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Tumbledown House

  Tumbledown House

San Francisco songwriting deviants, Tumbledown House, have never been easy to describe. Modern speakeasy, saloon jazz, parlor pop, and Tom Waits in a cocktail dress are some of the terms used, but none of these successfully convey the band's incomparable ability to fuse vintage sounds and themes from yesteryear with the modern instrumentation, refreshingly original compositions, and raw energy that we expect from today's performers.

Tumbledown House began in the rain-soaked streets of Portland, Oregon back in 2009. Since then, the band has performed over 800 shows throughout 25 states and has recently released their third full-length studio album, “Sum and Substance”. In 2012, the band relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area where they teamed up with clarinet virtuoso Zac Johnson, upright bass wizard Ryan Lukas, and creative percussionist Aaron Kierbel, who provide the perfect sonic landscapes for the intricately crafted songs of sultry vocalist Gillian Howe and producer/guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller. The resulting group has become just as notorious for their raucous speakeasy parties as they are adored for their intimate seated events, which are oftentimes enriched by lush storytelling; their ability to charm audiences of all walks of life is making Tumbledown House a rising festival favorite throughout Northern California and beyond.

Tumbledown House's latest album, “Sum and Substance”, is a slight departure from the vaudevillian carnival ride of their earlier work. Accessing a certain vulnerability, the album showcases the growth and maturity that the band has experienced as artists and songwriters, while still holding on to a bit of the whimsical playfulness that sets them apart from other acts (songs from the album include an ode to Josephine Baker, a commentary on the modern dating game using animal safari metaphors, and an account of a shamanic journey into the Peruvian jungle). 

Following the release of their second album, Fables and Falsehoods (featuring several members of New Orleans' Dirty Dozen Brass Band), Tumbledown House resumed their extensive touring schedule to "quickly ascend as one of the new, promising acts of the Rocky Mountain region" (Pop Rocket Press). The band has performed at such illustrious events as the sold out Edwardian Ball (twice), Stern Grove's pop-up festival, The Priceless Festival, The Midpoint Music Festival, Oakland's Eastlake Music Festival, in clubs such as Yoshi's, The Regency Ballroom, and Amnesia, and alongside notable artists like The Devil Makes Three, Crooked Still, Keller Williams, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and countless others. 

Awards, Accolades & Venues

800+ shows in 25 states
9 Tours in Alaska
Regional Emmy Awards - 11th and Grant Featuring Tumbledown House
Official Launchpad Artist - Western Arts Alliance 2016
Spotlight Artist - California Presenters 2014
El Camino C
ommunity College (Torrance, CA)
The Regency Ballroom (San Francisco, CA)
Stern Grove's 'Grove on the Road' series (San Francisco, CA)
Yoshi's (San Francisco, CA)
The Living Room (New York, NY)
The Ellen Theater (Bozeman, MT)
The Elks Theater (Prescott, AZ)
Midpoint Music Festival (Cincinnati, OH)
Palmfest (Minneapolis, MN)
The Edwardian Ball in San Francisco 2 years (main stage - sold out)
The Priceless Festival (Belden, CA - 3 years)
Calgary Folk Club (sold out)
Official Presenter Folk Alliance 2011
Official Presenter South East Regional Folk Alliance 2010
1st Place Singer Songwriter Competition (Livingston, MT)


“On three different occasions San Jose Jazz has hired Tumbledown House to perform. Each time the group was easy to work with, advanced the show properly and performed before enthusiastic audiences. I would highly recommend Tumbledown House for both festival and sit-down situations.” Bruce Labadie, San Jose Jazz Festival


“It is a rarity when you find that group that has all the elements to make for a perfect evening. Musical talent, creativity, good looks, easy to work with and most importantly has the audience sending you emails asking to bring them back… Tumbledown House is that group.” Christian Wolf, Executive and Artistic Director, Torrance Cultural Arts Foundation

“The songwriting duo Tumbledown House presented an engaging and entertaining evening of original songs, a few covers, and stories of their evolution and development as musicians and as a band. Woven together brilliantly by lead singer Gillian Howe with her silky, sultry voice and witty repartee from front man and guitarist, Tyler Ryan Miller. The band played with skill, precision, and heart as they seamlessly transitioned moods from ballads to upbeat, modern jazzy tunes. The audience was enthralled during the entire performance – becoming instant fans of the duo. Above all, it was a distinct pleasure to work with such polite, wildly talented, and kind professionals.”  -Rick F. Christophersen, Director, Center for the Arts, El Camino College


“Welcome to the Roaring ’20s, in all its sexy, boozy, violent glory.  Tumbledown House is so fresh and exciting because they do old so well. Vocalist Gillian Howe and jazz guitarist Tyler Ryan Miller have surrounded themselves with all sorts of cool cats…the result is an old style, jazzy, swampy romp, just like they used to do back in N’awlins.”—Atlanta Music Guide


“The idea of being modern by being retro is not new. We learn from the past; we make sense of it, take the bits we like and leave the rest behind. The difficult part is in knowing which parts to take and which parts to leave.  Tumbledown House seems to understand that dilemma and treads lightly through music history. The duo pairs cabaret-jazz with that certain image of steamy sultriness from a 1920s speakeasy, thanks in large part to vocalist Gillian Howe.”—Charleston Post & Courier


“Tumbledown House is burning down a backwoods speakeasy with its big, swinging blend of jump jazz and blues. Bozeman-based Gillian Howe and Tyler Ryan Miller have recorded before as Tumbledown House, but not like this. This time the pair, who appear on stage in period costume, turn up the heat, and the nostalgia, with the addition of a 10-piece backup band that includes three horn players from the Dirty Dozen Brass Band.”—Billings Gazette


“It's hard not to dig the cool loose sound of Miller's groovy guitar mixed with Gillian's sultry and inviting voice. The pair have a winning sound and style and they're obviously playing the kinda stuff that people want to hear.”—Babysue/LMNOP


“Montana isn’t usually thought of as a hotbed for music, but dynamic duo Tumbledown House seem determined to put Big Sky Country on the musical map…..Fables & Falsehoods offers a truly unique musical experience and it’s a heck of a lot of fun to boot.”—The Daily News


Tumbledown House packs all the vintage vestige and boozy swing of old ragtime music.”—Flagstaff Live


“Theirs is a mentality that is beyond Midwestern.  It might well be among the last truly frontier cultures within our borders.”—Rapid River Arts


“…a slate of eminently listenable tracks. At times Howe sounds like Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders singing saloon jazz. It's something to be heard to be believed.”—The Trades

"Even if you aren't particularly interested in the Roaring 20's, bootlegging, speakeasies or murder, this is still afun and entertaining album to listen to." ---BVS Reviews


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