Dec. 2nd, 7PM (doors at 6:30)

Anna Tivel and Jeffrey Martin

Anna Tivel has spent some quality hours in a dodge caravan repeating lyrical lines over and over until the words fall in time with the windshield wipers.

A nationally touring artist with a deep love of quiet stories, Anna is beginning to carve a place for herself in the songwriting world. She was recently chosen a 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.

Anna was raised in the forest and farmland of rural northern Washington and currently calls Portland, OR 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.” Her previous album, Before Machines, was hailed by No Depression as “raw, yet superbly composed and executed, intelligent, personal and deeply expressive.”

“Portland songwriter Anna Tivel is a favorite over at Hearth. She’s a deft, clever songwriter with a knack for observing the small, subtle beauties of our lives.” – Kithfolk

Jeffrey Martin was raised with a careful ear cocked and listening to Neil Young, John Prine, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and Harry Chapin.  He was fortunate to live in Eugene, OR for much of his adolescence, where in the late 90’s and early 2000’s there was a strong and steady flow of folk songwriters touring through.  Leo Kotke, John Gorka, and David Wilcox were huge inspirations.

In 2011 Jeffrey Martin caught a lucky break, a chance encounter with a prominent local promoter at a rowdy dive bar.  Through that meeting he was invited to open for Tracy Grammer and then David Wilcox, which then lead to a few small tours, and eventually a finalist slot in a national songwriting competition in New York City and a successful national tour.

Jeffrey is back on the road touring full-time nationally, with plans to hit the UK in the Spring of 2017.

When asked whether he considers himself a musician or a songwriter first Martin had this to say: “I’m a writer more than I am a musician. If I could play guitar half as well as I can write I’d be wearing nicer pants.”

“He’s an incredibly rare find among today’s glut of singer-songwriters: a songwriter whose songs are immediately affecting. These are the kind of songs that can change you.” – Devon Leger NO DEPRESSION

The Peninsula Arts Center (www.peninsulaartscenter.org) is located at 504 Pacific Ave. N., Long Beach, WA.

Tickets are $15 and are available on Brown Paper Tickets, by emailing events@peninsulaartscenter.org, or by calling Bill at (360) 901-0962.

Wine, beer, and other refreshments are available for purchase.