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Although she now lives in Asheville, NC with her husband John and daughter Cady, Natalya Zoe Weinstein is a native of Massachusetts. Natalya was raised with music as a big part of her life; her father is a master jazz pianist and her grandfather was a professional kelzmer musician. Natalya is part of the trio Red June, and she is the Zoe of the duo “Zoe & Cloyd“.  Natalya is also a violin instructor and  a frequently requested session musician.

 

We look forward to welcoming Zoe & Cloyd to Lancaster on Friday, September 9, 2016.  Potluck at 6, Music at 7.  RSVP with Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 717-940-9311. 

 

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Cluck Old Hen

At the 2015 Grey Fox Music Festival Tim and I were able to attend a workshop on The Mountain Music Project with Abigail Washburn, Tara Linhardt, and several Nepali musicians -one who was playing the sarangi. The sarangi is carved from a single piece of wood with goat skin stretched across it. It has 4 strings like a violin and the middle strings are tuned in unison to create a droning sound.  My ears interpreted it as a cross between a violin and a dulcimer.

The Mountain Music Project – from Appalachia to Himalaya is effort supported by Tim O’Brien and Abigail Washburn that creates awareness of mountain music in other cultures. It was interesting to learn that the Nepali culture has many songs similar to traditional Appalachian tunes. For example, Honira Salala (Water Flowing Slowly) has a similar melody to Going Across the Sea; Deri Phul Paareko (So Many Eggs) has the same concept as our very popular Cluck Old Hen.

Below is a delightful rendition of Cluck Old Hen by The Blackberry Bushes Stringband. Jes Raymond (guitar) takes the vocal lead and the song has fun creative mandolin (Daniel Ullom), banjo (Alex Genova) and fiddle (Jakob Breitbach) breaks. Between 2:30 and 3:00 the band has some complicated timing changes with bassist Forrest Marowitz keeping the groove and then everyone in the band joins vocals for a final a cappella verse.

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The Blackberry Bushes Stringband will be performing original tunes on Friday, September 25 at Chestnut House Concerts – but we may get them to sing a few traditional tunes like Cluck Old Hen. If you’d like to attend please contact Tim at tlehman9@gmail.com or call/text 7179 409311.  Potluck at 6:00 pm, Music at 7:00.

A Cello in the House

Both Tim and I name the cello as our favorite stringed instrument. While we’ve heard masters such as Rushad Eggleston and Natalie Haas play at bluegrass/Celtic festivals over the years, it is not common for most Americana/folk bands to incorporate the cello.  But finally, our 27th house concert, Harpeth Rising, will feature banjo, violin aMariaAlonend….cello.

Cellist Maria Di Meglio is classically trained and as a youth participated in orchestral groups that helped her gain exposure to many types of music. Maria’s mother is from Montenegro which created in Maria an additional awareness of styles of folk music across cultures.

Maria likes the flexibility of the cello – that it can be two instruments in one.  The cello is bass-like but also can be lyrical and melodic.

All three members of Harpeth Rising met at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where they all earned performance degrees.  With Rebecca Reed-Lunn on banjo, Jordana Greenberg on violin and Maria playing cello, Harpeth Rising produces a fusion of folk, newgrass, rock and classical.

Harpeth Rising will be performing at 7:00 pm on Friday, January 9, 2015.  Prior to the show there is a potluck starting at 6:00 pm.  Suggested donations are $15/20 per person and an RSVP is required.  Contact Tim Lehman at tlehman9@gmail.com or by text/call to 717940 9311.  Come meet the cello.

First House Concert in the 2012-2013 Series

Chestnut House Concerts is thrilled to announce the first concert in the 2012-2013 series.  The Barn Birds are touring the Northeast and will be stopping by Lancaster, Pennsylvania for a house concert on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.  The Barn Birds are talented musicians Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh.  The following brownpaperticket write up is from a Barn Bird concert in April.

JONATHAN BYRD is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune.  Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine’s gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark’s lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett’s wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey’s knack for the revealing image.”  Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands. It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style. After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves.

CHRIS KOKESH is no newcomer to the folk music scene.  In her 14 years with the all-woman quartet Misty River, she became a veteran of stages including the Strawberry Music Festival (CA), the Walnut Valley Festival (KS), Sisters Folk Festival (OR), and Wintergrass (WA) and helped create the signature vocal blend of this Northwest favorite.  In July 2010, October Valentine debuted on the Folk DJ charts at #20, and Chris’s stunning songwriting, crystalline vocals, tasty fiddle and solid guitar distinguish her as a stand-alone talent.  On stage Kokesh brings songs to life with a transparency that draws audiences in.  She reveals the inner workings of her heart with grace and an unexpectedly wry sense of humor.  Jeff Douglas of Oregon Public Broadcasting says, “Chris Kokesh is writing songs that stand up with the best.  Keep an ear out for this emerging talent.”

Jonathan Byrd and Chris Kokesh met in 2007 at the Americana Song Academy, a week-long songwriting school in Sisters, Oregon.  After teaching at the Academy, Jonathan went on to play the Sisters Folk Festival where he invited Chris to play with him.  They played two encores, and Jonathan was invited back to play again the next year, a rare honor bestowed by popular vote among the festival attendees.  The duo, dubbed the Barn Birds, has since toured the Pacific Northwest and Midwest and recorded an as-yet unreleased album.

http://www.jonathanbyrd.com

http://www.chriskokesh.com

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The Barn Birds