This band fills the bill |

This band fills the bill

“The Bills are the folk equivalent of sticking your finger in an electric outlet.”

– R. Warr, Sing Out! Magazine

Prospector editor

Reading the reviews of this band makes you want to see them in person. “Tight harmonies,” “sheer brilliance,” “blast of fresh air,” “elaborate, colorful textures”- and on and on. Plus, they are greatly praised for being fun and friendly. To top it off, local musician Peter Wilson called them “my personal favorite band in the world.” Strong praise, indeed.

Attendees at this summer’s California Worldfest will recall their terrific act. This is truly a great string band that knows how to connect with audiences, not only with their music but also with their choreographed on stage antics and natural humor. They go from blistering Brazilian mandolin melodies and the hilarious use of random objects (a mandolin solo with a candelabra?), virtuosic two-fiddle flights, outrageously exotic bowed banjo solos or soulful vocal renderings of the world’s most hummable melodies.

Their third CD, “Let Em Run,” nominated for the 2005 Canadian JUNO award for Roots/Traditional Album of the Year, secured for The Bills a place as one of the most inventive and talented acts on the North American and Western European folk music scene.

Enjoy them Saturday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., at The Center for the Arts in downtown Grass Valley. Buy $20 tickets at the Center’s box office, 314 W. Main St., or at the usual outlets – BriarPatch Community Market and The Book Seller in Grass Valley, Yabobo in Nevada City, and Cherry Records in Auburn; online at; or at the door if available. Call 274-8384, ext. 14, for more information.

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