The Vashon Sessions

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Saltspring 04:23
Molasses Rum 04:15
John Brown 05:11
Granite Mill 03:21
Magpie 03:46
Valley Forge 03:24
I'm Alright 03:36


In July of 2018, I gathered ten of my favorite musicians from around the Seattle area in a house on Vashon Island to make music. Inspired by the BBC's Transatlantic Sessions, this project had a simple aim: to put a bunch of excellent musicians from different traditions in a room together and see what happened.

Our process was simple. Someone suggested a tune or song, and we learned it, arranged it as a group, recorded a few takes, and moved on. We had no prior rehearsal; some of us had never even met before the weekend started.

What resulted was magic. In three days, we recorded sixteen tunes--some old, some new, some in between. What you hear on these tracks is folk music in its most honest form: people who like each other sitting in a cozy room and playing for the sheer joy of it. We had an amazing time making this music, and we hope you enjoy it as well.


released November 30, 2018

Those Who Played:

Laura Bassett: vocals
Julie Bennett: percussion
RuthMabel Boytz: upright bass
Lawson Cannon: guitar, bouzouki
Anna Culver: vocals, fiddle
David Kessler: vocals, jaw harp
Brian Lindsay: fiddle, mandolin, banjo, vocals
Jesse Partridge: fiddle, guitar, vocals
Evan Snoey: mandolin, octave mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle, tenor sax, vocals
Cam St. Louis: flute, whistles, electric guitar, vocals
Alex Sturbaum: guitar, electric guitar, mandocello, bouzouki, banjo, button accordion, vocals

Thanks to:
Lawson Cannon, for hosting the Vashon Sessions at his lovely home
Rae Eaton, for keeping us fed and happy all weekend
Brian Lindsay, for doing all the audio engineering and mixing

This is a free album. However, if you feel like giving something in exchange for this music, please consider donating to Real Rent Duwamish, an organization that calls on people who live and work in Seattle to make rent payments to the Duwamish Tribe. The Duwamish were the original inhabitants of Vashon and Seattle, and have not been justly compensated for their land, resources, and livelihoods. Visit to donate and find out more.


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The Vashon Sessions is a collaborative music project based in western Washington. Its goal is to bring together some of the Pacific Northwest’s best folk musicians to create something new.

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