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:


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!

For this concert, we are collecting prompts in advance via email , and we'd love to play yours! Please send your prompt to by no later than July 8 (Menage's video shoot is on July 9). That email address goes to our official Prompt Collector, Shawna Jacques, who has pledged not to show any incoming prompts to bandmembers. During our video shoot, Shawna will call out a prompt of her choice before we start each new song.

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Music Under the Trees 2022 will be virtual again this year. There will be two concerts: Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7. Ticket link coming soon!