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Abbie Gardner & Jesse Terry
Sun. Apr. 30, 3:00 am
Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile has been touring with Americana darlings Red Molly for the past eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band decided to take an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is striking out on her own! Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180.
Transatlantic Sessions w Aly & Jerry.
Mon. May. 1, 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm.
The Birchmere presents:
Transatlantic Sessions brings together the best of Nashville, Ireland and Scotland in a format that affords, in the words of one critic, “a unique insight into the sheer joy of making music”. Dobro master Jerry Douglas and celebrated Shetland fiddler Aly Bain lead an all-star band from the US and UK, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, Danny Thompson, Mike McGoldrick, John McCusker, James MacKintosh, Russ Barenberg, and John Doyle, and featuring special guest stars The Milk Carton Kids, Maura O’Connell, Declan O’Rourke, and Karen Matheson.
Having originated as an award-winning BBC television series (going on its 7th season), the Transatlantic Sessions tour has become a treasured annual event in the UK that brings together master musicians to celebrate the music from their unique and shared musical traditions. This tour marks the first multi-city tour in the US and begins a new chapter in the continuing evolution of the Transatlantic Sessions, bringing it to US audiences for a special evening of music!
Transatlantic Sessions at the Birchmere featuring Jerry Douglas & Aly Bain (Boys of The Lough) and All-Star Band with special guests THE MILK CARTON KIDS, MAURA O’CONNELL, DECLAN O’ROURKE, and KAREN MATHESON (Capercaillie) | May 1, 7:30pm | The Birchmere, 3701 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305 | Tickets $45 at Ticketmaster.com | 800-745-3000
Stray Birds with Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
Tue. May. 2, 7:30 pm
All originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds started as a duo of acoustic buskers in early 2010 when Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven met with their instruments, their voices, and their songs. It didn't take much convincing to get bassist Charlie Muench on board, and with the addition of a third unique and powerful voice, the group began to define its captivating sound. Seven years, three original records, and some six hundred performances later, the band is best known today for its songwriting, its tight and forthcoming vocal harmony blend and its commitment to an impassioned delivery of original material, both on stage and in the studio. Tickets $18 advance. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180.
Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz
Fri. May. 12, 7:30 pm
The new trio Eric Brace, Peter Cooper & Thomm Jutz is not really new.
Eric and Peter have recorded and toured as a duo for ten years now, and Thomm has been producing their records and playing with them for nearly half those years. Their collaboration is the perfect example of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts. And considering the “parts” we’re talking about, that’s got to be a pretty awesome “whole.” Tickets $18-$22 advance. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180.
Like an old-time barn dance in downtown New Orleans, the Bumper Jacksons pull together a vast array of early American traditions into a deliciously cohesive sound that strikes you right in the heart. Hard-swinging grooves and roadhouse drinking songs are valleyed by delicate waltzes of loss and regret. At the center of it all, is an invitation to join in – be it a rowdy dance, a moment of soulful intimacy, or a movement to make a better world. The Bumper Jacksons are releasing their new album, I've Never Met a Stranger. Tickets: $15-$20. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.
Hicks and Goulbourn, aka, Steve Hicks and Lynn Goulbourn, are a well known act on the UK Folk and Acoustic scene and have also performed in Germany and the USA. In his own right, as a solo artist, Steve Hicks ranks among the top fingerstyle acoustic guitarists in the world and tours with the International Guitar Night series organised by German based Acoustic Music Records. Tickets: $11 ($10 members). Phone: 703 925-0900. Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Eldon St., Herndon, VA 20170.
The Trio of Brittany Haas, Jordan Tice, and Paul Kowert is a confluence of three of the most exciting young voices in acoustic music today. While each member carries an impressive resume of professional experience, it is the devotion to collaboration and the pursuit of a unique group sound that sets them apart. Tickets $15-$25 advance.j. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180.
Miss Tess and The Talkbacks With the Sligo Creek Stompers
Wed. May. 24, 7:30 pm
On Baby, We All Know, Miss Tess continues to explore her own personal crossroads of American roots music. This full-length release features eleven finely crafted and well-sung original songs, heightened by her prowess on her Weymann archtop guitar and accompaniment by her top-notch band The Talkbacks, further enlivened with piano and organ, pedal steel, and fiddle. Tickets $15 advance. Jammin' Java, 227 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA 22180.
Adam Hurt & Beth Williams Hartness
Tue. Jun. 20, 7:15 pm
A respected performer and teacher of traditional music, Adam has played at the Kennedy Center and conducted banjo workshops at many venues around the country and abroad. Adam joined forces with his regular music partner Beth Williams Hartness on Fine Times at Our House, a CD of old-time duets featuring Adam's clawhammer banjo and fiddle along with Beth's signature fingerstyle guitar. Tickets: $11 ($10 members). Phone: 703 925-0900. Amphora Diner Deluxe, 1151 Eldon St., Herndon, VA 20170.
Pan-Celtic band IONA, the series' hosts, present the 13th year of Swiftrun Celtic Concerts. Together for 29 years, local Celtic mainstay IONA transports its audience to Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Mann, Brittany, Asturies and Galicia, and explores those cultures transplanted in the New World. Lead singer, bouzouki and bodhrán player, Barbara Tresidder Ryan, and Bernard Argent on wooden flute, whistles, vocals and percussion, are joined by Chuck Lawhorn on bass guitar, whistles and vocals, Jim Queen, fiddle, banjo and vocals, and dancer Joe Duffy. To reserve a seat, call 703 426-1450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. $20 suggested donation.
Jody Marshall, a native of the Washington, D.C. area, grew up in a musical family. Enchanted by the sound and visual appeal of the hammered dulcimer, she developed a passion for the instrument. The Washington Post has described Jody's music as "deftly balancing the artful and the playful...lovely, lively, and shimmering." She has been nominated as best folk instrumentalist by the Washington Area Music Association. To reserve a seat, call 703 426-1450 or email email@example.com. $20 suggested donation.
Hickory Grove founding members Bev & Jack Osburn are joined by Ralph Gordon on Bass and Larry Tapper on Harmonica to bring us an evening of Bluegrass--one of the American threads in the Celtic tapestry. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.
The sound of the bagpipes, cello, and guitar in these musicians’ hands, captures the excitement of Celtic music, with master piper Bob Mitchell, cellist Karin Loya, and Pat Egan on guitar & vocals. To reserve a seat, email email@example.com or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.
Deborah Packard returns to weave Appalachian and Scottish spells with her heartbreakingly sweet vocals and fine whistle playing while native Glaswegian Peter Cairney provides world class guitar, lap dulcimer and harmonica accompaniment. To reserve a seat, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703 426-1450. $20 suggested donation.