Cathy Barton and Dave Para give dynamic performances acclaimed for their variety and expertise in both vocal and instrumental styles. Their repertoire and informal audience rapport are marked by a special affection for traditional music. Their more than 35 years of playing together have taken them to festivals, clubs, concert halls, schools and recording and media studios across the United States and five European tours. Their audiences are as diverse as their repertoire. A versatile duo, Dave and Cathy perform and conduct workshops with hammered and fretted dulcimers, banjo, guitars and Autoharp, as well as “found” instruments like bones, spoons, mouthbow and leaf. Their music ranges from driving string band music to contemplative ballads and airs. They have a knack for finding unusual, rarely heard songs from traditional and contemporary sources in their home region, but also from elsewhere in the US and Europe. They have conducted many topical workshops on songs from the Carter family, the Civil War, river lore, gospel, children’s songs, Christmas music and Ozark ballads.
Squire Jacob Concert Series
Fennig’s All-Star String Band was formed in 1970 by Bill Spence and his hammered dulcimer, a relatively unknown instrument at the time. They released their first album in 1973 titled “The Hammered Dulcimer”. It became an instant hit after it’s “recording of special merit” review in the national magazine, Stereo Review. Three more albums followed, and to date over 100,000 Fennig’s All-Stars recordings have been sold worldwide. These lively “feel good” recordings captured the fancy of a new generation of musicians, and became the source of inspiration for a new generation of hammered dulcimer players and other string band musicians here and abroad. Since 1975, the All- Stars are Bill Spence (hammered dulcimer, vocals), George Wilson (fiddle, banjo, vocals), and Toby Stover (piano, vocals). The amount of talent possessed by these three virtuoso musicians is astounding and has only been enhanced by the number of years each of them has been making music.
Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton are a dynamic duo performing music rooted in the Americana tradition. Over the past four years they have collaborated in various projects and formed the duo after hours of jamming in Stearns’ kitchen, experimenting with traditional and original songs. Richie Stearns and Rosie Newton take the fiddle, banjo combination to new levels as they continue to expand the boundaries of this tradition. Richie Stearns is a legendary banjo player and singer, and has led bands including The Horse Flies, and Donna the Buffalo. He has also played with countless others, and tours with Natalie Merchant. He is steeped in the traditions of American old-time music, Appalachian folk, blues, African, rock, and country music. Rosie Newton is a talented fiddler and singer. She has toured with The Duhks, Louisiana legend Preston Frank, Red Dog Run, The Evil City Stringband, Home Remedy, The Pearly Snaps and occasionally celtic all-star band Ferintosh. She has also made a career in teaching at various music camps across the country.
Richie and Rosie will be with us on April 22nd at 8pm.
Dan plays finger-style mountain dulcimer with precision and delicacy. He is also a highly accomplished and stylish acoustic guitarist. He accompanies his fine baritone vocals and presents a repertoire of beautiful instrumental folk music. He adopts a classical approach to British folk melodies, sometimes in medieval modes, often with jazzy chords and rhythms.
With 5 CD albums and 15 international tours under his belt, Dan is one of the few international dulcimer players. His skillful, original playing and engaging performances have won the hearts of audiences on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dan will be visiting us on March 11th at 8pm.
Before the concert on March 11th Dan Evans will be offering a 2 hour workshop titled “Essential Vocal Techniques” beginning at 2PM and will include learning to project your voice in such a way that it will not be damaged, how to sustain breath, and how to listen carefully to sing in tune. This is a wonderful opportunity for all vocalists!
November 19, 2016 at 8pm
The string and vocal trio Low Lily (formerly Annalivia) explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar, and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England, and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.Tickets $18 adult, $10 under 18 Visit Low Lily’s website
September 17, 2016 at 8pm
Mark Rust is a professional musician with great proficiency in the piano, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and especially hammered dulcimer. He has written almost 200 original songs, and along with performances across the country, Rust has been involved in a number of theater productions (some on Broadway, even!). Mark enjoys singing about family life and relationships, and his music is loved by all generations.Tickets $18 adult, $10 under 18
October 22, 2016 at 8pm
As an award-winning singer/songwriter, Mike Blakely has released 11 CDs, performed all over the U.S., has made 16 tours to Europe, and his songs have been recorded by numerous others. As an award-winning author, he has published 17 books released by major New York City publishers. His last two books were co-writes, one with Willie Nelson, the other with Kenny Rogers. This native Texan is a former member of the USAF and holder of a degree in journalism. Mike traveled for many years touring with his dancehall band, but now enjoys being primarily a solo artist who promises to be one of the musical highlights of our lives.Tickets $18 adult, $10 under 18 Visit Mike’s website