By Chris Hendrickson, special to the Monitor
Traditional old-time musicians Greg and Jere Canote will be bringing their cheerful blend of fiddle tunes and quirky humor to the Sky Valley, performing in Index on Saturday, April 20.
The Canote Brothers, identical twins from Seattle, are known for their “genetically matched voices” and lively performances featuring an entertaining mix of string music and spirited banter.
They will be performing in conjunction with the Index Historical Society and the Ethnic Heritage Council, a Seattle organization dedicated to preserving and promoting artistic traditions.
The concert is being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and Northwest Heritage Resources, and is a result of Northwest Heritage Resources’ project “Building New Audiences for Traditional Arts in Washington’s Rural and Underserved Communities.”
The goals of the project include helping communities who have limited access to arts programs by bringing events featuring esteemed traditional artists, and to economically enhance these communities through the performances.
Northwest Heritage Resources is a non-profit organization based in Lake Forest Park which serves the entire state of Washington. They write grants which support their program, and the grant money pays for the artist fees, transportation and publicity costs. Grant money utilized in this project comes from multiple organizations, including the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency which supports artists.
The Canote Brothers have performed all over the U.S. at many different festivals including A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul, Minn., the Fiddle Tunes Festival in Port Townsend, the Folk and Heritage Festival in San Diego, Calif. and at Bumbershoot in Seattle.
The performance will begin at 7 p.m. on April 20 at the River House Cafe, located at 444 Avenue A in Index. The suggested donation amount to attend the show is $5, with the majority of admission donations going to support the Index Historical Society.
For more information call (206) 306-1181 or (360) 793-1534, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.