotic clarinet and oud, Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and Cretan syrtos create a blazing solstice hearth for this unique winter evening.

This past year, Stanley’s musical experiences have been enriched by international travel. In April of 2012, he was invited to perform in Australia at the Australian National Folk Festival (NFF), where he and Kip gave concerts and workshops with Luke Plumb and other members of the Scottish band Shooglenifty. In May, Scottish fiddler Anna-Wendy Stevenson invited Stanley to perform and teach a songwriting workshop at Lews Castle College in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. These adventures brought uniquely talented musicians together creating opportunities for learning new songs and instrumentals from other regions.

One of the premier Celtic violinists on the international music scene today, Jamie Laval creates rapt audiences with his intensely passionate performances of traditional music of Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and Quebec, rendered with hints of classical refinement and ethnic music from around the world. Jamie is heralded as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post).

Christos Govetas has performed extensively in the U.S., Canada and Greece. He sings and plays clarinet, oud and bouzouki and performs regularly with his group Dromeno in Seattle, and across Canada and the U.S. Christos is the 1999 recipient of the prestigious Northwest Folklife Fellowship Award honoring his cultural contribution to the Greek-American and Folk dance communities.

Photo by Steve Horn

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