New World String Project ~ 2 shows ~ Saturday, August 17, 2019 *7pm show SOLD OUT*

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The previous time that the New World String Project performed at a SLO House Concert, their show sold out in record time. So, this time we booked them for two shows, at 2:00pm and 7:00pm, on Saturday, August 17th so that everyone who wants to see them will have the opportunity. As of August 1st, the 2:00pm show still has plenty of seats and the 7:00pm show is currently full, with a waiting list.

Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists – John WeedAryeh FrankfurterLisa Lynne, and Stuart Mason – have joined forces to create an exciting weave of music rooted in the Celtic, Nordic, and American folk traditions. Ancient and modern sounds mingle freely on Swedish nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, fiddle, guitar, cittern, mandola and more. Join the New World String Project for a musical ride that will shake your boots, uplift your spirit, and warm your heart.

John Weed is a traditional-style fiddler who has spent the last 20 years learning and teaching various fiddle styles. As a classically trained violinist, he expertly leverages his understanding of the instrument to coax emotion from every tune. John has lived in Ireland and immersed himself in the regional styles of Clare and Donegal, returning several times to hone his skills and collect tunes at their source. An accomplished fiddler across genres with an affinity for American fiddle styles, John explores the connections between Irish, Scottish, and old time fiddle. John is the fiddler for Molly’s Revenge and tours with Story Road, Little Black Train, in a duo with Stuart Mason, and has performed on festival stages from Scotland to Australia to Shanghai, as well as much of the US.

Aryeh Frankfurter’s musical endeavors began at the age of three when he undertook classical training on the violin. His musical development led him to explore various ethnic and international musical genres, particularly Celtic folk music, and at the age of fifteen he discovered the Celtic harp which has become the focal point of his musical inspiration and expression. In addition, Aryeh taught himself to play a variety of instruments including electric violin, viola, cello, guitar, cittern, mandolin, lap and hammered dulcimers, bowed and plucked psaltry, penny whistle, baroque flute, recorder, and more recently the Swedish Nyckelharpa. He tours full time as a solo artist and also with Lisa Lynne, Patrick Ball, and the Windham Hill Winter Solstice Tours.

Lisa Lynne is a multi-instrumentalist who has gained worldwide recognition for her original music featuring the Celtic Harp. She has composed memorable melodies on the Windham Hiill/Sony labels that have repeatedly placed in the Top 10 and Top 20 on the Billboard New Age music charts. Her work in therapeutic music has gained recognition from NBC, CNN, Fox News Atlanta, and numerous publications including the Wall Street Journal. Lisa’s music is featured in the PBS special “Alone in the Wilderness,” and in other television and film soundtracks. She performs regularly as a solo artist, and also with Aryeh Frankfurter, Patrick Ball, and the Windham Hill tours. She was recently named one of the 50 most inspiring women by Los Angeles Magazine.

Veteran artist Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and clawhammer banjo and has been collecting, performing, and teaching 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 has also won awards for traditional singing and mandola performance. Stuart teaches at various workshops and music camps and tours with the Celtic band Molly’s Revenge as well as old-time bluegrass band Little Black Train, singer Colleen Raney, Celtic band Story Road, and in a duo with fiddler John Weed.

Additional Sights and Sounds

For more information about the New World String Project, please visit the group website newworldstringproject.com  and their individual websites:  stuartmasonmusic.com   lisalynne.com   lionharp.com

New World String Project – Live at the Back Room: youtube.com/watch?v=i-1fYKftYf8

A video showcasing Aryeh Frankfurter and Lisa Lynne and the variety of instruments they play:  youtube.com/watch?v=ojdHUOKSYhM

House Concert Details

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

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

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

Suggested donation: $20 – $25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

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Andrew Finn Magill with Cary Novotny ~ April 18, 2019

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Andrew “Finn the fiddler” Magill is a multi-instrumentalist, All-Ireland fiddle finalist, and Ropeadope Recording artist who has watched his career surge ever since the 2016 release of his 2-disc concept album  Roots & Branches, which feature John Doyle, Colin Farrell, and Cillian Vallely among others. Magill was raised at The Swannanoa Gathering and has learned and carved out a name for himself in Irish, Old-Time, and Brazilian music and has taught these traditions at various fiddle camps including the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Montana Fiddle Camp, Rocky Mountain Fiddle Camp, The Freight & Salvage’s Fiddlekids, The Acadia Trad School, and Le Séjour du Cléguérec in France. After moving to Rio de Janeiro in 2014, he became an ambassador of Brazilian violin and co-founded the nationally touring  Brazilian Strings Trio with violinist Ted Falcon and guitarist Nando Duarte. Based in Asheville since 2016, Magill tours the U.S., France, and Brazil regularly with many acts including Dave Curley, Brazilian Strings Trio, his own Brazilian jazz trio, and solo.

Cary Novotny‘s trademark sound has made him one of the most in-demand guitar players in Irish music today. With unerring rhythm, boundless energy, and versatility, he varies from breakneck speed to delicate finger-style in the blink of an eye. He was born in South Dakota and later moved to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where he studied classical guitar and also learned the music of the region. After moving to the Pacific Northwest, he earned a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Portland and established himself as a professional guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the folk and popular music scenes of Portland and Seattle. In 1995, Novotny cofounded Cul an Ti, which became a household name over the next 20 years in the Northwest with its hundreds of performances of lively traditional Irish tunes and  unique blend of Irish and popular songs. Novotny has recorded and performed with many other notable Irish musicians, including Kevin Burke, The Bridies, Johnny Connolly, Winifred Horan, Hanz Araki, Laurence Nugent, and the touring Irish dance show Celtic Legends. This will be Cary’s second SLO House Concert appearance.

 

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

Roots and Branches

Andrew Finn Magill with Alan Murray – Hornpipes & Reels

andrewfinnmagill.com

facebook.com/andrewfinnmagill

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.