WoodSongs Celebration of the Hammered Dulcimer: some of the finest players in America will demonstrate how much fun ... and easy ... this amazing, classic instrument can be.
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JOIN THE FUN - students, families with kids and tour groups welcome! Our show tapes each Monday at the historic LYRIC THEATRE Downtown, 300 E Third St Lexington, KY 40508. Plenty of FREE parking in the lots alongside the Lyric. Audience must be seated by 6:45PM. PLEASE REMAIN SEATED UNTIL 8:15 pm. Log on to our webcasts each Monday at 6:59pm EST. Sign up for our FREE EMAIL NEWSLETTER - the best way of staying informed for upcoming shows! Subscribe to our free MP3 & MP4 Podcast. For Tickets or reservations call 859.252.8888.
TO OUR NEW FANS - WoodSongs is not a concert. It is a live-audience broadcast taping and "musical conversation." Your laughter, applause and enthusiasm will be heard on over 500 radio stations, the American Forces Radio Network in 173 countries, in millions of TV homes across north America on Public Television and by millions more online. We're glad you can join us!
BELA FLECK AND ABIGAIL WASHBURN present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. The record reveals their astounding chemistry as collaborators, as the two seamlessly stitch together singular banjo sounds (through an assortment of seven banjos spanning the recording) in service to the stories that their songs tell, with no studio gimmickry needed. belafleck.com abigailwashburn.com
WoodSongs Kid: Madison Shepherd is an incredibly talented 14 year old banjo player from West Jefferson, North Carolina. This year she has won 8 first place youth Clawhammer banjo awards. Eight! Last year she was involved with a project called 'Close Kin Our Roots Run Deep'. It featured Madison and 10 other young people blending old time, bluegrass, and Americana. http://madisonshepherdbanjo.webs.com
THE NEW ORLEANS SUSPECTS comprise of some of the most season and highly respected players in NOLA. Start with members of three of the top bands to come out of New Orleans, The Neville Brothers, The Radiators, and The Dirty Dozen - then add a saxophonist who was James Brown's horn director for 12 years, and a keyboard player with extraordinary talent, and you have this Crescent City supergroup. The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire. The band’s latest studio release, 'Ouroboros', was released on Louisiana Red Hot Records. neworleanssuspects.com a
SULTANS OF STRINGS thrill their audiences with their global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz, celebrating musical fusion and human creativity with warmth and virtuosity. Since forming 7 years ago, “Canada’s ambassadors of musical diversity” have been on a meteoric rise with an astonishing number of awards and accolades in tow, including a JUNO (Canada’s Grammy) nomination, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards, 1st place in the ISC (out of 15,000 entries), plus invitations to play with such legendary artists as The Chieftains and David Bromberg. The band's latest release is album 'Symphony!'. sultansofstring.com
Please note: The first broadcast will have early start time of 6:30pm.
WOODSONGS PARTNER NIGHT: Two shows, Four acts, One Night
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RAMBLIN' JACK ELLIOTT, is one of the last true links to the great folk traditions of this country, like Pete Seeger, John White, Odetta, Woody Guthrie and more. Bob Dylan called him "King of the Folksingers." He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, "Cup of Coffee", recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others. In 1998, President Bill Clinton awarded Jack the National Medal of the Arts, proclaiming, "In giving new life to our most valuable musical traditions, Ramblin' Jack has himself become an American treasure." He is a Five-time Grammy Nominee and a two time Grammy winner including an award for "Best Traditional Blues Album" in 2009. At 83, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road continuing to set his mark on the world of music. ramblinjack.com a
NELL ROBINSON & THE ROSE OF NO-MAN'S LAND is a new album project that integrates the heritage of Nell's Alabama family serving in 250 years of war. Most of the source material for the songs are from archived letters, documents, mementos and generational lore, all centered on war and service. Beginning with Revolutionary War to the present, Robinson weaves historic familial history with her lush vocal quality and artisan storytelling with musical guidance by Grammy Winning producer Joe Henry. Joining Nell on WoodSongs, will be her band plus Ramblin' Jack Elliott who appears as a special guest on the release. Robinson will be working with non-profits benefiting veterans as she tours. As an activist, she wants to draw attention and funds for the needs of veterans, especially in areas of healthcare and soul repair. nellrobinsonmusic.com
COUNTRY CURRENT, the premier country-bluegrass group of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C., showcases a five-member acoustic ensemble performing traditional, contemporary and original bluegrass compositions. Former Country Current director, Master Chief Musician Bill Emerson, established the ensemble in 1989. The ensemble is in constant demand by the nation's most prominent bluegrass festivals and have performed with legendary bluegrass artists such as Alison Kraus, Nickel Creek, Rhonda Vincent and the "Father of Bluegrass," the late Bill Monroe. navyband.navy.mil
PAT FLYNN is a Nashville guitar virtuoso and founding member of the progressive bluegrass super group New Grass Revival. Flynn, along with Sam Bush, John Cowan, and Béla Fleck, influenced many of today's best-known artists while building New Grass Revival's own loyal audience to near cult status. He has also been a session guitarist on more than 400 CD projects, including 32 Gold and Platinum records, as well as CMA and Grammy award winning projects with a wide array artists including Garth Brooks, Lee Ann Womack, Randy Travis and Michael Martin Murphey. Over the past decade, Flynn has released three solo albums, 'reQuest', 'reVision' and the new 'reNew'. patflynnmusic.com
RONI STONEMAN is one of the great banjo masters of our time. The youngest daughter of the pioneering country music family The Stonemans, she became "The First Lady of Banjo," a fixture on the Nashville scene, and, as Hee Haw's Ironing Board Lady, a comedienne beloved by millions of Americans nationwide. She was the subject of book called “Pressing On”. Roni has just released the first single 'The Day The Banjo Dies' from her upcoming album. She will be appearing on WoodSongs with her sister Donna. ronistoneman.com
DOUG SEEGERS is a brilliant 62-year-old singer who struggled with homelessness for years. Seegers found acclaim when Swedish music star Jill Johnson discovered him in a Nashville food pantry. The two subsequently recorded a duet that climbed to the top of the music charts in Sweden. His debut solo album entitled 'Going Down to the River' on Rounder Records is raw, rootsy and emotionally charged. It features collaborations with multi-GRAMMY winners Buddy Miller and Emmylou Harris, both of whom have championed the formerly down-and-out singer. dougseegersmusic.com
DANIEL CHAMPAGNE is a young Australian singer, songwriter and one-of-a-kind guitar virtuoso. Inspired by his musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. Now regarded as a leading light in acoustic music, with a firm reputation for making festivals buzz, holding crowds in his palm, dropping jaws and breaking guitars wherever he goes. His current release is 'Pint of Mystery'. danielchampagnemusic.com
BLAIR CRIMMONS began his current music career in Atlanta, Georgia, with a determination to bring Ragtime and 1920’s style Dixieland Jazz to new audiences. What he created was a sound that is at once modern while being deeply rooted in the past. Now four years, and five hundred shows later, he has toured the Eastern United States playing large venues and has opened for national acts such as Mumford & Sons and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. A multi-instrumentalist and music academic, Crimmins writes songs and arrangements for a classic New Orleans style horn section. His newest studio album is entitled “Sing-a-longs” and will be performing on WoodSongs with his band The Hookers. blaircrimminsandthehookers.com
The Music Maker Relief Foundation was founded in 1994 to preserve the musical traditions of the South by directly supporting the musicians who make it. Celebrating their 20th year, they have assisted and partnered with over 300 artists, issued over 150 CDs and reached over a million people with live performance in over 40 states and 17 countries around the globe. The foundation just released a new book and double CD 'We Are the Music Makers’ showcasing the work they have done with artists over their 20-year history. Appearing on this Special Event Broadcast will be Tim Duffy, who co-founded the foundation with his wife Denise, plus three legacy Music Maker artists! musicmaker.org
IRONING BOARD SAM has been playing the blues for more than 55 years and is a true musical treasure. He has amassed a staggering repertoire of both originals and classic blues songs. A truly gifted and engaging performer, Sam’s powerful, soulful voice and remarkable piano prowess remain undiminished. In 2012, he was named "Comeback Artist of the Year" by Living Blues Magazine, Most Outstanding Musician by Living Blues in 2013 and made a triumphant return to a packed tent at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. He just released a new album new album 'Ironing Board Sam With The Sticks'. musicmaker.org/artists/ironing-board-sam/
BOO HANKS is the greatest Piedmont Blues rediscovery in many years. From Buffalo Junction, VA, he sings and plays guitar in the style of the legendary Blind Boy Fuller. At the age of 79, he made his first recording with Music Maker and at 82 he has enjoyed performances around home as well as Lincoln Center and Belgium. musicmaker.org/artists/boo-hanks/
BIG RON HUNTER is called the world's happiest Bluesman. He owns a voice that gives people chills. It’s the kind of voice that carries warmth and tenderness, a voice that is unmistakably his own and embodies everything that’s raw, pure and beautiful about the blues. musicmaker.org/artists/big-ron-hunter/
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