The SLO House Concerts music series discontinued as of March 15, 2020

Sadly, it’s true. The decision to end our series was a difficult one that was made over several months, and well before any of us had heard of COVID-19. The timing is coincidental.

As you know, professional touring musicians have been especially hit hard by this situation and most of them are scrambling to find other ways to keep their incomes from disappearing for an undetermined amount of time.  We invite you, right now, to go to your favorite musicians’ websites. Purchase their CD’s and/or music downloads. Buy their merch. Check out their plans for on-line gigs and streaming and SUPPORT them every way you can think of.

We are deeply grateful to each of you for your help in building and sustaining this wonderful music series community of ours.

We will miss the music in our home and we will miss the wonderful heartfelt community that formed here. We genuinely hope to see each of you at other music offerings in the community. As we say at the end of most of our emails: thank you for supporting traditional music! And please, keep up the good work!

The Evie Ladin Band ~ March 26, 2020 ~ Cancelled

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This house concert was cancelled on March 15, 2020, due to health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Evie Ladin Band is coming to SLO House Concerts and bringing their foot-stomping original and traditional tunes, and their amazing body percussion. We have been trying to get this group here for several years and are delighted that all of the stars and schedules lined up for March 26th!

The neo-trad kinetic-folk of the Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass, and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members. Some of their adventurousness comes from early hip hop in the high school cafeteria, some from Evie’s early attraction to, and study of, the African roots in Appalachian music and dance. While myriad world and contemporary music influences permeate the band’s choices, they never reach too far, remaining seamless and true to the stories they tell.

You don’t often hear words like “traditional” and “authentic” paired with “innovative” and “unique,” but Evie Ladin has brought them together brilliantly…and the result is a truly high point in new old-time music.
–Folkworks, Los Angeles

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.

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

Suggested Donation: $20-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

More About the Musicians

The polyrhythmic heat of Evie Ladin‘s banjo, her resonant voice, real stories, and rhythmic dance have been heard from A Prairie Home Companion to Celtic Connections, from Lincoln Center to Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, from the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley to the Parkfield Bluegrass Festival, and across many continents. Born and raised on Southern music, from inner city Baltimore to Oakland, she has taken home ribbons in folk song from Mt Airy, NC Fiddler’s Convention and Neo-trad Band from the Appalachian Stringband Festival, Clifftop, WV, among other accolades.

Keith Terry (bass, Body Music, vocals) is a renowned percussionist/rhythm dancer, and the founder of the International Body Music Festival. A pioneer in contemporary Body Music, Keith produces large-scale intercultural collaborations and education around the world. Keith brings a cinematic ear to playing bass as tonal percussion, with bells, box, body, and toys.

Erik Pearson (guitar, banjo, vocals) is a musician’s musician with the Crooked Jades, storyteller Diane Ferlatte, and his own solo projects. His original banjo tune “Fork & File” was the soundtrack for a rapids rafting scene in Sean Penn’s movie Into the Wild.

 

Additional Sites and Sounds

Molly’s Revenge ~ February 28th ~ 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 Molly’s Revenge celebrate their 20 Year Anniversary as a band!

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, February 28th.

David Brewer has been playing whistle and four types of bagpipes for over 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 over 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 and old-time music, 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-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

 

Additional Sights and Sounds

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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

The Lonesome Ace Stringband ~ January 18, 2020

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The Lonesome Ace Stringband is an old-time band with bluegrass chops that plays really good folk and country music. There’s a depth of groove and sense of space not often heard in bluegrass today, a level of instrumental interplay and vocal blend uncommon in old-time, and an on-stage rapport that transcends all of this.

Three Canadians lost in the weird and wonderful traditional country music of the American South, Chris Coole (banjo), John Showman (fiddle) and Max Heineman (bass) are each journeyman musicians and veterans of some of Canada’s top roots music acts (New Country Rehab, The David Francey Band, The Foggy Hogtown Boys, and Fiver).

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only.

Please click here to request an invitation and indicate for which show and how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you a confirmation email with directions and other information.

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

Suggested Donation: $20-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Additional Sights and Sounds

Website: www.lonesomeace.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/lonesomeacestringband

Instagram: instagram.com/lonesomeacestringband

Videos: The Lonesome Ace Stringband 

Say Old Man

Cherry River Line

 

John Doyle & Mick McAuley ~ December 15, 2019

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We have presented both John Doyle and Mick McAuley as sold-out solo acts in the past, and now we are beyond delighted to be able to present them as a duo. They are both known for their virtuosic playing, playful banter and stage presence, and lovely, and sometimes hilarious, songs. ‘Twill be an evening to remember!

John Doyle and Mick McAuley’s nearly telepathic musical connection began in the early ’90’s in the truly groundbreaking Irish-American band, Solas. Now, both have flourishing high profile solo careers and periodically come together to brush off some Solas standards along with lots of their individual material, played together, for these magical musical offerings.

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only.

Please click here to request an invitation and indicate for which show and how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you a confirmation email with directions and other information.

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

Suggested Donation: $20-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Additional Sights and Sounds

Websites: johndoylemusic.com    mickmcauley.com

Video:  The Silver Spear Set

Kevin Burke ~ November 7, 2019

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Lyric, fluid, and precisely as tricky as he needs to be…probably the greatest Irish fiddler living.  -The Village Voice

Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for over 30 years.  Whether solo or accompanied, on record or in concert, Burke is an immensely engaging performer. He has been established as a first class musician ever since his work in the early 1970’s with such renowned performers as Arlo Guthrie, Christy Moore, The Bothy Band, and his far-reaching solo album, If the Cap Fits. During his long musical career Kevin has earned international acclaim in both Europe and America as a solo performer, a teacher, and as a member of some of folk music’s foremost groups including Celtic Fiddle Festival and Patrick Street. He is also a featured member of Grammy winner Tim O’Brien’s wonderful crossover band, The Crossing.

Kevin’s contribution to music was acknowledged by The National Endowment for the Arts when he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship, the USA’s highest honor for excellence in the folk and traditional arts. In Ireland he was given the prestigious Gradam Ceoil award, acknowledging him as a master of the tradition.

Although Kevin has spent much of his life playing in a group context, he has never lost his love for solo fiddle music – the “naked fiddle” as he himself sometimes puts it.  This is very evident in his live solo release, In Concert, a performance of mostly unaccompanied traditional pieces.

With the great popularity of various groups over the last 25 years or so, many people have forgotten that this kind of music used to be played mainly solo. The bands, groups and accompanists are a relatively recent development… so I thought it would be interesting to let people hear the ‘naked’ fiddle once more. –Kevin Burke

The great Irish fiddler Kevin Burke…plays the fiddle so smoothly, with such buoyancy, and with such relaxed showmanship, that even a large concert hall becomes intimate.
–The New Yorker Magazine

One of the great living Celtic fiddlers.
The New York Times

 

House Concert Details

SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only.

Please click here to request an invitation and indicate for which show and how many seats you would like to reserve. We will then send you a confirmation email with directions and other information.

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

Suggested Donation: $20-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Additional Sights and Sounds

Website: kevinburke.com

Video: Tuttle’s Reel / The Bunch of Green Rushes / The Maids of Mitchelstown

Compton & Newberry ~ October 24, 2019

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A Return to the Roots of Bluegrass

We are thrilled to welcome Mike Compton and Joe Newberry back to SLO House Concerts. Their musicianship is outstanding and they are both just a lot of fun to be around!

Mike Compton and Joe Newberry mine one of the more neglected segments of country music history: the period during the ‘30s and ’40s when brother duet music was transitioning into, what is now known today as, bluegrass. Both masters of the bedrock instruments of old-time music, they collaborate with a vision that is both modern and ageless. As virtuosos of old-time mandolin, banjo, and guitar, they dig deep into early country music and blues. With a seemingly limitless library of brother duets, audiences can expect to hear their favorite tunes along with traditional instrumentals, mother ballads, and award-reaping originals. Their combined pedigree has enabled them to reach millions of people, including the more than 4 million regular listeners of A Prairie Home Companion, and also devoted fans of the Grammy Award-winning O Brother, Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain soundtracks.

 
Mike Compton is a Grammy Award-winning, IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year nominee, mandolinist for the Nashville Bluegrass Band and longtime steady sideman to the late John Hartford. He has entertained from Carnegie Hall to the White House — and lots of good folks’ houses in between. The New York Times calls him “a new bluegrass instrumental hero.” He has made music with such diverse notables as the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, British rock legend Elvis Costello, guitar virtuoso David Grier and producer T-Bone Burnett. He has performed on 100+ CDs in a variety of genres with some of the most beloved artists of our day. At heart, Mike Compton is a preservationist, continuing the music that Bill Monroe innovated on the mandolin and which set the standard for two generations of bluegrass mandolin players.

There are powerful people in every walk of life. Mike Compton is the General George Patton of the mandolin. – CyberGrass.com

 

Joe Newberry is a prizewinning guitarist, songwriter and vocalist known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing. He won the songwriting prize for “Gospel Recorded Performance” 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,” They Called It Music. A longtime guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the Transatlantic Sessions 2016 tour of the U.K., and at the Transatlantic Session’s debut at Merlefest in 2017. Growing up in a family full of singers and dancers, he took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager and learned fiddle tunes from the great Missouri fiddlers.

His lyrics read like a cross between Longfellow and Johnny Cash…The muse is sometimes gentle and other times rough. But she never strays too far from Joe Newberry’s side. – Indyweek

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-$25. ALL of the money goes directly to the performers.

Additional Sights and Sounds

For more information about Compton & Newberry, please visit their duo website comptonandnewberry.com  and their individual websites: mikecompton.net  and joenewberry.me

Columbus Stockade Blues  www.youtube.com/watch?v=FVwOYKz2ZYY