Archive for the Category ◊ Concerts ◊

• Saturday, September 06th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Cantrip is a trio of Scottish traditional musicians that has been stunning audiences on several sides of the Atlantic for over a decade with its driving blend of fiddle (Jon Bews), bagpipes (Will Woodson) and guitar (Eric McDonald). Weaving together songs and tunes, both traditional and contemporary, Cantrip takes an audience on a cultural journey, weaving dense textures together and leaving listeners hungering for more. They will be at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY on Thursday September 11th 2014. Concert starts at 7:00 pm and will be followed by a jam session. $18- at the door. RSVP to reserve a seat with mike@cinst.org More http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/1526838000884603/

Will Woodson http://willwoodsonmusic.com/

Will is an innovative and powerful young performer of traditional and contemporary music on Scottish bellows pipes, wooden flute, and tin whistle. Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow with a master’s degree in Scottish music, he’s now returned to his first home across the Atlantic. These days, he’s based in Portland, Maine and is enmeshed in the thriving music scene of the Northeastern United States, where he flits about hither and yon performing and teaching. Will has played across America, Canada, Scotland, Ireland, and a good bit of continental Europe, appearing at major festivals like Piping Live and Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He’s shared stages with the likes of Phil Cunningham and Mick Maloney. He’s also kept busy teaching and has recently appeared at events like Maine Pipes and Fiddle and the Upper Potomac Pipers Weekend in West Virginia. Will has played Scottish music since he was a child, and has studied with some of the greatest living exponents of the tradition, including Allan MacDonald, Finlay MacDonald, Marc Duff, and Hamish Napier.

Eric McDonald http://www.ericmcdonaldmusic.com/

Eric McDonald is one of New England’s premier acoustic performers and instructors, known for his versatility in many styles. Born and raised in the Boston area, he grew up steeped in Beantown’s vibrant music scene. He studied at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians John McGann and Eugene Friesen. While studying he toured with full time folk acts like The Dave Rowe Trio and Matching Orange, and acted as music director for productions by companies such as Actor’s Shakespeare Project. His accompaniment on DADGAD guitar can be heard on albums by those such as Katie McNally and Brendan Carey Block, whom he can also be seen with on stage. He has performed across the country and overseas alongside major artists such as Archie Fisher, Malinky, Rodney Miller, Hamish Napier and Ian Robb of Finest Kind. He is a member of the Scottish power trio Cantrip and the contemporary old time group The Knockbox Stringband. He has been seen on stage at such events as the New World Festival, the Champlain Valley Folk Festival, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and countless others. Eric’s teaching is practiced and well developed. He spent five years on staff at the Passim School of Music in Cambridge, MA and brings his skills every summer to Maine Fiddle Camp.

Jon Bews

A veteran of the fiddle, having started at age four, Jon Bews of Cantrip came to Scots music from a classical education by way of Goth rock. A prizewinning graduate of the RSAMD in 1994, he has performed and recorded with such diverse artists as Malinky, James Yorkston, Mikel Urdangarin, Ranarim, Deaf Mutes and Samling. In addition to the acclaimed Scottish power trio Cantrip (alongside Eric McDonald), he currently plays with renowned Edinburgh ceilidh band Callanish and critically acclaimed indie rock quintet The Last Battle. His string arrangements have been sought out by Ewan MacPherson and Fribo and his tunes have won high acclaim across the board. Jon moved to the Scottish Borders in 2003 where he spent two years as Traditional and World Music Development Worker for Scottish Borders Council.

Will Woodson & Eric McDonald duo http://willandericmusic.com/

Will & Eric are two of the finest young proponents of Scottish music today. With an unusual blend of wind and plucked strings, they bring a breath of sensitivity to a tradition that is often known for high velocity. This unique approach, while rooted in the indigenous music, is also informed by the vibrant traditional music scene of their native New England, wielding a dynamosity that screams of progress. Border pipes, wooden flute, tin whistle, guitar, mandolin, and voice fuse together to create a detailed fabric of tunes and songs. Soaring reels and swinging jigs give way to more contemplative ballads, each displaying the organic chemistry of the duo. Their music is equally at home in a concert, festival or pub atmosphere. You can see them touring across the country bringing their unique brand of Scottish music to the stage as well as curating a scene in and around Portland ME, where they reside and share a teaching studio.

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• Monday, August 11th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Coracree Trio performing Celtic, Old Time, European and Original Roots Music at the Canaan Institute Thur Aug 21 beginning at 7:00 pm for a house concert followed by a jam session. Donation for the band $15- Limited seating at this private venue: RESERVATIONS & RSVP: please email Mike Ludgate to reserve your seats and for directions mike@cinst.org

Coracree Trio is: Jane Rothfield-Fiddle, banjo, vocals; Bill Quern-Tenor banjo, mandolin, accordion and harmonica, vocals; Sarah Gowan-guitar, concertina, foot percussion, vocals.

Philadelphia based, Coracree Trio (pronounced Kora-Kree), plays roots music from the heart, melding a mixture of Celtic, Old time, European and Original music with an old and contemporary sound. Coracree Trio combines the talents of three great musicians with a lifetime of playing traditional music who also write new melodies and songs in the traditional style and with an improvisational twist!

VIDEOS MP3s http://www.coracree.com/media.html

The Coracree Trio feature the playing of award winning fiddler, clawhammer banjo player and singer Janie Rothfield, multi-instrumentalist extra-ordinaire, Bill Quern (Tenor Banjo, 5 String Banjo, Mandolin, Harmonica and Button Accordian), and the inventive and driving guitar stylings, and concertina notes of clog dancer Sarah Gowan. With lively fiddle tunes, soulful and spritely Appalachian songs and an occasional clog dance by guitarist Sarah Gowan, an evening with Coracree Trio equals a fun evening of music, dance and humor!

Since 2010, Coracree has played at contra dances, concerts and festivals throughout the American East, spreading their unique and entertaining brand of Old and New folk music to audiences of all ages!

Coracree was formed in 2010 when fiddler/tune writer Jane Rothfield and bassist/Scottish singer Allan Carr moved south from Albany NY. They soon met multi-instrumentalist Bill Quern and guitarist Sarah Gowan (both prolific tune writers) and since then have played for Contra Dances and concerts from New England to Georgia including top dance venues such as Scout House in Concord Mass, Glen Echo (MD), River Falls (SC), The Old Farmers Ball (Asheville NC) , Glenside (PA), CDNY (NYC), and Atlanta. Festival appearances include Old Songs Festival (Altamont NY), Contracopia (Philadelphia, PA), Catapult (Atlanta, GA) and NEFFA (Boston MA).

In 2013, Coracree released their debut cd, Dancing in the Sky, which will be available for sale at the concert.

Dancing in the Sky was recorded LIVE in the studio and includes 14 Original Tunes written by band members Jane Rothfield, Bill Quern and Sarah Gowan) and 3 songs featuring the singing of Allan Carr.
The album has been played on radio stations around the country and was recently featured on A Thistle and Shamrock on over 600 station worldwide!

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• Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - Jemina and Selina Sillanpää - sisters from Finland on June 19th at 7:00 pm for a CONCERT at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. One of our very first house shows was with these two sisters from my great-grandparents homeland. Super talented. They are in the USA for a film making project! $15 for concert. Music Jam after the concert - bring your instrument! Please RSVP to reserve a seat and for  directions: email mike@cinst.org web www.cinst.org

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/events/269368553235023

Jemina and Selina Sillanpää are sisters from Finland. They are known for their fresh musical attitude and superb talent. These women perform a mixture of Finnish folk, gypsy and their own originals with powerful emotion and edge. Jemina and Selina are both strong, soulful singers with captivating stage personas. When they sing harmonies, it is plain to hear that they have grown up singing together. They sing their lyrics in Finnish, English and Roma and they both play fiddle and guitar. Their originals have been influenced by traditional Finnish folk music but also American folk music that they listened to and learned while growing up and also traveling to the United States.

During the last 20 years Jemina and Selina have been performing with their band in Finland and abroad. Jemina and Selina have put out many albums. The latest one Rajamailla came out in 2012. The album contains Jemina’s and Selina’s original songs and it was produced by New York-based Tim Ries (The Rolling Stones). After the album was released, Jemina and Selina toured in Finland, USA and Canada and received great reviews and sold-out shows.

some links:

https://www.facebook.com/Rajamailla - Jemina & Selina Sillanpää & Tim Ries

http://www.dromnyc.com/events/3273/rajamailla#.U3iITGD4s1c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ChjCHCYENc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W74wR2ucXYU

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• Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
BROOKTONDALE NY - Saturday, May 17th: Ari and Mia w/ Bethany Waickman - Workshop, potluck, concert and jam session: All day event at The Canaan Institute in Brooktondale NY. Schedule: Instrumental Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm $20 (in the music workshop). Potluck dinner 5:00-6:30 pm bring something to share (in the farmhouse). House Concert 7:00-9:30 pm $15, (back in the workshop). Music Jam after the concert, bring your instrument! $25 suggested donation for the whole day or a la carte. RSVP for all, or just some! This is a private venue. Please email mike@cinst.org for directions and to reserve a seat. More info at www.cinst.org Audio from their new CD canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/291328857699944
Video clip from this concert:

Schedule:

    Instrumental Workshop 2:00-4:30 pm $20 in the music workshop
    Potluck Dinner 5:00-6:30 pm in the farmhouse - bring a dish to share
    Concert 7:00-9:30 pm $15 Concert in the workshop: typical is 2 sets of 45 min with an intermission
    Music Jam after the concert in the workshop, with the band. All are welcome to play or listen.
    Discount for whole day: $25- (you will need to bring a dish to share for dinner)..

Ari & Mia, Boston’s Americana sister act, reference the traditions of Southern and Northeastern fiddle music and the early American songbook to create a realm where their own compositions cross paths with older traditions. Their stylish and sophisticated music honors the sounds of Appalachian cottages, rural dance floors, and urban concert halls. Combine this with their innovative approach to song and tune-writing and the result is a fresh and contemporary sound.

Website http://ariandmiamusic.com/

Ari & Mia “blend a traditional rootsy grounding with a clear background of classical training. Their own works are soothing and fresh, tasteful and accomplished. This duo is taking the classical study of a conservatory program and bringing it alive in folk touring circles,’ says SingOut! Magazine. Both sisters studied at Boston’s New England Conservatory in its cutting edge Contemporary Improvisation department. In May of 2013, they released their new record, Land on Shore, to critical acclaim. Their previous album, Unruly Heart, ranked high on the national folk radio charts for 2011. Ari won ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award for her innovative cello-playing and Mia’s song “Across the Water,” won the 2010 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category.

Ariel Friedman

Ariel Friedman, a classically trained cellist from the Boston area, is one of few musicians to be challenging the boundaries of cello-playing. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2008 where she studied cello performance with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and received a masters of music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2011. A winner of ASTA’s 2009 Alternative Styles Award, she is in current exploration of American roots traditions, early jazz, a range of classical repertoire, and in composing songs and pieces influenced by her diverse musical tastes. She tours internationally with Scottish National Fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel, plays with New England’s highly acclaimed fiddle band, Childsplay, and has taught at music camps and programs from New England to New Zealand.

Mia Friedman


Mia Friedman began playing violin and singing at an early age. She is largely influenced by American roots music and old-time Appalachian traditions, and blends this with contemporary experimental music in her compositions. She graduated from New England Conservatory in 2012 where she studied with Anthony Coleman, Carla Kihlstedt, and Hankus Netsky, and is an active composer, performer, and educator. Her song “Across the Water” won the 2011 John Lennon Songwriting Contest in the folk category. She tours around the United States with Ari and has her own solo act.

Bethany Waickman

Bethany Waickman grew up in musical family in northern, NY and started playing the piano at an early age. One of her earliest experiences with traditional music was attending Meadowlark music camp with her family. It was there that she was inspired to take up the guitar. Bethany formed the contra dance trio, Anadama, while working at Pinewoods in 2007, and they have gone on to delight dancers across the eastern seaboard. Bethany started performing with The Lissa Schneckenburger Band in Dec. of 2008, and can be seen with Lissa in tours throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

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• Thursday, May 08th, 2014

BROOKTONDALE NY - A rare concert appearance by NO’Shanigans. Featuring: Tim Ball, Michael Ludgate, Sophie Orzechowski and Andrea Katz. Concert 7-9 pm Mon May 12. FREE admission. Two sets with an intermission. Bring your instruments and jam with the band after the concert :: www.oshanigans.org :: www.cinst.org :: Directions http://canaaninstitute.org/mn/mus_jamcann.html Facebook event is here https://www.facebook.com/events/649215611798621

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• Monday, April 28th, 2014

ITHACA NY - The Djangoners have been a favorite on the Rochester & Ithaca Jazz scenes for going on four years. And now it’s finally time for a CD!  After culling through hundreds of hours of live recordings, the band has boiled it down to 14 exquisite tracks.

A “CD Release Celebration” is planned for Sunday, May 4, 8-10pm at the Argos Inn, 408 E. State St. $5.00 admission. Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/718860321497738/

This show will help fund the project, and the new CD - “En Direct et Endiable” (Live & Swingin’) - will be available at a one-time-only special price of $10 (regular $15) to everyone who comes to the show.

Here’s what Tom Kohn - owner, Bop Shop Records, Rochester, NY - has to say about The Djangoners: “Django Reinhardt left a profound influence on thousands of musicians over the last half century. The Djangoners are no exception.  They approach Django’s music with such sensitivity and passion that when you hear them, you’ll imagine yourself in a Parisian nightclub in the 1930s. It’s as if Django’s ghost is sitting at the bar giving his nod of approval.”

The Djangoners take their inspiration from Django Reinhardt and his famous Jazz band from late-1930s Paris & London - “The Quintet of the Hot Club of France” – arguably, the most famous Jazz band Europe ever produced.  Django Reinhardt was born into a family of Gypsies and began playing music early but, at age 18, he was seriously injured in a fire that rendered two fingers on his left hand useless and doctors believed he would never play guitar again. Reinhardt persevered in rehabilitation and developed a fingering technique using only two fingers for his spectacular guitar solos. In mid-1930s Paris, Django joined forces with violinist, Stephane Grappelli and formed the Quintet of the Hot Club of France which went on to a prolific recording and performance career, popularizing Django’s original compositions and his renditions of American Jazz classics.

Today, Django Reinhardt’s music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity and The Djangoners are carrying on his legacy true to its tradition, featuring Bobby Henrie on lead guitar, Eric Aceto on violin, Harry Aceto on “Manouche” rhythm guitar and Brian Williams on upright bass. These fine players have each been on the professional music scene for over 40 years playing in many different genres, but they came together on this project with a common love of Django’s music and a desire to perform it with the same enthusiasm and spirit as it was originally played in the 1930s. They’ve achieved that objective handsomely!

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• Friday, April 11th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Alash Tuvan Throat Singers! Alash Concert at the Carraige House Saturday Night 8pm $18. Follwed by a Sunday Vocal Workshop at CSMA 5pm $25. It’s a busy weekend for many, but with the tension between the US and Russia, some of us wonder if this might be the last chance to catch Alash. The real gem is the Xoomei workshop at the CSMA Sunday. This will be the first time such a possibility has been offered. Joe Prusch is doing the class registration for the Tuvan Throat Singing Workshop at CSMA: email Joe to reserve a space. Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com> See poster:

More from Joeseph:

Dear Friends & Neighbors,

I would like to invite you all to come see the legendary Alash Ensemble as they visit Ithaca on their latest American tour. Alash (www.alashensemble.com) have been in Ithaca many times before, and have even performed at the Grass Roots Festival. They play traditional Tuvan instruments, singing songs and playing tunes from many different walks of life, from epic poems and love songs to Russian blues. The tones of Tuvan music reflect the land around the people, the water, the air, the birds and frogs, the rocks and the trees, and especially the horses.

The reason for this last-minute notice is that the performance Alash tried to set up fell through, and they were going to skip Ithaca altogether. But the Carriage House was gracious enough to give them a space to perform, and the CSMA gave them space for their first-ever Xoomei workshop in Ithaca!

The workshop is open to the first 20 registrants. All you need to do to sign up for an intimate singing session with Alash is send me an email at zeppelin42@yahoo.com requesting a spot. The workshop costs $25 per participant and takes place Sunday, April 13th at 5pm. Location is the 3rd Floor Auditorium at the CSMA.

For those just interested in enjoying the wit and wisdom of Tuvan music, Alash will be performing at the Carriage House Café Saturday, April 12th at 8pm. Tickets are $18 at the door.

We hope to see many of you there!
Joseph Prusch <zeppelin42@yahoo.com>

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Author: Margaret
• Tuesday, April 01st, 2014

STARRY MOUNTAIN TRIO: Workshop and Concert, Saturday, April 12

Workshop “World Harmony Singing”: 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell, $15 (followed by potluck supper). Concert: 8 pm, 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Discount price for both workshop and concert: $25 nonstudents/$20 students

WORKSHOP: Sat., April 12, 3:30-5:00 pm, 411 Willard Straight Hall, Cornell

World Harmony Singing: Songs from South Africa, Georgia, and North America. The Starry Mountain Trio will teach three- and four-part-harmony songs from North America, the Republic of Georgia, and South Africa, delving into the particularities of singing styles from each tradition, tuning, and historical, cultural, and social context of the songs. All musical abilities and backgrounds are welcome, and songs will be taught by ear, even when sheet music is provided. Participants are welcome to bring audio recorders to the workshop. Workshop goers can expect to learn new songs (and dances; Suzannah is a member of the Green Grass Cloggers), and learn about the singing traditions from which the songs come. Suzannah Park was featured as a leader of the January 2014 Traditional Youth Song weekend in Massachusetts, where she won praise for her joyous, intuitive style and ability to inspire singers of all ages.

Workshop only: $15; workshop plus concert discount: $25 non-students, $20 students. RSVP to ian.mcgullam@gmail.com. Concert tickets available for purchase at workshop.

CONCERT, Sat., April 12, 8 pm; 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

The Starry Mountain Trio’s rich a cappella sound and inventive and honest interpretation of old songs stir audiences powerfully. Their repertoire includes American shape-note songs, haunting folk tunes, bluegrass, and gospel from Southern Appalachia, arrangements of traditional British ballads, songs of South Africa, and secular and sacred songs from the beautiful polyphonic traditions of the Republic of Georgia, the Balkans, Corsica, and Sardinia. Suzannah Park, Gideon Crevoshay, and Avery Book have been singing together since they were teenagers. Based in New England and North Carolina, where Suzannah Park is the third generation of a family of traditional singers, storytellers, and dancers, SMT members have studied with master singers and teachers in Corsica, Georgia, South Africa, and Southern Appalachia, and are themselves in demand as experienced teachers, workshop leaders, and community choir directors. They often teach with Village Harmony and tour with Northern Harmony, and have collaborated on projects with Meredith Monk, Revels, Inc., and international recordings of traditional Georgian music. These young musicians have a gift for communicating the joy and passion of singing to all generations.

Concert tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, GreenStar Market, Autumn Leaves Books, online at http://www.cornellfolksong.org/, or at the door. $15 advance, $17 door; $3 rebates for CFSS members, seniors, teens; children free. Students $10/12. Info: website or (607) 351-1845.

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• Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

TRUMANSBURG NY - The Trumansburg Conservatory of Fine Arts (TCFA) is excited and pleased to present d n r mendocino 1Rebecca Lomnicky, winner of the world’s most prestigious Scottish fiddle competition, in concert with David Brewer, a multi-instrumentalist who specializes in Celtic music on guitar, Irish penny whistle, bodhran frame-drum and the Scottish bagpipes. The duo will bring their energetic, emotional music to the conservatory on Saturday, March 15, at 7:30pm. Buy tickets here.
Rebecca, who began classical violin and piano as a five-year-old, won the 20th Annual Glenfiddich International Scottish Fiddle Championship—an invitation-only event, regarded as the Grammys of the fiddling world—in 2009. David Brewer has played and toured with Scottish super-group, The Old Blind Dogs, and also with Molly’s Revenge, in the U.S., the U.K., Canada, China and Australia, and played as a special guest of the renowned Chieftains.
Together and separately, they’ve performed all over the world. The pair’s blended performances, aimed at bridging the gap between Scottish fiddle and bagpipe music, are stirring and lively, ranging from toe-tapping dance tunes to soaring majestic airs, with wide appeal to diverse audiences. Tickets are available online and will be sold at Good To Go in Trumansburg.
To find out more about Rebecca and about David, click on their names to visit their web sites.

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• Sunday, March 09th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Steel Wheels and Tunes for the Trail is CANCELLED: POSTPONED due to the weather. The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, 7:30 pm, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and performs the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

The Steel Wheels “Winter Is Coming” video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tj2puFC1ssY

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

Bios …

The Steel Wheels bring their Slipstream Tour to Ithaca on Wednesday, March 12, when they perform at The Haunt for Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce’s 8th annual Tunes for the Trail, supporting the completion of Ithaca’s Cayuga Waterfront Trail. The Steel Wheels are renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four part harmonies complimented by Eric Brubaker’s fiddle, Brian Dickel’s upright bass and Jay Lapp on the mandolin and guitars. The band’s own brand of acoustic Americana roots music reflects stylings of the past yet boldly embodies the strength of powerful original song writing. They’ve named this tour to honor the roots musicians that have influenced them – created a slipstream for their creativity. They’ll be performing some new unreleased songs in addition to some of their past hits.

Their breakout album, Red Wing (2010), garnered critical praise and enjoyed tremendous success on the radio. It spent 13 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 Chart, where it reached the number 15 slot, and cracked the Euro Americana Chart top 10. The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. Following 2011’s release, Live at Goose Creek, The Steel Wheels continued to take the Americana scene by storm with their album, Lay Down, Lay Low (2012), which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart and was the 2012 Americana Album of the Year from the Independent Music Awards. Additionally NPR Music named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” 2013 brought yet another Americana charting release entitled, No More Rain.

The Steel Wheels are selling out venues from coast to coast and appearing at many of the top festivals in the US & Canada. These include Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, Ann Arbor Folk Festival, Stagecoach, Fayetteville Roots Festival, Moab Folk Festival, Musikfest, Walnut Valley Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Riverhawk, Kerrville Folk Festival, and many others. 2014 shows no signs of slowing down with a full schedule of prestigious festivals and venues. In July the band hosts their own annual Red Wing Roots Music Festival (www.redwingroots.com) bringing over 40 bands to 4 stages for 3 days of music & community near their home in the Shenandoah Valley. In addition as the schedule allows, the band organizes and perform the SpokeSongs bicycle music tour, during which the band members tow their instruments, equipment, and merchandise from one show to another via bicycle. Past tours have spanned up to 11 days, 600 miles, and 10 shows. The attention from these special SpokeSongs tours allow the band to raise extra money and awareness for charities and causes along the way.

As the band thrives, so do their partnerships with local businesses, artisans, and charitable organizations. The values portrayed in their music—devotion to roots, community, and family—are a way of life for The Steel Wheels, and this is reflected in everything from production process and booking agency to merchandise and touring. The band’s merchandise represents a host of grassroots connections to people and businesses. Lucas Roasting Company, located just outside of Harrisonburg, created “Halfway to Heaven” dark roast coffee in honor of their friends The Steel Wheels. Blue Mountain Brewery, located on Afton Mountain in Virginia, hosted the band when they were just getting started and now cans and bottles a multi-state distributed “Steel Wheels ESB.” T-shirts and printing needs are locally sourced and their one of a kind ceramic mugs are made by a potter friend, Justin Rothshank. Each product is intimately woven into the bands’ narrative. The Steel Wheels are proof that music remains a viable and sustaining force for connection in our world.

Quotes:

“If one must compare The Steel Wheels to another act in order to get an idea of their music imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth attempting to compare them with anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch.” — John Walker, Americana Roots

“The Steel Wheels are certainly going places… on the line between old timey folk and something raw, new and bluegrassy. Catch Trent and company on their way to fame and glory.” — Cover Lay Down

“Americana music at its best!” — Larry Groce, Mountain Stage

“Truth: Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers and Old Crow Medicine could all learn something from these cats.” — Michael Verity, No Depression, in article naming “Rain in the Valley” by The Steel Wheels as #2 acoustic song of 2012

“Fiddle-rich and mandolin-driven, their music includes all the elements I most appreciate in acoustiblue music- energy, strong and distinctive lead vocals that are supported and complemented by acute harmony, instrumental proficiency, originality tied to tradition, new songs that sound old and traditional songs that sound as they always have.” — Donald Teplyske, Roots Music

“Music lovers, prepare to have your breath taken away & goose bumps to cover your arms more at this one concert than any other you have EVER been to. The Steel Wheels are just that good!” — Rear Window Listening Room, Ganado, TX

Band members:

Trent Wagler: lead vocals, guitar, banjo, song-writing
Jay Lapp: mandolin, guitar, resonator guitar, harmony vocals
Brian Dickel: upright bass, harmony vocals
Eric Brubaker: fiddle, harmony vocals
The Steel Wheels website: www.thesteelwheels.com

Videos
Steel Wheels SpokeSong Tour video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OKXwuTaTXI
Here is another about bike touring to festivals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1aCPwK9kVo
Steel Wheels performing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsXbYMML0dI

Print Links
Steel Wheels on Cover of Pollstar http://bit.ly/1aKyzCZ
Tompkins Weekly Article _ Monday, March 3 www.tompkinshosting.com/tompkinsweekly/TompkinsWeekly140303.pdf#page=3

Web and Facebook Links
To visit the Steel Wheels web page www.thesteelwheels.com
Video page on web site. www.thesteelwheels.com/videos
Cayuga Waterfront Trail Website: www.cayugawaterfronttrail.com/Events
Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/736848242994670/

Thanks to our sponsors Ithaca Carshare, Dan Smalls Presents, La Tourelle Resort, Merrill Lynch, Rasa Spa, and the Plantsmen Nursery.

EVENING SCHEDULE
7:30 PM. Welcome and short first set by Steel Wheels
8:15 pm Steel Wheels Bike Video and discussion; Finish and Furnish it Campaign Intro/unveiling
8:45 pm. Steel Wheels long set til 10 or so. With Prize drawings in middle of set or at end.

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Author: Margaret
• Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

New Boys of Old New York

New Boys of Old New York

Saturday, 8 March, 8 pm

165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad

Central Ave., near Johnson Museum

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The Cornell Folk Song Society will present an evening of traditional music from New York State done with flair by Jeff Davis and Dave Ruch, The New Boys of Old New York, March 8 at 8 pm at 165 McGraw Hall, Cornell Arts Quad. Earlier that day, 1-3 pm, the New Boys will hold a workshop on Long Island dance tunes at the Canaan Institute in Brooktondale.

If you think singing about the Erie Canal is elementary school stuff, the New Boys will surprise you with some unusual music about New York’s canal workers and Great Lakes sailors. Their concert will include a mix of songs, folk tales and stories, old dance hall tunes, and uncommon music originating from farmers, lumberjacks, and homemakers. On stage with the New Boys will be fiddles and mandolins, banjo and guitar, spoons and jawharps, including instruments hand-made by folk artisans. Jeff and Dave also sing unaccompanied duets and use their bodies as instruments, hambone style.

Jeff Davis is one of America’s most respected collectors and interpreters of traditional music. He has both visited “source singers” and combed libraries and archives for old songs and tunes. He has toured in Canada and Europe and widely across the United States, playing in every state except North Dakota.

Dave Ruch, based in Buffalo, has toured internationally as well, but prides himself in being something of a musical locavore. Like Jeff, he has learned from the older generation of singers, talkers, and tunesmiths, as well as historical archives, to build his collection of New York State music and stories.

As the New Boys of Old New York, Jeff and Dave performed at venues including the Old Songs Festival, NEFFA, and the Mystic Seaport Sea Music Festival. More locally, they have wowed audiences at Bound for Glory, the Cranberry Coffeehouse, and Valley Folk.

Concert Tickets: Ithaca Guitar Works, Autumn Leaves Books, GreenStar, Bound for Glory, online at www.cornellfolksong.org/. $15 adv/$17 door; CU students $10/$12, with $3 rebate for members, seniors, teens. Children 12 and under free. Info: 607-351-1845 or website.

Afternoon instrumental workshop with The New Boys of Old New York: 19th century Long Island dance tunes from the collections of William Sidney Mount 1807-1868 and Isaac Homan 1816-1901, 1-3 pm, Canaan Institute, Brooktondale, NY ($20). Dave and Jeff will talk about the collections and teach several tunes. Bring any instrument (they’ll be playing fiddle and mandolin) and a recording device if you have one. RSVP via email mike@cinst.org to reserve a seat and for directions.

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• Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

ITHACA NY - Sat March 08 Mantra and Mantrella’s Belly Fusion Presents “Girls with Guns From the Wild Wild East” at Lot 10 in Ithaca from 7:00-9:00 pm. http://www.aliciafreedman.com/performance/

Live music and belly dance fusion inspired by the Middle East…with a twist. A FREE show featuring Tessa and the True Hearts (Tessa Myers), and Wowsie A Go-Go (Wendy Williams). Live music and dancing with Cat and the Pussy Cats (Art Bakert of Gadje and Catherine Perkins), as well as live music from members of the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble. Wild wild west attire encouraged.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/657841627606130/

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