Artist Updates

Diplomas and the Double Bass


Upright bass player Kirsten Lamb of Cold Chocolat97460012 (2)e, a Boston based four-piece band that played at Chestnut House Concerts last summer, graduated from the New England Conservatory with a Master’s in Contemporary Improvisation.  Congratulations Kirsten!

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Another female bass player – Hasee Ciaccio with The Barefoot Movement graduated with her bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University.  We know how hard she worked to make this happen – way to go Hasee!


Tania Elizabeth and her husband10405674_10153098878905867_4331546039580514956_n Andy Stack (playing together as The Stacks) were at Chestnut House Concerts in June 2013.  Tania has been playing with The Avett Brothers and Andy’s band Buffalo Stack has been gaining popularity after great reviews of their album “Buffalo Stack”. The band is working on their second recording. Andy was featured in the May 2015 issue of Vintage Guitar.


No Depression, the leading voice in American roots music since 1995, premiered a video by Mandy Fer and Dave McGraw called “Tide Moon Ship Horn”. We’re hoping to have Dave and Mandy return to Chestnut House Concerts before the end of 2015. They were received well in 2013 and their most recent album Maritime is getting great reviews.  

 


Chestnut House Concerts presents Ian Foster on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at 7:00 pm. It’s not a school night since Monday is a holiday. No excuses. Call/text Tim at 717940-9311 or email at tlehman9@gmail.com to reserve a seat.  Opening songs by one of Lancaster’s favorite duos, Jake Lewis and Katie Seifarth.

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Artist Updates

Updates from two of the bands that played at Chestnut House Concerts in 2012-2013.

The October 29th issue of Bluegrass Today has an article about Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys, and a recorded interview by author/editor John Lawless with Lindsay Lou.  The interview is about 6 minutes in length and references a video filmed at a farm in Michigan.  The video “The Fix” is below the recorded interview.

Interview with Bluegrass Today | October 29, 2013

 

In other exciting news, yet another artist from last year’s series will be on the Late Show with David Letterman tomorrow, October 30th. (The Kruger Brothers were on the David Letterman show on September 27, 2013).Tania Elizabeth (The Stacks, The Duhks) will be playing with The Avett Brothers.Tania reports that the Duhks and the Avetts go way back and she’s looking forward to seeing her old pals and making some music.

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Up next at Chestnut House Concerts is the duo of Mandy Fer (electric guitar/vocals) and Dave McGraw (guitar/vocals) on Saturday, November 16 – potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00 pm.  To reserve a seat call/text 717-940-9311 or email Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com

 

Artist Updates

The Barn Birds will be touring together again in the fall providing shows in the Northwest and the Northeast in October 2013. For more information about their tour schedule you can visit http://www.chriskokesh.com/performances.html.

Mark your calendars for an appearance by The Stray Birds in Lancaster, PA on Friday, October 18, 2013. Series 42 is hosting this fantastic local group at the Elks Club Lodge, 219 N. Duke Street. Ana Egge will be touring with them for this show and a few others including a November 1 performance at World Cafe Live on Walnut Street in Philadelphia.

April Verch continues holding a strong tour schedule and will be in Sweden at the end of July and into August. Check out this artist’s rendition of April from fan Steve Jackson – even the plywood was captured in what he calls “zen calligraphy”. April Verch

The Kruger Brothers are also traveling internationally – headed to their homeland of Switzerland in October and November 2013.

Ear to the Ground Music posted a nice review of The Barefoot Movement in June.
http://www.eartothegroundmusic.co/2013/06/27/the-barefoot-movement-figures-of-the-year/

Banjo master Bill Evans performs with Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys at the Midwest Banjo Camp in June. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKA_KGq7UJk

Tania Elizabeth will be busy with The Duhks in the next several weeks as they tour the Northeast including appearances at the Redwing Roots Music Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Green River Festival and the Grassroots Festival.

Announcements for our fall schedule at Chestnut House Concerts will be made soon. We hope you all are having a great summer.

45? No, wait…44. No, 46?

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Tim often asks children who visit our home to count the number of steps from the basement to the third floor. The answer varies; partly because there is some confusion about whether or not to count landings and the floor itself, and also because Tim adds to the chaos by teasing, “That’s not the number I came up with. Did one of the steps get away? We better start over.” And so it goes on.

In addition to entertaining young visitors (and of course being generally useful to move from one level to another), the open staircase in our home provides a boost to the acoustics in the front room for house concerts. This was demonstrated by Oliver Craven of The Stray Birds when they were doing a sound check for their December 2012 show. He moved to the stairwell, held the instrument over the open space and gave a few plinks and listened as the notes climbed up and up and out the open door on the third floor.

The Stacks are providing our next house concert on Wednesday, June 19th. We invite you to come and listen to the voices, guitars and fiddle playing of Andy Stack and Tania Elizabeth. We won’t make you count the steps, but you can take advantage of another benefit of the open staircase that I forgot to mention. Seating for the show!

The Ultimate Collaborative Venture

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Both Andy Stack and Tania Elizabeth have collaborated with other musicians throughout their musical careers.  

Andy began formally touring with a band when he was just age 15, and has since then toured with Suzanne Vega, Jonah Smith and the NY Ska Jazz Ensemble.  Writing and recording his own songs gave Andy the opportunity to open for bands such as Los Lobos, Madeleine Peyroux, Guy Davis, Dar Williams and Martin Sexton.  Andy has also collaborated with his sister Melissa Ahern  in a duo She and the Sun. 

Tania Elizabeth is a multi-instrumentalist, with fiddle as her primary instrument.  Like Andy, at age 15 she started formally touring and recorded her first album.  She’s the co-founder of the Canadian-based band The Duhks who recently finished recording a new album, soon to be released.  Tania’s versatility makes her a huge asset as an accompanist and she’s traveled with musicians such as Rachael Yamagata and Mary Gauthier.  

Andy and Tania met in a prohibition-era blues club in the middle of New York City.  They were both there to support a mutual friend’s performance and formed an instant connection that started not just a musical collaboration…they were married at city hall in NYC in the spring of 2013.  

Tim and I went to the Tin Angel in Philadelphia to see Tania and Andy perform with Adrien Reju.  Their abilities to accompany with sensitivity and perfection enhanced Reju’s performance.  We are honored to have The Stacks present a house concert on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Chestnut House Concerts.  If you like fiddle tunes, electric guitar, strong vocals with gentle harmonies, covers with a twist, and original songwriting – save your seat now by emailing Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com.