OK, here is the entire jam-packed Dusty Strings Spring 2008 Concert Schedule. If anyone has any questions, feel free to PM me, or of course call the shop at (206) 634-1662 (or toll-free 866-634-1662). As always, you can also call that number to purchase tickets or sign up for workshops. All concerts take place at the Dusty Strings Acoustic Music Shop, 3406 Fremont Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98103.
See you around!
P.S. (Don't forget that children 12 and under are now 1/2 price!)
Celtic Fiddle Festival
Saturday, March 8th
TWO SHOWS! 7:00 p.m. & 9:30 p.m., $23
Called "three of the finest folk violinists anywhere" by The Washington Post, Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and André Brunet (Québec) combine their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humor as the Celtic Fiddle Festival for concerts of dazzling energy and subtle grace. They are supported by acclaimed English musician Ged Foley's guitar skills, ranging from driving accompaniment to delicate solos.
Live performances by the Celtic Fiddle Festival feature a showcase by these masters of their regional repertoires. The evening builds to a collaborative set, which features all four musicians weaving complex and fascinating arrangements with the delicacy of a chamber quartet – and the rip-roaring force of an international hoe-down. Co-sponsored by Northwest Folklife.
Michael Chapdelaine and Schenk Guitars
Visit the Builder and the Guitars 4:30 pm
Concert Friday, March 14, 7:30 pm - Free!
Dusty Strings hosts Schenk Guitars and guitarist Michael Chapdelaine in a special event debuting luthier Rod Schenk's new line of guitars, soon to be offered in our store. Schenk Guitars are hands-down the most exciting new presence in this guitar-rich world. Performers such as Richard Smith and Pierre Bensusan have praised these guitars for their tone, beauty, and expressive capacity. The guitars will be showcased by the talents of Michael Chapdelaine, who approaches fingerstyle guitar in two ways: classical (studied with Segovia at USC in LA) and rippin' arrangements of cover tunes from the 60's (1998 winner of the prestigious Winfield National Fingerpicking Competition). He has performed world-wide, sharing the stage with many of Nashville's guitar wizards, including Muriel Anderson. Come visit the builder at 4:30 p.m., play the guitars, and then enjoy this free evening concert at 7:30 p.m. featuring two exceptional art forms: guitar building and guitar playing.
Mark Graham & Orville Johnson with Lil' Rev
Saturday, March 15th. 7:30 p.m., $18
Mark Graham and Orville Johnson, widely known and respected as longtime performers on harmonica and dobro/blues guitar as well as through their "Kings of Mongrel Folk" duo, join forces with the Midwest's "ukulele and harmonica wizard", Lil' Rev. You'll hear Rev and Graham swap soulful harmonica licks over Johnson's masterful blues craftsmanship, as well as Rev's eclectic blend of Blues, Tin Pan Alley, County, Folk and Yiddish material. Graham promises concert-goers, "Our show with the World-renowned Lil' Rev will be a cornucopia of harmoniacal madness never before seen or to be seen again in this geological epoch."
Mark Roberts, Dan Compton & Stanley Greenthal
Saturday, April 12th, 7:30 p.m., $18
Mark Roberts and Dan Compton met at The Festival of American Fiddle Tunes many years ago. During their first session together they both happened to go into the reel "The Cottage in the Glen" simultaneously with nary a wink or a nod. That proved to be a sign of the simpatico music vibes they've shared ever since, up through their most recent collaboration on Robert's new CD, The Gloup. In this concert they are joined by nationally acclaimed Northwest songwriter and instrumentalist Stanley Greenthal. The three will combine their deep pool of experience in Celtic and other musics from around the world for a richly melodic and stirring evening of collaborative music.
Cornwall Harp Ensemble
Friday, April 18th, 7:30 p.m., $12
Dusty Strings welcomes Sarah Deere-Jones and her Cornwall Harp Ensemble, seven harpers from the rugged Cornish coast in the southwest of the British Isles. The Ensemble will present a concert featuring the traditional harp music of Cornwall, a land of beautiful countryside, fascinating history, an ancient language and a fine legacy of Celtic culture. The Cornwall Harp Ensemble performs an eclectic mix of classical, traditional and contemporary music as an ensemble, interspersed with solo contributions. Formed by Deere-Jones in 2004, they were invited to perform at the Wales International Harp Festival in Caenarvon, and in Denmark to perform with the 'Harpetræf' ensemble in Copenhagen.
The Downtown Mountain Boys
Saturday, April 19th, 7:30 p.m., $18
The DownTown Mountain Boys, the Pacific Northwest's most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band, features veteran bluegrassers and recording artists Terrence Enyeart (bass, lead and harmony vocals), Dave Keenan (banjo, fiddle, lead and harmony vocals), Don Share (guitar, lead and harmony vocals), Tom Moran (mandolin), and Paul Elliott (fiddle). Victory Review recently called The DownTown Mountain Boys "the cream of Seattle-area pickers, top teachers, session musicians, and musicologists." The band's recent recording Big Darlin' was recently named one of the year's best bluegrass recordings by Pete Goodall of KBCS.
Kate Long & Robin Kessinger
Saturday, April 26th, 7:30 p.m., $18
Two of Appalachia's most-loved artists deliver a high-energy, thought- and laugh-filled evening with lots of audience participation. National flatpick guitar champion Robin Kessinger is a member of the legendary Kessinger family of old-time music. Kate Long's moving, witty songs such as Who Will Watch the Homeplace have become new Appalachian standards. When these two mix dazzling traditional guitar classics with musical storytelling and new songs that sound old, "the feeling is down-to-earth, down-home, and deeply rooted," as one presenter reported. "Expect to laugh, cry, think, and come away with a full heart."
Clawhammer Banjo Weekend 2008 Concert
Bob Carlin, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, and The Coattail Riders (Jeanie Murphy & Forrest Newton)
Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm, $18
Hear three of the best old-time banjo players (as well as special guest Marcy Marxer on the banjo cello!) all in one event. This concert is part of the 4th Annual Dusty Strings Clawhammer Banjo Weekend, which takes place May 2-4 at Dusty Strings.