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February 4, 2013

Welcome to the "Can you feel the LOVE?" February Edition of

The Geoffrey Castle Newsletter

February is the most romantic month of the year, and I've got some hot shows lined up just for you!

Before I get to the calendar though, I wanted to welcome all of you who are getting this for the first time. I write these myself — no nanobots involved — so I hope you enjoy reading my occasionally rambling, but ever hopeful scrawl….

First off, I want to send a big thank you to my friend David Harris who was kind enough to include me, along with an illustrious cast of amazing musicians in the Living Legends Showcase at the NAMM convention in Anaheim. I was on stage with so many amazing performers that I'm going to have to add a couple more pages to my resume just to fit them all in! <LOL> What a blast, and what an honor!

So whenever things like this amazing show happen, there are always photos, and they're always on my Facebook page first. Are you on Facebook? Subscribe to my pages - I've got two:

The perfect date night: Featuring Josephine Howell. Have you heard her sing? OMG.

Many of you have gotten in touch and asked "are you playing your St. Patrick's Concert this year?" And the answer is YES!! Sometimes it takes me a while to get all my shows up on the Web site calendar…I get distracted. Get tickets NOW at before they're all gone!

I've got a whole catalog of CDs loaded up onto my very own download store on my Web site. You can download CDs that are not available in print, download individual songs, choose different formats! It's all super easy. Want a real, hard copy CD? We can do that too!

The most exciting part about my latest CD release — Deep Well Sessions — is that each song was captured on video as it was being recorded. All the videos are now up on my YouTube Channel! Here's my version of "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak, just in time for Valentine's Day! Enjoy.

Some of you know who the REAL talent is in this relationship. My wife Shannon is an amazing talent, and this month she has her first ever gallery show in Seattle at the Alki Gallery at Harbor Steps! Visit her Facebook page and you can see photos of art that is in stock now and for sale!

John Schussler, my partner on the New World and Captive albums, has a new solo album out: The Willow Ladder. All his exotic world instruments are on cinematic display, plus the sounds of Grammy winner Nancy Rumbel on oboe (of Tingstad & Rumbel fame), Eric Robert on piano and organ, and Brandon Mcintosh on sarod. He's also joined by the original rhythm section from our New World album: Garey Shelton on bass and Ben Smith on drums. If you enjoyed our work on New World and Captive, you definitely don't want to miss The Willow Ladder. Stream it for free (or buy the CD!) at

So, just to tease you all a little bit, I'm starting work on a couple of new CD projects, and guesting on another that I think will really amaze one and all. Lots of new music, and new gems from the vault, in 2013, I promise!

Let's get to the schedule

Tuesday, February 5
School Workshop and Concert
Bethpage, Long Island, New York
I will be working with the students of an award-winning high school / middle school string program all day, and then giving a concert that night. This will be the debut of arrangements for string orchestra of some of my solo compositions. Yikes!
Thursday, February 7
School Assembly Performance
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Are you an educator? Are you a parent with a child in school? Are you an ambitious kid? Bring me to your school! Just get in touch with my friends at—they're very friendly, and way more organized than I am.
Saturday, February 9
A masked costume ball
Bell Harbor International Events Center
Seattle, Washington
Tickets available now!
This is a party you do NOT want to miss! Everyone dresses up to the NINES with the ladies all trying to outshine each other with lavish gowns, masks, and hair… The entertainment is going to be equally amazing, with aerialists, vocalists (Rafe Perlman, and more) the debut of FRACTAL—the electronica project that I have been collaborating with—dancers, tarot card readers, jugglers, a veritable circus!

With lights by Michael Duncan, and DJ A.J. Sorbello (Foundation, Last Supper Club) keeping everyone dancing. It's an extravaganza. And it only happens once a year.

Got tickets?
Sunday, February 10
Jazz Live at Marine View Concert Series
Marine View Church
8469 Eastside Dr. NE
Tacoma, WA 98422
I'll be bringing the band back to Marine View for their wonderful concert series! Last time we did this, two years ago, it was standing room only. Great sound, great room, and a great audience! Let me see you, South Sound!
Monday, February 11
The Wilde Rover
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033-6107
(425) 822-8940

This show is ALL AGES until 9:30pm. We start at 8pm. Bring the kids and catch the first set.
Thursday, February 14
Bake's Place Bellevue
161 107th Ave NE
Bellevue, WA 98004
with special guest Josie Howell
The perfect Valentine's Date Night? Call and make your reservations ASAP! And for all of you who make up your mind at the last minute, I have some advice for you: COME ANYWAY. Even if they tell you it's sold out. Here's what happened last time: the show was "sold out" with reservations, but then a whole bunch of those reservations didn't show up. So people who wanted to come got turned away, and we had empty tables. Solution? Make a reservation. If they tell you they're full, come anyway. :-) See you on Valentine's Day!! Oh, and if you haven't heard Miss Josephine sing, you are in for a REAL surprise. Lord have mercy.
Saturday, February 16
Alki Gallery at Harbor Steps
55 University (at the bottom of the Harbor Steps)
6pm — Free Admission
I will be performing solo for Shannon's first ever gallery show in Seattle this evening! If you've never seen Shannon's art before, this is a wonderful opportunity to get yourself introduced to her unique style. And since her art is for sale at the gallery and I'll have CDs there too, you can take us BOTH home with you!
Monday, February 18
The Wilde Rover
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033-6107
(425) 822-8940
Monday, February 25
The Wilde Rover
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033-6107
(425) 822-8940
Thursday, February 28
(Yes, I do weddings! Get in touch!)
Friday, March 1
School Assembly Performance
Eugene, OR
Bring me to your school! Just get in touch with my friends at
Saturday, March 2
School Awards Assembly Performance
Forest Grove, OR
Monday, March 4
The Wilde Rover
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033-6107
(425) 822-8940
Say this phrase 5 times, in an Irish accent:
Whale Oil Beef Hooked
Monday, March 11
The Wilde Rover
111 Central Way
Kirkland, WA 98033-6107
(425) 822-8940
St. Patrick's training day! Come lift weights with us, 16oz at a time!
Thursday, March 14
Concrete Theater
42920 Main Street
Concrete, WA
7:30 pm
We first played this wonderful little theater back in December and it was so charming that we decided to come back. They were the only place we played all December long where the Christmas tree was REAL! Props!! We're going to kick out the Irish jams, in honor of St. Patrick!
Saturday, March 16
8th Annual St. Patrick's Eve Celebration!
Kirkland Performance Center
350 Kirkland Ave
Kirkland, WA
Tickets available now!
Get your tickets NOW! We will be recording a CD and making a video at the show!

Think you've heard us? Nah, we were only joking…

I'm bringing back my original, International Champion Irish Dancing friends from the Comerford School of Irish Dance (Kelly, Connor, and Maggie) plus more!

Hey! Did you know that the Kirkland Performance Center has a FULL BAR and you can bring your drinks to your seats? Yeah!
Sunday, March 17
Portland Shamrock Run
Waterfront Park
Downtown Portland, OR
9AM in the bleedin' morning!
Thirty-five thousand people wake up early early on a St. Patrick's Sunday Morning, put on green face paint, and all kinds of wacky costumes, run 10k, and drink beer. All before 10am. This is our third year doing this, and I STILL don't believe it!

Wow! You read all the way to the bottom of the newsletter! I love you for that! See you soon!

Geoffrey Castle