Kathy Barwick and Pete Siegfried, a new acoustic duo, will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Union Square Building, 151 Mill St. in downtown Grass Valley. Cover is $5, which includes a beer or glass of wine on the house.
Barwick and Siegfried combine years of experience into a compelling, highly entertaining duet sound that ranges from the Monroe Brothers and other “brother duets” of the 1930s to such iconic modern partnerships as Buddy and Julie Miller and Gillian Welch and David Rawlings. Barwick and Siegfried, aka the Mountain Laurel Duet, blend bluegrass, old-time country, traditional Irish and folk into an engaging Americana fusion.
Barwick, a native of Sacramento, has been widely hailed over the past 30 years as one of California’s most versatile acoustic musicians, known for her work in bluegrass, Americana and traditional Irish music. An award-winning multi-instrumentalist who’s adept on guitar, banjo, dobro, bass and mandolin, Barwick was a founding member of the All Girl Boys, a popular all-female bluegrass quintet and has also worked with such bands as Nine-8ths Irish and the Mike Justis Band, as well as with Pete in the bluegrass band Mountain Laurel. Her first solo album, “In My Life,” was released in 2011 by FGM Music.
Siegfried, a Pennsylvania native who has lived in Grass Valley since the 1970s, founded the bluegrass band Mountain Laurel in 1988 and sang lead vocals and played mandolin in the popular quintet until it disbanded in 2011. Mountain Laurel performed widely throughout northern California and Nevada, playing most of the leading festivals in the region, earning Pete a reputation as a peerless, distinctive singer with a soaring and expressive tenor voice. Mountain Laurel recorded three albums: “Another Sunny Day in California,” “Trouble in the Mine” and “It’s About Time.”
Barwick and Siegfried are currently working on their first duet record.