Magical Musical Weekend in Wales
We’re delighted to let you know about a very special weekend of music on Saturday May 20th and Sunday May 21st.
On Saturday 20th May at 8pm in the newly refurbished Knighton Community Centre we have the return of two of the most popular acts we’ve ever put on. For those of you who were lucky enough to see Anna and Elizabeth‘s sold out concert in Presteigne last year, no more need be said. For those of you who didn’t please read the attached publicity. On the same bill, Eli West is returning to play with Anna and Elizabeth AND do a solo performance. Eli is best known for his outstanding duo collaboration with Cahalen Morrison, but in solo work his amazing instrumental and vocal skills really shine.
On Sunday 21st May at 7.30pm we have something of a coup! We managed to book one of the most popular acoustic bands ever to visit these shores. The Foghorn String Band from the Pacific North West usually play festivals and larger venues, but on this short tour of Ireland and Europe they’ve agreed to come and play a concert/dance in the workshop at Castle Ring, Beggars Bush near Presteigne.
If you’ve seen them at Fire in the Mountain Festival (the festival organiser’s favourite band) you’ll know why we’re excited. It’ll be a real party, and there’ll be homemade snacks and a great bar.
Tickets for each event cost £12 – PLEASE book in advance if you can as we have strictly limited capacity.
Tickets for both cost £22. On sale for cash at the Workhouse and Courtyard Antiques in Presteigne, or by phone from
01544 350407, 01547 528315, or 01547 460231.
Looking to sharing some unforgettable music and dance with you.
ANNA and ELIZABETH
The collaboration between Anna Roberts-Gevalt and Elizabeth LaPrelle spans worlds — between their homes in Brooklyn and rural Virginia — between deep study of mountain ballads with old masters and explorations into the avant garde — between music, performance, and visual art.
Six years deep into their work together, they have spent the past year visiting traditional music archives in their home states of Vermont and Virginia, working that raw material at residencies, and are in the midst of a new cycle of work together, including a third studio album; a multimedia stage show incorporating movement, illustration, storytelling and music; a pair of dance films; and a series of quilted illustrations called “crankies.”
This May sees the first UK solo outing for monstrously talented Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist and singer Eli West, known for his previous UK touring with Cahalen Morrison. Eli oozes understated talent: a sublime musician! His recent debut solo album, The Both, sees him taking the lead, on electric and acoustic guitars, banjo, and pedal steel, whilst remaining a thoughtful collaborator – here with some of his close friends and personal heroes, like jazz great Bill Frisell, new Americana discovery Dori Freeman, and Anna & Elizabeth.
THE FOGHORN STRING BAND
The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead. American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration, and Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country, and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy, and virtuosity. The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: –Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle) – From Orcas Island, Washington –Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar) – From rural Farmer, Washington –Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) – From the Gaspé Coast, Eastern Quebec –Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo) – From Minneapolis, Minnesota Each member of Foghorn Stringband exemplifies the best of the roots music traditions from their respective native cultures. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State. Reeb Willms hails from the wind swept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.
In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago. They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music. Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide. The band’s repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years. They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy. Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky tonk country, and classic bluegrass….and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole. Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing. You’ll see. There’s Foghorn…and there’s everybody else.
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