Foghorn Stringband w/ Cajun Country Revival

  • Details

  • 3/08/17
  • 7 - 8:30 p.m.
  • $18 – $22
  • All Ages
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  • Music

Event Description

Foghorn Stringband’s tight instrumental work and line-up ― fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar ― is reminiscent of early bluegrass, but their powerful approach is whole-heartedly old-time and centered on the fiddle. Devoted to the interpretation and performance of American stringband music, their style encompasses early country, the fiddle repertoire of the Southern Appalachians and the Midwest, and the stringband sounds of the Piedmont. Caleb Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as by his upbringing in Washington State. Also from Washington, Reeb Willms grew up in the state’s eastern farmlands singing hard-bitten honky-tonk with her family. Nadine Landry’s roots lie in the rural backroads of Acadian Québec, but she cut her teeth as one of the best bluegrass bassists in Western Canada. Minnesotan Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, simply put, is one of the best old-time fiddlers of his generation and has a voice that sounds like it’s coming from an old 78. Credited for igniting the old-time renaissance in Northwest, the quartet continues to stand out as the shining gold standard for American Stringband music. With thousands of shows and over a decade of touring under their belts, it’s no surprise that the band “has blossomed into a full-blown force of nature that threatens world domination” (Stuart Mason). Whether in a rock venue, bluegrass festival, or Grange Hall dance, they further a great tradition through a profound belief that old-time music, played in a traditional way, is still relevant and very much alive in the 21st century.

Take Foghorn Stringband, add a couple of legendary Cajun players, and you’ve got Cajun Country Revival, a veritable supergroup of American roots music. Joel Savoy ― son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann Savoy and founder of Louisiana-based Valcour Records ― is a nine-time Grammy nominee, as well as the Cajun Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year. He has worked and played with John Fogerty, Linda Ronstadt, Steve Earle, and T-Bone Burnett. Often sharing a stage with Joel is powerhouse Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural, pre-electricity home in rural Louisiana, Jesse grew up speaking Cajun French and listening to the family’s battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals. Jesse has been playing traditional Cajun music for over 35 years. He is a winner of numerous awards and in 1998 was inducted into the Cajun Music Hall of Fame.

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