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When we hit the fall, we hit the ground running. I thought the past season was as interesting as we could get, from diverse artists like Dana Leong and his electronica to hard-core new-wave fiddlers like Britt Haas and Laura Cortese, to old-school brilliance with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, to ultra-sophisticated jazz with Christian Howes, and big time party music with Matuto. That’s nothing compared to what’s coming.
Thursday, October 9. The Natalie Haas Wedding Guest Show (Up in Amherts, Mass., at Matt Stamell’s ultra-cool violin shop).
Blanca Y Chuchi
Blanca and Chuchi are two of the brightest stars on the Spanish traditional music scene. Not what you think, in all probability, it’s great stuff from Galicia, and, ummm, other places. (It’s pretty clear my geography is lacking). Anyway, if you liked Harpeth Rising, it’ll be that same feel and energy level, just different people. Here’s a link: Blanca Y Chuchi
This will be held up at Stamell Strings, with our good friend Matt Stamell hosting. What better way to listen to some great international fiddling than to be surrounded by some of the finest violins around? It’s Fire In The Kitchen North, in beautiful Amherst, Massachusetts. Email Matt through his website for details. Stamell Strings
Oh, and Matt, unlike us, serves tapas and wine at this show. He’s really lacking with the ice cream, though…
Ben Sollee… November 8, 7 PM
(and workshop, too!)
You may have noticed that I like to collect cellists. In the past, we’ve had Natalie Haas, Rushad Eggleston, Mike Block, Nathaniel Smith, Dana Leong, etc. So how can we not have one of the very best of the new-wave of cellists? Ben not only plays amazingly, but what really grabs you are his vocal and songwriting skills. It’s a little tough to go on too long here, knowing that as soon as word gets out that Ben is coming, seats will be flying out the door. Well, not the seats, exactly, that would be strange. Reservations for the seats, more likely… Adults $25, kids high school and under, $5.00
And, until John Jorgenson in March, which is definite, we’re waiting to get some confirmation on some really great stuff heading your way:
December: A Christmas Show with The Barefoot Movement.
Sound familiar? Well, no, it’s not Bearfoot, it’s the Barefoot Movement. This also features some incredibly gifted young players who also sing like the proverbial angels. But, instead of their normal Americana/Bluegrass repertoire, it’s all Christmas in their absolutely addictive style. Get ready to sing, folks. I mean, really sing. And really have a great, great, time.
Adults, $20, kids high school and under, $5.00
They call themselves a “Renegade North Carolina Stringband” playing “Dark Holler Pop.” Do I care? Nah. What they really are are fantastic musicians playing fantastic music.
And now, here’s a rant from the chief of operations here: “What the heck do we call THIS music. It’s tough enough dealing with what Britt or Jeremy or Tania or Laura are playing, like, “new-wave old-time, or alt-folkie string stuff” and now we have a whole bunch of kids playing brilliant country-soul-swing stuff. Grammy guys want us to call it “Americana”, like it’s from some museum of nostalgia somewhere, but it’s better than all that old stuff. Not that the old stuff isn’t the wellspring and great stuff on it’s own, but things either evolve or die, and this is the evolution of all that.”
Sorry about that. Back to Mipso. They win songwriting contests, beating out folks like Gillian Welch. Yeah, that one. The play with soul, sing brilliantly, all that and more. Another one of our great finds? Well, iot’s not like no one has ever heard them, but yeah, we think you’ll be hearing a lot about these guys very very soon. Adults $20, kids high school and under, $5.00
FEBRUARY: The Revelers
Take traditional Cajun, add some zydeco, some pop, some New Orleans funk, do the shake-and-bake thing, and you get their original brand of Swamp Pop. There’s a reason we hope this comes together for February. It’ll be smokin’ hot music on a cold dreary night. Bring your party dress and dancin’ shoes.
MARCH 7…. JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET
Finally…yes, a full two years after the record-setting blizzard forced the postponement, it’s the return of the John Jorgenson Quintet. More details later, as it’s still a year away, and who the heck knows what can go on until then, but yup, it’s a date.