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Int'l Womens Day Concert

Raising Hazel's 2nd annual Women's Day concert at Artichoke Music in Portland, OR. A concert of original songs interspersed with songs of our favorite singer songwriters who happen also to be women.

March 7 - 8pm - $15

Artichoke Music, Portland, OR

A Woman's Voice

Writing Workshop for Women Artists

In honor of International Women's Day, Raising Hazel wants to inspire you to find your voice! This two-hour workshop will involve music, discussion and lots of writing for everyone, with the intention of helping YOU bring your voice out into the world. Workshop attendees will receive a discount to Raising Hazel's show that evening.

March 7 - 3pm - 5pm - $40

Artichoke Music, Portland, OR

Olympia Acoustic Music House Concert

 A fabulous house concert series with room for friends. Please RSVP with Mark at olymusic_at_comcast.net 

March 8 - 4pm - $20

Olympia Acoustic Music, Olympia WA

.... and save these dates!....

Stay tuned for more information as dates near...

April 25: House Concert, Friday Harbor, WA

April 26: Orcas Island Grange, WA

June 27: Morriplum Farm Sanctuary Barn Concert Series, Ashland, OR

June 28: House concert, Gresham, OR

August 12: North City Bistro, Seattle WA


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Raising voices, raising children, and raising hell (in their own way), singer-songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Avery Hill (Portland, OR), Jaspar Lepak (Seattle, WA) and Mandy Troxel (Orcas Island, WA) are Raising Hazel, a brand new acoustic folk trio.  Formed in the spirit of friendship and a love of musical craft, these multitasking mamas have their recipe down: powerful songwriting, intricate harmonies, and a healthy pinch of attitude. Performing songs with the intimacy and authenticity of stories passed down through the ages (usually around a kitchen table), Raising Hazel represents what women have always known: there is a lot one can do on her own but the richest experiences are the ones we share together.


With musical inspirations spanning women from all eras of folk music, Raising Hazel unapologetically sings about the truths of life, relishing the simple and unpacking the complicated. They sing with the earnestness of Hazel Dickens, one of the first women in bluegrass and a fierce advocate for women's and worker's rights. They tell stories of complex emotion and understanding in the vein of Nancy Griffith, Dar Williams, and Patty Griffin. Their voices gorgeously blend in the tradition of trios such as “Trio” by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Dolly Parton, and The Wailin' Jennys. Somewhere at the intersection of Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Gospel, and a little Tin Pan Alley, you’ll find Raising Hazel looking for the best way to showcase each story they have to tell. 


Above all, Raising Hazel seeks to bear witness to those who mistakenly believe they are ordinary and to remind listeners of the capacity we all have to raise our voices and to raise each other up.

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band members

Avery Hill has developed a singular style of "story-singing", integrating her understanding of the past into observations of life today. Her musical style is hard to pin down, as she borrows from several styles and genres from the vast history of folk music, but the stories and images of her lyrics ring true. After releasing her first full-length album Dreams & Ghosts: A Family Album in 2015, she went on to open Song by Song (www.learnsongbysong.com), a school of ukulele and music classes, to help people discover the musician within them.


"This emerging singer-songwriter has a memorable, lilting voice and is already penning songs that could someday be classics. She is an extraordinary young talent." ~ Tom May, River City Folk. 

Avery Hill

Jaspar Lepak is a folk/Americana songwriter whose remarkable gift for melody is only surpassed by her poetry. A child of the Sonoran Desert, her songs are deeply influenced by the many places she has called home: Tucson, Minneapolis, Durban, and currently Seattle. Sweeping across landscapes with an emotional depth that is extraordinary, her lyrics expose a brave vulnerability while her clear, pure voice touches the heart.


"You'll find more than enough beauty and original charm to make you a fan." ~ Rolling Stone South Africa. 


Jaspar Lepak

Juxtaposing the beauty of her home in the San Juan Islands with the connection and humor of small town living, Mandy's songs acknowledge the dark moments in life, while also underlying a certain optimism. On island, she can often be found surrounded by preschoolers while strumming a ukulele. Or, to counteract her inclination towards melancholy music, she felts darling critters through her fiber arts business "Bossy's Feltworks.“ 


"Mandy Troxel’s songs have the feel of an old friend, pulling the listener into heartfelt conversation with lyrics both wistful and wise.” ~ Jan Krist


mandy troxel