Upright bass player Kirsten Lamb of Cold Chocolate, 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!
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 husband 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 email@example.com to reserve a seat. Opening songs by one of Lancaster’s favorite duos, Jake Lewis and Katie Seifarth.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We received this lovely message from The Barefoot Movement…
…and delayed erasing it for as long as possible.
But today’s the day Chestnut House Concerts welcomes The Stacks for an evening performance. A pork shoulder is roasting in the oven for pulled pork sandwiches – Potluck at 6:00 pm, show at 7:00. We might be able to squeeze you in even if you have not called ahead – give us a call/text -Tim at 717-940-9311.
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 Stacks perform a rendition of Blind Alfred Reed’s 1929 tune of the Great Depression, “How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?”.
We’re just 16 years shy of this tune being a century old, but as all great tunes you’ll notice how the words still apply today.
Reed had the ability to play fiddle and sing at the same time, which is also a skill that Tania Elizabeth has perfected. Contact Chestnut House Concerts soon if you’d like to attend the June 19th show.