10 String Symphony – Rachel Baiman & Christian Sedelmyer

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January 21, 2014 proved to be one of those snowy winter days when no one could get around on the roads except for the US postal workers, and in the early afternoon the dog and I met the mailman on one of our walks.  He delivered to me Speakeasy Man, Rachel Baiman’s newly released CD and the next hour was spent absorbing the new music and some hot cocoa in front of the fireplace.

This CD was one of several Kickstarter projects that Tim and I have backed, and as has been our experience with the others, we were extremely pleased with the sound of the final product. Half of the recording took place in Scotland and half in Nashville. Rachel brought together some amazing talent for the foundation of this album including Dave Goldenberg (mandolin), Andrew Small (upright bass), Matheu Watson (guitar, mandola, vocals), Dan Watkins ( guitar), Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion) and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle).

The songs are a mixture of originals and covers; my favorite cover being the best version of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s See That My Grave is Kept Clean that I have heard. A few guest appearances on individual songs include the great Nathaniel Smith on cello (Natalie MacMaster, Jeremy Kittel, and Sarah Jarosz), Shelby Means on bass and backing vocals (Della Mae), Phil Cunningham on accordion and Brittany Haas on fiddle.

DSC5278-even-smallerRachel will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, April 4, 2014 along with Christian Sedelmyer performing as 10 String Symphony. 10 String Symphony released their first album in November 2012, their instrumentation has expanded from 2 5-string fiddles to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound. They are on tour with Tattletale Saints from New Zealand and each band will take a set and also play a few songs as a 4 piece.

Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm. To save a seat for the show, contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311.

 

 

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Kickstarter: Another way to support musicians

Kickstarter is a way to fund creative projects.  It’s an all or nothing campaign.  An artist (musician, filmmaker, designer) sets a goal with a specific deadline and encourages people to pledge.  The artist offers incentives to those who pledge; a most common incentive for funding a musician is a digital download of their new CD.  If the artist does not reach their goal by the deadline, the project is not funded and the pledger is not charged for any of the amount pledged.

Chestnut House Concerts is excited to host 10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints in April 2014.  10 String Symphony is a Nashville based duo that includes Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman, both playing the 5-string fiddle.  As the is the norm for most musicians, both Christian and Rachel are involved in individual projects as well and Rachel is nearing the end of her Kickstarter Campaign for her first solo record.

Rachel is making a record of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs, recorded half in Dunkeld, Scotland, and half in Nashville, TN.  The goal is to mix up material and musicians stylistically, and create a cohesive album incorporating new sounds in traditional music from both places; Old-Time recorded in Scotland with Scottish musicians, Scottish tunes paired with original tunes, recorded in Nashville.  An old time song written by Gillian Welch, with Phil Cunningham on accordion…the possibilities are endless and so beautiful.

To learn more about Rachel’s project click on the link below.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1483682664/mixing-accents-blending-music-making-my-first-reco?ref=search

We’re so excited to host Rachel and Christian along with Tattletale Saints (more about them later) in April.  Rachel has just 9 days left for her Kickstarter project and about $1,500 to go.  Check it out!