Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray. (Whisky Minstrels)

Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray. (Whisky Minstrels)

Olympic Theatre Arts presents ‘A Very Whisky Christmas’

SEQUIM — ’Tis the season of music, concerts and holiday productions and Olympic Theatre Arts is serving up a special musical performance which is guaranteed to put attendees in the spirit of the season.

“A Very Whisky Christmas,” featuring the Whisky Minstrels, is set for 3 p.m. Sunday including a reception with the artists to follow. The concert will take place in the Gathering Hall at the Olympic Theatre Arts Center, 414 N. Sequim Ave.

Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased at or at the OTA box office at 414 N. Sequim Ave.

All proceeds will benefit Olympic Theatre Arts.

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan and award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nolan Murray team up to share music and stories of the Christmas season. Their music reflects years spent drawing influences from the tap-root of roots music, which includes anything from blues to gospel to American folk to Native American powwow.

At times, they perform with Celtic influences and stories from their times in the Highlands of Scotland. At other times, bluegrass and country blues tell of their journeys throughout the South.

Pacific-Canadian-born songwriter and sixth-generation Canadian Coughlan is a collector of songs and the founding member of Tiller’s Folly, the Pacific Northwest’s acoustic power trio at the forefront of roots music.

Coughlan is a touring/recording artist whose career has spanned decades.

Murray is multi-instrumentalist as well, performing on fiddle, mandolin and mandocaster. He has lent his musical talents alongside a list of iconic performers including Loretta Lynn, Brenda Lee, John Fogerty, The Irish Rovers, Randy Travis and John Cowan, to name a few.

His awards include Oregon State Fiddle Champion, top 10 U.S. National Fiddle Champion, International World Bluegrass Championship Band and Western Canadian Bluegrass Fiddle Champion. Murray also played alongside Coughlan with Tiller’s Folly.

“We are fortunate to have these two fine musicians at Olympic Theatre Arts,” said Carol Willis, OTA executive director, “and it is so fitting, on the weekend after Thanksgiving, to usher in the holiday season by celebrating with music and words from diverse cultures within our country and abroad.”

For more information, call the box office at 360-683-7326.

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan. (Whisky Minstrels)

Award-winning songsmith Bruce Coughlan. (Whisky Minstrels)

More in Entertainment

Chimacum Farmers Market to open Sunday

The Chimacum Farmers Market will open for its 2024 season… Continue reading

Isabel Elena Pérez's pastel "Robins in the Alder Grove" is part of the "Lush Language" exhibit at Northwind Art's Jeanette Best Gallery in Port Townsend.
Work like this table from woodworker Robin McKann will be on display at Gallery-9 during the Art Walk on Saturday.
Oil paintings, pastels, woodworking highlight art walk

Gallery 9, Northwind Art and the Port Townsend Gallery… Continue reading

Olympic Theatre Arts to stage musical ‘Spamalot’

Production adapted from iconic ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

Chamber music workshop to include performances this weekend

Centrum’s Chamber Music Intensive Workshop will open two student… Continue reading

Nerd Comedy Tour to stop at Port Townsend winery

The Nerd Comedy Tour 2024 will take the stage… Continue reading

The Port Townsend Summer Band will play a series of free monthly concerts this summer.
Port Townsend Summer Band to play series of monthly concerts

The Port Townsend Summer Band began its 32nd season… Continue reading

The Wild Rose Chorale embraces fun in its music. Annual concerts are Friday and Sunday. Personnel includes, from left, back row, Lynn Nowak, Rolf Vegdahl, Doug Rodgers, Al Thompson, Kris Lott, Mark Schecter, Patricia Nerison, Chuck Helman, and, from left, front row, Leslie Lewis, Cherry Chenruk-Geelan, Sarah Gustner-Hewitt and JES Schumacher. (Jo Tiffany)
Wild Rose Chorale to perform concerts this weekend

Wild Rose Chorale will perform “It’s a Celebration” at… Continue reading

Margaret Emery, seen here, and Anabel Moore will perform to “Waltz of the Flowers” and to music by French composer Jacques Ibert on Saturday at Port Townsend High School.
Ling Hui Dance performance set Saturday at Port Townsend High School

Ling Hui Dance will present its 28th performance with… Continue reading

Sequim City Orchestra to host free performance Saturday

The Sequim City Orchestra will finish its 2023-2024 season with… Continue reading

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based Renegade Orchestra take the stage at Field Arts & Events Hall, a Saturday venue of the Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Hitting the right notes

Rebecca Roudman, right, and Colin Williams of the San Francisco Bay area-based… Continue reading

This year's Rhododendron Festival queen Paige Govia and princess Rosie Schmucker wave to the Sequim Irrigation Festival Grand Parade crowd on May 11. (Michael Dashiell/Olympic Peninsula News Group)
Irrigation Festival names its Grand Parade winners

Sequim Irrigation Festival organizers announced the winners of the Grand… Continue reading