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March 12, 2013 > Seattle songwriter and troubadour comes to Niles

Seattle songwriter and troubadour comes to Niles

Submitted By Michael McNevin

Jim Page is a world traveler, and he's rolling into Niles on Thursday, March 14 to play The Mudpuddle Shop. He is a sharp, creative force in the folk world, writing songs of the times in the way that Dylan and Guthrie did. His fans include Bonnie Raitt, Christy Moore, and U. Utah Phillips, which says something about his talent and longevity. Page's songs have been covered by The Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, The Moving Hearts, Dick Gaughan, Roy Bailey, David Soul, and Michael Hedges, and included on many compilations, including the Grammy- Nominated "Best of Broadside." While Page can spontaneously front a band like Leftover Salmon, he's an awesome experience heard a la carte, just him with his guitar singing his tunes, telling his stories, and often making up songs on the spot.

Page was born in California and got his start in the bars and coffee houses of the lower Bay Area in 1966. After a year-long stint in New York City he headed to Seattle, taking the whole town to be his stage: the streets, college campus, bus station, bars, and city council meetings. In 1974, after being threatened with arrest, Page took on the Seattle city government and legalized street performing. It was a landmark case and Seattle is now a famous city for buskers of all styles. Page was one of the founders of the Pike Market Performers Guild, Seattle's first street performers union. They organized and ran the first and only Busker Festival to be operated entirely by buskers, and he again petitioned the City Council, this time to created Buskers Week, another Seattle first!

In 1975, Page recorded his first album of original music, a vinyl LP called "A Shot Of The Usual," released on his own label. Two other albums followed in rapid succession. In 1977, he journeyed to the UK and performed at the Cambridge Folk Festival, then spent the next 6 years almost constantly on the road. He recorded two albums for a Swedish label called Nacksving and one for WEA Ireland, and followed with another album in '85 in Portland. Page was a member of the legendary band Zero Tolerance, worked with the internationally famous spoon player Artis the Spoonman, and in 2007 was included in an all-star cast of the "50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History," a position shared with Jimi Hendrix and Nirvana.

He continues to write and perform and experiment with form and ensemble, and his songs continue to be pertinent and expressive of our times. To quote the late Utah Phillips: "If you're ever going to get the message, this is the messenger to get it from."

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Michael McNevin will also do a short set. The Mudpuddle Shop seats 30 max, so it may sell out. RSVPs are highly recommended, but walk-ups are welcome to any open seats. For more information or reserve a seat, call (510) 794 9935 or e-mail

Jim Page in Concert
Thursday, Mar 14
8 p.m.
The Mudpuddle Shop
37433 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794 9935
Tickets: $15-20 sliding donation

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