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Folklife Masters, December 11: John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon

December 10, 2009

We’re excited about our next Folklife Masters concert this Friday, Dec.11 featuring John Reischman & The Romeros.  The Folklife Masters concert series brings together two groups of master musicians from different traditions for an evening of collaboration and inspiration (click here for tickets).

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

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

John Reischman & Trisha Gagnon (Photo by Eric Frommer)

John Reischman & The Jaybirds: Her Bright Smile Haunts Me Still

Folklife Masters, Dec 11: Jason & Pharis Romero

December 9, 2009

We’re excited about our next Folklife Masters concert this Friday, Dec.11 featuring John Reischman & The Romeros.  The Folklife Masters concert series brings together two groups of master musicians from different traditions for an evening of collaboration and inspiration (click here for tickets).

Jason & Pharis Romero will represent the the mountain ballads and square dance tunes of Appalachia, a tradition known as “old-time music”.  Jason Romero is a master banjo player, capable of ranging from a Zen-like groove to blazing aggression.

Jason & Pharis Romero

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.