Arcata Eye Scene

A-town art, music, theatre. Mostly music. Updated Wednesdays.

Jennifer Savage: The Savage Eye – Aug. 21, 2007

One of the better parts of having media access is the increased ability to bring attention to folks who need and deserve it – and right now, please direct yours to two particular little boys and their families.

‘Two Nights in Myrtletown’
First, thanks to Humboldt County’s own Eileen Hemphill-Haley, an all-around stellar person as well as a fine chronicler of characters via music and songwriting. She’s working to help raise funds for a young friend battling cancer. He’s “one courageous little man, all of three years old,” she says on her website (, “and his family needs all the help they can get to pay for his care.” Eileen is offering a special project, Two Nights in Myrtletown, for this purpose. TNIM captures her and her band over the course of – what else? – two nights, the result of an invitation to play KHUM 104.3 FM’s The Back Porch show.

The band consists of lap-slide player Michael Proctor, bassist Ron Sharp and drummer Brandon Schwab. The tracks come from both the Tuesday rehearsal and the Wednesday broadcast at Tim Gray’s Myrtletown Records in Eureka. Mastered by Mark Chalecki at Capitol Records, the project includes live band versions of some favorite previously released songs (“Talk to Me,” “Life is a Road”). TNIM also includes some brand new songs and storytelling.

Owning music by the Eileen Hemphill-Haley Band comes highly recommended under any circumstances – Eileen’s ability to craft life’s details into folk song is well-documented – but right now, purchasing Two Nights in Myrtletown helps some neighbors in need. And, like music, that’s a huge part of what Humboldt County is all about.


Huayllipacha at the Grange for Jessiah Class
Doby and Kim Class must be among the most recognizable people in Arcata. Doby’s in charge of the City’s Public Works and Kim is in the business of saving kittens and other critters through Companion Animal Foundation. What’s lesser know is the dire circumstances facing their son Jessiah. Born with a cystic kidney disease, Jessiah needs a kidney transplant. None of the immediate family matched, but a willing 20-year-old cousin across the country does.

To offset some of the financial costs involved, Jessiah’s big sister Helena has organized a fundraiser featuring Huayllipacha with their music of the Andes on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 5:30 p.m. The event takes place at the Bayside Grange and also features a spaghetti dinner with a silent auction. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance at or (707) 832-7594.

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