Great Things in 2014; More to Come

As we enter 2015 one can’t help but take note of all the 2014 “best of” lists.

Several artists that performed here at Chestnut House Concerts were on some of the music related lists of 2014.

The Bluegrass Situation listed The Best Roots Songs of 2014 and named “The Skillet Blues” by Nora Jane Struthers – this song is one of 6 on the album Country EP #1. You can read the entire list on The Bluegrass Situation’s website. Congrats to Nora Jane and her band.

It’s not surprising to see that Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s 2014 album Maritime came in at #11(out of 24) on the Euro Americana 2014 chart; in September 2014 they were number one. Dave and Mandy share the list with folk veterans such as Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, and Rosanne Cash. To see the full list visit www.eurhigh-res-best-medicineoamericanachart.eu.

Folk Alley has several annual lists including “Best of 2014 – Folk Alley Listener Poll” in which The Stray Birds’ 2014 album Best Medicine was voted #2.

Our very first house concert was with Jonathan Byrd back in 2012 and The Triangle’s (Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina) 25 Best Albums of 2014 marked Byrd’s recent album “You Can’t Outrun the Radio” as number 13.

Chestnut House Concerts wishes everyone who has passed through our doors – audience members and musicians – a wonderful 2015.

On January 9, 2015 a female trio, Harpeth Rising, will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts.  We still have some seats available so if you’d like to attend please contact Tim at 7179409311 or by email at tlehman9@gmail.com.  Potluck at 6, Show at 7.

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The Stray Birds’ new release “Best Medicine” is a 12 song CD recorded at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, VA and produced by the band and Stuart Martin. 10 of the tunes are originals with the same intelligent lyrics and tight harmonies that we learned to love from their first album, The Stray Birds.  The two traditional tunes included are ‘Who’s Gonna Shoe’ and ‘Pallet’; the latter being my favorite because I love the spirit that Charlie brings to the lead vocals.


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If you’re looking for a 2015 wall calendar, you might want to consider Banjo Babes.  It features two artists that were at Chestnut House Concerts this fall, Lindsay Lou and Evie Ladin.

We’ll have to wait for 2016 and hope the other banjo babes that have been at Chestnut House Concerts like Laney Jones, Allison Russell (Birds of Chicago), Laurel Premo (Red Tail Ring),  Rachel Baiman (10 String Symphony) and Greta Bondesson (Baskery) will be featured in the next calendar.

The proceeds from the calendar are used to promote banjo music.


Billy Strings & Don Julin

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You know a band has got talent when they are booked to open for two of the greatest musicians in the history of bluegrass – Del McCoury and David Grisman.  Five shows in November starting tomorrow (11/11/14) at City Winery in New York, NY.


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The Barefoot Movement

Congratulations to The Barefoot Movement for winning the “Band of the Year Momentum Award” from the International Bluegrass Music Association in October, 2014.  This band will make a return appearance at Chestnut House Concerts on Sunday, December 7, 2014.  Show at 7:00.

 

 


The next concert will be guitarist and singer/songwriter David Jacobs-Strain. David will be playing with Bob Beach (vocals, harmonica) on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm.  Email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com to reserve a seat, or find us on Facebook.

One Year Later

In September 2013 Chestnut House Concerts Ida9Monthsstarted the fall series with Birds of Chicago.  At that time Allison was nearing her final trimester of pregnancy.  She gave birth to Ida Mauve the last week of December, 2013.

Hopefully the next time her parents visit Chestnut House Concerts for a show we can meet her in person.

Tomorrow night (October 1, 2014) we’re hosting Evie Ladin & Keith Terry.  There is room for more guests so contact us during the day if you’d like to come to the show.  717-940-9311 or tlehman9@gmail.com, potluck at 6, show at 7.

Congratulations Luke & Sarah!

Wedding1Three cheers to Sarah Frank and Luke Fraser of The Bombadils who were married on Saturday, August 23, 2014 in Montreal.  Your wedding photos are lovely; best wishes from your fans in Lancaster, Pa.

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Chestnut House Concerts is hosting Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday September 7, 2014.  If you would like to attend, respond to the event on our Facebook page or email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.

Artist Updates

A few times a year I like to provide some highlights of artists that have previously played at Chestnut House Concerts.


Tattletale Saints

Cy Winstanley and Vanessa McGowan (Tattletale Saints) were guests on NPR’s Mountain Stage on June 20, 2014.  You can hear the entire performance below. 

http://www.npr.org/2014/06/18/323190634/tattletale-saints-on-mountain-stage?autoplay=true


Birds of Chicago 10425493_1506172676282630_3635648870989989909_nIda Mauve celebrates a 6 month birthday.  The Birds of Chicago are as busy as ever touring from coast to coast in North America this summer and fall.


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This 4-piece bluegrass band was asked to visit the United States Embassy in Burkina Faso, Africa as part of cultural exchange effort.  The trip took place the first week of July 2014.  10492557_10152329743134132_6498086861373983910_n


Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys  

The New Roots Exchange, Vol.1 was released in April 2014.

STORE_1394750593Side A contains 2 traditional tunes played by a Red Tail Ring (appearing at Chestnut House Concerts in October 2014) and Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys . On side B each group plays alone covering a song written by the other group.  Red Tail Ring covers My Side of the Mountain and Lindsay Lou covers Body Like a Bell. 

The Earthwork Music 2014 Summer Sampler is free and contains over 20 songs including The Wind & Rain from Side A of New Roots Exchange.  It also includes another song by Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys as well as a track by Flatbelly dobro player Mark Lavengood.  You can order your copy by clicking the link below.

https://earthworkmusic.com/store-ind?i=171

Next up at Chestnut House Concerts:  Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys.  September 7; potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to Noah Wall and Tommy Norris of The Barefoot Movement on their April 2014 marriage.  Your fans at Chestnut House Concerts wish you joy and happiness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits were selected as the winners of the bluegrass genre of BELK’s Southern Musician Showcase in March 2014 and later that month performed at The Fillmore Charlotte.  You can read more in the Charlotte Business Journal.


 

The 2014 Spring issue of Mandolin Magazine features mandolin player Tim Connell.  Tim was at Chestnut ImageHouse Concerts in March 2014 with Jack Dwyer (Mando Planet).  The same issue of Mandolin Magazine gave a rave review of Tim’s new CD with musician Mike Burdette (Rio Con Brio) called Stumptown Swing.  We’ll keep our ear to the ground for any news of another East coast tour.

 


Telisha Williams mentioned her training for an upcoming marathon when she played at Chestnut House Concerts in January 2014 with her band, The Wild Ponies.  On April 26, 2014 Telisha completed two goals… she finished her marathon and raised money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Congrats to Chestnut House Concerts’ hero Telisha Williams!

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Next in the series at Chestnut House Concerts:

Saturday, May 17, 2014:  The Bombadils.  Progressive Folk/Celtic/Bluegrass/Jazz  Potluck at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM.  Save a seat with a text/call to 717-940-9311 or email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.

Artist Updates

It’s time for another artist update; bringing you news from artists that have played at Chestnut House Concerts.

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Adrien Reju recently signed with Big Hassle Management in Philadelphia and her tour schedule going in to 2014 is full including 4 April shows in Florida opening for Amos Lee.

The Kruger Brothers released Spirit of the Rockies which was recorded at The Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta Canada.  All 1526532_579930078759330_1174989997_nmusic was written and scored by Jens Kruger and the story line – following a man’s journey of young love through a life time – was written by both Jens and Uwe Kruger.  Jens on banjo, Uwe on guitar, Joel Lansberg on bass, Josh Day on percussion and they are joined by the Banff Centre Chamber Orchestra.

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Della Mae at the 2014 Grammys. Shelby Means is on the far left.

Shelby Means played at Chestnut House Concerts on December 27, 2013 with the Tanasi Ramblers.  She is the bass player for Della Mae whose album This World Oft Can Be was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year in the 2014 Grammys.

 

 

Baby girl  Ida Maeve Robertson Lindsay joined The Birds of Chicago family on December 30, 2013.  Here’s a photo of Ida on the way to get her passport for the upcoming February tour in Europe, and one of her just being her cute self.

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Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, February 21, 2014.  Potluck at 6, show at 7.  We hope you can attend.  Check the About section for more information on how to reserve seats.