Join us in welcoming Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys to the SLCA on April 21st at 8pm. Jim Gaudet and The Railroad Boys make one feel as if they’re traveling in time, maybe back to Louisiana in 1963. Mel Guarino of The Bluebillies said, “There is no other band that I know that can sound so modern and yet so classic and nostalgic. It’s at once, “Old Timey” and “Timeless”, echoing the sound and feel of maybe Hank Williams or the Stanley Brothers, with a “hill-billy” edge.”
Squire Jacob Concert Series
Two fellows with a mandolin and gui-tar, a musical teamwork built of habit, their voices fused in the special blend produced by kinship. Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner of Vermont now bring to you after decades of singing together the essence of the simple, moving sounds of the “brothers duets” of1930s and ’40s along with some newer, and original songs.
Is there anyone not already familiar with the music of the legendary folksinger/songwriter/storyteller, Bill Staines? For over 40 years Bill has been traveling back and forth across North America presenting around 200 concerts each year and has received international acclaim as well. Bill has recorded 22 albums of his songs and Peter, Paul & Mary, The Highwaymen, and Makem and Clancy are among the artists who have also recorded his work. He appears frequently on many PBS TV and radio shows including the popular A Prairie Home Companion, has composed and performed a 15 piece suite based on Alaskan motifs for strings and brass, and has produced several songbooks. Bill Staines’ ability to see the beauty and excitement in ordinary things is unparalleled as he weaves a magical blend of wit and gentle humor into his performances. He delights in having his audiences participate in many of his songs and you’ll be delighted to sing along.
Three accomplished musicians with eclectic tastes – fiery flamenco, classical, Baroque, Latin & Appalachian – collaborate to create something totally unique: GX3+. The name GX3+ refers to the fact that we play (at least) three very different guitars: flamenco, classical & Baroque PLUS mandolin, charango, guilele, cajons (percussion boxes), banjo and mountain dulcimer. The result is innovative arrangements of the traditional, classical and Latin repertoire as well as stunning original compositions by Maria Zemantauski, arranged for the trio. Ray Andrews: Baroque guitar, charango, banjo, dulcimer. Sten Isachsen: Classical guitar, mandolin, cajon. Maria Zemantauski: Flamenco guitar, guilele, cajon.— “These musicians sounded incredible, blending flamenco, classical and bluegrass, among other things, into a fresh, vibrant and rich sound. Be sure to check them out if you get the chance!” Daily Gazette
Saturday Sept 16th at 8pm
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.
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.
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