John Cloyd Miller is a is a twelfth generation North Carolina native and the grandson of pioneering bluegrass fiddler Jim Shumate. Some of our Chestnut House Concertgoers may recall banjoist Riley Baugus of Old Buck that performed in April, 2014.
Here’s what Riley has to say about John Cloyd of Zoe & Cloyd:
“John’s music reminds me of being in the Blue Ridge Mountains, high on a hill all alone
and hearing the sound of the mountains coming from all around and filling your soul with the feeling that everything is just right in that place. His voice is strong and pure and hearkens back to a time when there was no need for electronic enhancement and tuning adjustments. In short, John is the real thing and is just incredible.”
Zoe & Cloyd will be performing at 7:00 pm at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, September 9, 2016. There’s a potluck at 6:00 pm before the show. If you would like to attend please contact Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 717-940-9311. Requested donation of $15/20 per person.
The 4 piece bluegrass band Wood & Wire’s mandolinist is Billy Bright, a veteran player who has worked with legendary artists Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, and Vassar Clements. Bright attended Berklee College of Music and considers his unique style to be influenced by musicians such as Matt Mundy, David Grisman, and Mike Compton. Friday, June 17, Billy will be on stage with the rest of Wood & Wire. There’s a potluck at 6 pm and music starts at 7. You can RSVP by emailing Tim at email@example.com. Suggested donation of 15/20 at the door – all money goes to the musicians.
Below is a video of Wood & Wire playing The Sea Wall from their album “The Coast”. Billy’s breaks are at 1:15 and again at 4:25.
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.
The Honey Dewdrops officially formed in 2007 and started receiving national attention one year later when, on a whim, they submitted an entry to Prairie Home Companion’s Talent Contest – and won. Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish offer tight harmonies, a love for songwriting, and instrumentation that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars. Their first recording was in 2009 and in May, 2015 they released their 4th album “Tangled Country”.
Join the audience at Chestnut House Concerts on Saturday, November 14, 2015 to hear The Honey Dewdrops – potluck at 6 pm, music at 7 pm. Contact Tim at email@example.com or call/text 717940 9311.
“Their talent is such that it’s quite possible that a new band recording in the year 2020 might cite the Honey Dewdrops as a prime influence.”- BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE
Meet Dave 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text 7179409311. Potluck at 6; Show at 7.
The Portland, Oregon based mandolin duet of Jack Dwyer & Tim Connell (Mando Planet) is returning to Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, April 10, 2015. Like doubling the good stuff in a drink, the rich sound of two mandolins fills the room as these artists bring their creativity, energy and talents together. It’s not a competition but rather a conversation between two instruments. You might hear Brazilian Choros, Irish Jigs, as well as African or traditional folk tunes.
To RSVP for this show, contact Tim Lehman at email@example.com or call/text 717940 9311. The suggested donation is $15/20 per person; all of which goes to the artists. Potluck at 6 pm, show at 7pm.
One week from tonight on September 27, 2014, we’re happy to be hosting Billy Strings & Don Julin at Chestnut House Concerts.
If you have not yet reserved seats for the show and would like to attend, contact Tim at 717-940-9311 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is a a potluck at 6:00 pm and the show begins at 7:00 pm.
At the show Billy and Don will perform a mixture of original and traditional bluegrass tunes, Billy on guitar and Don on mandolin. Here is a video of them performing a Bill Monroe tune “Bluegrass Stomp”.
When then 19 year old Billy Strings moved to Don Julin’s hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, some friends told Don to ‘check this kid out’. He did, and after the performance introduced himself to Billy and suggested that they get together and pick some time. After a single rehearsal the duo has been playing a mix of traditional and original bluegrass tunes all across the country.
Billy began playing guitar when he was 4. His father would play Doc Watson tunes at parties and family gatherings and Billy learned guitar so he could play along. Today he is 21 and considered a musician to watch in the folk/bluegrass world. Don Julin has mastered the mandolin and his skill on the instrument combined with his knowledge of the music business world really makes the duo work well together. They were recently signed by Crossover Touring.
Their show is full of energy – the mix of Billy’s extraordinary picking, his powerful voice (mature beyond his years), Don’s mandolin picking and harmonies, and the chemistry between the two musicians – leaves the audience wanting more.
Below is an audio file of “Beaumont Rag” from their 2014 release “Fiddle Tune X”.
To RSVP check in with Tim at 717-940-9311 or by email at email@example.com. $15/20 donation at the door. Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm. If you know someone who can’t get enough of great guitar and mandolin picking, or extreme sports, make sure you bring them along.