Artist Updates

Diplomas and the Double Bass


Upright bass player Kirsten Lamb of Cold Chocolat97460012 (2)e, a Boston based four-piece band that played at Chestnut House Concerts last summer, graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation.  Congratulations Kirsten!

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Another female bass player – Hasee Ciaccio with The Barefoot Movement graduated with her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.  We know how hard she worked to make this happen – way to go Hasee!


Tania Elizabeth and her husband10405674_10153098878905867_4331546039580514956_n Andy Stack (playing together as The Stacks) were at Chestnut House Concerts in June 2013.  Tania has been playing with The Avett Brothers and Andy’s band Buffalo Stack has been gaining popularity after great reviews of their album “Buffalo Stack”. The band is working on their second recording. Andy was featured in the May 2015 issue of Vintage Guitar.


No Depression, the leading voice in American roots music since 1995, premiered a video by Mandy Fer and Dave McGraw called “Tide Moon Ship Horn”. We’re hoping to have Dave and Mandy return to Chestnut House Concerts before the end of 2015. They were received well in 2013 and their most recent album Maritime is getting great reviews.  

 


Chestnut House Concerts presents Ian Foster on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm. It’s not a school night since Monday is a holiday. No excuses. Call/text Tim at 717940-9311 or email at tlehman9@gmail.com to reserve a seat.  Opening songs by one of Lancaster’s favorite duos, Jake Lewis and Katie Seifarth.

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Beauty and the Bass

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charcoal of Telisha Williams by Candace Butler, Sugar Grove, Virginia

While traditional bluegrass bands were (some still are) limited to male musicians, female bass players are fairly common in contemporary bluegrass bands; 7 time IBMA bass player of the year award winner Missy Raines is probably the most well known.  In the world of string bands playing the wide assortment of folk/Americana/roots music, you’ll find that females are playing all instruments from the banjo to the upright bass.

HaseeIn May, 2013 The Barefoot Movement bassist Hasee Ciaccio demonstrated that height was not necessary to master the skill on the upright bass, and audience members were charmed by her personality, vocal quality and ability to add a complex bass line that enhanced the tunes.

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In December we had the honor of having bass player Shelby Means of the all female band Della Mae. Shelby joined Cruz Contreras and Josh Oliver as the Tanasi Ramblers for a few shows over the 2013 holiday season. Her upright bass is named Buddha and the two adeptly moved together throughout the evening’s set list with Shelby demonstrating her finesse as an accomplished musician.

In upcoming shows we are excited to see bass player Vanessa McGowan of Tattletale Saints on April 4,2014 and Telisha Williams at this week’s show.

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Don’t miss vocalist and upright bass player Telisha Williams of the Wild Ponies when they perform at Chestnut House Concerts this coming Friday night, January 17.  It’s our usual schedule of potluck at 6:00 p.m. followed by the show at 7:00 p.m.  Call/text 717-940-9311 or email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com to sign up.

Highlights from the 2012-2013 Chestnut House Concerts

  • Surprising Lindsay and Josh Rilko (Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys) with the appearance of Josh’s parents Dan & Suzie Rilko from the DC area.
  • Watching April Verch do her thing, with great backup from Cody & Hayes.
  • Soaking in the warm personalities and extreme talent from The Kruger Brothers – the house concert setting with these guys is indescribable.
  • Jonathan Byrd’s storytelling – both through his lyrics and vignettes between songs
  • The new/fresh sounds from The Barefoot Movement, including Quentin’s tribute to my parents “In the Cool of the Day” (Jean Ritchie).
  • The potluck night that there were THREE mac & cheese dishes.
  • Lindsay Lou’s voice!
  • Kiran, our favorite house concert guest.
  • The Stray Birds packed the house.  Maya did not reveal that earlier that day she was in a serious car accident until after the show – such strength, talent, determination from this group and it’s fun to watch them gain popularity/fame as time passes.
  • International fiddler Tania Elizabeth with husband Andy Stack – and surprise guest appearance of Adrien Reju.
  • Mark Lavengood (aka Huggy Bear) from Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys – what’s not to like about a dude who has a beer from Founders Brewing Company named after him?  – Huggy’s Nuggs
  • The sweet voice of Chris Kokesh and her fiddle playing – although one of my favorite tunes “Sundays Loving You” featured Chris on the ukulele.
  • The beautiful stage backdrop provided by Tania Elizabeth’s artwork.
  • Hasee’s (The Barefoot Movement) contagious excitement in just being alive.
  • The parting group hug from Uwe and Jens.
  • Listening to Dan and Josh Rilko play together after the show, late into the evening.
  • The responsive, friendly, generous, appreciative guests (over 150!)  that attended in the past year.  We hope you’ll come back for more in 2013-2014!

Ya’ll Come!

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On Monday and Tuesday I drove my parents from Pennsylvania to Alabama so that we could attend my niece’s high school graduation.  It’s a gorgeous drive through the mountains of Virginia and as we entered the hills of Tennessee – as if on cue, my dad says “Let’s hear the CD of that group that’s playing at your house on Monday”.  Both Tim and I sponsored The Barefoot Movement on Kickstarter, so we received two copies of their new release Figures of the Year knowing that we would give the second copy to another listener, and that turned out to be my parents.  So as we passed by the many shades of forest greens the melodies of Noah’s fiddle, Hasee’s upright bass, Quentin’s guitar and Tommy’s mandolin sped us on down the highway. 

Most of their tunes are originals, with Noah as the primary writer.  She and Tommy met at Eastern Tennessee State University and formed The Barefoot Movement with Quentin and Hasee joining along the way.  As track 15 came up near the close of the cd, we all three sang along “I’m a long time traveling here below, I’m a long time traveling away from home”. 

If you’re free on May 27th we have some seats available at the house concert.  You can email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or check the ‘about’ section of the website for more information. I’d typically say “We’d love to see you” but since I’m still in the south it’s more appropriate to say, “Ya’ll come!”

Join the Movement

As a person who is out of her shoes whenever socially appropriate, you can see why a band with the name The Barefoot Movement caught my attention.  Lead vocalist, fiddle player and songwriter Noah Wall connected with mandolin player Tommy Norris during their high school years in North Carolina.  Quentin Acres and Noah met later at Eastern Tennessee State University and he joined the movement adding vocals and guitar.  The trio met bassist Hasee Ciaccio in 2011 when she needed a ride home from Merlefest.  

The Barefoot Movement “captures the rustic beauty of old Southern front porch Bluegrass improvisation while being immediately accessible to the modern era.”

We hope you can join us on Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day – to hear The Barefoot Movement live at Chestnut House Concerts.  Picnic at 5:30 pm, show at 7:00 pm.

Shoes Optional.

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