History House of Greater Seattle Presents
                      A Michael Guthrie/John Nordstrand Production

 Music in the Sculpture Garden
               A Summer Concert Series

                   Every Sunday, 2-4pm
          June 4th through August 27th  

A free concert in our covered outdoor Sculpture Garden
Come and listen to some of Puget Sound's best musicians!
Families Welcome!
Donations & Tips Appreciated

History House of Greater Seattle
790 N. 34th Street Seattle WA 98103
Contact John Nordstrand
206 675-8875


June 4, Sun 2-4pm
Jim Page
Jim Page

with Special Guest Artis the Spoonman
Singer-Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar
“Jim's been writing great topical songs for as long as I can remember, bringing his acute wit and wry humor to a host of subjects that can really use both. In the tradition of Woody and Dylan, he cuts right to the heart with music you actually enjoy listening to. I'm a longtime admirer.” - Bonnie Raitt

Musician's Website
Jim Page- www.jimpage.net
Artis the Spoonman -


June 11, Sun 2-4pm
Michael Guthrie and
Niceol Blue
Michael Guthrie
with Orville Murphy

Michael and Orville will be playing a mix of old time Blues and Folk music on Guitar, Harmonica, Banjolin, Lap Steel Guitar and vocals.
Musician's Website

Michael Guthrie - www.moorafa.com


Niceol Blue


The music of Post-folk artist Niceol Blue can be described simply as "Acoustica" or... more colorfully as "Red-headed Acoustica”. Armed with her guitar and a captivating voice, this accomplished performer serenades and enchants with her powerful original songs such as 'Patron Saint of the Broken Hearted', 'State of Grace', and 'Hush'."

Musician's Websites
Niceol Blue



June 17, Sat 2-4pm - Fremont Fair & Summer Solstice Weekend
Ruzivo Marimba
Ruzivo Marimba

Seven marimbas of varying sizes, hosho - gourd shakers, and mbira - a traditional Shona thumb piano

Ruzivo plays traditional and contemporary high-energy dance music of Zimbabwe, Africa. The music is laced with intricate, mesmerizing rhythms. The beat is highly contagious, compelling people of all ages to get up and dance. Enthusiastic smiles brim from ear to ear, and even sworn non-dancers are compelled to tap their foot.
Musician's Website
Ruzivo Marimba -

June 18, Sun 2-4pm - Fremont Fair Weekend
The Silverbacks
The (Compact) Silverbacks

Randall Walker & Jerry Middaugh
The Silverbacks play marginally evolved folk music from the train, hobo, mother, and desperado categories of ancient country music. We play other stuff as well. Sometimes we endeavor to bring out the primitive nature of the music of the Beatles. Our reprtoire includes songs about life, death, wild women, and seat belts. Often our songs include lessons for improving one's life.
The Silverbacks will be performing in their compact form with Randall Walker and Jerry Middaugh. Both Mr. Walker and Mr. Middaugh have extensive experience with the topics discussed in our lyrics and they'll try to be available afterwards for personal consultation.
June 25 , Sun 2-4pm
Hans York, JD Hobson, MJ Bishop

Hans York


Hans York is a German-born, Seattle-based, Award winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. His intimate and distinctive voice draws comparisons to Paul Simon, Kenny Rankin or Michael Franks and captures the audience instantly with its honesty and clearness.

Musician's Website
Hans York- www.hansyork.com

JD Hobson


Guitar, harp, dobro & stompbox
Imagine a hearty base of authentic blues roots from the likes of Son House, Skip James, and Blind Willie McTell. Add country greats Hank Williams and Willie Nelson, along with healthy portions of contemporary artists like Paul Burch and Kelly Joe Phelps. Simmer down with Dylan-esque folk and finish with a pinch of Peter Tosh for flavor, and you’ve got JD Hobson.

Musician's Website
JD Hobson - www.jdhobson.com

MJ Bishop

Singer-Songwriter, acoustic guitar and manolin


"She's more than a little bit country with a healthy helping of soul, and she produces a pretty big sound armed with only a single guitar and her vocal chords." Englewood Herald-Tribune, March 2006

Musician's Website
MJ Bishop - www.mjbishopband.com

Photo by April Ingle


July 2, Sun 2-4pm
History House is closed for the 4th of July weekend

No Concert

July 9, Sun 2-4pm
Watch The Sky and Wendy Joseph
Watch The Sky



Wendy Joseph

Able Seaman Wendy Joseph has crewed the tall ship Lady Washington, the Virginia V, and a WWII freighter; she has sailed from the Bering Sea to the Straits of Gibraltar in modern ships. Maritime, US and Irish history all figure in her songs.
July 16, Sun 2-4pm
Capuchon and Stewart Hendrickson

Vocals, fiddle, guitar and t-fer

Capuchon plays Cajun music in the old style. Twin fiddles take turns playing with the melody and harmony; rhythm is provided by a guitar and t-fer. The result is an archaic yet driving sound, great for dancing and listening both.
Musician's Website
Capuchon - www.capuchoncajunband.com

From left: Karen Kaser, Isla Ross, Nina Richardson, Catherine Alexander
Stewart Hendrickson

Singer and Fiddler
Traditional songs and fiddle tunes from the British Isles and America. Stewart plays fiddle and sings. He will be backed up on guitar by Jerry Middaugh. Stewart plays in local Irish sessions and open mics, and has performed at the Northwest Folklife Festival.

Musician's Website
Stewart Hendrickson -


July 23, Sun 2-4pm
Alex Perlman & West Coastal Folk and Jean Mann

Alex Perlman & West Coastal Folk

"It’s Who We Are & What We Play"
Vocals, guitar, poly-bottom bass, harmonica, fiddle, banjo and percussios

West Coastal Folk is a collaboration of Seattle based Pacific NW artists playing an eclectic blend of contemporary folk/blues/country/grass with a Left Coast flavor. West Coastal Folk engage the listener with a style that sounds at once traditional and fresh, with well crafted elements that come together for a memorable listening experience.

Alex Perlman
Jean Mann

Singer songwriter jean mann is known for her intimately powerful live performances with ethereal, stunning vocals. Said one avid fan, "listening to her music feels like being in a really amazing indie film"
Musician's Website

Jean Mann - www.jeanmann.com

July 30, Sun 2-4pm
Amber Tide and Snake Suspenderz
Amber Tide

Thaddeus and Sandahbeth Spae

Soaring vocals, 12 string jazz, upbeat blues, wild stories, rowdy harmonica, folk gospel, solo trombone, soulful ballads, the relentless bando-fluke, awful jokes, mariachi swing, the world's smallest trap set and twenty eight years of wedded bliss.

Musician's Website
Amber Tide -


Snake Suspenderz

Thaddeus Spae - bass trombone, guitar and guitarron
Howlin' Hobbit - soprano ukulele, resonator ukulele
and harmonica
Hot Jass, Hokum, and Novelty Music... with a bite!

A collection mainly from the 1920's through the 1940's as-well-as original tunes in those styles
Musician's Website

Snake Suspenderz - www.snakesuspenderz.com
August 6, Sun 2-4pm
The Raging Zepher and Percy Hilo & Friends
The Raging Zephyr

Hootenanny Folk Band

The Raging Zephyr is a cross between the New Christy Minstrels and Hee Haw with a touch of Prairie Home Companion. It’s heritage Americana and powerful contemporary songs are developed into an entertaining participatory and folksy style. Old favorites and songs dear to the heart encourage community building, audience participation and inspire an “artist way” spirit. Their tales and tunes are guaranteed to have the 1-99 aged audience tapping and clapping while singing along. “Ya’ll come.”
Musician's Website

The Raging Zephyr - www.crystalrabbit.org

Percy Hilo & Friends


Percy Hilo has been a songwriter/singer/song collector/folklorist in the Northwest for over 30 years. He has performed at coffeehouses, festivals and many worthwhile benefits and community events. His original songs in American Folk stylings have been published over 30 times and sung 'round-the-world. He believes in sing-a-long, tempering social concern with humor. History House will be a perfect setting for Percy's Community feel.
August 13, Sun 2-4pm
Folk Voice Band and Squirrel Butter
Folk Voice Band

Vocals, mandolin, recorder, concertina, accordion, viola, bass, violin, recorder & percussion

Everything goes easier in 3/4 takt/time!

Musician's Website
Folk Voice Band - www.folkvoiceband.com


Squirrel Butter
Old Time Banjo, Fiddle & Feet
Old-time variety duet performs traditional and original tunes from America’s past. Eclectic tunes and ballads on banjo, fiddle, and guitar with harmonized vocals and Appalachian clogging!

Musician's Website

Squirrel Butter - www.charliebeck.net/duet.html 

August 20, Sun 2-4pm
Eddie Williams, Georgia Browne, Billy Forrester, Susan Welch

Eddie Williams


Acoustic guitar and harmonica

Eddie Jay Williams has been writing songs for over 30 years. Influences include John Prine, Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Warren Zevon, Richard Buckner and Paul Simon. His material ranges from quirky to murky, with a good measure of introspection and even the occasional tender ballad.

Musician's Website
Eddie Williams- www.hobomobile.com

Georgia Browne

Georgia's songs are heartfelt and delivered in poignant simplicity. Her voice is honest and vulnerable, pure and substantive. Kate Wolf, Nanci Griffith and Dar Williams among others have been strong influences on both her songwriting and vocal style. Georgia has been performing around the northwest for the last five years, as a solo act, with her sweetie Eddie Williams, and as a third of the acappella trio Bella.


Billy Forrester


In the late 70's Billy moved to the Pacific Northwest, where he became involved in the world of gospel music. He was one of the founding parents of the Suquamish acoustic jam, along with Tania Opland and Susan Welch. He and Susan, as the folk duo Dusty Rose, recorded the album Eleven Eleven.

Susan Welch

As a child, Susan listened to recordings her grandfather and great uncles had made of weekend folk and pop jams during the 1930's and 40's. Susan's style is contemporary Western folk. Her lyrics draw upon regional imagery and universal experiences. Her voice has been described as smoky, earthy, magical, powerful and soulful.

Susan Welch - www.geocities.com/mandola_muse
August 27, Sun 2-4pm
Clem Daddy and Mike Buchman & Friends
Clem Daddy


A musical tribute to the hit tunes of the 50's & 60's. Something for everyone - Rock, Pop, Country, Folk & Show Tunes. Clem Daddy is a delightful musician who performs with warmth and humor.
Mike Buchman & Friends

Singer-Songwriter, acoustic and cigar box guitar
"Poignant spiritual & comedic song-smithing talents"

Come hear songs about birth, death, love, grief, aging, the internet, marine invertebrates & alternative fuels. In addition to singing, he scats, hums, grunts & occasionally howls like a dog.