Blues

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Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes: Betonia Blues Master

Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes is a deep-roots folk blues musician who plays in the blues tradition described as American-primitivism, a repetitive and monotone style that is ethereal, gritty and rough. There are many sophisticated pickers but the primitive school had always been at the core of blues, conveying the most important element – the feeling. Centrum

Fiddle Tunes

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Tony Demarco Will Challenge Your Perception of Irish Fiddling

Tony Demarco. Irish fiddler. If that sounds slightly off, you have only to listen to his playing to be cured of any preconceptions about the importance of ethnic purity in traditional music. There may have been a time when Irish music in New York City was played exclusively by Irish immigrants and their offspring, while

Jazz

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Grace Kelly Joins Jazz Port Townsend Faculty

A regular on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’s band, Stay Human, Grace Kelly graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2011 with a degree in professional music. She has taught residency workshops since 2012. That year also brought another important opportunity to pass on her musical knowledge: the U.S. State Department sent her

Writing

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Helena María Viramontes: Story Has No Limit

Centrum is pleased to welcome Helena María Viramontes to the faculty of the 2016 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference. Considered one of Hispanic literature’s most distinguished craftspersons, Viramontes is the author of The Moths and Other Stories and two novels Under the Feet of Jesus and Their Dogs Came With Them.  She has also co-edited with

Voice Works

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Voice Works Welcomes Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick in 2016

Before Laurie Lewis and Kathy Kallick became the highly respected and successful singers, songwriters, and bluegrass bandleaders they are today, they were founding members of the groundbreaking northern California band the Good Ol’ Persons. Although Laurie remained in that group for only a short while before moving on to lead her own bands, she and

Young Artists

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Scholarship Deadlines for Youth Programs

Explorations Scholarship Deadline: January 25,2016 Notifications the week of February 1 Explorations is Centrum’s immersive, week-long program for middle schoolers.  Students are introduced to the world of arts and ideas, creative risk-taking, and personal development. It’s a total learning environment that challenges the mind and body in equal measure. Each day features four workshop sessions where

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