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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
Potluck at 6, music at 7.
“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.
Over the last ten years, Jordan Tice has developed a reputation as a unique and versatile guitarist and prolific composer of some of the most thoughtful and well-crafted tunes of his generation. On his latest release, “Horse County”, Jordan also demonstrates a unique voice as a songwriter and singer in addition to his known guitar and tune-crafting skills.
Jordan and his band Horse County will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm. RSVP with Tim at email@example.com or with a call/text to 717940-9311.
We’ve been following this band for a couple years and their hard work and commitment to a quality sound has made them rising stars in the string band world. We bring you Twisted Pine on January 7, 2017.
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) added the Momentum Awards in 2012. These awards are focused on artists and business people who are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music.
This year Brad Kolodner was recognized for the 2016 Industry Involvement Award for his bluegrass show at WAMU radio, 88.5. You can read about all the Momentum Award finalists at Bluegrass Today or on the IBMA website.
If you would like to attend contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 7179409311.
Here are Brad and Ken playing “Reuben’s Train” from their 2013 album “Skipping Rocks“.