Langley’s Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, or WICA, presents “The Round 4” 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.
The multi-artist event showcases musicians/songwriters, a poet and a live painter on the stage simultaneously.
No two “Rounds” are ever the same.
The Round Whidbey Island was born out of collaboration with Seattle’s Fremont Abbey. This season’s event will feature celebrated islanders Beverly Graham, Nathaniel Talbot, poet Gail Davern and 15-year-old painter MJ Cooke. As well as Seattle-favorite Edmund Wayne.
Beverly Graham shares delightful and thought-provoking stories through song. A melodic singer, her performances have ranged from busking on street corners in Vermont, belting out rock in bars, to singing at the Library of Congress in Washington D.C. for dignitaries.
Nathaniel Talbot’s music has dirt under its fingernails, the product of decades of hard work and crafting – re-tuning, replanting and retelling. The result is true American roots music that combines the soulful edge of tradition with the Pacific Northwest’s legacy of freedom and innovation.
Edmund Wayne is the project of Curt Krause, formerly of the Pullman, Wash. band Buffalo Death Beam. Edmund Wayne is more introspective, more atmospheric — in short, more essentially a vehicle for Krause’s hushed, lilting, twanging songs. “Harnessing The Mood of Andrew Bird and The Magnitude of Radiohead, Edmund Wayne’s Brand of Alt-Folk Is My New Favorite Thing,” according to the Seattle Weekly
Gail Davern, a professor at Skagit Valley College Whidbey Island, “writes haunting news of the heart’s memory, finding its way again and again,” Naomi Shihab Nye writes. Her chapbook, From the Island at the End of Winter was published in August 2018 by Finishing Line Press.
• Adult tickets are $15 and youth tickets are $12. Zech Hall Piano Bar opens one hour prior to the performance. Tickets are available at the WICA Box Office by calling 360-221-8268 logging onto https://tickets.wicaonline.org