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Concerts for August, 2015

Friday, August 7th 
Jon Shain Trio
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $15/$13 F&B members 
The Jon Shain Trio - Great blue-based original songs and instrumental work by this talented Triangle trio. 
Jon Shain is the rare folkie who truly brings the "chops" to his songs along with the lyrics. The last few years Shain has been headlining esteemed listening rooms up and down the East Coast in addition to doing some of the highest profile shows of his career – opening sold out theatre shows for John Hiatt, Keb’ Mo’, Little Feat, and others.

“He is a master blues guitarist, which is a distinction you may not fully appreciate until you see the amount of finger acrobatics that go into coaxing those sounds from an acoustic guitar...Shain's lyrics are based on simple words and simple ideas that add up to common stories with uncommon depth.”  — Justin Shatwell, Yankee Magazine

“The fine North Carolina singer-songwriter has hella acoustic guitar chops marinated in swing, ragtime, and Piedmont blues. A former improv-rocker with the band Flying Mice, Shain delivers a wonderful set of vintage-sounding tunes inspired by the new recessionary South on his latest album, Times Right Now; it also includes chestnuts such as "Careless Love" and more than a hint of Randy Newman.” -- Richard Gehr - Village Voices.
Friday, August 21st 
Bob Carlin
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $12/$10 F&B members 
Bob Carlin - One of the country's finest banjo players and an authority on the history of the instrument. 
Bob Carlin is probably the best known clawhammer style banjoist performing today. He has taken the distinctive southern banjo style to appreciative audiences all over the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and Japan. Carlin is a three-time winner of the Frets Magazine readers poll, and has four Rounder albums and several instruction manuals and videos for the banjo.
Bob is not only highly sought after for his musical talent, but for his amazing skill as a producer for the music industry and traditional music researcher. He has produced a large number of CDs that are well-known to all and has authored numerous magazine articles and books for a wide range of publications.
To learn more about Bob's accomplishments, please follow the link buttons and you will not only see the long list of productions, but you will get to hear audio clips of some of Bob's CDs and peruse photos and press clippings.
"Whenever I pick up the banjo, I instantly access all the musical experiences that I’ve had with the instrument– whether it be with the older musicians from whom I learned or the many jam sessions and bands that I’ve been in over the years, my playing with John Hartford, the late-night session I was in at the Smithsonian Festival with Ali Farka Touré, playing African music…all of these things come alive as soon as I pick up the instrument, they just come to the forefront of my memory." -- Interview with Bob Carlin

Concerts for September, 2015

Friday, September 4th 
Jeff Black
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $12/$10 F&B members 
Jeff Black 2014

"His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside"
- No Depression
 Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, BlackHawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.
Click on Jeff's image to go to his website.

Saturday, September 19th 
Apple Festival at Historic Bethabara Park
10:30 AM to 4:30 PM  
Free to all!

Fiddle & Bow has again arranged the music for the annual Apple Festival and the main stage entertainment this year will include Sara Grey & Kieron Means, Dana & Susan Robinson and the band Tellico from the Asheville area.  There will also be the usual apple products and activities for the whole family.  This event is a great way to get the fall started off right!

Saturday, September 26th
The Blackberry Bushes String Band
8:00 PM @ the Muddy Creek Music Hall in Historic Bethania Mill
5455 Bethania Rd, W-S  27106 Cover: $15/$13 F&B members 
Special Saturday Show!
The Blackberry Bushes are a Northwest Acoustic Americana and Bluegrass band whose sound falls somewhere between Gillian Welch and The Infamous Stringdusters. Their songs evoke the natural world, with themes of imperfection and impermanence. The instrumentation is precise and improvisational, reminiscent of the virtuosic bluegrass greats. The Bushes have that rare magic that allows them to fuse voices from many genres into an  acoustic instrumentation that retains distinct threads of sonic color. Elements of jazz, classical, pop, old-time and bluegrass saturate this modern string band sound that is buoyant, bold, and like their thorny namesake, rooted and growing, growing, growing.
The Appalachian Mountains are the meeting place of the fiddle and the banjo, and musical culture permeates the entire length of the Mississippi River. Jes Raymond and Jakob Breitbach may have started their musical journey in the rainy bottom of the Puget Sound, but their work is infused with the essence of the homes they wandered West from. Joined by Daniel Ullom (mandolin) ,Forrest Marowitz (upright bass), and Alex Genova (banjo), The Blackberry Bushes draw from the deep roots of American traditional music to create a playful and resonant sound with both twang and sophistication. They are emerging as a band of artists  with an obvious love of performing, spot on chemistry, and a live show that truly aims to stir the spirit. 
Click on the band's image to go to their website.

Upcoming Concerts and Events

Oct. 2nd - Alan Reid & Rob van Sante - Founding member of the great Scottish band The Battlefield Band Reid with singer and multi-instrumentalist van Sante with whom he has been working since leaving the band.  Modern and traditional folk songs.  Cover: $15/$13 F&B members
Oct. 16th - Brian Peters & Jeff Davis - One of England's finest folk artists teamed up with one of America's finest in a concert of traditional songs from the two countries.  Cover: $15/$13 F&B members