Chicken Train— Saturday, June 30
A master of Appalachian mountain music, John Herrmann has played banjo for 50 years and traveled the world performing for more than thirty years. Equally adept on banjo, fiddle, mandolin, bass, and guitar, he has recorded at least fifty records on labels such as Rounder, County, and Sugar Hill, and performed numerous times at the Smithsonian Folk Festival. Together he and North Carolina fiddler John Engle focus on the North Carolina fiddling style and on African-American folk songs that pre-date the strict blues form, from a time when music passed freely between black and white rural communities. For this performance, Chicken Train includes Meredith McIntosh, an amazing Kentucky guitarist, and local bassist Emily Mann, of Paper Wings and Crooked Jades. Here’s a link to the new CD.
Tony Furtado Trio with John Reischman and Luke Price–Thursday, July 12
Multi-instrumentalist and 2-time National Banjo champion Tony Furtado combines folk, blues, bluegrass, and a lot more into an Americana musical blend that explores musical frontiers and traditions. // John Reischman is known for his work with his band The Jaybirds and his acclaimed solo albums, and he got his start as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit in the late 1970s. Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation. // Luke Price is a multi-instrumentalist performer, composer, and studio musician. His roots are in American fiddling and swing traditions, which have influenced his rhythm, taste, and style as they have spread into Soul, Jazz, Pop, and Americana. He is the current and 3-time National Fiddle Champion. // RSVP This will be a rare opportunity to hear three of the best acoustic musicians in the West. Don’t miss this show.
Mads Tolling Duo–Friday, July 27
Amaranth Quartet–Friday, August 3
Aallotar–Saturday, August 4
Western Centuries–Saturday, September 1
John Whelan & Haley Richardson–Friday, September 28