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Through this series we bring a wide variety of musicians and performers to an intimate space. Named for the elegant Great Blue Herons living on the Umatilla River, this series will surprise you with everything from alt-country to bluegrass to jazz and everything in between. This series is made possible through the generous support of Red Lion Hotel and Drs. Connie and Dan Marier.

 

 

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Back again Sept. 14 & 15 2017!

 

The 1960's are synonymous with hippies, counterculture and psychedelic sound, but in the small rural town of La Grande, a group of Eastern Oregon College students was experimenting with a different form of music: bluegrass.

  

Ron Emmons, well known as the front man for the popular Cabbage Hill bluegrass band, worked to bring his classmates Hugh McClellan, Duane Boyer and Hal Spence back to eastern Oregon for Round Up week. The group will be joined by Alan Feves on bass and National Oldtime Fiddle Champion Dan Emert on fiddle.

 

Emmons and Boyer met during freshmen orientation week at Eastern Oregon College and connected with Spence and McClellan through their involvement in the Eastern Oregon College Ambassadors, a musical touring group that performed high school assemblies all over the Northwest. Each man went on to have great success over the past five decades on the national bluegrass scene, performing with a wide range of groups and ensembles.

 

Bluegrass musicians tend to mix and match themselves into different arrangements for each performance. The name EOscenes, chosen for the Round Up week performances, is a play on the college’s monogram, EOC (which later became EOU) and the Eocene epoch, a period on the geological time scale that occurred 55-34 million years ago.  

 

Emmons lives in Hermiston and has played mandolin and sung lead tenor and baritone with the Blue Mountain Crested Wheatgrass Boys, the Muddy Bottom Boys, Blue Heat and The Thatchmasters, as well as Cabbage Hill.  

 

Boyer now lives in Haines, Oregon and plays banjo and guitar, and sings lead, tenor and baritone. He taught banjo and guitar at EOC and played a major role in bringing national Bluegrass acts to that part of the state.

 

McClellan resides in Oregon City and plays rhythm guitar, harmonica and is known for is low, lonesome bass voice. He’s also fronted a country-swing band and sang in a gospel quartet.

 

Hal Spence of Dallas, Oregon played guitar and sang tenor for 27 years with The Sawtooth Mountain Boys, one of the northwest’s best known bluegrass bands, whose travels included three tours of Europe.

 

The performance is made possible through the generous support of Dr. Cynthia Holmes

MUSIC IN SEPTEMBER...

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Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 - 7 pm

Molly’s Revenge

 

David Brewer is best known to regional fans as the side-kick to Scottish fiddler Rebecca Lomnicky, but his work playing Highland bagpipes, border and uillean pipes, and whistles spans a wide range of projects.

His most acclaimed is as a
founding member of the popular west coast Celtic band Molly's Revenge, which was voted Best Band of 2005 at the Live Oak Music Festival. The group has performed nationally and internationally with highlight appearances at the Chicago Irish Festival, the University of Hawaii Concert Series, the Ballarat Federation Tattoo in Australia, the Tamar Valley Folk Festival in Tasmania, twice at the Shanghai International Music Festival in China and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brewer is joined by John Weed, a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. John lived in Ireland in 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He hones his skills annually by attending the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O'Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin.

Rounding out the trio is
Stuart Mason, who has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association.