Monday, March 25, 2013

Foghorn Stringband - Bringing Oldtime Music To A Stage Near You!

Mike Seeger once said, “Probably five and no more than ten musicians make their full-time living playing oldtime music, depending on your definitions of oldtime and a living.”  I don’t know if Portland, Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband actually makes their full-time living playing oldtime music, but they are one of the few bands I know of playing an authentic version of this pre-bluegrass music on a national and international basis.
Foghorn Stringband - Nadine Landry, Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms and Sammy Lind.
The four-piece group has become a modern day standard-bearer of vintage stringband music, known for their grass roots interpretations of traditional tunes and songs; able to bring to the stage a style of music that’s often more suited to a late night campout among friends than it is to a performance setting.

Since the first incarnation of the band in 2000, and over the course of 7 albums, Foghorn Stringband has stayed true to that pre-World War II old-timey American sound, winning over audiences the old-fashioned way…by simply playing this music the way it was meant to be played.  Central Virginians can catch Foghorn Stringband this Wednesday evening, March 27, at 8pm at Ashland Coffee and Tea.  Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door.  For the band's full schedule, click here.

Also, it’s looking like there may be an impromptu jam immediately following the performance, so if you play Appalachian oldtime music, then by all means bring along your fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar, autoharp, dulcimer, ukulele or other stringed instrument for a little post-show fun.  Or if you're more of a grinner than a picker, then feel free to stick around for a few more tunes as played by some local traditional music enthusiasts.  Who knows, maybe Foghorn will join in and show us how it's really done!?

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