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Strand of Oaks

Strand of Oaks will return to the F.M. Kirby Center on November 21 at 8:30 p.m. as part of the venue’s “Chandelier Concert Series,” with guests The Still Tide.


Tickets go on sale Thursday, July 22 at 12:00 noon. and will be available at the Sundance Vacations Box Office at the F.M. Kirby Center, online at and charge by phone at (570) 826-1100.  


Stand of Oaks is a folk/rock project created by Philadelphia musician, and former Wilkes-Barre resident, Timothy Showalter.  Showalter is known locally for his time spent living in Wilkes-Barre and playing shows at venues such as Café Metropolis.  In fact, Showalter appears in a 2011 documentary about the local club’s closing.

His new album, In Heaven, was recorded in October 2020 with Kevin Ratterman at Invisible Creature in Los Angeles. Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket) is featured on guitar throughout the record, while James Iha (The Smashing Pumpkins) contributed vocals and guitar for “Easter.” Bo Koster (MMJ, Roger Waters) provided keyboards, Cedric LeMoyne (Alanis Morrissette, Remy Zero) bass, Scott Moore violin, and Ratterman monstrous drums. Showalter also played a lot of synth on this record, which he hasn’t done since 2014’s HEAL. With clean sounds, Jeff Lynne-esque acoustics, and sophisticated songwriting, he approached In Heaven in a more poised and pop-leaning way than his past releases.


In late 2018, Showalter’s wife, Sue, lost her mother in a car accident. Soon after, Stan, the cat they both adored, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Showalter quit drinking so he could take better care of his wife and help rebuild the life they shared. And within months, they decided to pack up and move across the country from Philadelphia to Austin, Texas. It was an irrational decision made at the height of a terrible time, but it’s one that shaped so much of what In Heaven is about.


To say In Heaven is about conquering grief would be oversimplifying everything Tim Showalter has achieved on the eighth studio album from Strand of Oaks. A stunning, hopeful reflection on love, loss, and enlightenment, In Heaven is a triumph in music making, and a preeminent addition to the Strand of Oaks discography. 



  • Sun, November 21, 2021
  • Doors - 7:30PM
    Concert - 8:30AM
  • F.M. Kirby Center
    Wilkes-Barre, PA
  • $18.00 advance, $20.00 day of show
  • All Ages