James and Anne played at the chapel last year. I have rarely had the same artists two years in a row, but I knew even before they finished the first half of their gig that I had to get them back as soon as possible. Fortunately, they're returning bringing not only their consummate instrumental and vocal artistry but also their incredibly highly entertaining and engaging manner. In such an intimate space as the chapel, performers have a chance to really interact with the audience. James and Anne gave a memorable performance that night; I can't wait to have them back on stage.
James will be offering a workshop to ukulele players of all lelvels at the West Whately Chapel from 3-4.30pm before his concert performance at 7.30 pm. The cost for the workshop only is $30, which includes a pizza/salade dinner immediately following the workshop and before the concert.
James and Anne will be doing two shows this year. This show has just been added. Buy tickets
Jeremy Kittel is an American fiddler, violinist, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, his original music draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.
Kittel performs with his own band or trio, as a duo, and as a soloist with orchestras. In addition to his own projects, he has composed and arranged for such artists as Abigail Washburn, Aoife O’Donovan, My Morning Jacket, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor and Mike Marshall.
I first heard Alison when she was playing with the other Alison (Krauss, of course). Both were trailblazing women of the Bluegrass scene: Krauss on the fiddle and Brown on the banjo. Brown has gone beyond any single genre and now incorporates many styles into her playing. For lack of a better word, she and her band play music. And for those of you who might think banjo music is an oxymoron, you haven’t heard Alison. Here’s your chance. And for those of you who have heard her, you’ve probably already purchased your tickets by now…see you at the show!
Note: This is a Friday show!
Carlo Aonzo is a native of Savona, Italy where he grew up
immersed in music. His playing has been recognized with awards at prestigious competitions
including winning the Vivaldi prize of the Vittorio Pitzianti
National Mandolin Competition in Venice and first prize at the
Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in
René Izquierdo is currently a professor of classical guitar at the
University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. A native of Cuba, René graduated from the
Guillermo Tomas and Amadeo Roldan Conservatories in
Havana. In the United States, he earned a Master of Music and
Artist Diploma degrees from the Yale University School of
Music. Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards, being a
winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition
in 2004, the Extremadura International Guitar Competition, the
Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition.
Sally Rogers and Claudia Schmidt: Folk Diva Duo. Sally and Claudia have been performing their "open heart surgery" for sometime now and, in the process, have brought thousands of people back to life by infusing them with the healing and revitalizing power of their music. They will be at the Chapel June 6 to work their magic on you, and for a lot less than cardiac surgery! Theirs is no placebo effect. They have been performing together in front of audiences of all ages, all around the world. Come experience an evening of the joy of song in the presence of two of its most skilled and efficacious practitioners. OK, enough with the medical metaphor. Come and simply enjoy an evening with two of the most engaging, experienced, and talented folk-singers in the world.
The Western Flyers are one of the most exciting new bands to glide onto the music scene in years. Their music is a distinctive cross section of the Great American Songbook: authentic Western swing, hot jazz and swing standards, cowboy songs and electrifying old-time fiddle tunes. Internationally renowned guitar master Joey McKenzie drives the train with his powerful rhythm, while reigning National Swing Fiddle champion Katie Glassman and world-class upright bassist Gavin Kelso add fuel to the fire. A blending of tradition and innovation, The Western Flyers are a singular musical experience; a fresh take on a venerable American art form performed by three virtuosos of the genre.
A Valley and personal favorite, Alasdair and Natalie play fiddle and cello that makes you forget about everything else. Soulful Scottish tunes and beyond that fill the chapel with heavenly sound sprinkled liberally with more fiery sparks from elsewhere.
I'm not particularly drawn to the accordion, that is, I didn't used to be until I heard what Ivan did with it. Ivan and Entcho brought the house down three years ago. Yikes! And Entcho matched the accordion with his virtuostic violin (he played the fiddler in the broadway production of the same name!). What a pair! You have to hear this to believe it.