2019 Cannon Beach Hootenanny
DATE: Saturday, August 24, 2019
TICKETS: $15. Tickets can be purchased online, at the theatre box office or by calling 503-436-1242.
An evening of music and merriment featuring Thistle & Rose, Julie Amici, Bill Hayes and Bryan Umphenour.
THISTLE & ROSE
A little bit of the Drifters and Peter, Paul & Mary, toss in a hint of Dylan and Joan Baez, a pinch of Lightfoot and Judy Collins, maybe a dab of Garcia and then spice it up with some hot-lick Bobcat blues and some insightful original songs that are honest and thought provoking and you’ve got an idea of the acoustic group called Thistle & Rose. Music as cool now as it was then! Sharing songs they grew up with in a casual and relaxed interactive setting gets the toe tapping and folks singing along and that’s what the music is all about. Two guitars and four voices in harmony solidly ground the band and support the participation of the audience as they play some of the songs from back in the day and invite you to join along. Thistle & Rose is not really a concert as much as it is a community gathering and a blend of all voices in the room.
The pairing of a vocalist and upright acoustic bass is a magical combination that leaves nowhere to hide. It is a setting reserved for the most qualified artists, a mingling that Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller bring together with unexpected delight. “Julie Amici” is the collaboration between Julie Yanko and Dean Mueller that started in late 2014. The name is derived from Julie’s first name, and “Amici” the original family name of Dean’s father. Much like the name is a melding of the two, the music is much the same, combining Julie’s country roots and childhood dreams of singing jazz, with Dean’s deeply rooted blues foundation. Julie’s strong yet sweet voice is reminiscent of the 50’s when female singers ruled the world of music, a time when jazz and blues co-mingled at the height of popular culture. Her repertoire combines the jazz of Billie Holiday with the soul of Nina Simone and the sophisticated country of Patsy Cline. Dean’s bass playing is rooted in the blues chops he earned playing with some of the finest blues legends in America and touring with the award winning international act, The Insomniacs.
Bill hails from a remote village outside of San Francisco. A child of the 50’s, he had the horrible misfortune of seeing the first appearance of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan and subsequently lost all inclination to lead a useful and productive life. While scratching out a livelihood pretending to be a carpenter and a bookseller he always came home at night and made plinky noises for his cat and sometimes made plinky noises with friends in what they called “bands”. He was never invited to the Ed Sullivan show and eventually Ed died. Now Bill is old and plays music a couple nights a week for other old people and some young people who are apparently lost. Once a patron called his music “so not annoying!” He wrote that down on a piece of paper and carries it in his wallet to pick up his spirits when needed.
Bryan is a songwriter who grew up in California, went to college in Colorado, and spent most of his career writing and recording in New Orleans. Since moving to Oregon in 2017 he has been playing at various venues across the Pacific Northwest. Bryan has 2 commercial albums that are housed with MusicBed, a commercial licensing agency out of Dallas. You can find his music on Spotify, and all other streaming platforms under the artist stage name “UMPHY”. His music aims to be authentic to his life and tells genuine stories of love, and draws from personal experiences. Bryan has no shortage of inspiration as he is a husband of 10 years, and a father to 4 young children, and has moved over 20 times in his life. Through it all, writing and recording music has been the steady constant, and he hopes to share his experiences with you through song.