Mike James, June 21, 2016

Mike & Guitar 017Our next Story Swap will be June 21 at 7 p.m. in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port  Angeles Main Library. Our featured performer will be Mike James, a retired educator who lives with his wife in Port Townsend. He grew up in Michigan and moved to the Seattle in 1983. He became involved in the Northwest music scene, performing in numerous festivals and other venues. He and his wife have completed several recording projects that include songs for children, jazz, folk, and maritime music. He organizes the sea shanty and maritime song circle in Port Townsend.

His program will consist of stories and songs.  Mike says, “The stories will convey my belief that we all have value and deserve to have our voices and ideas heard regardless of how we look or sound.  This was a theme that was at the core of my 40+ years as an educator.  The stories will come from the writings of Richard Chase and others.  The music will follow stages in a person’s road toward maturity, freedom, and perspective on history.”

An open mic story swap will follow.

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