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Forks, WA House Concert, Forks, WA

Landslide wiped out water supply to our host's neighborhood. New date TBD. Pacific Northwest musical duo Hank and Claire take you back in time with banjo and 12-string guitar to tell stories and sing songs from the activist life of Pete Seeger. The program includes historic photos, rousing singalongs, and backstories for each of them. With banjo and 12-string guitar they sketch the line from Pete’s passion for social justice issues (labor, war, civil rights, and the environment) to the music he inspired. Learn the back stories and sing along with songs like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”    The Seeger program is one hour. After a break, Hank and Claire will entertain with a short set of lively tunes from their own multi-genre playlist. This is a house concert in a private home in Forks, WA.  If you are interested in attending, please contact us at 360-434-1818.  Suggested donation $15.


Hootenanny, Then and Now!

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Kitsap Regional Library-Bainbridge Island, 1270 Madison Ave. N, Bainbridge Island, WA

Time for a real “hoot.”  Hank and Claire share their love of live music-making and folk songs in an hour of community singing, complete with back stories and all the chorus words.  Songs that you may already love, like "Freight Train" and "Last Thing on  My Mind," plus some from today’s creative folkies.  Raise your voices with your neighbors in celebration of life, love, rivers, trains, and who knows what else? Come prepared to SING!   "Hank and Claire have crafted a harmonious program of songs and folk music history, invite us to sing along, and deliver it all to the audience with warm rapport."     -Corene McDaniel, North Mason Timberland Library

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Hank Payne and Claire Favro are a couple of fine singers and tasteful guitar finger-pickers who teamed up in 2009. At the end of 2010 they released a truly lovely CD they call “Heart of the Matter.” The album includes songs by John Prine (Long Monday), Chuck Pyle (Slow Time Kid and Step by Step), Michael P. Smith (The Dutchman – one of the best arrangements I’ve heard yet of this sweet depiction of long-lasting love).   Other songs are Bill Gallaher’s The Good Guys Wore White Hats (a trip back to a more innocent if not necessarily simpler time), Tom Paxton, Berryman & Berryman, and others, plus four of Hank’s well-crafted songs:  Blue Water, The Mountains and the Music, Shade Tree Mechanic, and Waiting for Me.   The covered songs are well-presented, the harmonies and guitar work are perfectly balanced; but for me the greatest treat was hearing the songs from Hank’s own pen! He’s not a well-known songwriter, but he deserves to be heard and heard widely.   His rich baritone voice blends beautifully with Claire’s high alto/low soprano range. Laurie Riley guests with banjo and vocal harmony on a couple of tracks and Matt Sircely sits in on mandolin on another pair of songs.   I love this album, and I am already eager to hear them record again -- preferably with even more of Hank's songs. If you enjoy sweet harmonies, a bit of sentiment, some fun, some nostalgia, and a big dose of heart, you'll enjoy "Heart of the Matter." ” - Meryl Korn reviews HEART OF THE MATTER

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