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Old-timey tunes

Foghorn Stringband see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but as historians and fans of their old-time music.
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WHO: Paul Emery’s Nevada City Live! presents

WHAT: Foghorn Stringband

WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Odd Fellows Lodge

212 Spring St., Nevada City

TICKETS: $20 general admission

BriarPatch Co-op Community Market - 530-272-5333

Tickets online at http://www.paulemerymusic.com

WEBPAGE: http://paulemerymusic.com/



Paul Emery presents America’s premier purveyors of old-time music — the Foghorn Stringband — in a dance concert at the Odd Fellows Lodge in downtown Nevada City on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

The Foghorn Stringband is the present day gold standard for real-deal hard-hitting genuine old-time American string band music, with eight albums, thousands of shows, over 15 years of touring under their belts, and an entirely new generation of roots musicians following their lead.

American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration.

Foghorn Stringband continually and obsessively draws from old-time, bluegrass, classic country and Cajun music traditions in an ongoing quest to present a broad span of American historical music with an unparalleled youthful energy, joy and virtuosity.

American roots music is a diverse and never-ending well of inspiration.

Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, The Foghorn Stringband is comprised four master performers and historians: Caleb Klauder (vocals, mandolin, fiddle); Reeb Willms (vocals, guitar); Nadine Landry (vocals, upright bass) and Stephen “Sammy” Lind (vocals, fiddle, banjo).

Klauder’s wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking are as influenced by Southern roots music as much as they are by his upbringing in the sea islands of coastal Washington State.

Willms hails from the windswept Eastern farmlands of Washington. Her musical family and rural upbringing are on display with every note she sings and every heart she breaks.

Landry’s roots lie in the rural back roads of Acadian Québec, and her high lonesome vocals have delighted audiences the world over. Her earth-shaking bass playing is the rumbling backbone of the Foghorn sound.

Minnesotan Stephen “Sammy” Lind, simply put, is the old-time fiddler of his generation whose tone and voice are as old as the same hills that gave birth to this music. Together, these four have forged a sound like no other.

In performance, Foghorn Stringband gather around one microphone, balancing their music on the fly, and playing with an intense, fiery abandon. To the band, this music is as relevant today as it was at it’s birth a century ago.

They see themselves not only as cultural revivalists, but also as historians and fans of this music.

Their performances and recordings are a joyful celebration of music from a bygone era that still holds the power to delight audiences worldwide.

The band’s repertoire has expanded greatly in the past 15 years.

They are as comfortable playing music at a neighborhood square dance as they are stirring a festival audience to a frenzy.

Old time dance tunes rub shoulders with Cajun waltzes, vintage honky-tonk country and classic bluegrass and it’s all rendered into a cohesive whole.

Foghorn Stringband can often be found after a performance in a local pub or club continuing to play with equal energy and joy late into the night. They’re obsessed, and that obsession rings true with every note they play and every song they sing.

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