Stephen to perform at Mission Coffee House concert Nov. 16

The musician is an accomplished singer and can play accordion, harp, piano and percussion

Amy Stephen will be performing original and Celtic tunes at the wonderful Mission Coffee House Concert Series Nov. 16.

Expect to hear accordion, harp and piano, vocal and percussion and be prepared to listen, sing along and enjoy yourself during this great evening of music.

Playing traditional Celtic music has been one of Stephen’s life-long passions. Growing up in western Canada, surrounded by Scottish bagpipes on one side and four-part harmony around the piano with the family on the other side, she naturally grew to learn and love Celtic songs and tunes, as well as instruments.

Stephen often performs solo singing gigs while accompanying herself on the harp, however she also plays accordion and pennywhistle with other celtic musicians. She is a popular performer and studio musician and has played on many concert and recording projects.

A co-founder of Canada’s internationally acclaimed Celtic funk band, Mad Pudding, she toured with that group for over 10 years across North America and Europe. The band released four CDs of original and traditional music between 1994-2000.

Stephen has more recently released four Celtic-influenced recording: “And Then It Pours” (a mixtures of original and traditional music), “A West Coast Carol” (Christmas songs sung and played on harp, piano and flutes), “Among the Sanctuaries” (spiritual songs from various faith traditions), and “In the Heather” (a benefit CD for the Portland Hotel Society made with other Irish traditional musicians from Vancouver).

The concert will be held at a new venue, the Clarke Theatre cafetorium, located in Heritage Park Centre at 33700 Prentis Ave. Open stage with Kitchen Sync starts at 7 p.m., and Stephen performs at 8 p.m. Admission is $5.