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Absolutely awesome show!!!!! ”

— Bainbridge Island Public Library, Washington State

Acoustic Tight-Harmony Duo

Songs to touch your heart and funny bone

Hank Payne and Claire Favro have been singing tight-harmony duets together since 2008. In that time they've released two CDs, gotten married, and settled near Seattle, WA. Hank and Claire perform folk (traditional and contemporary), swing, standards, and a few originals. Hank’s “Shade Tree Mechanic” won a prize in the 2016 Tumbleweed Music Festival Songwriting Contest. They sing a cappella or with guitar, bowed psaltery, dulcimer, and banjo.

 

“Enjoy sweet harmonies, a bit of sentiment, some fun, and a big dose of heart? You'll love Hank and Claire.”   -Portland Folklore Society review

 

CD Heart of the Matter (2010): covers of Tom Paxton, Michael P. Smith, Bill Gallaher, Chuck Pyle, Lou and Peter Berryman and others, as well as Hank Payne originals. 

CD Home at Last (2014): covers of Doc Watson, George Harrison, Jay Ungar, Pete Seeger, Utah Phillips, and more, plus Hank Payne originals.

 

“Guitars, psaltery, and dulcimer back the lovely lead and harmonizing voices. All clean, clear and full of   life—just like when you see them in person.”  - Chris Lunn, founding member International Folk Alliance

 

Special programs available

 

Pete Seeger: The Man and the Music

Hank and Claire take listeners back in time with their banjo and 12-string guitar as 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.”

 

“Hank and Claire's work presenting the music and philosophy of Pete Seeger is an important contribution to the one warm bloodline of activism and compassion that is the last, best hope of mankind.”   -Tom May, River City Folks    

 

Hootenanny, Then and Now!

Hank and Claire share their love of live music-making in an hour of community singing, complete with back stories and all the chorus words.  There’ll be songs that you already love, like "Freight Train" and "Last Thing on My Mind" plus some from today’s creative folkies. Find out where the 60’s Folk Revival came from and come prepared to SING!  Raise your voices with your neighbors in celebration of life, love, rivers, trains, and who knows what else?

 

"Truly consummate professional performers, seamlessly blending well researched history, visuals, live music and audience participation into a memorable experience.”  -Poulsbo Public Library, Washington State

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