Artist Updates

 

Billy Strings:  Turmoil & Tinfoil 

Rolling Stone Country magazine recently listed Billy Strings in 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know. When Billy was at Chestnut House Concerts, he was working with Don Julin. In early 2016 Billy started working on his own and anticipates the release of his debut album, Turmoil & Tinfoil on September 22, 2017.  Visit Pledge Music to hear a sample of Billy’s cover song and preorder the album.

Twisted Pine

This four piece band out of Boston was our first band at Chestnut House Concerts in 2017. Their recent video “I Miss Talking”  was recently reviewed by The Journal of Roots Music, No Depression.  The band also releases their self-titled album Signature Sounds Recordings in August 2017.

Mile Twelve

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Mile Twelve added a fifth member, David Benedict (mandolin) to their band since they played at Chestnut House Concerts. The band is nominated in 3 categories for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Awards. The band is listed  with four others as momentum band of the year, and Bronwyn and David are both nominated as momentum instrumentalist of the year.  They just finished recording a new album to be released October 27, 2017.  Fall 2017 is shaping up to be an exciting season for this bluegrass band.

 

 

Next House Show:  Laney Jones & the Spirits

Saturday, September 2, 2017 Chestnut House Concerts is excited for the return of Laney Jones.  Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm. We’re over half way full for the show – if you want to claim one of the vacant seats contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.  Recommended donation of 15/20.

 

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Kaia Kater on World Cafe with David Dye

Kaia Kater performed at Chestnut House Concerts on August 22, and the next day she headed to Philadelphia for an interview with David Dye on World Cafe.  Below is the recording of that interview.  What a great show Kaia presents! We hope she can return to Lancaster soon.

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On Sunday, October 16, David Jacobs-Strain will be performing with Bob Beach. There will be a potluck at 6 pm and music begins at 7.  Some refer to David’s music as blues – if that’s true, there’s never been blues that make a listener so happy.

RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or by call/text to 7179409311.

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.

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You may have seen television ads for The Good Dinosaur around Thanksgiving, and Disney selected a song by Laney Jones to promote the movie. Run Wild is from Laney’s new CD to be released in 2016. Congrats Laney!


 

The final show at Chestnut House Concerts in 2015 will be Sunday, December 27th.Nick DiSebastian (recently of Town Mountain) and Charlie Muench (of The Stray Birds) are re-connecting for a show of acoustic eclecticism.

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Nick and Charlie have stood side by side on stage in myriad of settings including the school orchestra, high school rock band, college Latin jazz band, and a nationally touring bluegrass band.Old friends reunite on stage for an evening of music. Bluegrass, Old Time, swing, rock and roll, and original music will be played featuring Nick on guitar, mandolin, and vocals along with Charlie Muench on bass, banjo, and vocals. Special guest for the second set!

Reserve your seat through Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or by sending a text to 7179 409311.  Potluck at 6, music at 7.

 

 

 

 

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Laney Jones has a new band! Bass player Tré Hester and percussionist Brian Dowd join founding member Matthew Tonner (guitarist). If you want to hear Laney Jones and the Spirits they will be in Pennsylvania on September 26, 2015 in Schyulkill Haven. In the meantime we’ll be looking for ways to schedule them at Chestnut House Concerts.


Congratulations to Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings as they took home 1st Place for Neo Traditional Band at Clifftop 2015. No one who witnessed their July 28, 2015 performance at Chestnut House Concerts should be surprised with this news.



Soon after their summer 2015 US tour that included a983792_10153531839914803_8988931035366921402_n visit to Lancaster, PA, I Draw Slow completed their first tour in Canada. The International Bluegrass Music Association announced two nominations for I Draw Slow – The momentum awards for Band Performance, and Vocalist Performance (Louise). Awards are presented Wednesday, September 30, 2015. You’ve got our vote for both categories – best wishes!


The next show at Chestnut House Concerts is The Blackberry Bushes Stringband from Seattle. This five piece Americana Bluegrass band will be performing at 7:00 pm on Friday, September 25, 2015. There will be a potluck at 6:00 pm and the suggested donation is $15/20 per person.  To reserve seats contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or by phone/text to 717-940-9311.

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BN-IX108_NYKULT_M_20150612162014Tim Connell who played at Chestnut House Concerts in 2014 and 2015 with Mando Planet also plays mandolin with the world renowned Ger Mandolin Orchestra. They recently performed in New York City, an event that was picked up by the Wall Street Journal. 


 

Our very first house concert guest back in 2012 (and again with Sally Barris in 2015) was Jonathan Byrd. In my opinion he is one of the best writers in Americana music, and Jonathan Byrd’s response to the tragedy in South Carolina was shared over 4,000 times on Facebook.


 

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She said ‘Yes’.

 

Alex Conerly of The Barefoot Movement proposed to his love, female vocalist Marion Grace, at the Grand Ole Opry.  We’re happy to celebrate their engagement.

 


 

After doing a project together for Earthwork Music, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys recorded “Burning it Down” with Max Lockwood and John Driscoll at La Luna Recording and Sound. They sound mighty fine together, but it might be difficult to squeeze a 6 piece band on our ‘stage’ at Chestnut House Concerts.


The July 13, 2015 concert with I Draw Slow is sold out. You can see them on July 14, 2015 at Tellus360. On July 28, 2015 we will be hosting Roochie Toochie and the Ragtime Shepherd Kings. Suggested donation is 15/20. Potluck at 6 pm and show at 7 pm. Email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 7179408311 to RSVP.

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Upright bass player Kirsten Lamb of Cold Chocolat97460012 (2)e, a Boston based four-piece band that played at Chestnut House Concerts last summer, graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation.  Congratulations Kirsten!

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Another female bass player – Hasee Ciaccio with The Barefoot Movement graduated with her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.  We know how hard she worked to make this happen – way to go Hasee!


Tania Elizabeth and her husband10405674_10153098878905867_4331546039580514956_n Andy Stack (playing together as The Stacks) were at Chestnut House Concerts in June 2013.  Tania has been playing with The Avett Brothers and Andy’s band Buffalo Stack has been gaining popularity after great reviews of their album “Buffalo Stack”. The band is working on their second recording. Andy was featured in the May 2015 issue of Vintage Guitar.


No Depression, the leading voice in American roots music since 1995, premiered a video by Mandy Fer and Dave McGraw called “Tide Moon Ship Horn”. We’re hoping to have Dave and Mandy return to Chestnut House Concerts before the end of 2015. They were received well in 2013 and their most recent album Maritime is getting great reviews.  

 


Chestnut House Concerts presents Ian Foster on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm. It’s not a school night since Monday is a holiday. No excuses. Call/text Tim at 717940-9311 or email at tlehman9@gmail.com to reserve a seat.  Opening songs by one of Lancaster’s favorite duos, Jake Lewis and Katie Seifarth.