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!”

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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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Wunderbar!

Chestnut House Concerts was thrilled to host the Krüger Brothers on April 7th.  The band doesn’t play many house concerts and I knew that they were used to large audiences, ample stage room and a large sound system.  They travel with their own technician and during this tour also had a technician in training along with them.  I desperately wanted them to be pleased with the arrangements – our home is a simple row home, long and narrow.

The five men came up the walkway and through the front door.  They stood and surveyed the front room, all of them speaking Swiss German.  My anxiety level started rising as I stood there listening and watching until at last Uwe smiles at his brother Jens and announces, “Wunderbar!”.

In May we are hosting two house concerts.  Both bands are made up of young people making a living by writing songs and performing music.

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Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys will perform on Friday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m.  Lindsay is accompanied by her husband Joshua Rilko, mandolin; Mark Lavengood,dobro; Keith Billik , banjo and Spencer Cain, bass. This Michigan based band has distinct vocals, tight harmonies, instrumental expertise, and creative arrangements which are all essential characteristics of their unique sound.  The group focuses on the original tunes of Lindsay Lou Rilko.

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The Barefoot Movement is a 4 piece band featuring Noah Wall on lead vocals and fiddle, Tommy Norris on mandolin, Quentin Acres on guitar and Hasee Ciaccio playing bass. Their house concert is scheduled for Memorial Day – May 27th.

I encourage you to check out both of these groups under Artists which will link you to their websites.  We’re looking forward to more music at Chestnut House Concerts – hoping musicians and the audience alike will say “Wunderbar!”