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Vellamo appearing at Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse Feb. 15

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse brings back Vellamo with Rupert Wates opening

Duo making fifth appearance at Coffeehouse

Thoreau Woods Coffeehouse, 144 East Mosley Lane, Huntsville, will host a pair of dynamic artists Saturday, Feb. 16, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Finnish duo Vellamo will be making its fifth appearance in Huntsville.  Pia Leinonen and Joni Tiala perform traditional and original songs in Finnish, English, and Swedish. Their music is reminiscent of 1960’s folk revival groups such as Richard and Mimi Farina; Peter, Paul, and Mary; and Pentangle – but with a Scandinavian twist!

Their music is characterized by haunting melodies, Pia’s ethereal lead vocals and Joni’s virtuosic guitar stylings. The duo has been touring around Europe, in New Zealand and four times in the US. Their first album came out in early 2013, which was recorded in Vermont, US. In 2014 Vellamo released their second album, recorded with a full band. This folk-rock gem contains beautiful arrangements of traditional songs from the Finnish and Swedish traditions. Vellamo’s third album “Koskenkylä” (Whitewater Village) was released in November 2015. This modern Nordic folk album features all original material written both in English and Finnish.

Rupert Wates, a London-born, singer/songwriter, will open for Vellamo.

Rupert Wates

Wates studied  at Oxford University and has been a full time songwriter since the late 1990s, when he signed a publishing contract with Eaton Music Limited. His contract required him to write material in all kinds of styles and genres, for all kinds of artists. He worked extensively with Jazz vocalist Liz Fletcher, and wrote the album ‘Blue Afternoons‘ (Mainstem, 2002) specially for her voice.

Moving in 2001 to Paris, Wates formed his own quartet and began playing live regularly. In fall 2006 he came to the US. He is now based in New York City and Colorado.  Since coming to the US, Wates has won more than 30 songwriting awards.  His music is an eclectic mix of acoustic, melodic art/folk, with flavors of jazz, vaudeville and cabaret. He has released seven solo CDs. Wates was voted an Artist Of The Year 2013 by the international house concert network Concerts In Your Home, and in 2015 he was recognized as their most booked performer, having secured well over 100 dates through their database.

A $20 donation is suggested, $15 for seniors and students. Light refreshments are for sale along with coffee and water. Discreet BYOB of beer and wine is permitted for those of legal age. Thoreau Woods Coffehouse is a production of James and Pam Johnson and Johnson Studios. http://johnsonstudiotexas.com/


About Rich Heiland

Rich Heiland, former publisher of the Huntsville Item and owner of Free Press publications, LLC, a reporting/writing firm working with media, has been a reporter, editor and publisher at several daily papers. He was part of a Pulitzer Prize winning team. He taught journalism at Western Illinois University. He can be reached at freepresstx@gmail.com or 936-293-0293.

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