March 5 – Jordan Tice & Horse County

unnamed    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 or with a call/text to 717940-9311.

Kaia Kater on World Cafe with David Dye

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 or by call/text to 7179409311.

Aoife Scott ~ September 25, 2016



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 :

9/16 CHIEF O NEILLS – Chicago IL
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
9/27 TIR NA NÓG – Philadelphia PA
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:  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 or call/text 717-940-9311.  Requested donation of $15/20 per person.





Although she now lives in Asheville, NC with her husband John and daughter Cady, Natalya Zoe Weinstein is a native of Massachusetts. Natalya was raised with music as a big part of her life; her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather was a professional kelzmer musician. Natalya is part of the trio Red June, and she is the Zoe of the duo “Zoe & Cloyd“.  Natalya is also a violin instructor and  a frequently requested session musician.


We look forward to welcoming Zoe & Cloyd to Lancaster on Friday, September 9, 2016.  Potluck at 6, Music at 7.  RSVP with Tim at or call/text 717-940-9311. 


“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 or send a text to 717 940 9311.

Billy Bright of Wood & Wire


The 4 piece bluegrass band Wood & Wire’s  mandolinist is Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. Bright attended Berklee College of Music and considers his unique style to be  influenced by  musicians such as Matt Mundy, David Grisman,  and Mike Compton.  Friday, June 17,  Billy will be on stage with the rest of Wood & Wire.  There’s a potluck at 6 pm and music starts at 7. You can RSVP by emailing Tim at Suggested donation of 15/20 at the door – all money goes to the musicians. 


Below is a video of Wood & Wire playing The Sea Wall from their album “The Coast”.  Billy’s breaks are at 1:15 and again at 4:25. 


Dom Fisher of Wood & Wire

Bassist Dom Fisher is one of the founding members of Wood & Wire from Austin, Texas. Dom is a native of New York and obtained a degree in Jazz Studies (double bass) from Ithaca College.  Dom describes his band as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms”. Wood & Wire will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, June 17, 2016. There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm and the music will begin at 7:00 pm.



Wood & Wire at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival 2014.  Photo by Tim Lehman

If you would like to attend the Wood & Wire house concert contact Tim at or send a text to 717 9409311.  Suggested donation of $15/20 at the door; all money goes to the musicians.



From Paris to Lancaster ~ Pierre Bensusan, the Bridge Builder


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Tim arrived in Lancaster with an iPod full of music and a U-Haul full of wine. It took me much longer to review the inventory of the music than it did the wine.  I scrolled through artist after artist and when I got to Pierre Bensusan and discovered multiple recordings and over 50 songs I asked “Tell me why you love Pierre Bensusan?”, as I had never experienced his music. Tim replied that he first saw French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan play in the mid 70’s in Portland and Pierre give an interactive live show, engaging with his audience. Tim describes Pierre’s music as incredibly focused and while Tim is not by any means a judge of technical skill on the guitar, he notes that any audience member will recognize that Pierre is playing extremely complicated music and can make his one guitar sound like a multitude of instruments.

Photo by TINA KORHONEN/ © 2011

Photo by TINA KORHONEN/ © 2011

Like all music venues,  Chestnut House Concerts receives multiple booking requests from both agents and artists. When we received a request for Pierre to play at Chestnut House Concerts we imagined that it was an error as his fame allows him to fill huge concert halls.  It’s no mistake.  Pierre Bensusan will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, April 29, 2016.  Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.

All guests must RSVP through Tim at or by calling/texting 717-940-9311.  Please let us know how many seats to reserve. Everyone pays by donation, suggested amounts of $15/20 per person.

“Bensusan, the bridge builder”
Don O’Mahony, The Irish Examiner (Ireland)

“Bensusan’s remarkable technical ability has never been in question, but it’s the sheer musicality and lyricism of his body of work that has cemented his position as one of the most accomplished acoustic guitarists on the planet. Altiplanos, with its combination of solo, multitracked and ensemble pieces, simply reaffirms and builds upon Bensusan’s already stellar reputation.”
John Kelman, (USA)

“Spellbinding….Bensusan the composer challenges Bensusan the guitarist displaying a reach never before attempted by a solo guitarist…and succeeds in creating a masterpiece, destined to be at the top of any short list of the great solo guitar albums of this or any millenium! Far beyond technical brilliance, this is the work of a mature artist that run the gambit from heartbreakingly romantic to edgy and dangerously exciting.”
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I remember the first time I heard a carillon. Until that time I was most familiar with the single bell at our little country church that rang when the long rope in the vestibule was pulled. The church pastor had the honor minutes before the morning service began, but sometimes the youth were allowed to try – coached to smoothly pull the rope so that the bell had one clear ring with each stroke.

While some church belfries contain carillons, the carillon is different from church chimes – and many times are housed in their own belfry, unrelated to a church.  It’s an instrument made up of at least 23 bells; the largest in the US is in Michigan with 77 bells. In New York City, the Rockefeller carillon has the largest bell (a C note) at over 40,000 pounds and over 10 feet in diameter.

The carillon that I first heard is at Alfred University in New York, first assembled in 1937. The bells of a carillon are precisely tuned so that many can ring together in harmony. Unlike the single church bell I remember as a child, the bells are stationary and only the clappers move. Thousands of pounds of bronze swinging back and forth would not make for a very safe instrument.  A carillonneur is seated at a keyboard that has long batons as keys. The carillonneur strikes the batons with the fist for the high notes and the larger clappers are moved with foot pedals.

The first carillon was built in Flanders (the Dutch-speaking region of what is now Belgium). In medieval times the bells would ring from lowest to highest to warn the citizens of fires, approaching storms, or invasions. Today carillons are used in times of celebration such as weddings or town parades, for musical appreciation, and simply, to announce a new hour in the day.  There is a carillon at Longwood Gardens if you’re headed there for the holiday season and want to check it out.


Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer       (Jenn Repp Photography) 


Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer have had multiple tours in Europe in the past several years. Their album Maritime was #1 on the EuroAmericana charts after its release in 2015.   In 2013 they visited Amsterdam and were inspired to write their song Carillon. Some amazing stories following the writing and release of this song exist, but I will let Dave and Mandy tell those stories at their house concert on Saturday, December 5, 2015.  Potluck at 6 pm. Show at 7 pm. There are a few seats remaining and you can contact Tim at to rsvp.