Maritime

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photo by Tim Lehman

Tim and I were able to take a whirlwind trip to the Pacific Northwest during the last two weeks of August.  Tim lived in Portland for many years and we had the opportunity to visit friends and relatives in Oregon, Washington and Victoria BC.

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photo by Tim Lehman

 

Dave McGraw and Mandy Fer performed at Chestnut House Concerts in November, 2013 and they reside in the San Juan Islands in Northwest Washington. We knew that we would not be able to visit them on this trip as they were busy touring, but it was a sweet surprise to find their Kickstarter announcement of Maritime in my Facebook feed during our trip.

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While Tim drove from Tacoma to Port Angeles so we could take the ferry to Victoria, I played Dave and Mandy’s announcement of their Kickstarter project for Maritime.  Producer Zach Goheen, drummer Andrew Lauher, and bassist Christopher Merrill (Birds of Chicago) joined Dave and Mandy in a cabin in the San Juan Islands to record Maritime.

Check out their Kickstarter campaign and hear some clips of their new music.  We hope to have them back at Chestnut House Concerts in the spring of 2015 so you can hear the new tunes directly from them.

Tonight, September 7, 2014 we host a sold out show with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys.  September 27, 2014 is a house concert with guitarist Billy Strings and mandolin player Don Julin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kickstarter: Another way to support musicians

Kickstarter is a way to fund creative projects.  It’s an all or nothing campaign.  An artist (musician, filmmaker, designer) sets a goal with a specific deadline and encourages people to pledge.  The artist offers incentives to those who pledge; a most common incentive for funding a musician is a digital download of their new CD.  If the artist does not reach their goal by the deadline, the project is not funded and the pledger is not charged for any of the amount pledged.

Chestnut House Concerts is excited to host 10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints in April 2014.  10 String Symphony is a Nashville based duo that includes Christian Sedelmyer and Rachel Baiman, both playing the 5-string fiddle.  As the is the norm for most musicians, both Christian and Rachel are involved in individual projects as well and Rachel is nearing the end of her Kickstarter Campaign for her first solo record.

Rachel is making a record of traditional and original fiddle tunes and songs, recorded half in Dunkeld, Scotland, and half in Nashville, TN.  The goal is to mix up material and musicians stylistically, and create a cohesive album incorporating new sounds in traditional music from both places; Old-Time recorded in Scotland with Scottish musicians, Scottish tunes paired with original tunes, recorded in Nashville.  An old time song written by Gillian Welch, with Phil Cunningham on accordion…the possibilities are endless and so beautiful.

To learn more about Rachel’s project click on the link below.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1483682664/mixing-accents-blending-music-making-my-first-reco?ref=search

We’re so excited to host Rachel and Christian along with Tattletale Saints (more about them later) in April.  Rachel has just 9 days left for her Kickstarter project and about $1,500 to go.  Check it out!

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!”