Portland, OR based musician, Kathryn Claire, met Margot Merah and Sophie Janna (Amsterdam based folk-duo, The Lasses) at a singing session in Amsterdam in 2013. Sharing a love for harmony singing and story-telling through music, they soon realized that together they could deliver both heartfelt ballads and foot-stomping songs with equal measures of joy and musicality. After playing several concerts together in The Netherlands and Germany in 2014, Kathryn offered to help bring The Lasses to the Pacific Northwest for their first US tour in the Spring of 2015. It was a huge success and the three realized they had begun not only a strong musical collaboration, but also a network of touring between the US and Europe. The following fall The Lasses booked a tour of concerts in churches and folk venues across The Netherlands.
By 2016, the Pacific Northwest tour and the European tour had established fans not only for the co-bill of The Lasses and Kathryn Claire but for the music they created as a trio. After being asked frequently when they were going to make an album together, they decided to finish their European tour in 2016 with a sold out live album recording at De Parel van Zuilen” in Utrecht. The result is a deeply personal and heartfelt album featuring original and traditional songs. The album highlights each woman’s unique style of songwriting and singing while weaving in the trio’s highly acclaimed three part harmonies and engaging performances on guitar, fiddle and bohdran. They are thrilled to be releasing this new album during their Pacific Northwest tour this spring. Expect an evening of stories, songs and harmonies straight from the heart.
Come see them and hear them in the intimate living room setting of Hoffman Center for the Arts in Manzanita.
April 9, 2017 | 7pm | $12
The Lasses and Kathryn Claire
Hoffman Center for the Arts