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Wow! How can three years go by without an entry. WHAT have we been doing that we were too busy to write? Well, let me first say that, in 2012, we thought our website was headed for the circular file, down the tubes, off the air,etc.  We lost our designer, and the domain fees were questionable for something not too many were visiting.  So, honestly, we didn’t know the page was still here. Well, Tanya didn’t, and she is the administrator and band leader, so its all her fault.  Lol

Any way, we had a great year doing some different things this year. Sherry was out of the picture, off traveling, doing retiree type stuff, and conducting musicals, so Tanya had to come up with options that worked out very nicely, and she found out that some of her students are truly awesome players and could carry the ball any day of the week.  ASC did several  gigs with students this year, two weddings, which Tanya paid them for, and a smattering of other things. She is so proud of the proficiency, and it was a great opportunity for young men to play with seasoned professional.
Tanya also hired Foster, a guitar player, concertina player for a couple of gigs, and he was amazing. So, ASC, was All Sizes Considered this year.  We finally got the original trio back together this December in time for Christmas gigs, although, all three of us dabble regularly in other venues. Tanya played in a string quartet for a soiree, Connie is teaching a childrens’s choir, and Sherry has been playing the recorder.

We are available for weddings, funerals, memorials, cocktail parties, birthday parties, fundraisers, etc

For those of you that follow us on facebook, we thank you for always supporting us, and coming up to chat at our performances. We love your likes and we like you too!

Oh by the way…Tanya has two grandchildren now. She is loving that!  She also started a new art company called  ”Owllelujah Originals”. You can find her work at the Owllelujah Originals facebook page.

If you haven’t hear our sound, check out http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/allstringsconsidered

David Thompson’s Canoe Brigade 2011


Hello and welcome to our website! We have recently returned from Northwest Folklife in Seattle Washington where we were featured on the Shaw Acoustic Stage. We had a full house of happy music appreciators, and our set was quite long this year.  We also spent time just enjoying the sites, flavors, and sounds of the Festival.

We are very excited to be part of the evening’s entertainment on June 26th, 2011 at 7:00 for the arrival of the David Thompson Columbia Brigade. See website above. We will taking the stage with beloved folk singer Hank Kramer and playing tunes from way before any of us were born!  This is a historical community event, so we want to invite and encourage the entire community to join us from 4:00-8:00 pm at Confluence Park in Wenatchee.  This is an event you won’t want to miss. If you are curious about David Thompson’s adventures in navigating the entire Columbia River, you can read Jack Nesbit’s book, “Sources of the River”. It’s a good read!

ASC has had a busy year playing for all kinds of events in lots of different locations. Our music appeals to all ages, and we have been doing several weddings too. 

You can see what we have been up to by visiting us on Facebook.

Thanks for your support and don’t forget to sign the guestbook!

2011 News

Hello everyone!

I am posting a big thank you here to BBC Scotland Radio and Robbie Shepherd for sending All Strings Considered a very special dedication that aired February 20th on the BBC program Take The Floor. As many of you know, Sherry and I, along with my daughter Leah visited Scotland last year. On that trip we were in a little town called Kingussie. I wanted to go there to look up some information on one of my Scottish ancestors and while we were walking around the town, I noticed a butcher shop with a big sign over it, “Gow Butchers”. Being an avid fan of the famous Scottish fiddler Neil Gow and having played many of his tunes, as well as his son Nathaniel’s tunes, I was of course curious to know, if the owners of the Butcher Shop had some connection to the musical Gow family.  We entered the butcher shop, which was small, but full of people. As we waited to get in line, a lovely couple came through the door. A very tall, handsome older man, with a derby on his head, and a wee little lady by his side with hair as white as snow.  I had my camera with me, as I had intended to take some pictures of the “villagers”. When this couple came through the door and stood there for a bit, I felt brave, and asked if I could please take their photo. They said, “well..certainly!” So I snapped the photo and said, “Now you might be wondering what I am doing in the butcher shop taking pictures….? Mrs. Pentland said, “Well…yes, it’s a bit curious….”  So, I told her that I just loved Neil Gow, and as soon as those words came out of my mouth,  she was quite delighted to meet me. She said I had excellent taste, and that she too ..”adored the music of Neil Gow…”  As I was conversing with Mrs. Pentland, Sherry was talking with Mr. Pentland and discovered that the couple also had done a fair bit of Scottish Country Dancing.  Then Sherry asked if they had ever heard of a tune called the Pentland Jig. To our astonishment, they said, “…that is our song!!…How do you know about it? You have danced to it in America??!! You have played it on your fiddle??!! This is so amazing!!”  They related to us, the story of how the Pentland Jig came in to being.  Mrs. Pentland had commissioned Mr. Bobbie Crowe to write a tune for their 40th wedding anniversary celebration, and it became known as The Pentland Jig (it also has the title of Edinburgh’s postal code).  So, there we are in this little, crowded Butcher Shop having this wildly enthusiastic discussion with a very precious couple, and not only do they KNOW the Pentland Jig; they ARE the Pentland Jig!! We also received a thorough education about the Pentland Hills near Edinburgh! Talk about serendipity, to be in the right place at the exact right moment to bump in to them, and then asking them, out of everyone in the store, if I could take their picture.

Things like this happened all throughout our trip to Scotland. If you love these kinds of stories, you can add me as your facebook friend or go to Tanya’s Blog on Facebook, and find other similar stories of us running in to other musicians on our trip, and how I came to meet some other very special people.  It gets better!

This year, after writing back and forth via snail mail with Betty Pentland, and teaching some of my students the Pentland Jig and MORE Neil Gow tunes, Betty contacted BBC Scotland Radio and related some of the story of our meeting to Mr. Robbie Shepherd, host of the radio program Take The Floor.  On February 20th, we listened as Robbie dedicated a Nathaniel Gow tune ..”to Tanya and Sherry, our new American friends, and to All Strings Considered…”, and then he related a bit of the story and said the dedication came from none other than Mrs. Betty Pentland!  Now, how sweet is that??!!  Last week, I wrote to Robbie thanking him for airing Betty’s dedication to us, and that we in fact received it across the airwaves! We’re now sending our CD to the station, so perhaps if you are ever in Scotland or listen to BBC Scotland’s Take The Floor, you might end up hearing our music. Below is the nice response that Mr. Shepherd sent me this morning:

Hi Tanya!

I know that Jennifer, my producer has replied to you but I just wanted
to add my appreciation on you getting back to us.

It was kind of Betty to send in the nice wee story on your search for
the Gow Connection in a butcher’s shop.

Continued success with the trio and happy listening.

Aa the best

Robbie S. 


So dear listeners, stay tuned for what is coming next.
We’ll be playing at the WVC Renaissance Fair April 16 and 17, 2011.
Then some private gigs in May. In June, we have been hired to play for the 200th Anniversary
of David Thompson’s river trip in canoes down the Columbia. We are excited about this
huge event and will update you with more information on that later.
Mark June 26th on your calendar, and plan to be at Confluence Park all day long!
Peace and blessings to you in 2011.
Hopefully this will be the year that we produce our 2nd album.
I have written some songs to share with you all!


PS: The owner’s of the butcher shop had no connection to Neil Gow, but upon returning
back to the states, I received a long letter from Betty and she said she has recently
met someone who was a descendant of Neil Gow and actually owned his walking stick!
PSS: Thanks to all of you who have come out year after year to hear us play on Valentine’s
Day, at Inna’s Cuisine on Wenatchee Avenue. Do to your requests, Inna keeps asking us to come

Email Update

When my webhost returns, she will update our contacts page.

Meanwhile, our contact address is now valleystrings@aim.com

If you are on Facebook. You can add yourself to our group: All Strings Considered

Or add Tanya,  Sherry, or Connie as friends, if you know us personally.

We’ll update you soon on our upcoming events that will be open to the public.


What’s New

Hello! This post is long overdue. We apologize for the delay.

Tanya is back from her very exciting summer tour of Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England with The Continentals Alumni Tour. She says, “I never had to play so many barre chords in different keys in my life!” She played rhythm guitar for the band which backed up the Continental Singers on stage.  Apparently her favorite country was Scotland, as she is heading back next summer. She has been busy shaping up her private students for holiday concerts, and now Solo and Ensemble contest. Also working with a student string quartet at a local church.

All Strings is gearing up for a variety of events, two of which are public events, so you all can come and hear our new tunes, and enjoy the old favorites!

February 13th, 2010 @ 7-9pm at The Cascade Community Coffeehouse - Sunset Highway, East Wenatchee

February 14th, 2010 @ 6-8:30pm  We’re back at Inna’s Cuisine for Valentine’s Day for the 3rd year in a row!

If you haven’t tried Inna’s Cuisine on the avenue in downtown Wenatchee, it’s time you did!  She and her staff really know how to treat you right and make sure you and your sweetheart are happy. You can make it a family event too, that way, everyone’s bellies will be happy! All Strings will be playing from the “ceiling stage” once again. We lovingly call it that because when Tanya stands up, her head is inches from the ceiling. No worries, YOU will be comfortably seated, FAR from the ceiling.  It’s kind of our Mary Poppins gig I guess. Not as far as music, just the feeling of floating near the ceiling. As always we will play great dinner background music, and throw in a few rippers only for those that have been seated for more than four hours!

You can also hear Tanya play on Friday February 12th, 2010 at the Barn Reserve in Leavenworth Washington. She will be playing with The Michael Carlos Band.

Sherry, Connie, and Tanya all managed to find themselves in the Pit of Siam in November 2009. Connie played clarinet, Tanya played violin, and Sherry conducted the school district musical, The King and I. All Strings Considered had a blast playing in the pit orchestra (Pit of Siam).

We have a special request. If you come and read this blog, please take a moment to sign the guestbook.

Thank you very much. See you soon!

All Strings Considered

PS: If you are a Facebook user, check out our friends and fans site!

A Cabaret Night!

Join ASC, the Bavarian Leavenworth Tuba Ensemble, Trinity Choir, a male quartet, bluegrass musicians, and more for a night to remember!

May 17th, 2009 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church. 1400 S. Miller in Wenatchee, Washington.  “Amplify Him” will feature ASC and Friends, coffee and dessert served by the Trinity Choir, and basically a group of talented musicians donating their time, to help raise funds for Tanya to go on tour with The Continental Singers this summer.

Want to know more about Continental Ministries and how to donate to the costs of Tanya’s tour?

Click here to make an online donation and to find out more about the Continentals Ministry:  http://www.continentalsingers.org/about.htm

If you donate online, let Tanya know, so that she can keep in touch with you during her tour and so you can receive updates and thank you cards.

We hope you join ASC and many of our fine, talented friends for a very fun evening!

Tanya’s undying gratitude goes to Gail Foreman, music ministry at First Presbyterian for setting up this event!  And to all those who have already donated to the Continentals Ministry on her behalf!

Spring Update

Happy Spring everyone.  I have been terrible about getting our gigs posted here and I apologize for that! We’ve been having so much fun, and I am finding Facebook a great place to post our gigs, but I will try to keep the website updated.

We had a great turn out for our Caffe Mela event on Saint Patty’s Day and I want to thank Matthew Terry for joining us during our set to sing his original composition, “When He Came Back.”

ASC played for the Musterd Seed fundraiser on March 21st and we were very impressed with the event.

Our “String Fashion Show” at the Friday Night Out concert series at Grace Lutheran was a big hit. Rebekah Gilmore from Seattle joined us with her amazing vocal talent, and I even pulled out the Bodhran for a number.  We had a blast and the audience was wonderful!!

On April 25th from 2-4pm, ASC will be playing for The Riverwalk Inn Open House in beautiful Lake Chelan. Be sure to join us for some great music, wonderful organic foods prepared by the Healthy Gourmet, and sample some lavender iced tea!

On May 17th, you’ll find All Strings Considered playing at the 1st Presbytarian Church on Miller in Wenatchee.  This event is a fundraiser to help raise money for the Continental Ministries. I am going on tour with this ministry this summer, and this Caberet event will feature many fine musicians from Wenatchee. There will be a free will offering and the proceeds will go to the ministry to support The Continentals Alumi Tour which be traveling to Ireland and Great Britain.

Last but not least, ASC will be doing a Library Tour! Wenatchee, Omak, and Moses Lake libraries will be hosting us for the summer programs. Dates will be June 18th, July 30th, and August 13th.

And now..a word from one of our fans:

I was soooooooooooooooo glad I dragged myself to the concert!  I only heard the first half but was so impressed.  I think you guys have come a long, long way!  You were entertaining (the fashion show was cute and fun and really very imaginative.  You all were very professional but playful as well and I that really is your trademark.  You can be that way when you back it up with the wonderful ability that you all have.

Rebekah was a plus and it was obvious that you all worked well together – NO prima donnas’.    I wish I could have seen the whole thing.

I talked to Mac and asked him what he said, He said I loved it!!!  That is high praise from someone who tips the bars in the music world in talent as far as I am concerned.  He really like the quirky piece that you wrote Tanya!

Anyway, thought you would love to hear from another music critic!

Love to you all

PS the piece right before the first piece that Rebekah sang (I think) where the Harp and violin play in the beginning made me cry it was so emotionally beautiful.  I love all your instruments!

Thank you to all of you who attend our concerts and listen to our CD. Look for the next one to be released just before Christmas!


Saint Patty’s Day!!

Join us for a fun evening of music at Caffe Mela on March 17th, 2009.  If you can’t make the Saint Patty’s Day concert, we’ll see you at the Friday Night Out Concert series on March 27th, 2009 at Grace Lutheran.

Happy New Year

Thank you to all who hired us in 2008. We had so much fun doing your house concerts, your fundraisers, coffee house gigs, weddings, open houses.  Our fan base is growing and believe me, we love you! Thanks to all who bought CD’s this year too.  And to those of you who bought the Five Packs, oh my goodness, thanks so much. You are now  lifetime members of the  CDS410 Club.

Next up is our gig at the Leavenworth Coffee House on January 16th, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the lovely Barn Reserve in Leavenworth Washington.


If you can’t make the coffee house gig, then our next public performance will be at Inna’s Cuisine in downtown Wenatchee on February 14, 2009 from 5:30-8:30pm.

March 27th, 2009 we will be guests at the Friday Night Out Series hosted by the Grace Lutheran Church.

Hope to see you there!

Big Thanks to Dan Maher

All Strings Considered would like to send a big hug and lots of thanks to Dan Maher, host of Inland Folk on National Public Radio.  We were featured in June of 2008, and Dan very graciously said wonderful things about our group AND played ASC during the week of the Wenatchee Bluegrass Festival, so we ended up sharing the air with a great group called The Infamous Stringdusters.  Dan played at least three of our tracks from our album  “A Place in the Heart”.

I think one of our highest compliments came when my own daughter (and how often do parents and children agree on music tastes?)  used a our title track from the CD for her wedding. She definitely has grown into a fine young woman with a spendid variety of musical tastes.  She even had Dan Maher and Connie Celustka singing at her wedding.  Also a huge treat for all of us.

To those of you who HEAR music, and have a deep longing to learn how to play an instrument, or get better at the one you play, you can contact Connie or Tanya at the Wood’s House Conservatory of Music in Wenatchee Washington.  http://www.woodshouse.org

CD’s are selling fast, so be sure to get all you need for Christmas gifts!


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