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The Onlies and RISK - A Benefit on Vashon Island
Open Space for Arts & Community
Vashon, WA
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The Onlies and RISK - A Benefit on Vashon Island
Open Space welcomes The Onlies to Vashon, headlining a Benefit Performance for RISK and RISK Jr.

As a venue that loves music, arts education, and joyful gatherings, we are thrilled to welcome The Onlies, RISK and RISK Jr. to our stage! This Benefit Performance will feature RISK and RISK Jr. opening the show. Over 25 Vashon kids and adults will take the stage to perform. Then, The Onlies will bring their amazing music and spirit, with a concert and dance sure to bring smiles to every face and a spring to every step. Larry Muir will call the dance portion of the afternoon.

The Onlies play original and traditional fiddle-driven music, with Celtic, old-time American, and Canadian roots. Members Leo Shannon, Riley Calcagno, and Samantha Braman are Garfield High School (Seattle) sophomores who've literally played together since they were two years old. Singing and playing fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and piano, they have developed a strong fan base throughout the Pacific Northwest, performing concerts, dances, restaurants, and pubs from Port Townsend to Palo Alto, CA. The Onlies have just finished their first full-length album, "Setting Out to Sea." The CD features six original songs and tunes, plus traditional and contemporary selections

Proceeds from the event will go towards the RISK Scholarship Fund, which supports music lessons and instrument rentals for low-income kids.

RISK  the Rock Island String Kollective - is one of few string orchestras for fiddle music, folk and rock in a cozy, coffee house setting here on the Island. RISK welcomes a range of string instruments including Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Banjo and Harp. This chamber orchestra brings a new flavor to Irish music, Klezmer, the Beatles, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more.

RISK Jr. provide high quality music learning in a group setting to ANY child (ages 3rd--5th grade) who is interested in learning a stringed instrument.   Our repertoire includes a range of music styles, from American roots music to celtic, klezmer, classical, rock, and blues.  RISK JR. students learn the fundamentals of playing stringed instruments using this wide variety of music. RISK Jr. classes are low-cost and available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.


"Original and traditional Irish fiddle and string-based music from a highly talented trio of Garfield High freshmen. Samantha Braman, Riley Calcagno, and Leo Shannon keep you hanging on every note as they put their banjos, fiddles, guitars, mandolins, and even piano to toe-tapping good use, combining elements of Cajun zydeco, Celtic country dance, and other American folk traditions."    
              - Seattle Weekly

"Given The Onlies' youth, even a decent effort would be impressive. But 'Setting Out to Sea' is a truly fine recording that will inspire and engage teen/tween musicians and adults alike (and younger  my 3-year-old is also a fan). Described as "fiddle-driven acoustic folk," the tracks reflect the trio's wide-ranging musical tastes, from contemporary fiddle tunes like "Big Shoes," an original about a thrift-shop experience to Irish tunes, Cape Breton marches and vocal-led folk songs."-  Parent Map



Open Space for Arts & Community (View)
18870 103rd Ave SW
Vashon, WA 98070
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Bluegrass
Music > Celtic
Music > Folk
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Fundraisers

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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