Past Shows

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…

Sound checking with jaime Stone, Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson and Joe Phillips hiding in the back.

Sound checking with jaime Stone, Moira Smiley, Sumaia Jackson and Joe Phillips hiding in the back.

Rowen Gallant of Ten Strings And A Goatskin

Rowen Gallant of Ten Strings And A Goatskin

 

Mari Black and her trio at the big contra dance. World Scots fiddle champion Mari and her incredibly gifted band really drove the dance.

Mari Black and her trio at the big contra dance. World Scots fiddle champion Mari and her incredibly gifted band really drove the dance.

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What happens when you cram 150 people for our idea of a contra dance.

Who is more fun than Mr. Sun? No one!

Who is more fun than Mr. Sun? No one!

 

The brilliant Darol Anger. It's no understatement to say he may be the most influential violinist in the past 30 years,virtually inventing the new-wave of alternative string playing.

The brilliant Darol Anger. It’s no understatement to say he may be the most influential violinist in the past 30 years,virtually inventing the new-wave of alternative string playing.

 

Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet didn't just give us a concert, they taught a superb workshop as well.

Natalie Haas and Yann Falquet didn’t just give us a concert, they taught a superb workshop as well.

 

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The Mike and Ruthy Band. The originators of Rural Rock. They made banjo cool. Without their 16 year partnership, the alt music scene might sound totally different.

 

The shoes of Bethan, Calan's clogging monster. We all found out just how great the Welsh tradition is.

The shoes of Bethan, Calan’s clogging monster. We all found out just how great the Welsh tradition is.

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This is what our musicians get to see… pretty cool, and many say it’s like playing in a giant living room full of their best friends.

Soundchecking with John Jorgenson, Simon Planting, and Jason Anick. John Jorgenson Quintet

Soundchecking with John Jorgenson, Simon Planting, and Jason Anick. John Jorgenson Quintet

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Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas: as good as it gets.

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Katie Glassman and Snapshot, Texas swing fiddler, 2-time National Champion. She’s incredible, her band is just perfect, and they deserve a national spotlight and big audiences. See them anywhere you can!!

The view from above. John Jorgenson's quintet rock the house.

The view from above. John Jorgenson’s quintet rock the house.

Libby Rodenbaugh of Mipso

Libby Rodenbaugh of Mipso

 

I wish we could say we discovered Mipso, but instead we have to settle for being the anchor gig on their first New England tour.

I wish we could say we discovered Mipso, but instead we have to settle for being the anchor gig on their first New England tour.

 

Blake Miller of the Revelers hamming it up during a sound check. Accordion players, especially Cajun ones, absolutely have more fun.

Blake Miller of the Revelers hamming it up during a sound check. Accordion players, especially Cajun ones, absolutely have more fun.

The Skunk Misery Ramblers (or at least a bunch of them) open a show with a couple of tunes.

The Skunk Misery Ramblers (or at least a bunch of them) open a show with a couple of tunes.

 

The one and only Solas

 

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The phenomenal Ben Sollee

 

Jordana Greenburg of Harpeth Rising

Jordana Greenburg of Harpeth Rising

 

Maeve Gilchrist, musician extraordinaire.

Maeve Gilchrist, musician extraordinaire.

 

Hands of Ben

Hands of Ben

 

 

Rushad Eggleston, the one. The only.

Rushad Eggleston, the one. The only.

 

 

Jeremy Kittel, Josh Pinkham, Simon Chrisman

Jeremy Kittel, Josh Pinkham, Simon Chrisman

 

The hands of Blake Miller, rocking the dance floor at our semi-annual dance.

The hands of Blake Miller, rocking the dance floor at our semi-annual dance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Duhks, Grammy-winning crowd favorites.

 

One of our rare contra dances… it gets a little crowded!

Hanneke Cassel leads one of her superb workshops

Charlie Chadwick of John Jorgenson’s group demonstrates his folding bass.

One of our favorite fiddlers/singers, Mia Friedman

Nicola Joyce of Grada, great singer, even better friend.

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A typical workshop zoo. Most aren’t quite as crowded as this, but you never know…!

This is the view the band sees. Kind of a zoo, no?

Gudrun Walther of Cara, Irish National Champ fiddler, leads a workshop

3 mandolins in a boat, from the Bearfoot Bluegrass Camp for Kids