“I will stand with my people as one” ~ Kaia Kater

On August 22, 2016, Chestnut House Concerts will host artist Kaia KatLandscape-Kaia-on-couch-598x411er at a Monday
evening performance. Kaia released her debut album Sorrow Bound in 2014 and followed it up with Nine Pin in June 2016. The Black Lives Matter movement influenced this recent album, as well as reflections from personal loss. Below is a video of Kaia Kater singing Rising Down  from the album Nine Pin. Please note that at our show Kaia will be solo.

If you would like seats reserved for the August 22 show, please contact Tim at tlehmn9@gmail.com or send a text to 717 940 9311.

Artist Update: Eggs for Honey

 

McGraw-Fer-Off-Grid-Lo-Fi-FrontOn December 5, 2015, Chestnut House Concerts hosted Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer just over 2 years from their first house concert here in 2013. Mandy and Dave co-write their songs, and as time passes, their music is stronger, the lyrics richer and the harmonies sweeter.

After their show on December 5, Dave and Mandy mentioned that they would be house sitting “off the grid” for friends on a nearly uninhabited island of  Washington State’s San Juan Islands. They would be working on a new album while taking care of some aging donkeys. And, if you were at the house concert that night, you may remember some jokes about Dave being trapped on the island while Mandy learned the banjo.

Eggs for Honey is from their album off-grid low-fi and was featured as song of the day for Folk Radio UK  (FRUK). I can see why – it was posted just 20 minutes ago and I’ve already played it 4 times.  Click the link below to read more about and listen to Eggs for Honey.  http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2016/06/premiere-dave-mcgraw-mandy-fer-eggs-honey/

The album “off-grid lo-fi” will be available on June 24, 2016.

 

Kaia Kater, another female banjo player who writes her own music will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Monday, August 22, 2016.  More on Kaia Kater in upcoming posts.

Tony Kamel of Wood & Wire

 

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Tony, Dom and Trevor – Greyfox Bluegrass Festival – photo by Tim Lehman

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Toney Kamel, Greyfox Bluegrass Festival  photo by Tim Lehman

Wood & Wire has been a band for about five years and Tony Kamel, one of the founding members, plays guitar and provides lead vocals.  Tony has been making music for a while and learned to know the other band members from the music scene in Austin, Texas and eventually they all started picking together as Wood & Wire.

At the house concert on Friday, June 17, audience members can anticipate a high energy show of original bluegrass tunes, many written by Tony, with some classics sprinkled in.

The Wood & Wire house show is full. We encourage you to review the upcoming house concerts page and consider Kaia Kater on August 22, 2016.

 

 

 

Billy Bright of Wood & Wire

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The 4 piece bluegrass band Wood & Wire’s  mandolinist is Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. Bright attended Berklee College of Music and considers his unique style to be  influenced by  musicians such as Matt Mundy, David Grisman,  and Mike Compton.  Friday, June 17,  Billy will be on stage with the rest of Wood & Wire.  There’s a potluck at 6 pm and music starts at 7. You can RSVP by emailing Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com. Suggested donation of 15/20 at the door – all money goes to the musicians. 

 

Below is a video of Wood & Wire playing The Sea Wall from their album “The Coast”.  Billy’s breaks are at 1:15 and again at 4:25. 

 

Trevor Smith of Wood & Wire

 

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Trevor Smith at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival 2015.  Photo by Tim Lehman

One of my favorite songs on Wood & Wire’s album The Coast is Elucidation by banjo player Trevor Smith.  It is an instrumental that demonstrates the incredible skill of each band member and highlights the banjo.  Trevor, from Tuscon, Arizona  grew up playing classical piano but after attending his first bluegrass festival he was perplexed by the sound of the banjo. He picked it up, mastered it,  and later added guitar and mandolin to his talents.

Wood & Wire will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, June 17.  There will be a potluck at 6 pm and the music will begin at 7 pm.  Suggested donation of 15/20 per person and RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or by calling 7179409311.  This show is almost full; we have room for 3 or 4 more.

 

Dom Fisher of Wood & Wire

Bassist Dom Fisher is one of the founding members of Wood & Wire from Austin, Texas. Dom is a native of New York and obtained a degree in Jazz Studies (double bass) from Ithaca College.  Dom describes his band as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms”. Wood & Wire will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, June 17, 2016. There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm and the music will begin at 7:00 pm.

 

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Wood & Wire at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival 2014.  Photo by Tim Lehman

If you would like to attend the Wood & Wire house concert contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or send a text to 717 9409311.  Suggested donation of $15/20 at the door; all money goes to the musicians.

 

 

Mile Twelve – May 27, 2016

Consider attending the Mile Twelve house concert on Friday, May 27  – it will be the perfect start to the Memorial Day weekend. This four piece bluegrass band is from Boston and since their formation in 2014, this band has quickly been on the rise.  

Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.  Suggested donation of 15/20.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or  call/text  717 940 9311.