House of Hamill

House of Hamill

Jul 21, 2017 |  0 comments

Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania. Brian’s band Enter The Haggis and Rose’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn’t until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary’s guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born. Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle...

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Jude Johnstone

Jude Johnstone

Jul 15, 2017 |  0 comments

The Jude Johnstone story is one familiar to those who write rock & roll fiction. Except hers is very real. Just out of high school, she found herself on an airplane, next to Clarence Clemons, of the E-Street band. He was so taken with her demo she’d given him that he hooked her up with Springsteen’s producer Chuck Plotkin. They sent her to Los Angeles, and she never looked back. Soon followed a string of extraordinary songs, covered by the likes of Stevie Nicks, Bonnie Raitt, Trisha Yearwood, Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, even Johnny Cash. She’s contributed vocals to albums for Bette Midler, Warren Zevon, and Leonard Cohen. She’s opened shows for Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Shawn Colvin, David Crosby, Al Stewart, and countless more. But the live stage is where Jude comes into her own. Seated at her piano, and often surrounded by some of the top A-list musicians on the planet, she delivers those songs, the stories...

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Life Support with opener Saint Square

Life Support with opener Saint Square

Jun 30, 2017 |  1 comment

Life Support consists of members Spenser Morgan (vocals, ukele, guitar) and Paige Miller (drums/percussion, guitar), a Richmond-based duo that combines the sweet tones of the ukulele and guitar with funky percussion grooves and soulful vocals. Hanover grown, Life Support can often be found at local bars and breweries providing a folk/blues soundtrack to your visit.

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Brandon Lee Adams

Brandon Lee Adams

Jun 16, 2017 |  1 comment

Brandon Lee Adams has already crafted his own style of songwriting, guitar playing, and singing. He grew up listening to Hank Williams Sr., Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe, and Tony Rice, as well as the rock, country, and even hip-hop of the time. Developed from a lifetime of diverse musical influences, Brandon’s music fits equally into singer-songwriter, bluegrass, Americana, and folk.  He is equally at home fronting a full band at a festival or playing solo for house concerts and small clubs. He started to play the guitar at the age of eight when his grandfather Robert Adams put his old Martin D-28 in his grandson’s hands saying, “Learn G,C and D. You’re playing in church this weekend.” After learning the chords and putting many grueling hours into his practice, he got his hungry hands on Tony Rice’s Church Street Blues album. His musical career began while trying to learn Tony Rice’s works. To this day, Tony has a profound influence on the direction of his musical...

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SPECIAL EVENT! Suzie and the G-Tones: “It Was 50 Years Ago Today”

SPECIAL EVENT! Suzie and the G-Tones: “It Was 50 Years Ago Today”

Jun 10, 2017 |  3 comments

Suzie and the G-Tones present “It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”, a special Beatles tribute show dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Peppers Lonely-Hearts Club Band. “Suzie and the G-Tones” strikes a perfect chord between youthful energy and old soul. Featuring the passionate, full-throated singing of Susan DePhillip and the thrilling fretwork of John Georgiou, Suzie and the G-Tones play an eclectic mix of rock cover tunes and originals that are always sure to please. Think vocal harmonies with smooth rock and bluesy grooves. Think The Beatles, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, and a whole lot more. Expect innovative arrangements, instrumental prowess, and a surprise or two along the way. With Scott Young on saxophone and keys, and a rhythm section of Chris Colohan on bass and Gary Williams on drums, this seasoned five piece delivers major entertainment. Fun times,...

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“Out of Time” Kingston Trio Tribute

“Out of Time” Kingston Trio Tribute

Jun 3, 2017 |  0 comments

The Kingston Trio was America’s favorite music before the British Invasion, but largely forgotten because it didn’t fit “Oldies Rock” radio format. More than just Tom Dooley and MTA, the Trio was one of the most prolific groups in recording history. Sinatra, the Beach Boys, Grateful Dead, Zeppelin, Roberta Flack, the Monkeys, Fleetwood Mac and Peter Paul & Mary all borrowed from their diverse anthology. People are awestruck now when they hear this music performed with the vibrant style of the Trio. Don’s from Richmond and Jeff’s from Goochland. For the last 10 years they’ve performed with Jim Connor, a 25 year member of The John Denver band. Don has attended The Kingston Trio summer workshops in Phoenix. Don published the Trio’s “40 years history” booklet and had the privilege of reuniting the group with the owner of the Hungry i club where the Trio got their start in 1957. The Kingstons have recognized Don’s ability to bring the music...

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