2019 House Concerts
All SLO House Concerts are by invitation and reservation only. Click here to request an invitation, make a reservation, and/or for more information. Please indicate which show you would like to attend and how many seats you would like to reserve.
March 29th ~ 7:00 pm
Richie and Rosie
Out of Ithaca, NY, Richie & Rosie is the project of banjo player Richie Stearns (Donna the Buffalo, The Horse Flies) and fiddler Rosie Newton (The Mammals, The Duhks). Performing mostly Appalachian-styled originals and traditional tunes, they blend their signature driving, spooky-raga instrumental arrangements with sweet harmonies to create a sound all their own. In 2018, they appeared at MerleFest, RockyGrass, Philadelphia Folk, Watermelon Park Festivals, and the Los Angeles Old-Time Social last Spring, along with the Topanga Banjo-Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival.
April 18th ~ 7:00 pm
Andrew Finn Magill
with Cary Novotny on guitar
A fiddler in full flight and at complete ease with the music. -Kevin Crawford (Lúnasa)
Finn Magill grew up in an Irish musical household in Asheville, North Carolina studying with many of the world’s best traditional American and Irish fiddlers at The Swannanoa Gathering music workshops. He has built his career in Irish music playing with John Doyle, Liz Carroll, the Paul McKenna Band, and Martin Hayes among other Irish luminaries. He has performed at Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections, and other prestigious festivals and venues. Cary Novotny has been actively involved in the Irish music scene for over 20 years. His 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. This will be Cary’s second SLO House Concert appearance.
May 17th ~ 7:00 pm
“Radiance” is not only the name of their new CD, it perfectly describes this high energy trio, featuring world class fiddling, bagpipes, guitar, bodhran, whistle, and bouzouki. This vibrant group includes International Scottish Fiddle Champion, Rebecca Lomnicky; engaging multi-instrumentalist David Brewer of the popular Celtic band Molly’s Revenge; and fresh new talent, Adam Hendey, driving home the rhythm on guitar and bouzouki. For this trio, the Scottish roots go deep, each has lived and studied in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and the highlands of Scotland. Together, The Fire performs captivating music bridging the gap between the fiddle and bagpipe–two worlds united–into a heartfelt and rousing musical experience. firescottishband.com facebook.com/firescottishband
June 7th ~ 7:00 pm
Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
Two of the foremost old-time virtuosos on the scene today. – Justin Hiltner
Already leaders in the young generation of roots musicians, Allison de Groot has become known for her intricate clawhammer banjo work with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters, while Tatiana Hargreaves has brought her powerhouse fiddling to the stage with Gillian Welch and Laurie Lewis. Together they create a sound that is adventurous, masterful, and original, as they expand on the eccentricities of old-time music, while never losing sight of what makes it endure. tatianahargreaves.com allisondegroot.com youtube.com/watch?v=m1Gyff5pJ3c
August 17th ~ 2:00 and 7:00pm
New World String Project
98 strings. Mostly true stories.
Four highly skilled and well known multi-instrumentalists – Stuart Mason, Lisa Lynne, Aryeh Frankfurter, and John Weed – 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. This will be their second SLO House Concerts appearance–the last time they sold out so fast that we added a second show this time. (Photo credit: Ryan Davidson) newworldstringproject.com