10 String Symphony – Rachel Baiman & Christian Sedelmyer

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January 21, 2014 proved to be one of those snowy winter days when no one could get around on the roads except for the US postal workers, and in the early afternoon the dog and I met the mailman on one of our walks.  He delivered to me Speakeasy Man, Rachel Baiman’s newly released CD and the next hour was spent absorbing the new music and some hot cocoa in front of the fireplace.

This CD was one of several Kickstarter projects that Tim and I have backed, and as has been our experience with the others, we were extremely pleased with the sound of the final product. Half of the recording took place in Scotland and half in Nashville. Rachel brought together some amazing talent for the foundation of this album including Dave Goldenberg (mandolin), Andrew Small (upright bass), Matheu Watson (guitar, mandola, vocals), Dan Watkins ( guitar), Signy Jakobsdottir (percussion) and Christian Sedelmyer (fiddle).

The songs are a mixture of originals and covers; my favorite cover being the best version of Blind Lemon Jefferson’s See That My Grave is Kept Clean that I have heard. A few guest appearances on individual songs include the great Nathaniel Smith on cello (Natalie MacMaster, Jeremy Kittel, and Sarah Jarosz), Shelby Means on bass and backing vocals (Della Mae), Phil Cunningham on accordion and Brittany Haas on fiddle.

DSC5278-even-smallerRachel will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, April 4, 2014 along with Christian Sedelmyer performing as 10 String Symphony. 10 String Symphony released their first album in November 2012, their instrumentation has expanded from 2 5-string fiddles to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound. They are on tour with Tattletale Saints from New Zealand and each band will take a set and also play a few songs as a 4 piece.

Potluck at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm. To save a seat for the show, contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311.

 

 

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Artist Updates

It’s time for another artist update; bringing you news from artists that have played at Chestnut House Concerts.

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Adrien Reju recently signed with Big Hassle Management in Philadelphia and her tour schedule going in to 2014 is full including 4 April shows in Florida opening for Amos Lee.

The Kruger Brothers released Spirit of the Rockies which was recorded at The Banff Centre, in Banff, Alberta Canada.  All 1526532_579930078759330_1174989997_nmusic was written and scored by Jens Kruger and the story line – following a man’s journey of young love through a life time – was written by both Jens and Uwe Kruger.  Jens on banjo, Uwe on guitar, Joel Lansberg on bass, Josh Day on percussion and they are joined by the Banff Centre Chamber Orchestra.

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Della Mae at the 2014 Grammys. Shelby Means is on the far left.

Shelby Means played at Chestnut House Concerts on December 27, 2013 with the Tanasi Ramblers.  She is the bass player for Della Mae whose album This World Oft Can Be was nominated for Best Bluegrass Album of the Year in the 2014 Grammys.

 

 

Baby girl  Ida Maeve Robertson Lindsay joined The Birds of Chicago family on December 30, 2013.  Here’s a photo of Ida on the way to get her passport for the upcoming February tour in Europe, and one of her just being her cute self.

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Laney Jones and the Lively Spirits will be at Chestnut House Concerts on Friday, February 21, 2014.  Potluck at 6, show at 7.  We hope you can attend.  Check the About section for more information on how to reserve seats.

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.

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