2013 Memories – I Draw Slow

Typically prior to a Chestnut House Concert show we use this website to write about the bands that are next on our performance schedule in hopes to improve attendance and to give the bands some additional exposure.

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Louise Holden, Greyfox 2013 (photo by Tim Lehman)

We are extremely honored to host I Draw Slow at Chestnut House Concerts on Monday. Twice now in our house concert venture we had a full audience RSVP without recruitment efforts.  In January 2015 Harpeth Rising, with their own amazing marketing efforts reached out to the local papers, and our house concerts were featured in Lancaster Newspapers. We could have held another house show the next evening and still turned people away.

The show on the 13th with I Draw Slow filled equally as fast – without marketing. We knew it would. We saw them at Greyfox Bluegrass Festival in 2013; their first appearance at Greyfox. Two measures into the first song I knew I was going to appreciate their set. Two songs into the set I knew I was going to go hear them again at another stage later in the day. The lead singer Louise has a great voice – but for me it’s the harmonies added by her brother Dave (guitarist) that make the ears happy. Konrad Liddy is on the upright bass, Adrian Hart on fiddle, and Colin Derham on banjo. Each masters his own instrument yet as a band it’s obvious that it is all about providing support to Louise with a sound that is tight yet full of emotion.

If you missed signing up for this house concert you can check out I Draw Slow at Tellus360 on Tuesday, July 14, 9:00 pm.  Our next house concert is the Roochie Toochie Ragtime Shepherd Kings on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.

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Low Lily

10603303_10152791484019491_5044194541377641372_nIn February we are excited to have Low Lily, a three member Americana-roots band.  Low Lily, formerly known as Annalivia, includes artists Liz Simmons, Flynn Cohen, and Lissa Schneckenburger. These musicians are masterful players and have long histories with traditional music, ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian music. This background, combined with each member’s stellar compositional skills and cutting edge arranging chops, makes for music which sounds rooted yet contemporary.

Many thanks to Lancaster Newspapers (LNP) for their article on Chestnut House Concerts published in the Entertainment section on Sunday, January 4, 2015.  Correspondent Scott Kreider took the time to interview us just prior to the holidays and wrote a very thorough article about our house concert series as well as the January 9th show with Harpeth Rising. The article generated a lot of interest and we  ‘sold out’ the show.

http://m.lancasteronline.com/features/entertainment/lancaster-city-house-is-home-to-concert-series/article_3c7748ce-911d-11e4-9982-77dae3d86636.html?mode=jqm

To RSVP for the Low Lily show on Thursday, February 26 email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311. Potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm.

 

 

Great Things in 2014; More to Come

As we enter 2015 one can’t help but take note of all the 2014 “best of” lists.

Several artists that performed here at Chestnut House Concerts were on some of the music related lists of 2014.

The Bluegrass Situation listed The Best Roots Songs of 2014 and named “The Skillet Blues” by Nora Jane Struthers – this song is one of 6 on the album Country EP #1. You can read the entire list on The Bluegrass Situation’s website. Congrats to Nora Jane and her band.

It’s not surprising to see that Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer’s 2014 album Maritime came in at #11(out of 24) on the Euro Americana 2014 chart; in September 2014 they were number one. Dave and Mandy share the list with folk veterans such as Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, and Rosanne Cash. To see the full list visit www.eurhigh-res-best-medicineoamericanachart.eu.

Folk Alley has several annual lists including “Best of 2014 – Folk Alley Listener Poll” in which The Stray Birds’ 2014 album Best Medicine was voted #2.

Our very first house concert was with Jonathan Byrd back in 2012 and The Triangle’s (Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina) 25 Best Albums of 2014 marked Byrd’s recent album “You Can’t Outrun the Radio” as number 13.

Chestnut House Concerts wishes everyone who has passed through our doors – audience members and musicians – a wonderful 2015.

On January 9, 2015 a female trio, Harpeth Rising, will be performing at Chestnut House Concerts.  We still have some seats available so if you’d like to attend please contact Tim at 7179409311 or by email at tlehman9@gmail.com.  Potluck at 6, Show at 7.

A Cello in the House

Both Tim and I name the cello as our favorite stringed instrument. While we’ve heard masters such as Rushad Eggleston and Natalie Haas play at bluegrass/Celtic festivals over the years, it is not common for most Americana/folk bands to incorporate the cello.  But finally, our 27th house concert, Harpeth Rising, will feature banjo, violin aMariaAlonend….cello.

Cellist Maria Di Meglio is classically trained and as a youth participated in orchestral groups that helped her gain exposure to many types of music. Maria’s mother is from Montenegro which created in Maria an additional awareness of styles of folk music across cultures.

Maria likes the flexibility of the cello – that it can be two instruments in one.  The cello is bass-like but also can be lyrical and melodic.

All three members of Harpeth Rising met at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where they all earned performance degrees.  With Rebecca Reed-Lunn on banjo, Jordana Greenberg on violin and Maria playing cello, Harpeth Rising produces a fusion of folk, newgrass, rock and classical.

Harpeth Rising will be performing at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Prior to the show there is a potluck starting at 6:00 pm.  Suggested donations are $15/20 per person and an RSVP is required.  Contact Tim Lehman at tlehman9@gmail.com or by text/call to 717940 9311.  Come meet the cello.