June 16th, 2010

Halyards schedule Anacortes gig

Make plans now for Friday, August 6 when The Halyards will take the stage in the courtyard of the Majestic Inn and Spa on Commercial Avenue. It’s been just over a week since I attended the group’s CD release party at the Three Doors in downtown Seattle. Wow!

The Anacortes Arts Festival website characterizes their music as “high energy Americana.” That’s true. Three great performers. What’s really exciting to me is that the three musicians … Carl Funk, Larry Mason and Eric Tingstad (r. to l., above photo) … are “local boys,” all boasting Whidbey Island roots. Funk and Mason have performed together since their high school days under a number of names. Tingstad has performed for many years as well as Tingstad and Rumbel. The three have released their first CD together as “The Halyards,” and the music is awesome. A number of the songs are co-written by Funk and Tingstad. My personal favorite is “He’s Walking By,” a song based on a scene from the movie: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Check out https://www.facebook.com/thehalyards/ to hear some of this group’s music. And do whatever it takes to get to the Majestic courtyard for the Halyards’ 4 p.m. performance on Friday, August 6. (Note: Photo from poster promoting release of CD titled “Fortune Smiles.”

Steve Berentson

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A fourth generation Skagit County native who was moved kicking and screaming from this island community in 1960. I finally reclaimed an Anacortes address in 1980, and I have been in constant celebration of my return since that time. Many of us who call Anacortes home love Fidalgo Island for its natural assets: among them are rugged beaches, pristine lakes, thousands of acres of forestland and some awesome views of the Skagit Valley and surrounding islands. Another element of my love affair with this community is its people, both natives and immigrants. They will “star” in many of my journal entries.

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