Dear Chestnut House Concerts Fans and Performers,

All March and April 2020 house concerts have been cancelled. In 8 years we’ve never had to cancel a show; these are extreme times and we want our audience and guest artists to be of good health. We fully recognize that during this time it’s the artists who will be impacted the most by these cancellations and if you’re still able to work during this time, we encourage you to send the donation (or more!) directly to the musicians whose show you planned to attend.

The Honey Dewdrops plan to have a virtual show very soon; as soon as we have the link we will share with you. If you would like information on how to send $ to I Draw Slow or the Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (our April shows), please email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com and we will gladly assist.


House Concert Shows – March 2020

We are not ignoring the covid-19 issue in regards to our house concerts. We want to make the best decision for all involved. We are speaking with the artists individually. We know artists rely on their gigs for living expenses. We know it’s a tight space here and seating is close. We know no matter what we do someone will not be happy. It’s not our decision alone and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Stay healthy and remember if you’re able, it’s a good idea to go to parks and walking trails and breathe in fresh air or listen to music and dance around the room.

Laurie Lewis – April 25, 2020

We’ve been fans of Laurie Lewis for a long time. Because she’s based on the west coast, she was often  at Wintergrass, a February bluegrass event held for many years in Tacoma and since moved to Bellevue, Washington.  Tim was a regular attender at this event.  Laurie Lewis does not often travel to the east coast so we are honored to host her at our house concert series in April.  Laurie will be with the Right Hands, and amazing band that will include Hasee Ciaccio on bass (here with Barefoot Movement and then in Dec. 2017 with Winter Jubilee – Music and Memories from the Mountain South), Patrick Sauber on banjo and Brandon Godman on fiddle.

While there are many videos of Laurie that you can find on the internet, the following video has the combination of musicians that will be at our house concert.  There are some technical difficulties at the beginning so start the video at 11:15. On a side note, the other band featured on WoodSongs is Nefesh Mountain, a band we recently saw at Folk Alliance International in New Orleans, and we hope to get them here in the fall.


The Honey Dewdrops is our next show, but it sold out.  If you’d like to see Laurie Lewis on April 25 please rsvp with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com

Next show – Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019

We first saw Freddie & Francine at the 2019 Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal.  While waiting at the gate for our return flight at the close of the event, we each listed our top 10 new bands and Freddie and Francine made both of our lists.  Their powerful vocals,  Bianca’s quick wit, Lee’s mastery of the guitar – blended with their obvious comfort with the stage make this band not only easy to listen to, but delightful to experience.  To RSVP reach out to Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.  Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.

When a House Concert is “Sold Out”

Unlike  some other venues, there’s a capacity limit to house shows.

Sometimes when people find out there is a waiting list they say “No worries, I don’t need to sit, I’ll just stand in the back”.  While we’re appreciative of the flexibility and the dedication to the bands that are playing, this is our home and there simply is a limit to not only how many people can fit in the audience, but also the number of people a house can handle.

Tonight’s show featuring SHEL is sold out.

Thank you for understanding.  It’s never too early to RSVP for our upcoming shows.