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!
Chestnut House Concerts is privileged to bring Qristina and Quinn Bachand to our listening room on Sunday, September 24, 2017. This interview is lengthy but will give you a great idea of what to expect at their house concert if you’re trying to decide whether or not to attend. Jan Hall interviewed Qristina and Quinn on Folk Roots Radio in October, 2015.
Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm. Contact Tim Lehman at email@example.com to RSVP.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommended donation of 15/20.
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.