Richie & Rosie ~ March 29, 2019

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RICHIE STEARNS and ROSIE NEWTON grew up 150 miles and a few decades apart. While both were raised by professional cellists, Richie started playing banjo at fourteen, and Rosie began classical piano lessons at eight, eventually moving to classical viola as a teen. Both shared incredibly unique, musically-immersed childhoods: Richie’s family founded the iconic GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance (which he is now President of) and by her junior year of high school, Rosie was playing fiddle and touring with folk rock band The Mammals. During that time, the two were introduced at Saratoga Springs’ Flurry festival — a meeting that would spark a fated friendship and unique musical bond.

“He left an impression on me because he was wearing Converse. I had never seen an adult wear Converse before,” said Rosie, reflecting back on the first time she shared the stage with Richie. As a Woodstock native, she graduated high school and decided to move to Ithaca after being drawn to the thriving old-time scene — which happened to also be Richie’s stomping grounds. While studying viola at Ithaca College and playing fiddle on the side, Rosie started incorporating folk with her traditional Celtic and classical upbringing.

Meanwhile, Richie was a well-established singer and banjo player in the community, having performed around the world with bands like Bela Fleck, Pete Seeger, David Byrne, Billy Bragg & Wilco, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Joan Baez. In addition to releasing two solo albums, Richie was adding to his endless discography, which includes three Natalie Merchant records, multiple collaborations with Jim Lauderdale and Donna The Buffalo, and Carrie Rodriguez.

A founding member of the neo traditional alternative rock band The Horse Flies, Richie Stearns has toured extensively over the last three decades, recording eight albums with The Horse Flies, including releases on MCA and Rounder Records. The Horse Flies have been featured on MTV, Prairie Home Companion, All Things Considered, World Café and Mountain Stage, and have been written about in Rolling Stone, the New York TimesLos Angeles TimesBoston Globe, and other major publications.

During Rosie’s freshman year, they began touring together regionally as members of the Evil City String Band and eventually decided to pursue a more intimate project as a duo. In 2013, the duo released their first album, Tractor Beam, a mix of originals and classics, designed to mirror the experience of a live performance.

Rosie Newton joined the folk fusion band, The Duhks, in 2014, and her fiddling can be found on the Duhks record, Beyond the Blue. Rosie has taught fiddle at Sunshine Coast School of Celtic Music, the Taylor Music Festival, and the Black Pot Camp. She has appeared at major US music festivals (Rhythm & Roots, Newport Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, MerleFest, DelFest) and has performed with Natalie Merchant, Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers), and Jefferson Hamer (Anaïs Mitchell/Child Ballads).

In 2017, Richie and Rosie released their second full-length album, Nowhere in Time. With the fated combination of Richie and Rosie’s unique skill, varied musical influence, and honest storytelling, Nowhere in Time defines exactly what the duo hopes to achieve — music that people can connect with. As two musicians in two very different parts of life, Richie and Rosie are proof of two things: the power and magic of two people making music, and that the universal messages that lie within their songs remain timeless.

 

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

Additional Sights and Sounds

richieandrosie.com

facebook.com/richieandrosie/

richiestearnsmusic.com

rosienewtonmusic.com/rosie-newton

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Molly’s Revenge ~ March 1st ~ 2 Shows

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We are delighted to have the lads back with us again for two shows, at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm, to help us get a jumpstart on St. Patrick’s celebrations, AND, to help us celebrate our 50th house concert!! Between the three of them, David Brewer, John Weed, and Stuart Mason, along with their various other bands, have performed at over one-third of our house concerts, so it’s fitting that they will be here for the 50th.

To the lads of Celtic band Molly’s Revenge, “March Madness” means something other than basketball playoffs. Indeed, for all players of traditional Irish music, the month of March means making hay while the sun shines, for March 17 is the date when Irish people all around the world love to celebrate the venerable Saint Patrick. And since they can’t be everywhere on that one day, Molly’s Revenge will once again be crisscrossing the West Coast for much of the month. Hence the nickname of their annual tour: March Madness. We are excited that they will kick-off their tour with two SLO House Concerts on Friday, March 1st.

David Brewer has been playing whistle and four types of bagpipes for about 20 years. He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of playing has earned him the reputation of being one of the most accomplished pipers on the West Coast. David has composed close to 200 traditional style tunes, many of which have appeared on recordings, independent films, and television.

John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who switched to playing Irish fiddle about 20 years ago. John has lived in Ireland and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. He attended the Frankie Kennedy Winter School in Dunlewey, County Donegal where he has studied with Ciaran O’Maonaigh and Dermot Mcloughlin. He is a popular teacher and workshop leader.

Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 40 years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won awards from the West Coast Songwriters Association. He leads workshops and classes in traditional music techniques at music festivals and camps.

Molly’s Revenge is a dynamic, acoustic, Celtic band known for its unique and infectious enthusiasm. The classic combination of bagpipes, whistle, and fiddle with a backdrop of guitar, mandola, and bodhran guarantees a most enjoyable experience for all fans of Scottish and Irish music. Molly’s Revenge has performed at many of the top folk festivals and performing arts events in the USA and prestigious events in Scotland, Australia, and China. Their arrangements of traditional Celtic jigs and reels bring these dance tunes up to date with a driving, hard-edged accent that always leaves our friends shouting for more. Don’t miss this one!

They bring to the music a vital and joyous creativity that excites even the hardest of hearts.       –John Doyle, founding member of Solas.

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please CLICK HERE to request an invitation and indicate which show you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

2:00pm Show: Doors open at 1:30; show starts at 2:00.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

Additional Sights and Sounds

mollysrevenge.com

facebook.com/MollysRevenge

a VIDEO we took at the KVMR Celtic Festival in Grass Valley, California

David Brewer’s website: davidbrewermusic.com

Stuart Mason’s website: stuartmasonmusic.com

Cillian Vallely & Kevin Crawford ~ January 13, 2019

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This will be Cillian and Kevin’s second appearance at SLO House Concerts and we are looking forward to welcoming them back! In addition to their stellar musicianship, the two have developed a friendship through the years that shows in and through their performance and entertaining stage presence. Ring in the New Year right with this house concert!

Joining Irish super group Lúnasa in 1997 and 1999 respectively, Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely have become key components of a group which has become one of the most acclaimed and influential bands in the recent history of Irish music. Having released seven band albums and worked on numerous solo projects though, the duo decided to combine their individual talents and create something different. The result was the critically acclaimed album, “On Common Ground”, which was awarded The Irish American News album of the year in 2010.

Cillian Vallely is an uilleann pipes and low whistle player from Armagh in the north of Ireland. In recent years, he has played and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Natalie Merchant, Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Tim O’Brien, and Riverdance in addition to recording as a guest on over 60 albums. With Lúnasa, he has played at The Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury Festival, Womad Aledaide, Edmonton Folk Festival in addition to multiple tours of Asia, Australia, US and Europe.

Vallely, whose family has played a seminal role in piping and Irish music in the north of Ireland for years, shows why he is one of the most respected pipers playing today. — Irish Voice

Born in Birmingham and living in County Clare, Kevin Crawford is an exceptional flute, whistle, and bodhran player and was awarded the title of Irish Echo Musician of the Year in 2000 following the release of his 2 successful solo albums, “In Good Company” and “D Flute.” Before joining Lúnasa, Kevin made two albums with the acclaimed instrumental band, Moving Cloud, 1995’s self- titled album followed by “Foxglove” in 1998. Other notable album credits from this period included Grianan, Raise the Rafters, Joe Derrane, Sean Tyrrell and The Sanctuary Sessions. One of Kevin’s latest side-projects is the formation of a new super-trio, The Teetotallers alongside John Doyle and fiddler Martin Hayes.

Kevin is one of Irish music’s premiere air players. — Folkworks

Lúnasa website: www.lunasa.ie

Facebook page: facebook.com/lunasaband

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands ~ November 18 ~ SOLD OUT!

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Grammy Award-winning musician Laurie Lewis is internationally renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer, and educator. She was a founding member of the Good Ol’ Persons and the Grant Street String Band and has performed and recorded since 1986 with her musical partner, mandolinist Tom Rozum. Laurie has won the International Bluegrass Music Association award for Female Vocalist of the Year twice.

Laurie’s band, the Right Hands, are all mega-talented musicians. Laurie sings and plays guitar and fiddle; Tom Rozum sings, swaps jokes, and plays mandolin, mandola, and guitar; Patrick Sauber plays banjo; Brandon Godman plays fiddle; and Haselden Ciacco plays bass.

Singout! calls Laurie “one of the leading lights of American acoustic music, a genuine national treasure,” and Country Standard Time says that she “has recorded some of the finest folk-inspired music of the past three decades.”

Website:  laurielewis.com

Facebook page:  facebook.com/laurielewismusic

Interview with KQED Arts:  youtube.com/watch?v=E-SW6bQMT_g

The Crooked Miles video:  youtube.com/watch?v=i6pLXnwhFgU

 

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. This house concert is now Sold Out. If you would like to be added to the waiting list, click here and let us know how many seats you would like. We will notify you if seats open up.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Joe Newberry & April Verch ~ October 30 ~ SOLD OUT!

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Banjo. Guitar. Fiddle. Feet. Song. Tradition.

Joe Newberry and April Verch are masters of their traditions. Tunes, ballads, step dancing, and original songs by way of the Ottawa Valley in Canada and the Ozarks in Missouri ring like silver and shine like gold. With beautiful harmony singing, breathtaking instrumentals, and exquisite dancing, these two hit the stage in perfect rhythm, making audiences remember why this music existed in the first place. We are excited to welcome Joe back and to meet April! Don’t miss this one!!

Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, Joe performs in a duo with Mike Compton, and also performs with guitarist Jon Shain. Another special side project pairs Joe with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Mike Craver, and Jim Watson. He was recently a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions tour of the United Kingdom with fiddler Aly Bain and Dobro master Jerry Douglas, along with an all-star band and fellow singers Rhiannon Giddens, the Milk Carton Kids, Carla Dillon, and Karen Matheson. He won a songwriting prize at the 2012 IBMA Awards for his song Singing As We Rise, and was co-writer, with Eric Gibson, of the 2013 IBMA Song of the Year for They Called It Music.

Fiddler, singer, and stepdancer April Verch knows how relevant an old tune can be. She grew up surrounded by living, breathing roots music and decided early she wanted to be a professional musician. With countless awards, ten albums, and sixteen years of touring under her belt with The April Verch Band, Verch has moved from upstart prodigy to mature and reflective songwriter, interpreter, and storyteller. She has performed around the world, including festival, theatre, and performing arts centre appearances. Verch was one of 6 fiddlers who represented the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games opening ceremony in Vancouver, as part of a segment called “Fiddle Nation.”

Newberry & Verch live at Celtic Colours International Festival 2016:  www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3uO17VqVZc

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

Steam Machine ~ September 25, 2018

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Great music and great musicianship. Agile fiddling, hard-driving three finger banjo, a rock-solid rhythm section…  –Minnesota Bluegrass Magazine

Steam Machine sits somewhere between the full, round, driving sounds of American old-time stringband music and the emergent virtuosity of early bluegrass. With clean, powerful fiddling and rolling three finger banjo they highlight unique and beautiful Midwestern repertoire alongside tunes and songs from Appalachia. A rock-solid rhythm section and honest, unprocessed singing round out their sound. All four band members are actively involved in perpetuating roots music and dance traditions as players, teachers, and community scholars in their home communities and wherever they go. Having performed across the country and world individually, as a band they are having a lot of fun forming a style that has been called “wonderfully tasteful!” “so fine!” “a treat!” and “powerful!” by fans of the genre. And in 2017, at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WVA, after a 5-way tie for first place, they took 2nd place in the string band competition!

AJ Srubas – fiddle 

AJ grew up playing Irish music in a family band and studied fiddle in Ireland after high school. Upon returning home he was introduced to old-time music and before long he was completely hooked. He is a tireless collector of old recordings and a versatile player and teacher.  AJ has played concerts/dances and taught fiddle workshops at Augusta Heritage Center (WV), Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering (CA), Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival (CO), many Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association and many other events. AJ also plays in several other groups, including Blake Miller and the Old Fashioned Aces (Cajun), New Riverside Ramblers (Cajun) and Hello Heartache (country).

Rina Rossi – guitar, vocals

Rina danced with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers for 8 years and calls dances regularly at the Monday Night Square Dance in Minneapolis. She has played dances/concerts, taught flatfooting, fiddle, bass, and guitar workshops, and called square dances from West Virginia to California to Germany. She has fiddled and danced on stages across Europe with the Wild Goose Chase Cloggers. But rhythm is in her family on both sides, and playing guitar is something she loves to do.

Aaron Tacke – banjo, vocals

Aaron first learned to play clawhammer style banjo, but he was inspired to learn three-finger style after hearing Kyle Creed and the Blue Ridge Square Dance. He has quickly become a much desired player for his driving three-finger sound. Aaron has played concerts/dances and taught banjo workshops at the Berkeley Old-Time Music Gathering, Rocky Mountain Old-Time Music Festival, Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association festivals, and more. When not playing old-time, he likes to play and sing country songs in the Minneapolis-based Hello Heartache, and build guitars and banjos at the Red River Banjo Company.

Nokosee Fields – bass

Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Nokosee began studying classical violin at a young age. After years of learning and performing Classical and Early music, Nokosee has recently turned his attention to various forms of traditional American music, performing, teaching, and touring professionally. As a bassist, he tours with the country band Western Centuries. As a teacher, he has taught at the Augusta Heritage Center and has been involved with Dancing with the Spirit—an Alaska-based youth and community music program that aims to re-inspire fiddle and dance traditions in indigenous communities throughout the region.

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Cajun Country Revival ~ June 28, 2018

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We are thrilled to welcome back the wonderfully spirited and talented Cajun Country Revival. This March they toured throughout Norway and Sweden, and earlier in May they toured in the UK. In June, they will perform at The Great Big Fais Do-Do in Portland, OR and then have only four shows in California, with SLO House Concerts being one of them!

Spanning generations from across the nation the Cajun Country Revival is a veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy along with Stephen “Sammy” Lind and Nadine Landry of the Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful. They have delighted audiences around the world celebrating rather than “performing” the music that brought them together: Cajun music and early Country music.

Joel Savoy, son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy and founder of the Louisiana based label Valcour Records, is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee. Joel is also a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award. Having grown up literally at the feet of the Cajun greats, he represents his culture with an authority that few people his age can and his playing leaves no doubt that Cajun music is still very much alive. He has worked and played with the best of the best in South Louisiana as well as folks like John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett.

Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors, and the family’s much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music and singing Cajun French songs for over 35 years performing with a variety of well-known musicians in various Louisiana and southeast Texas dancehalls. He is a winner of numerous CFMA awards including Traditional Band of the Year, Accordion Player of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Song of the Year. In 1998, he was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.

Completing the revival are Foghorn Stringband members Stephen “Sammy” Lind (MN) on fiddle and guitar, and Nadine Landry (Québec) on vocals and bass. Credited for igniting the Old-Time Renaissance in the Pacific Northwest, the Foghorn Stringband continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With their 8th album, Devil in the Seat, getting rave reviews, thousands of shows, and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise that Foghorn “has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination,” as proclaimed by Stuart Mason, in his trad music blog  FiddlefreakThrough all of this, they’ve never let the music grow cold. Instead, Foghorn has been steadily proving that American Roots music is a never-ending well of inspiration.

jesseandjoel.com/the-cajun-country-revival
nadineandsammy.com

youtube.com/watch?v=J0qvnMMv27c  

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Please click here to request an invitation and indicate how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you an email with directions and other information.

7:00pm Show: Doors open at 6:30; show starts at 7:00.

Suggested Donation: $20. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.