Ana Egge charmed the audience at Chestnut House Concerts in May, 2017 with her strong voice, beautiful music and warm smile. Folk Alley brings us the video premier of “We Are One”, written by Ana and songwriter Gary Nicholson, and produced by Beehive Productions.
Kaitlyn Raitz (cello, vocals) and Ben Plotnick (fiddle, vocals)
The relationship between the violin and the cello is age-old and has been proven time and time again, but as soon as Kaitlyn and Ben began to play and sing together, it became clear that something was different. Decades of experience as chamber musicians helped them to blend instantly, but it’s their spontaneous, energetic yet subtle approach to folk music that sets them apart.
We learned to know Kaitlyn and Ben when they appeared at Chestnut House Concerts in 2015 with Ozere. They’ve been busy the past two years relocating to Nashville and forming their new band while being involved in other music projects as well.
Preceding all of our shows is a potluck at 6 pm. It is optional but most attendees consider this a time to get to know others from the community, and the potluck has amazing items from hot dishes to desserts. The venue provides the plates/napkins/silverware/glasses.
“Tickets” are 15-20 per person and you can make your donation at the bin near the door when you arrive. All money goes to the musicians.
RSVP with Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting/calling 717-940-9311. We hope to see you on the 14th!
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.
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 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 email@example.com. Recommended donation of 15/20.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by call/text to 7179409311.
On 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.
The Birds of Chicago will release their highly anticipated album “Real Midnight” February 19, 2016. The Wall Street Journal (entertainment section “speakeasy”) wrote a review of “Dim Star of the Palisades” from the album. Visit their website to see the review and listen to “Dim Star”.
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 Wildis 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.
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 email@example.com or by sending a text to 7179 409311. Potluck at 6, music at 7.
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 a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone/text to 717-940-9311.