Seanan McGuire is best known as a New York Times bestselling author and Hugo award winner, and has been Guest of Honor at countless conventions worldwide. But Seanan is also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, and we are thrilled to have her as a featured performer at Music Under the Trees 2019! Website:


Multi-instrumentalist Alexander James Adams performs original songs that will delight, entertain, and inspire you; they run the gamut from myth to whimsy, with a few blazing fiddle tunes thrown in that will get your feet tapping. Website:

Vixy & Tony is a Seattle folk/filk band, consisting of Michelle "Vixy" Dockrey (vocals, percussion), Tony Fabris (guitar), Betsy Tinney (cello), and Sunnie Larsen (fiddle). They perform acoustic folk/rock/filk at SF/Fantasy conventions, filk conventions, and coffeehouses - and, of course, at Music Under the Trees (every MUTT so far!). Website:

Photo by Sayed Alamy
Photo by Sandra Buskirk.

Betsy Tinney, cello storyteller: Using a cello and an electronic loop pedal, Betsy weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound. Her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. In addition to her solo work, Betsy performs with many different groups (from singer/songwriters to rock bands). She often be found beneath a very large Maine Coon cat (she has several), does calligraphy and makes jewelry, and spends an inordinate amount of time catching Pokemon. (Team Instinct; favorite Pokemon: Phanpy - of course.) Website:


Cade Tinney is a Northwest singer/songwriter and visual artist whose sweet, soaring voice has enchanted audiences from Seattle to Baltimore. They have given solo concerts at WorldCon, Orycon, Balticon, Baycon, Chessiecon, Conflikt, and Faerieworlds, among many others.

At Music Under the Trees, Cade will be backed by their band, consisting of Tony Fabris, guitar; vixy Dockrey, djembe & voice; Sunnie Larsen, viola; Betsy Tinney, cello; and Marcos Duran, drum.  Cade has a very naughty Maine Coon cat named Lady Amalthea, a fondness for D&D, and a complete lack of pet squids.

Photo (c) by Sandra Buskirk
Ménage à Trio concert at Friday Tea in Seattle

Ménage à Trio is a string improv trio featuring Betsy Tinney on cello, Sunnie Larsen on viola and Alexander on fiddle.  Together they will create musical magic right in front of your eyes! No pre-arranged or memorized melodies, keys, or tempos; instead, they improvise music inspired by prompts from their audience (for example, "Insomnia," "Whisky and Chocolate," or "A Tipsy Wyvern").  An ongoing, always once-in-a-lifetime experience that should be not be missed; come be part of creation!

Cathy McManamon is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/drummer from Chicago. This is her first appearance at Music Under the Trees.

She occasionally performs solo, but more often in the Pegasus Award-winning trio Random Fractions (with Jason Neerenberg and Daniel Gunderson), and she is the drummer for the filk rock band Toyboat.

Cathy also facilitates monthly public drum/rhythm jam circles as an Artist in Residence at Life Force Arts Center in Chicago.

Cathy McManamon

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Tickets are $20 in advance, and will be $25 at the door (unless we sell out - we are limited to 80 seats). Don't be disappointed - get your tickets now!