We select bands for Chestnut House Concerts in a variety of ways. Primarily they are bands we have heard perform live and we know they would fit our house concert venue and would be appreciated by our audience. Sometimes though, they are bands that we’ve only read about and listened to through recordings. I follow the Folk Alliance International Conference and make a habit of reading each year’s reviews and highlights. The Small Glories (performing June 15, 2017) and The Mae Trio (performing July 8, 2017) are two such bands.
The Small Glories show filled up quickly and is now sold out. The combination of JD Edwards and Cara Luft is a show full of energy and magic. We’ll see what we can do about having them return to Lancaster for any music fans who are not able to attend.
I first heard about The Mae Trio in 2014 after reading the reviews of Folk Alliance. They were listed as one of the top new acts of the year and after listening for myself, I immediately sent an email inquiry to see when they might be touring the US again. As most good things, booking this band took some time and now over 3 years later we are delighted to host Maggie, Elsie and Anita on Saturday, July 8, 2017. If you would like to attend the show on 7/8, please contact Tim at email@example.com to reserve a seat. As with all our shows there is a potluck at 6:00 pm and the music begins at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation of 15/20 per person.
“If you’re going to cut Billy Bragg at his own game you’d better know what you’re doing… [The Small Glories] cover ‘Way Over Yonder in the Minor Key’, and they nail it. ”
— Penguin Eggs Magazine
Folk powerhouse pair The Small Gloriesare Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies. A self-professed “study in contrasts,” Luft’s folkie yin proves a perfect match for Edwards’ rocker yang. Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s venerable West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate. At Chestnut House Concerts on Thursday, June 15, 2017. Potluck at 6, Music at 7. RSVP with Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 20 at Chestnut House Concerts: The Ana Egge Trio. Potluck at 6, Music at 7. RSVP with Tim Lehman at email@example.com.
Here’s a video of “Rock Me” in honor of Mother’s Day 2017..
This original Ana Egge song is from her album Bright Shadow. Ana sings and plays guitar and Yep Roc Records Recording artists The Stray Birds sing background vocals. May this song be a tribute to mothers everywhere as well as the divine feminine and possibility of redemption in all of us.
Words and Music by Ana Egge and Gary Nicholson. Directed and shot by Paul Kloss.
The Slocan Ramblers performing Dale Evan’s song “Call Me Long Gone” from their cd Coffee Creek. The Slocan Ramblers will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Sunday, April 23, 2017. Potluck at 6 pm; Music at 7 pm. Suggested donation of 15/20 per person at the door, all money goes to the musicians. RSVP with Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org and mention the number of seats to reserve.
The duo The Barn Birds was the perfect band for our inaugural Chestnut House Concerts show in 2012. Tim was familiar with Chris Kokesh from the Portland music scene and her songwriting, fiddle playing and crystal clear vocals paired nicely with Jonathan Byrd‘s magical storytelling.
One of my favorite Jonathan Byrd songs is the title track from his 2008 album, The Law and the Lonesome. Jonathan is deliberate and introspective as he sings:
Christ on his hilltop and the cop at the truck stop are both only doing their jobs. You’ve got a double-cross to bear. Now you’ve lost the last friend that you had to lose. He’s in the ambulance. You’re in the cruiser, with a fatal case of the sucker-punch blues.
You took the wrong way home.
On Sunday, April 23, 2017 the Toronto-based Slocan Ramblers will be playing at 7:00 pm. They cover Jonathan Byrd’s The Law and the Lonesome tune, but as a more straight, fast-paced bluegrass version. I included videos below of both bands.
To hear The Slocan Ramblers at Chestnut House Concerts on April 23, contact Tim at email@example.com or call/text 717-940-9311 to reserve seats. Suggested donation of $15-20 per person; all money goes to the musicians.
“Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp share a reverence for vivid, authentic American art forms. They are both rustic and elegant, and they lift us into their sound.” – Seth Bernard, Earthwork Music
Red Tail Ring will perform at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, March 31, 2017. Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm. Saturday, April 1, 2017 Laurel will lead a clawhammer banjo workshop from 12:30 – 2:30 pm.
Contact Tim Lehman if you’re interested in either or both events at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 717-940-9311.
Chestnut House Concerts welcomes Jordan Tice and Horse County on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Jordan is a composer, guitarist and vocalist and when he travels he’s joined by Horse County – a pickup band that can be several configurations of a variety of talented artists, depending on whoever is available and able to do the tour. For the show at Chestnut House Concerts, Horse County is Zoe Guigueno and Dominick Leslie. Zoe (formerly of Joy Kills Sorrow) joined the female group Della Mae two years ago playing bass and providing backing vocals. Dominick Leslie is a mandolin virtuoso (of The Brotet, The Deadly Gentlemen, The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny & Friends). Recommended donations are 15/20 per person. There’s a potluck at 6 pm prior to the show; music begins at 7. To RSVP contact Tim Lehman at email@example.com or call/text 717-940-9311.