Local musician to perform at upcoming Candlelight Concert

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Posted 1/20/22

Trinity United Methodist’s Candlelight Concerts will host Mike James, a Port Townsend singer and instrumentalist, as he performs a collection of songs covering different eras and styles of …

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Local musician to perform at upcoming Candlelight Concert

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Trinity United Methodist’s Candlelight Concerts will host Mike James, a Port Townsend singer and instrumentalist, as he performs a collection of songs covering different eras and styles of music during the series’ next show.

James will have a livestream performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, and it will be simulcast on KPTZ and the church’s website, trinityumcpt.org.

He will perform an evening of music that he terms a “mixed bag,” or a collection of songs which cover different eras and styles. He’ll be singing and playing guitar, with Port Townsend resident Bruce Cannavaro playing bass on selected numbers. James’ wife, Val, will sing harmonies while the Ad Hoc Trio will help out on a song or two.

The performance was originally slated to be in-person and online, but organizers have switched to an online exclusive show due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 that’s surging in Jefferson County and beyond.

It is free to listen to James’ tunes live, with a suggested donation of $10 per person through Trinity United’s website page. Half of the proceeds go toward YEA Music!, whose mission is to provide the youth of East Jefferson County with musical opportunities including instruments, instruction, and performances. YEA is working to develop and support an East Jefferson Symphony Orchestra for high school music students in the area.

James is a retired educator and counselor who lives with his wife in Port Townsend. He grew up in Michigan and moved to the Seattle area in 1983, and has been involved in music his whole life. He enjoys performing solo or with others at various venues, including concerts, festivals, or backyard jams.

James performs a wide range of music like jazz, folk, maritime, and music for kids. He’s known locally for his community efforts to keep maritime history alive through music. James has also been active with Key City Public Theater, playing various roles in their old-time radio productions.

He and his wife have recorded several CDs as a duo or with others, featuring songs from a multitude of genres and sounds.

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