Show announcements!

Here are some new dates:

Friday March 7 – McMinnville – Cornerstone Coffee Roasters (solo, but maybe with a special guest)
Saturday April 12 – Carlton – The Horse Radish (solo, and with Top Hands)
Saturday April 19 – Gaston – The One Horse Tavern (solo)

Coming soon: more announcements about farmers’ market and winery dates!


Teaching schedule is full!!

I’ve had several new students start up lessons recently, which has been wonderful! As of today, my schedule is officially full. If you are interested in getting on my wait list for McMinnville or Hillsboro, please contact me. Thanks!


Jan. 31st/Feb. 1st – shows!

In just a little over 2 weeks, I’ll be playing shows in both Carlton and Hillsboro! First, on Friday Jan. 31st from 7-10pm at The Horse Radish in Carlton, and then on Saturday Feb. 1st at Earth Oven Pizza in Hillsboro.

I’ll be opening up both shows solo (or perhaps with a special guest… details to come once confirmed!), and then Top Hands will play for 2 hours. I’ve working on several new original songs and covers, so I’m looking forward to playing those, plus some older favorites!

Hope to see some friendly and familiar faces at these shows!


Plans for 2014…

It’s been quiet around here lately. Quiet, but busy as I prepare for the holidays with my family, and continue teaching all of my wonderful students. I’ve also been writing more songs, and starting preparations for a new album to be recorded in 2014. I’m really excited for this project, and especially to have additional instruments (fiddle, lead guitar…) fill out the arrangements on my songs. It’s going to take a small chunk of money though, so I’m working on putting together a Kickstarter campaign for late winter. More details soon.

Upcoming gigs: the weekend of January 31 and February 1st – I’ll be at The Horse Radish in Carlton that Friday night, and at Earth Oven Pizza on Saturday night. With Top Hands both nights, but I’ll also be doing a solo set. So mark those calendars, and keep checking back as I’ll be updating with more shows soon.

Happy holidays to all of my fans, friends and family!!!



Magic alert…Val in 2 places!!!

Ok, so not two places at once. But I’ll be performing this coming Friday (11/15) from noon until 1:30 at 4 Elements Yoga’s new shop in La Bella Casa on Third St in McMinnville.

And next Tuesday (11/19), I’ll be playing solo from 6-8pm at Earth Oven Pizza in Hillsboro. I may even bring my new-to-me keyboard down for this one!

These are probably my last solo dates for 2013 as I’m working on a new album, and getting ready for the holidays with my family. I hope to see you there!


Mark the date! October 18th…

I’ll be performing in Carlton at The Horse Radish from 7-10pm on Friday October 18th. I’ll open up the show (solo) for about 45 minutes, and then Top Hands will be joining me for the rest of the evening. It’s a great chance to check out a wonderful Yamhill county music, wine and food venue!


Portland gig announcement!!!

I’m excited to announce that I’ll be opening for Brad Creel and the Reel Deel on Friday September 20th, 8pm, at the Alberta Street Pub. Come on down and say hi!


Harvest Fest – Sunday August 18th!

Mark your calendars for Sunday August 18th… I’ll be performing solo (10:15 to 11:30am) at the Harvest Fest at the Yamhill County Historical Museum, just west of McMinnnville on Hwy 18. Cost is $3 for adults, and free for kids 12 and under… it’s a fun event with demonstrations of farm equipment, blacksmithing, a working saw mill, plus other things to see and do.

8/14/13 Update: Here’s a link with more info about the Harvest Festival: 2013 poster.


Top Hands at Earth Oven Pizza this Tuesday July 23rd!!

We’ll be playing at Earth Oven Pizza in downtown Hillsboro (Main St, between 3rd and 4th). Val will be opening up with a solo set starting at 5pm, then Top Hands will play from ~6-8pm. Come on down for great pizza, beer, wine, and music!

(fyi: Hillsboro’s Tuesday Market is going on down the street during the same time…)


McMinnville performance… this Friday, April 12

I’ll be playing solo and with Top Hands this Friday at Cornerstone Coffee Roasters. 7-8:30pm. I’ll be doing mainly originals (including several new songs!) and the band will be playing our usual rockin’ selection of country/Americana covers. And I’ll have solo CDs and download cards available for purchase.

This is an all-ages venue with no cover, but get there early to get a seat!

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