Southern Pacific Sessions will welcome a trio of hugely talented musicians from Appalachia in June! As soloists and members of several different string bands, each of these fine musicians has taken first prize at some of the nation’s most prestigious competitions for old time music, including the Appalachian String Band Festival (aka Clifftop) and the National Old Time Banjo Championship. They will give what is sure to be an unforgettable concert on Thursday, June 21st at the Kalabash School of Music & the Arts. Additionally, Joseph and Luke will each give hourlong workshops on banjo at my home in North Park on Friday 22nd at 7pm and 8pm. More info on all events can be found at the Southern Pacific Sessions’ calendar page.
I will be joining this summer’s faculty of the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival in Washington state. I will be attending with G Burns Jug Band, where we will lead workshops individually and as a group from July 29th-August5th. Other faculty members include: Jerron Paxton, Happy Traum, Craig Ventresco, Jontavious Willis, Brian Farrow, and Maria Muldaur.
Last year I started organizing concerts dedicated to traditional American music. With the help of Nick Montemarano, we are continuing this work under the banner of the Southern Pacific Sessions. We will be hosting concerts and workshops in the beautiful and intimate Kalabash School of Music + the Arts and documenting concerts for an online video series. I’m thrilled to share the first three artists we’ve booked: Evie Ladin and Keith Terry, Ritchie Stearns and Rosie Newton, and Joseph Decosimo. Visit our calendar page for the full scoop on these amazing artists. Please like, follow, share, and I’ll see you at the shows!