The Kruger Brothers
8 PM ~ Saturday, April 6th, 2013
“The Kruger Brothers are just about as fine a band as
I’ve ever played with. I love to play music with them.”
— Doc Watson
“The Krugers are nothing short of magnificent.”
— Bluegrass Journal
Some call it jazz. Some call it classical. Some call it bluegrass. Certainly, the music of the Kruger Brothers is all of that and more. Drawing on a rich cultural palette, theirs is a music that celebrates the best of what music can be: exciting, engaging, intelligent, and delightful. When you listen to the music of the Kruger Brothers, you can’t help but be amazed by the sheer depth of their artistry. Originally from Europe, now living in North Carolina, they were first introduced to American audiences in 1997 and quickly gained the attention of fans and the music industry. Born and raised in Europe, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger started singing and playing instruments at a very young age. Growing up in a family where music was an important part of life, they were exposed to a wide diversity of abiding musical influences. Jens and Uwe started performing regularly by the time they were 11 and 12 years old and began their professional career in 1979. Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City who also had a very extensive musical upbringing, joined the brothers in the early 90s and together they established the incomparable sound that the trio is known for today.
In an ever expanding body of work, Jens Kruger (banjo, vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar, lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass, vocals) personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Through their numerous CD releases, radio and television performances, workshops, and collaborative efforts, the Kruger Brothers powerful artistic statement inspires and enlightens. The Kruger Brothers contribution to American musical culture has been noted through a National Endowment for the Arts grant for Music from the Spring, a symphonic suite composed and orchestrated by Jens Kruger.
Stay tuned for Traditions Weeks Evening Concerts
July 1-12, Alumni Hall Theater
Common Ground on the Hill Festival,
Saturday & Sunday, July 13-14
Carroll County Farm Museum
The 2013 ~ 2014
Carroll Arts Center, Westminster, MD
Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass
with Jon Glik
Common Ground on the Hill kicks off the 2013-2014 concert season
with an afternoon concert of traditional, hard-driving bluegrass music.
Carroll Arts Center
2 PM ~ Sunday, September 8th, 2013
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass
Danny Paisley and The Southern Grass are a national and international touring band, playing powerful, unadorned and intense traditional bluegrass. Theirs is not hybrid or genre-bending music. The combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music. Paisley's lead vocals captivate the senses, leading many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, to regard Danny as one of their favorite singers. He combines powerful range and soulful blues producing an unmistakable and unique bluegrass voice. Son of bluegrass icon and founder of The Southern Grass, Bob Paisley, Danny has made his own niche in the bluegrass world. "Don’t Throw Mama’s Flowers Away" won the 2009 IBMA Award for Song of the Year and Danny has garnered several IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of The Year, Male Vocalist of the Year as well as Album of the Year. Southern Grass continues the family tradition adding Danny’s son Ryan on mandolin and includes banjoist Mark Delaney, formerly of the Country Gentlemen, as well as fiddling sensation Doug Meek and Eric Troutman on bass.
Bluestone derives its name from the blues in bluegrass music and the stone in the former Keystone band name. Bluestone formed two decades ago when Dick Laird (mandolin) and Carroll Swam (guitar & vocals), members of the southern York county band Keystone, joined forces with Dick's two sons, Heath (bass) and Jeff (guitar) Laird, and veteran banjoist Tom Neal. Recently joined by veteran Dobro player Russ Hooper, this hard-driving veteran bluegrass band brings together musicians who have played with some of the best including Del McCoury, Jimmy Martin, Cliff Waldron and Bill Harrell. Legendary fiddler Jon Glik will be with Bluestone for this afternoon of powerful bluegrass. Firmly grounded in traditional bluegrass, Bluestone's music incorporates gospel, country, blues, swing, and folk influences.
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, October 5th, 2013
Since the 1990 release of his first U.S. recording!Guitars and Other Cathedrals, groundbreaking finger-style guitarist Adrian Legg has more than lived up to the expectations stirred by an ongoing avalanche of praise from critics, fans, top guitar magazines and peers alike. Joe Satriani once said, “He’s simply the best acoustic guitar player I’ve ever heard…he plays like he has hammers for fingers."
All of the tracks for this first ever Adrian Legg Best Of collection come from his five critically acclaimed Relativity Records albums, including!Guitars & Other Cathedrals!(considered a modern guitar classic) and Wine, Women & Waltz, in which he received best overall guitar recording honors from Guitar Player in 1994. A category normally dominated by rock and blues artists.
Adrian Legg was voted "Guitarist of the Decade" by England's Guitarist Magazine, and was Guitar Player's Reader's Poll Winner for Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist in 1993, 1994,1995, and 1996.
Described by Audio Magazine as a "kind of cross between Robert Fripp and Garrison Keillor," Legg is a genuine entertainer who excels at not only painting pictures but frescoes; telling stories with music, and wittily regaling his audiences with tales from his life and travels. It’s all part of his dedication to making his performances a full-blooded emotional experience.
and the Crowmatics
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
Professor "Louie" & The Crowmatix, from Woodstock, NY, have been recording and touring internationally for the past ten years. They recorded as Rick Danko's (of The Band) backing band on his critically acclaimed CD "Times Like These" and were the featured musicians on Garth Hudson's (of The Band) solo CD "The Sea To The North". The group continues to perform in concert at the nation's premier theaters and festivals.
"Professor Louie's upstate ensemble is an Americana template that jams out timeless rock, country, blues and New Orleans influenced originals". ~ The Village Voice
"....a tasty mix of rhythm & blues and rock & roll. This is a great band." ~ The Record Review
Walt Michael & Co.
Annual Holiday Concert
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Half a century ago, people in the Southern Appalachian mountains celebrated Christmas in a unique way, holding two weeks of informal house parties filled with old time fiddle music, song, dance and story - a tradition they called "Breaking Up Christmas." These holiday parties ran through and ended with Old Christmas, January 6th. This evening Walt & Co. will "break up Christmas" with a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes and songs that reflect the rich musical heritage of the Appalachians. The traditional folk musics of Scotland, Ireland, England and Africa made their way into remote mountain hollers, later emerging as an integrated American musical genre that continues to evolve.
Walt Michael & Co., with the nuance and grace of classical music as well as the energy and dynamism of traditional roots music, makes distinctive and compelling music. It can perhaps be best described as “folk roots chamber music in overdrive.”
Considered to be a virtuoso of tremendous influence in the revival of the hammered dulcimer, Walt’s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 35 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded fourteen albums and instructional videos, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and he has toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK. His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC's Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS. Walt’s many collaborations include works with the Pilobolus Dance Theater and the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater.
and Dirty Kitchen
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, January 11th, 2014
Perhaps the most exciting band to arrive on the Americana and bluegrass scene, this ensemble has recently signed with Nashville's Compass Records and is touring throughout the United States and Europe, winning legions of fans. In the era of Facebook promotions and self-hype, Frank Sollivan and Dirty Kitchen are the real thing, singing and playing with exceptional creativity, power, finesse and execution. No amount of today's social media can convey what's going on here. This is a band not to be missed.
To Be Announced
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, February 11th, 2014
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, March 8th, 2014
Award-winning fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. A nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and the rest is history, including guest appearances with Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, and Ralph Stanley. Even if bluegrass music isn't your "thing," don't miss this opportunity to hear a true force of nature.
Back by popular demand!
8:00 PM ~ Saturday, April 5th, 2014
Shelley Ensor comes from a highly gifted musical family and possesses a rare, beautiful and powerful voice. She sings with The Sisters in Harmony who released their CD, Your Love, in 2001. Shelley is the vocalist with the Howard Burns Quintet, appearing on their CD, Lucinda's Serenade, and performing at Blues Alley. She appears on the Ron Kearns CD, Live at Blues Alley, and sings with the Frederick Community College Jazz Band. Shelley directs the Trinity Baptist Gospel Choir, the Voices of Faith of First Baptist Church of Baltimore, the Men's Choir of St. Luke’s UMC, the Bertinna Randall Gospel Choir of St. Mark UMC and directed the St. Paul's UCC choir in Westminster, MD, for five years. Shelley has led the Common Ground Gospel Choir for eighteen years and is revered at Common Ground on the Hill as one of its most inspired, respected instructors. Shelley is joined by musicians Chris James, Alice Dorsey, Howard Burns, Shawn Dennison, and Paul Wilson, as well as The Voices of Faith of 1st Baptist Church of Baltimore.
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