First Show in 2017: Twisted Pine

We’ve been following this band for a couple years and their hard work and commitment to a quality sound has made them rising stars in the string band world.  We bring you Twisted Pine on January 7, 2017.

 

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.

Mile Twelve – May 27, 2016

Consider attending the Mile Twelve house concert on Friday, May 27  – it will be the perfect start to the Memorial Day weekend. This four piece bluegrass band is from Boston and since their formation in 2014, this band has quickly been on the rise.  

Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm.  Suggested donation of 15/20.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or  call/text  717 940 9311.

 

March Music from Boston Bands

Next month Chestnut House Concerts is hosting two bands from Boston. 

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On Saturday, March 5, Wrong is Righta three piece band that met through a love of roots music at Berklee College of Music in Boston will play at 7:00 PM.  Wrong Is Right is the blend of mandolin (Jake Howard), fiddle (Sumaia Jackson) and upright bass (Mike Gaisbacher). We had the chance to hear this band at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in July, 2015. Influences of classical, jazz and bluegrass shine through their original tunes.  I was particularly impressed with this group’s harmonies and the high level of technical skill from each musician.  Their first album, an EP titled “Wrong is Right”,was released in July 2015; all songs are original tunes.

 

On Friday, March 18, Chestnut House Concerts will squeeze Boston-based The Lonely Heartstring Band into our listening space. If you love the traditional 5 piece bluegrass sound with guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin and upright bass, you don’t want to miss this band.

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Both events will begin with a potluck at 6 pm and the music will start at 7 pm.  Contact Tim to save seats at tlehman9@gmail.com or by a call/text to 717 9409311.  The suggested donation is $15/20 and you pay when you arrive. Check the About page for more details.

 

 

Dave Neigh of the Steel City Rovers – 4/5

Meet DaveNeighDave Neigh, fiddle player with the Steel City Rovers.

When Dave is not playing with the Rovers he can be found playing guitar, bass, Irish tenor banjo, mandolin, tuba and harmonica.  But not all at one time.

Dave also plays with the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band and the blues fiddle group Step On It!.  To see the Steel City Rovers on Thursday night (June 18, 2015), rsvp with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 7179409311.  Potluck at 6; Show at 7.

The Corn Potato String Band – The Ears and Eyes of America

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             Aaron Jonah Lewis                                                photo by Tim Lehman (7/2013)

I first heard Aaron Jonah Lewis at Grey Fox 2013. His fiddle solos were extraordinary and his stage presence and demeanor drew my attention.

Almost two years later we received a request for Aaron’s current band “The Corn Potato String Band” to play at Chestnut House Concerts.

I did not need to scope out their webpage, listen to audio tracks or watch them on YouTube before agreeing to have the Corn Potatoes for a house concert.  Any band with Aaron on fiddle is welcome here.

Not knowing much about the Corn Potatoes I held a brief conversation with Aaron by phone to ask a few questions so that you, potential audience members, could learn more about this band that plays traditional fiddle and banjo music.

Ben and Aaron met a long time ago when they played in a band together, and more recently, Aaron met Lindsay at Clifftop. He brought the two of them together as “the ears and eyes of America”.  The band plays mostly traditional music with 1 or 2 originals in the mix.  They have two albums- The Corn Potato String Band was released in 2014 and The Corn Potato String Band,Volume 2 in January 2015. Both albums were recorded live with no overdubs; Ben did the artwork for both covers.

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Lindsay, Ben and Aaron each play multiple instruments which allows from some double fiddle and banjo tunes. Bringing new songs to the group and determining who plays which instrument seems to be an organic process and the gravitation towards a particular instrument just happens naturally.  Having 3 multi-instrumentalists in the group does lend itself to quite a variety of band configurations.

The enjoyment of life on the road for Aaron comes from visiting old friends and meeting new people.  He keeps focused on the music and the audience and keeps a positive mindset.  The Corn Potatoes are pretty easy going and one advantage of the house concert venue is that the band has an opportunity to meet the audience.

I asked Aaron which musician, (dead or alive), would he have liked to hear perform? His response was Nicolò Paganini, Italian violinist and composer – connicolo_paganini_769725sidered by many as the greatest of all time.  Paganini  would sometimes tune one of his strings a semitone high for a performance,  and once he played the majority of a piece on one string after breaking the other three. Paganini enjoyed using techniques that included harmonics, double stops, or near impossible fingerings. It is reported that Paganini’s performances would awe the audience and could move people to tears.

After speaking with Aaron and listening to The Corn Potato String Band’s music online, I believe that the Chestnut House Concert audience also will be in awe for this band is full of energy, talent, good stories and laughter. They play at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Potluck precedes the show at 6:00 p.m.  To RSVP contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311.