March 2019 update, y’all!

Hello, March…

Thursday Feb 28, 2019


let’s do this!

Greetings, friends and fellow music lovers!

Well I didn’t have shows in Feb, but it was jam packed! Here’s what is coming up soon, and I hope you’ll scroll down for newsy news, show details, gratitude, random musings and pics of the cutest dog ever. :)

Fri, Mar 1 – Stand and Sway @ Concerts at the Barn – Kingston, WA

Sat, Mar 2 – Stand and Sway @ Chicken Barn Concert Hall – Clinton, WA

Sun, Mar 3 – Stand and Sway w/The Aurora Chorus – Portland, OR

Sat, Mar 9 – Stand and Sway @ Private House Concert – Medford, OR

Fri, Mar 15 – Little House Concert Series – Waconia, MN w/ David Stoddard

Sat, Mar 16 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN w/David Stoddard

Mon, Mar 18 – Rosemary & Merity Wilson Harmony For Mayo Program – Rochester, MN

Fri, Mar 22 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO w/Edie Carey

Sat, Mar 23 – Swallow Hill – Denver, CO w/Edie Carey

Sun, Mar 24 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Lafayette, CO w/Edie Carey

Sat, Mar 30 – Stand and Sway @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA

Sun, Mar 31 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA 

1. GRATITUDE. Thank you so much to Dan and Cheryl for hosting us in the Tiki Lounge and to all the good folks who came and made it such a fun night! 

2. THE NEWS. Well hold on folks,there is so much to tell you I hardly know where to start! Here goes…

I am still riding high on cloud 9 after the Oregon Book Awards announced that my poetry book Ladder to the Light is a finalist for the Stafford/Hall award. They held a lovely reception for the finalists last week and it was fun meeting new people and trying no to geek out seeing that little sticker on my book for the first time! It’s not too late to vote for the People’s Choice award, so please go cast your vote here if you haven’t already done so! (you can only vote once).

Speaking of books, I am so excited my third book is finally out! Thank you to Mezcalita Press for once again helping me get my musings out into the world in book form. This one is a series of funny little stories of awkward converstaions I have had at the merch table after shows. It’s called Facepalm: Stories from the Merch Table.  I have limited copies as I did a short run the first round just to make sure there weren’t any typos…but I have already ordered round 2 and it’s on its way! Here’s the link to where you can buy one my website if you are interested! I will also have them at shows to sell at…the merch table. So meta! You can also order from that big company that sells everything else — whatever works best for you. 

This month is jam packed with collaborations and fun shows! My new duo Stand and Sway with Ara Lee James Stand and Sway will be playing some wonderful listening room shows here in the NW and revisiting our collaboration with the Aurora Chorus women’s choir this month! Then I’m super excited to be playing some house concerts in Minnesota with my friend the great David Stoddard, and I’ve got three shows with the luminous Edie Cary in Colorado! Edie makes me cry every time she sings so we’ll see if I can keep it together on stage!

We had so much fun making our videos for The Rye Room Sessions! A particularly delicious bonus was that the great Anna Tivel joined us on these two songs! We are huge fans of Anna as a human and writer and singer and player and strong/tender spirit, and it was a dream to have her play and sing with us. Our song “Stand and Sway” brings poetry into the mix over intricate vocal layerings…we are excited to do more of this!

the rye room sessions - stand and sway featuring anna tivel

the rye room sessions - stand and sway featuring anna tivel

I am very excited about the teaching and workshops that are coming into my realm this year! I am offering guitar, voice, and songwriting coaching in our studio space in souteast Portland, and I’m having a blast with it. If you have any interest in one-on-one coaching, holler at me at! 

I’m also thrilled and humbled to be a part of several AMAZING workshops coming up! First will be the 2nd annual Songsmith Gathering Song School in beautiful Brevard, NC May 16-17! The great Sarah Siskind and I started the song school last year, and it was magical. If you are in the southeast and you want to explore your creative side, I hope you’ll join us! Ara Lee James will also be there lending her voice and wisdom and experience to the camp. And right after song camp is the Songsmith Gathering. This year’s line-up is off the charts!

In June, Ara and I will be leading the two-day Women, Nature and Song workshop Stillpoint Farm in Veneta (outside of Eugene)! This land is sacred and peaceful and we will be sharing in the magic of supporting and learning from each other. Kathy and Gina have held many festivals and events on their beautiful land, and this will be a continuation of their work in their world to raise and strengthen women’s voices while celebrating nature, community, and creativity. Click on the link above to learn more! 

At the end of June/beginning of July, I am delighted to be leading a week-long retreat in Guanatuato, Mexico! It is called Songwriters Crossing Borders and could not be more excited to be a part of this sure to be magical experience! Also on staff will be the inspiring Chris Kokesh, Lupita Ye, Noah M and Suzan Lundy. We will explore creativity and songwriting, share and learn from each other, experience the beautiful scenery and learn about the music, ryhthms, food and culture of Mexico and more! Clich here to learn more about the Songwriters Crossing Borders retreat!

And in August, I am so exicted to be a part of the Harris Bridge Folk Festival again! Stand and Sway will be playing the festival on Friday night, and for three days leading up to the festival, the great Clara Baker and I will be leading a songwriting retreat at this unbelievably beautiful, magical setting! Clara and I both got to experience the eclipse at Harris Bridge Vineyard a couple years ago, and it was deeply moving to be in that place and experience the community they have built there. We hope you’ll join us! 

3. MARCH HAPPENINGS…Life is so uncertain, please call ahead.

Fri, Mar 1 – Stand and Sway @ Concerts at the Barn –  Kingston, WA. 28280 WA-104. (360) 271-9837. Concerts at the Barn is a beautiful venue created in the spirit of love and community. BW is thrilled to return with her new duo project Stand and Sway! Potluck from 6-7. Music starts at 7. $25 suggested donation. 

Sat, Mar 2 – Stand and Sway @ Chicken Barn Concert Hall – Clinton, WA. We are so excited for our first appearance at the Chicken Barn, a well-loved intimate venue recommended to us by our friend the great Nathaniel Talbot! 6:30 gathering, 7:30 music. $20 suggested donation. Please call or email 425 791-1192 or for info and reservations.

Sun, Mar 3 – Stand and Sway w/The Aurora Chorus – Portland, OR. First Congregational UCC, 1126 SW Park Ave. Stand and Sway is thrilled and honored to join The Aurora Chorus at their International Women’s day concert for another collaboration! Generation upon generation of women around the world have demanded, fought for and defended their rights to gender parity and self-determination. The struggle continues. This International Women’s Day, as Aurora Chorus honors this ongoing fight, we acknowledge and celebrate with song the courage of all women who have stepped forward, and who continue to clear the path, forging a future where equality reigns. Tickets are $12 in advance; $15 at the door. 4 pm.  

Sat, Mar 9 – Stand and Sway @ Private House Concert. 

Fri, Mar 15 – Little House Concert Series – Waconia, MN. With David Stoddard! Children welcome as long as they are old enough to remain quiet during the music. Doors at 5:30, with a potluck meal prior to the music. Concert begins at 7:00 PM. $20 suggested donation/$24 door. Please email Tim at for reservations and info. 

Sat, Mar 16 – Old Kitchen Rug Brewery House Concert – St Louis Park, MN. With the great David Stoddard! $20 suggested donation/$24 door. For reservations please email 

Mon, Mar 18 – Rosemary & Merity Wilson Harmony For Mayo Program – Rochester, MN. The Harmony for Mayo Program is a music series presented by Mayo Clinic Dolores Jean Lavin Center for Humanities in Medicine. These free concerts are held on Mondays from 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lips Atrium (subway level of the Charlton building). 

Fri, Mar 22 – Casa DeVilbiss House Concert – Colorado Springs, CO. With the great Edie Carey! For info and reservations please email Gary at $25 suggested donation. 7 pm. 

Sat, Mar 23 – Swallow Hill – Denver, CO. 71 E Yale Ave. Founded in 1979, Swallow Hill Music began as an outgrowth of the Denver Folklore Center, a music store in Denver’s Swallow Hill neighborhood that offered music lessons and performances to the community in the 1960s and 1970s. When the Folklore Center closed temporarily in the late 1970s, a group of committed volunteers formed Swallow Hill Music as a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “bring the joy of music to life every day.” From these humble beginnings, we have grown to become a cultural asset and distinct thread in Colorado’s musical fabric. BW shares the evening with the great Edie Carey in beautiful Tuft Theatre. 7 pm doors/8 pm music. $18/$20. 

Sun, Mar 24 – Little Tree Acoustic House Concerts – Lafayette, CO. BW is thrilled to return to Little Tree with the great Edie Carey! Advanced reservations are required. Email or call 303-620-6634. $25 sugguested donation. Note that this is a rare Sunday-afternoon show at Little Tree, with music starting early for us at 5pm and running right through the dinner hour, so we’ve decided to make a potluck of it. So, please, bring a dish you’re proud of, and come early and join us for a late lunch/early dinner, starting when we’ll open our doors at 4pm. With the great Edie Carey! 

Sat, Mar 30 – Stand and Sway @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. 504 Pacific Avenue North. (360) 901-0962. Stand and Sway is a duo and the musical intersection of Beth Wood and Ara James. Please join us for an evening of song and musical mischief at this beautiful listening room and community arts center in Long Beach! Beer, wine, and other refreshments are available. $15. 6:30 pm doors/7 pm music.

Sun, Mar 31 – Stand and Sway Workshop @ Peninsula Arts Center – Long Beach, WA. Details TBA

Woohoo! New books are here! I just love the illustrations by Jen Blair!

oh my stars I almost fainted when I saw the sticker! 


So excited for this workshop and love the gorgeous flyer by Laura Golden!

Snow dog!! I mean come on. Isn’t she the cutest??!

Baily Pants has been promoted to Social Media Manager for Stand and Sway. She does this most of the day…she has a hands-off approach. Work smarter, play harder, she always says! 

4. THE FUTURE…Wow, things are really heating up! I’m excited for a Texas trip in April because who doesn’t love Texas in the spring time?! We’ve got lots more Stand and Sway shows coming up and we can’t wait to release our album into the world! Thank you so much for reading, for being a part of my creative journey. I hope to see you out there on the road! With much gratitude from your fan,

Beth Wood

PO Box 10141

Portland, OR 97296

Holler at me: bethwoodmusic [AT]

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Down the road a piece…

Apr 1 – Songwriters in the Round @ The Vault – Portland, OR

Apr 5 – HPPR Living Room Concerts at the Chalice – Amarillo, TX

Apr 6 – House Concert – Lake Eufala, OK w/Tom Faulkner

Apr 7 – Private House Concert – Coppell, TX

Apr 10 – The Inaugural Spirit Garden Performance Series – Wimberley, TX

Apr 11 – Pilot’s Pub House Concerts – Spicewood, TX w/Tom Faulkner

Apr 12 – House Concert – Kingwood, TX

Apr 13 – Clear Creek Harbor House Concerts – League City, TX

Apr 14 – Backyard at Gruene – Gruene, TX

Apr 22 – Oregon Book Awards Ceremony – Portland, OR

Apr 26 – Stand and Sway @ Northwind Arts Center – Port Townsend, WA

Apr 27 – House Concert – Ranier, WA

Apr 28 – Private Event

May 16-17 – Songsmith Song School – Brevard, NC

May 18 – Songsmith Gathering – Brevard, NC

May 22 – BW Birthday Celebration/Stand and Sway Album Celebration at Alberta Street Pub – Portland, OR

June 1 – House Concert – Lowell, OR

June 21 – Stand and Sway @ Tsunami Books – Eugene, OR

June 22-23 – Women Nature and Song Workshop – Veneta, OR

June 25-July 2 – Songwriters Crossing Borders Retreat – Guanajuato, Mexico

July 20 – Stand and Sway @ Hayloft Barn Concerts – Salem, OR