Wintergrass 2016 Performers-The Earls of Leiceister

Jerry Douglas expresses his lifelong passion for the work of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs in 2015 Grammy award winning band, The Earls of Leiceister. The band plays tribute to the music of The Foggy Mountain Boys, who laid the groundwork for contemporary bluegrass during the 1950’s and 60’s. The band features Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp on guitar and lead vocals, Charlie Cushman on banjo, Barry Bales from Alison Krauss & Union Station,  Johnny Warren (son of Flatt and Scruggs fiddler Paul Warren) on Fiddle, and Jeff White on the Mandolin. The Earls of Leiceister as a band and individually won big at the 2015 IBMA Awards!

Entertainer of the Year for the band                                                                             Male Vocalist of the Year for Shawn Camp                                                                 Instrumental Group of the Year for the band                                                           Album of the Year for “The Earls of Leicester”                                                       Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “Who Will Sing For Me”         Dobro Player of the Year for Jerry Douglas                                                                 and Jerry Douglas was also a winner for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for his album “The Three Bells”with Mike Auldridge and Robbie Ickes

If you are a fan of traditional classic  bluegrass this is a must see and they will be performing only on Friday of the festival.

 

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Wintergrass 2016 Performers-Solas

Wintergrass 2016 will have Solas performing both on the Thursday and Friday of the Fesitval. solas2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for “light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions.

11 albums later, with numerous awards to their credit, and more miles traveled touring the world to count, Solas will mark this milestone with a exciting new recording project and tour, ALL THESE YEARS.  It is a celebration of a band that, from its inception, captured the musical world’s attention and went on to become one of the most influential groups in the history of Irish music. ALL THESE YEARS sees Solas reuniting with all the members of the band, past and present, to record new material and embark on a year long world tour.

Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), who form the backbone of the uniquely definable Solas sound, long time members Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals) and newest member, the dynamic Moira Smiley (vocals, banjo), Solas is musically at the top of their game and continues to be the standard bearer not only for great Irish music, but great music in any genre.

Indeed, it can be convincingly argued that no band has done more than Solas to prove that Celtic music today is a truly universal musical language, like jazz,  classical, rock, or bluegrass. The band’s sound is explosive yet seductively personal; timelessly melodic yet rippling with modern muscle. It can bring edgy urban hipness to ancient reels, and make songs by Tom Waits and Bob Dylan feel like they’ve been aging for centuries in the sweet old casks of Celtic tradition. Through fresh and unexpected arrangements of age-old tunes, compelling and topical originals and covers, and unparalleled musicianship, Solas continues to define the path for the Celtic music world and drive the genre forward.

From their early days with singer Karan Casey, to the present lineup featuring Moira Smiley on vocals, Solas’ ALL THESE YEARS demonstrates the evolution of a band the New York Times hailed for their “…..unbridled vitality”, and the Boston Globe declared to be “the finest celtic ensemble this country has ever produced”.  Solas’ 20th Anniversary Project celebrates their remarkable past while demonstrating why they continue to be one of the most popular, influential, and exciting bands ever to emerge over the past two decades.

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see founding members and Solas stalwarts Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan bring the past, present, and future of the band to the stage, with a program sure to delight audiences with old favorites and with new material that lights the way forward.

Wintergrass 2016 Intensives

Wintergrass Intensives

Serious musical study for serious students

The Intensive Program at Wintergrass is a unique opportunity for the developing musician to gain musical insight from some of the industry’s most noted performers and experts in a half day or all day in-depth learning session.

The Wintergrass Intensive Program is geared for musicians who consider their skill level intermediate to advanced, unless it is noted that the session is specifically for beginners. It is assumed that most participants will be adults, though a youthful individual with the right mindset might also find benefit and enjoyment in the program.

Morning half-day sessions start at 9:00 am and end at 12:00pm. Afternoon half-day sessions start at 1pm and end at 4pm.

To register online please click go to the Wintergrass ticket site.

Improvisation with Joe Craven
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 9am to noon Cost: $60
Vocal Harmony with The Steel Wheels
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 1-4pm Cost: $75
Banjo with Noam Pikelny (The Punch Brothers)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 1-4pm Cost: $60
Celtic Mandolin with Seamus Egan (Solas)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 1-4pm Cost: $60
Guitar with Chris Eldridge (Punch Brothers, Hounds Tooth Boys)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 1-4pm Cost: $60
Fiddle with John Mainlander (The Molly Tuttle Band)
Thursday, Feb 25, 2016, 1-4pm Cost: $60

The Road To Wintergrass Concert Series @ Nectar Lounge Fremont,WA

Next up in the Road to Wintergrass series is a great triple bill featuring The Blackberry Bushes, Wintergrass 2016 performers The Trout Steak Revival, and Head For the Hills.

The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Acoustic Americana and Bluegrass band whose sound falls somewhere between Gillian Welch and The Infamous Stringdusters. Their songs evoke the natural world, with themes of imperfection and impermanence. The instrumentation is precise and improvisational, reminiscent of the virtuosic bluegrass greats. The Bushes have that rare magic that allows them to fuse voices from many genres into an  acoustic instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. Elements of jazz, classical, pop, old-time and bluegrass saturate this modern string band sound that is buoyant, bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.

The Trout Steak Revival -Soulful Narratives. Heartfelt Songwriting. Tightly-woven Instrumentation. Harmonies Rooted in Years of Friendship. Blending the foregoing, Trout Steak Revival pushes the envelope on a progressing genre while drawing creatively from the many canons of American roots music. Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. Their new album, “Brighter Every Day,” was released in March 2015. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, the album has radio play and acclaim both in Colorado and across the world.  
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Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrase like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music, whatever you’d like to call it, to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010). Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is available now.
 

Wintergrass 2016 Performers-The Trout Steak Revival

Soulful Narratives. Heartfelt Songwriting. Tightly-woven Instrumentation. Harmonies Rooted in Years of Friendship. Blending the foregoing, Trout Steak Revival pushes the envelope on a progressing genre while drawing creatively from the many canons of American roots music. TSR-promo-31
Trout Steak Revival has earned a place in the mountain states bluegrass scene, performing to sold-out audiences, winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, placing in the 2012 Rockygrass Band Competition, and even winning an Emmy Award for a soundtrack with Rocky Mountain PBS. Their new album, “Brighter Every Day,” was released in March 2015. Produced by Chris Pandolfi of the Infamous Stringdusters, the album has radio play and acclaim both in Colorado and across the world.

BREAKING NEWS:

Hey folks, we don’t usually post about Al Roker, but when we do, it’s because Trout Steak Revival will be joining him on NBC’s Today Show NEXT MONDAY MORNING, November 9th, at Four Corners Monument as he attempts a new world record. We will be joined by musical acts from Utah, New Mexico, and Arizona and are so very honored for this opportunity to represent the State of Colorado in this endeavor.

His attempt at the world record will raise awareness and donations for Feeding America. Thanks to Visit Colorado and the Today Show for helping with such a great cause.

Remember, too, that this will just be the first stop on our Northwest Tour with Head for the Hills. So if you like what you hear on Monday morning, come check us out at the following spots:

11/11: Volcanic Theatre Pub, Bend, Oregon
11/12: HiFi Music Hall, Eugene, Oregon
11/13: Nectar Lounge, Seattle, Washington
11/14: Star Theatre, Portland, Oregon
11/15: The Green Frog, Bellingham, Washington
11.18: Panida Theater, Sandpoint, Idaho
11/19: The Top Hat, Missoula, Montana
11/20: Great Northern Bar, Whitefish, Montana
11/21: The Filling Station, Bozeman, Montana
11/22: Yellowstone Valley Brewing Co., Billings, Montana

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Travis McNamara-banjo   Steve Folz-mandolin,guitar Will Koster-dobro, guitar Casey Houlihan-bass Bevin Foley, fiddle