FarmStrong foursome to perform Friday in Gardiner
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FarmStrong, the “beyond bluegrass” band from Sequim, will bring its songs to the Gardiner Community Center this Friday evening. The group is, from left, Rick Meade, Jim Faddis, Cort Armstrong and John Pyles.

Peninsula Daily News

GARDINER — FarmStrong, the foursome calling its sound “beyond bluegrass,” will set up at the Gardiner Community Center, 980 Old Gardiner Road, this Friday night.

The Sequim-based band featuring Jim Faddis, Rick Meade, John Pyles and Cort Armstrong recently brought its harmonies to Portland, Ore., for a couple of shows after playing a sold-out concert last month at Peninsula College's Maier Hall.

Friday's Gardiner show, to start at 7 p.m., marks FarmStrong's first anniversary as a band — and is a different ballgame from its regular gig at Wind Rose Cellars, the wine bar in downtown Sequim.

The group often plays there Thursday nights while people sip and chat. Some have told Faddis they can't hear the music too well, so he and his bandmates put together this pure concert at the Gardiner center.

It'll be a night for listening — though there might be some dancing behind the chairs, Armstrong noted.

Tickets are available in advance through for $8. Any remaining will go for $10 once doors open at 6:15 p.m. Friday.

To learn a bit more about the band, whose repertoire ranges from John Prine and Taj Mahal to the Temptations, visit

Last modified: April 23. 2014 7:05PM
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