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Saturday November 2
Moors and McCumber create that rare chemistry that happens when two gifted singer- songwriters and multi-instrumentalists perfectly complement each other’s strengths, a modern day version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
“Their instruments range from acoustic guitars to cello, accordion, Irish bouzouki, ukulele, mandolin and banjo,” Moors said. “We change up the instruments quite frequently during the show, but we play a combination of what I would call Americana and new Irish kind of Americana. So it’s a little bit Celtic and folk.”
James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”
Sat. December 7th
Mark Tolstrup plays traditional and original songs that meld blues, folk, ragtime and jazz but sticks closest and most authentically to the sounds of the Mississippi Delta blues. His slide guitar and unaffected raw real vocal sound show him to be the genuine article. He has assembled a talented group of musical cohorts at the crossroads where Dixieland Jazz meets Delta Blues. At this performance he will be joined by Jill Burnham on vocal, Woody Strobeck on trombone, Frank Orsini on fiddle and Tony Markellis on bass.Together they produce a sound from the roots of American music moaning low with the blues and rollicking with the joy of traditional jazz of New Orleans.
Mark and his band mate Jill Burnham were also recent winners of the Regional International Blues Challenge held at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY. They will travel to Memphis in January 2020 to compete in the upcoming Blues Challenge competition.
"An acoustic blues master with a genuine feel for the classic works of such blues legends as Robert Johnson, Son House and Leadbelly, Tolstrup slides and slashes up and down the neck of his National Steel guitar as effortlessly as if he was born with it in his hands.-Greg Haymes - Albany Times Union
“....a rousing, heartfelt, virtuoso-level new album “Street Corner Holler” Michael Hochanadel - Schenectady Daily Gazette
Coming up in 2020:
Sat. Jan 4th
CD release concert
Katie Trautz is a native Vermont fiddler who has toured nationally and internationally sharing traditional music and original folk songs. Katie plays fiddle, guitar and banjo crossing genres with her numerous ensembles. She has studied with some of the greatest fiddle players in the US including Dirk Powell, Pete Sutherland, David Greely and Bruce Molsky. Katie has released a number of albums in the past seven years with her various bands (Mayfly, Chaque Fois and more). Katie is the co-founder of the non-profit folk music school ‘Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture’ based in Montpelier, VT. Following her 8-year directorship at the Summit School, she became the Executive Director of Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph, VT. After the release of her book 'American Harmony Singing: Kid Songs' in the fall of 2016, she decided to return to teaching music, while raising her new baby son.
“Katie Trautz is representative of many young people playing traditional music today. On (her album) Remembering, she has used the traditional style to establish her own distinctive and lovely repertoire."— TD, Sing Out Magazine
“On her new solo recording, Trautz does her mentor proud and really shines as a vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter. Her fiddling is full of old-timey swing, her five-string banjo playing leisurely, and her alto voice confident and full of emotion.” –Robert Resnik, VPR
“In the spotlight by herself, Trautz reveals nuance and depth. She approaches singing the way she does the fiddle: with a subdued directness, creating a sound that’s beautiful in its simplicity.” –Dan Bolles, Seven Days Review
Sat. Feb 1st -Paul Asbel
From his early years, playing blues on Chicago’s South Side, to his present multi-faceted career based out of northern Vermont, Paul has earned an underground reputation as a true “musician’s musician”. He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Earl Hooker, Lightnin’ Slim, Paul Butterfield, Sam Lay, Pops Staples, Donny Hathaway, and numerous others while in his hometown of Chicago, Ill.
Paul has been a frequent contributor to several web-based guitar forums over the years. He was the first “Artist of the Month” on 13thFret.com, and produced a series of downloadable video lessons for Acoustic Player Magazine. Recently, he created instructional videos for Peghead Nation, Dream Guitars, Guitar Player and Acoustic Guitar magazine, who said “Asbell’s musical personality comes out most fully when playing his own brand of American roots music… in live performance, Asbell reveals a deep appreciation of the history behind each tune, while giving them a fresh, updated touch.” Asbell’s own history was explored extensively in an interview on PBS in 2003. More video footage of concerts and festival appearances can be found on YouTube .