Courtesy Peninsula Arts Center
LONG BEACH, WASH. — The next Peninsula Arts Center show, featuring songwriters Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin, will take place 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2.
A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Tivel is beginning to carve out a place for herself in the songwriting world. She was recently chosen as winner of both the Telluride Troubadour Contest and the Kerrville New Folk Contest, placed second at the Rocky Mountain songwriting contest, and has shared the stage with heroes and friends alike.
Tivel was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland home. Her songs reflect both the stark colors of small-town life, and the hard, sharp lines of the city.
Folk Radio UK called her newest album, “Heroes Waking Up,” a “superb and sublime album from a voice that deserves to be shouted from the highest rooftops.”
Martin was raised with an ear cocked and listening to Neil Young, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan and Harry Chapin.
He was fortunate to live in Eugene for much of his adolescence, where in the late 1990s and early 2000s there was a strong, steady flow of folk songwriters touring through. Leo Kotke, John Gorka and David Wilcox were huge inspirations.
In 2011, Martin caught a lucky break: a chance encounter with a prominent local promoter at a rowdy dive bar. He was invited to open for Tracy Grammer and then David Wilcox, which led to a few small tours and, eventually, a finalist slot in a national songwriting competition in New York City and a successful national tour.
The Peninsula Arts Center is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, Washington.
Admission is $15 at the door or online through Brown Paper Tickets, or call Bill Svendsen at 360-901-0962. Wine, beer and other refreshments are available for purchase.
Concerts benefit the Long Beach Peninsula Acoustic Music Association, a nonprofit charitable organization.