Multi-instrumentalists, David Vaughns and Holly Swanson bring their unique style to some of your favorite songs with their band Swanvaugn. A duo born of the desire to carry lighter equipment to gigs; they play a mix of original songs, top 40s pop, the greatest hits from the 80’s and 90’s along with folk, country and oldies. Songs are given engaging make-overs with Holly’s strong vocals, guitar, piano, harmonium and ukelele work, with danceable beats from David’s percussive prowess.
Holly and David both have a background in the Bellingham music scene- Holly having led a jazz trio for many years, and David working with Ferndale High School’s marching band. Holly’s original album, “Love Tree” was release in 2012, and the two toured as part of HS band from 2011-2014.
Traveling, creating, and sharing original live music are a few essential ingredients for the enrichment of humanity. Norman Baker and his band play homage to this fact by introducing new and old songs to as many communities as possible. Their new album utilizes undertones of pedal steel, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, clarinet, and of course an onslaught of acoustic and electric guitars telling stories of loss, loss prevention, camping, driving without cell phones, childlike innocence, home towns, and walking till your shoes wear through.
Baker's respect of family values, roots, and tradition is evident throughout his music. His debut release, "The Art of Not Knowing," features his mother on fiddle, father on keys, uncle on drums, himself on many other instruments, in addition to several other Seattle musical stalwarts. The artwork for his newest release, "Present Day," features a series of photos from a 1970 house concert of his pops performing, his mom in attendance, and cops busting the party.
Norman was 13 the first time he performed on stage with fellow Backroads band mate Michael Muir. They sang and played Beatles and CCR while sitting in with the band their dads were in together. Twenty years later their harmonies and guitar work continue to weave seamlessly through timeless original rootsy compositions. Muir's Clapton and Allman tinged guitar approach meshed with Baker's Doc Watson meets Neil Young influences prove to be a great combo as the band continues tacking on the miles around the Western US.
Experimental, dark folk with a Gothic tinge...
HAWTHORN CREEK is Craig Olson and Lisa Letchworth playing smoky, sultry, swamp music, plus lots of Craig's original songs and some fun sing-along tunes. Craig's music has been featured on regional and international radio, an Italian car commercial, and the BBC. His 4 albums have collectively sold over 50,000 copies and he toured the east coast and Europe with the seminal Celtic-rock band Coyote Run.
Lisa is a classically trained vocalist who has sung professionally with both the San Francisco Symphony Chorale, and the San Mateo Masterworks Chorale. She has long since hung up the Opera horns, and now loves nothing more than singing some down-home tunes with Hawthorn Creek.
This time at the Beach store Cafe, they'll be joined once again by guitarist Johnny Dennis and Joe Marx on percussion. Looking forward to bringing you a little bayou, a little whiskey, and a great night of music!
Chuck Dingée has been playing guitar and singing professionally for over 40 years. His extensive repertoire of classic rock, folk-rock, and other tunes is quite diverse. His vocal power and musical abilities can wow big festival audiences and rock nightclubs, but he can also charm families at Farmers Markets or restaurants, or couples at weddings.
Chuck was inspired by the Beatles, who he saw in Chicago in 1966. He plays quite a few Beatles songs, including popular hits like She Loves You, All You Need Is Love, and Yesterday; Romantic love songs like Till There Was You, I Will, and In My Life; and fun rockers such as I Am The Walrus, A Day In the Life, and While My Guitar Gently Weeps.
Chuck also plays a large selection of Paul Simon songs, such as Sounds of Silence, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and Me & Julio. Other artists Chuck covers include Cat Stevens, John Prine, Michael Franks, Elvis Costello, David Bowie, and Fats Waller. He can pull off Every Little Thing She Does is Magic by The Police, or Gershwin's It Ain't Necessarily So.