Journal of the San Juan Islands


Winter solistice celebrated in music

December 16, 2012 · Updated 3:09 PM

Violinist Jamie Laval joins Kip and Stanley Greenthal of Lopez, (above), in a tribute to the Winter Solstice, Dec. 20, at Isle Be Jammin’. / Contributed photo

Longtime Lopez songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal returns to the Isle Be Jammin’ performance stage Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. for an evening of songs, poetry, and music to celebrate the winter solstice. With an exciting ensemble in tow, he will be joined by his wife, Kip Greenthal, and Celtic violinist Jamie Laval, performing spirited instrumentals with traditional and original songs of the season.

Known for stretching musical borders. Greenthal sings and plays guitar, bouzouki, laouto and lavta (Greek and Turkish lutes), and has enticed his wife, Kip, to add harmony vocals and percussion. In addition, Laval’s fiery violin playing will enliven Scottish pipe marches, Breton round dances, and Cretan syrtos to celebrate the longest night of the year.

Laval is one of the premier Celtic violinists on the international music scene today. He is heralded as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News) and “The next Alasdair Fraser” (Scotland Press and Post).

Tickets are $12 and may be purchased at Isle Be Jammin’, 310-B Spring Street, Friday Harbor, or by phone: (360) 378-5151.


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