The Small Glories – June 15, 2017

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 Glories are 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 tlehman9@gmail.com.  

 

Call Me Long Gone

The Slocan Ramblers performing Dale Evan’s song “Call Me Long Gone” from their cd Coffee CreekThe Slocan Ramblers will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Sunday, April 23, 2017.  Potluck at 6 pm; Music at 7 pm.  Suggested donation of 15/20 per person at the door, all money goes to the musicians.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com and mention the number of seats to reserve.

Skipping Rocks

Regarded as one of the most influential hammered dulcimer players and old-time fiddlers in the US, Baltimore’s Ken Kolodner has joined forces with his son Brad Krachel3olodner, a rising star in the clawhammer banjo world (Charm City Junction) to perform tight and musical arrangements of original and traditional old-time music with a “creative curiosity that lets all listeners know that a passion for traditional music yet thrives in every generation.”

This father/son duo will be joined on stage by fiddle player and vocalist Rachel Eddy who spends her time between Morgantown, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC.

Chestnut House Concerts welcomes the Kolodners and Rachel Eddy to their house concert series on Saturday, November, 5, 2016.  Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.  Recommended donation of 15/20 per person; Contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com to make reservations or call/text 7179409311.

Cloyd

John Cloyd Miller is a is a twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate.  Some of our Chestnut House Concertgoers may recall banjoist Riley Baugus of  Old Buck that performed in April, 2014.

Here’s what Riley has to say about John Cloyd of Zoe & Cloyd:  shapeimage_2

“John’s music reminds me of being in the Blue Ridge Mountains, high on a hill all alone
and hearing the sound of the mountains coming from all around and filling your soul with the feeling that everything is just right in that place. His voice is strong and pure and hearkens back to a time when there was no need for electronic enhancement and tuning adjustments. In short, John is the real thing and is just incredible.”

Riley Baugus

Zoe & Cloyd will be performing at 7:00 pm at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, September 9, 2016.  There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm before the show.  If you would like to attend please contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311.  Requested donation of $15/20 per person.

“I will stand with my people as one” ~ Kaia Kater

On August 22, 2016, Chestnut House Concerts will host artist Kaia KatLandscape-Kaia-on-couch-598x411er at a Monday
evening performance. Kaia released her debut album Sorrow Bound in 2014 and followed it up with Nine Pin in June 2016. The Black Lives Matter movement influenced this recent album, as well as reflections from personal loss. Below is a video of Kaia Kater singing Rising Down  from the album Nine Pin. Please note that at our show Kaia will be solo.

If you would like seats reserved for the August 22 show, please contact Tim at tlehmn9@gmail.com or send a text to 717 940 9311.

Artist Update: Eggs for Honey

 

McGraw-Fer-Off-Grid-Lo-Fi-FrontOn 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.

Trevor Smith of Wood & Wire

 

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Trevor Smith at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival 2015.  Photo by Tim Lehman

One of my favorite songs on Wood & Wire’s album The Coast is Elucidation by banjo player Trevor Smith.  It is an instrumental that demonstrates the incredible skill of each band member and highlights the banjo.  Trevor, from Tuscon, Arizona  grew up playing classical piano but after attending his first bluegrass festival he was perplexed by the sound of the banjo. He picked it up, mastered it,  and later added guitar and mandolin to his talents.

Wood & Wire will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, June 17.  There will be a potluck at 6 pm and the music will begin at 7 pm.  Suggested donation of 15/20 per person and RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or by calling 7179409311.  This show is almost full; we have room for 3 or 4 more.