Oliver The Crow – 10/14/17

Oliver The Crow

Kaitlyn Raitz (cello, vocals) and Ben Plotnick (fiddle, vocals) 

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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 tlehman9@gmail.com or by texting/calling 717-940-9311.  We hope to see you on the 14th!

 

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Co-Bill: Tattletale Saints & 10 String Symphony

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Returning to Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, October 23, 2015 are the 10 String Symphony and Tattletale Saints.

The Nashville-based duo that is 10 String Symphony formed in 2012, when Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer formed the band out of mutual admiration for each other’s playing. They have two albums, 10 String Symphony and, to be released on October 23, 2015, Weight of the World.

Tattletale Saints is a duo from New Zealand that is now based in Nashville, Tennessee. Cy Winstanley, vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, is joined by vocalist and double bassist Vanessa McGowan. Tattletale Saints recorded their debut album How Red Is the Blood in January 2013 in Nashville with Grammy winning producer and multi instrumentalist Tim O’Brien.

Our house concerts begin with a potluck at 6 pm and the music starts at 7 pm.  A suggested donation of 15/20 per person can be made at the door. If you’d like to attend, email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com with your name and the number of seats to reserve.

Things That Used to Shine

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On December 19, 1926 my grandmother Alice  wrote to her betrothed, “I don’t know of any boy that I would rather have had than you.  I really don’t believe we could have been any better satisfied if we had searched and waited for years. I know you and I will be happy”. The letter was simply addressed to my grandfather Mr. J Paul Sauder, New Holland, Penna. and was signed, ‘your Virginia lassie’.

As I listened to the Wild Ponies’ song, Things That Used to Shine I thought of these love letters, my dad’s pocket watch, the legacy of Hazel Dickens and my scuffed up cowboy boots.  I suppose I too like things that used to shine.  Below are the lyrics of the song from the 2013 album by the same name; followed by a video of Wild Ponies a couple months ago.

I like things that used to shine, polished smooth by the grains of time. Old and used and past their prime, I like things that used to shine.

Love letters in the drawer of a flea market find, laid away ring with two months behind. A grandfather clock with a mournful chime. I like things that used to shine

A scratchy old record that still goes round, on an old turntable makes a beautiful sound. A proud father’s eyes when he starts to cry. I like things that used to shine

The way that Hazel Dickens sings, too long unchanged guitar strings, a candle holder from a bottle of wine. like things that used to shine

A roughed up penny from the year I was born, old leather boots all scuffed and worn, an old pocket watch that still keeps time
And I like things that used to shine

The way you smiled when you were mine
That sparkle in your eyes when you were mine
Can’t turn back the hands of time
I like things that used to shine

Seats are still available to see the Wild Ponies at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, January 17, 2014. Potluck at 6:00 pm, Show at 7:00 pm. Suggested donation of $15-20 at the door. Call/text 717-940-9311 or email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com for more information.

Upcoming Show – Tanasi Ramblers – 2 days after Christmas

Tanasi = A Cherokee village that’s best known as the source of the name for the state of Tennessee.

Rambler = a person who takes long walks in the countryside.

Tanasi Ramblers = Cruz Contreras, Shelby Means and Josh Oliver making their way from Tennessee to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a house concert on Friday, December 27th.

$15-20 recommended donation at the door. Contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or at 717-940-9311 if you’d like one of the few seats remaining for this show. Potluck at 6, Show at 7.

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Cruz Contreras /The Black Lillies | Shelby Means/Della Mae |  Josh Oliver

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!