Last night’s Folklife Masters concert featuring bluegrass mandolin legend, John Reischman and up-and-coming Old Time music prodigies, The Romeros was a huge success! Thanks to all who came out to Empty Sea Studios.
We will post some pics from the evening later this week. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Folklife Masters shows.
It’s an honor for us to host John Reischman at this Folklife Masters concert. He’s a much-respected bluegrass mandolinist and band leader of the award-winning group John Reischman & The Jaybirds. John brings a rich knowledge of the bluegrass tradition and a bold taste for composition. In his solo career and in the Jaybirds he has consistently pushed the boundaries of bluegrass, delving into Latin music and jazz, while staying true to its deep roots in the old-timey music of the American South. Listen here to his playing of a tune of his own composition from his album with The Jaybirds.
John Reischman (photo by Colin Goldie)
John Reischman & The Jaybirds: Deception Falls
Named after a scenic stop on the Highway 2 across the Washington Cascades, this thoughtful instrumental tune reflects the serene beauty of John’s home, the Pacific Northwest.
Joining John Reischman is Trisha Gagnon (vocals, bass) from The Jaybirds. Trisha has been with The Jaybirds since the beginning, debuting on their 2001 album and wowing audiences with her crystal clear voice, solid basslines and carefully crafted songwriting.
Have a listen to her dueting with John on the beautiful song “Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still.” This chilling Civil War-era ballad brings to mind the hopeless plight of war and lost love. As you can hear in this track, Trisha brings a perceptive beauty to all she touches. Her many roles in the band — vocalist, bassist, and song-writer — all are informed by the same personal, homespun touch.
John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon (Photo by Eric Frommer)
John Reischman & The Jaybirds: Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still
Have a listen to Jason’s playing of the traditional tunes Devil’s Dream and Last Chance. He effortlessly moves around the melody, transforming two square dance tunes into instrumental music that transcends our expectations.
The Romeros: “Devil’s Dream/Last Chance”
Pharis Romero joins Jason on guitar and vocals, bringing a wide range of emotion in her singing and a love for the backroads of American traditional song. Listen to this track of her and Jason dueting on the haunting medieval ballad Lowe Bonnie, the story of a spurned woman who stabs her lover to death. Listening to their exchange in the man’s final moments will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
The Romeros: “Lowe Bonnie”
We’re excited to bring the Romeros down from Vancouver Island for an evening of trailblazing acoustic music. Having recently formed their critically acclaimed group, The Haints Old-Time Stringband, the Romeros are about to embark on a national tour and have been lighting up old-time jam sessions on the West Coast for the past couple of years. In fact, check out this powerful old-time session led by The Romeros and Erynn Marshall at the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
The Romeros will be joined in this Folklife Masters concert by bluegrass mandolin master John Reischman and bluegrass vocalist Trisha Gagnon to explore the common ground between their traditions. Come out December 11 to Empty Sea Studios for an intimate concert unlike any other! These artists are coming together just for this concert, so it’s your only chance to hear them together.