Kaitlyn Raitz (cello, vocals) and Ben Plotnick (fiddle, vocals)
The relationship between the violin and the cello is age-old and has been proven time and time again, but as soon as Kaitlyn and Ben began to play and sing together, it became clear that something was different. Decades of experience as chamber musicians helped them to blend instantly, but it’s their spontaneous, energetic yet subtle approach to folk music that sets them apart.
We learned to know Kaitlyn and Ben when they appeared at Chestnut House Concerts in 2015 with Ozere. They’ve been busy the past two years relocating to Nashville and forming their new band while being involved in other music projects as well.
Preceding all of our shows is a potluck at 6 pm. It is optional but most attendees consider this a time to get to know others from the community, and the potluck has amazing items from hot dishes to desserts. The venue provides the plates/napkins/silverware/glasses.
“Tickets” are 15-20 per person and you can make your donation at the bin near the door when you arrive. All money goes to the musicians.
RSVP with Tim at email@example.com or by texting/calling 717-940-9311. We hope to see you on the 14th!
Chestnut House Concerts is privileged to bring Qristina and Quinn Bachand to our listening room on Sunday, September 24, 2017. This interview is lengthy but will give you a great idea of what to expect at their house concert if you’re trying to decide whether or not to attend. Jan Hall interviewed Qristina and Quinn on Folk Roots Radio in October, 2015.
Potluck at 6 pm, Music at 7 pm. Contact Tim Lehman at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
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.
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.
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 Kolodner, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make reservations or call/text 7179409311.
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 email@example.com or call/text 717 940 9311.
Next month Chestnut House Concerts is hosting two bands from Boston.
On Saturday, March 5, Wrong is Right, a 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.
Both events will begin with a potluck at 6 pm and the music will start at 7 pm. Contact Tim to save seats at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.