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Trolls Cottage returns to its home turf for a show at the Bike

Trolls Cottage, shown above at a performance at Lisabeula Park, started playing on Vashon a decade ago. They’re returning to the Red Bike Saturday night. - Courtesy Photo
Trolls Cottage, shown above at a performance at Lisabeula Park, started playing on Vashon a decade ago. They’re returning to the Red Bike Saturday night.
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For the first time in three years, the Vashon-born band Trolls Cottage will return to the Red Bicycle Bistro to play an adults-only show on Saturday.

All five members of the band — Jacob Bain, Gabriel Blake, Earl Clay, Erik Reimnitz and Mike Marlatt — are native sons of Vashon, having grown up on the Island before going on to gain acclaim throughout the Northwest and beyond for their musicianship.

The band plays an infectious, danceable blend of reggae and other rock and world-music inflected sounds that have won raves from music critics and fans, and garnered the group gigs all over the Northwest and the Hawaiian islands.

Islander Pete Welch, who is promoting the concert, is thrilled that Trolls Cottage will be back at the Bike after a long hiatus.

“There are a million reasons that I love Trolls Cottage,” Welch said. “The well-written songs that take me on this journey, remembering all the shows over the last 10 years, the personal relationship that I have with all five members of the band, who are all good friends and the nicest people on earth.

“It’s the song-writing, the energy, the positivity. People love them, especially Islanders who grew with them over the last 10 years, going to shows and dancing the night away.”

Saturday night’s show, for people 21 and over, begins at 9:30 p.m. and has a $10 cover. It’s the first of two in September that will celebrate the music of Jacob Bain, the front man for Trolls Cottage.

On Sept. 29, Welch will bring Bain’s other band, Publish the Quest, to play a show at the Red Bike. That group has toured extensively, including a recent trip to West Africa, where they not only played at a large music festival but also conducted workshops for local children and collaborated with local musicians in Cape Verde.

 

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