Fans of mad string skills will find we’re the only game around (a VERY LONG WAY AROUND) that specifically aims for string instrument virtuosity, support of young emerging artists who are insanely talented, and workshops by those same people. We’re on a mission, and it’s not just putting on concerts. It’s inspiring aspiring musicians of all ages and abilities, and showing the power of music to create supportive, enthusiastic communities. A certain performer who has been touring for decades, and is a professor at a conservatory, told one of our audience members that we’re one of the top three venues in the COUNTRY for this new-wave string music. Your job? Join in the fun.
Play the violin? Here’s a sampler of what you either saw or missed: Darol Anger, Alasdair Fraser, Rowen Gallant (Ten Strings and a Goatskin), Sumaia Jackson, Ruth Ungar, Jason Anick (John Jorgenson Quintet), Mari Black, Elana James (Hot Club Of Cowtown), Brittany Haas, Jay Ungar, Hanneke Cassel, Winifred Horan, Jordana Greenberg (Harpeth Rising), Christian Howes, Mari Black, Jeremy Kittel, Mazz Swift, Laura Cortese, Mariel Vandersteel, Multi-National Champion Katie Glassman, April Verch, Pascal Mouisse, Andrea Beaton, Mairi Rankin, Liz and Yvonne Kane, Tania Elizabeth, and more than I can list here.
Cello? Also a who’s who: Rushad Eggleston, Ben Sollee, Dana Leong, Mike Block, Natalie Haas, Nathaniel Smith, Maria DiMeglio, Ari Friedman, and more.
Bass: Joe Phillips, Jake Erwin (Hot Club Of Cowtown), Simon Planting (John Jorgenson Quintet), Paul Kowert (Haas, Kowert, Tice and Punch Brothers), Ethan Jodziewics, and again, a whole lot more great ones.
Violas? Ha! Wait… o.k., the only viola was Lauren Rioux and her 5-string viola. Bummer..
Guitars? I guess a few pretty decent ones, like John Jorgensen, Frank Vignola, Jim Hurst, Jordan Tice, Grant Gordy, Whit Smith, Rosie Flores, Clay Ross, and lots more.
Bands include (partial list; with over 180 different ones through the years, and not bothering to try to list them all until just now, many will be left out. Sorry!): Crooked Still, Mr. Sun, Jayme Stone and the Alan Lomax Project, Ten Strings and a Goatskin, Grada, Solas, Mipso, Mike and Ruthy Band, John Jorgensen Quintet, Matuto, Dana Leong Trio, Hot Club of Cowtown, Katie Gassman and Snapshot, Harpeth Rising, Duhks, Claire Lynch Band, Barefoot Bluegrass, Barefoot Movement, London Lasses, Giveway, Jeffrey Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Gandalf Murphy, and yeah, quite a few more…
What happens when you cram 150 people for our idea of a contra dance.