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.
Chestnut House Concerts welcomes Jordan Tice and Horse County on Sunday, March 5, 2017. Jordan is a composer, guitarist and vocalist and when he travels he’s joined by Horse County – a pickup band that can be several configurations of a variety of talented artists, depending on whoever is available and able to do the tour. For the show at Chestnut House Concerts, Horse County is Zoe Guigueno and Dominick Leslie. Zoe (formerly of Joy Kills Sorrow) joined the female group Della Mae two years ago playing bass and providing backing vocals. Dominick Leslie is a mandolin virtuoso (of The Brotet, The Deadly Gentlemen, The Grant Gordy Quartet, Noam Pikelny & Friends). Recommended donations are 15/20 per person. There’s a potluck at 6 pm prior to the show; music begins at 7. To RSVP contact Tim Lehman at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or with a call/text to 717940-9311.
Kaia Kater performed at Chestnut House Concerts on August 22, and the next day she headed to Philadelphia for an interview with David Dye on World Cafe. Below is the recording of that interview. What a great show Kaia presents! We hope she can return to Lancaster soon.
On Sunday, October 16, David Jacobs-Strain will be performing with Bob Beach. There will be a potluck at 6 pm and music begins at 7. Some refer to David’s music as blues – if that’s true, there’s never been blues that make a listener so happy.
RSVP with Tim at email@example.com or by call/text to 7179409311.
Aoife Scott and band are undertaking a lengthy US tour in September 2016 in support of her new album ‘Carry The Day’. The tour starts on 10th September at South Shore Irish Festival in Marshfield MA, and will finish in The Burren Backroom in Boston on 30th September. The band will include Aoife on vocals and bodhrán, Andrew Meaney on guitar, accordion, and vocals, Eamonn Moloney on whistles, flute and vocals, and Conor Lyons on bouzouki and vocals.
Tour Dates :
9/10 SOUTH SHORE IRISH FESTIVAL – Marshfield MA
9/11 SOUTH SHORE IRISH FESTIVAL – Marshfield MA
9/14 PJ MCINTYRES (BRIDGEY NEDS) – Cleveland OH
9/15 GAELIC LEAGUE DETROIT – Detroit MI
9/16 CHIEF O NEILLS – Chicago IL
9/17 MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL – Muskegon MI
9/18 MICHIGAN IRISH MUSIC FESTIVAL – Muskegon MI
9/19 SLEDERS FAMILY TAVERN – Traverse City MI
9/20 STONE CHALET B&B – Ann Arbor MI
9/21 KITTY HOYNES – Syracuse NY
9/22 THE LOVIN’ CUP – Rochester NY
9/23 NY IRISH CENTRE – Long Island City NY
9/24 HUDSON VALLEY IRISH FEST – Peekskills NY
9/25 CHESTNUT HOUSE CONCERTS – Lancaster PA
9/27 TIR NA NÓG – Philadelphia PA
9/28 PADDY BARRYS IRISH PUB – Tyson VA
9/30 THE BURREN BACKROOM – Somerville, Boston MA
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:
“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.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 717-940-9311. Requested donation of $15/20 per person.