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Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
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(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2013-14 Calliope Concerts Series, featuring the best in acoustic music, from legends of American music to up-and-coming artists who are making a mark on the genre.
Subscriptions are available now for $245.00 plus a $6.00 handling fee.
Flex-plans and single tickets will go on sale in late July.
Subscriptions can be purchased through the Calliope office—(412) 361-1915.
For additional information on the series, please visit our website: www.calliopehouse.org.
All concerts are held at Carnegie Lecture Hall (Oakland)
on Saturday evenings at 7:30 PM.
CALLIOPE CONCERTS SERIES 2013-14
October 26—Vieux Farka Touré
Acclaimed Malian Singer-guitarist, son of legendary Ali Farka and protégé of Ry Cooder, Vieux Farka is an exceptional musician of hypnotizing African blues.
November 16—Blue Highway
Grammy-nominated, award-winning contemporary bluegrass artfully balanced between tradition and innovation.
December 7—Bruce Cockburn
Legendary singer-songwriter. Multi-award-winning dazzling guitarist and poetic lyricist with a remarkable career spanning over 35 years.
January 25—True Blues:
Corey Harris, Guy Davis, Alvin Youngblood Hart
Three artists in their own right come together for the first time to chronicle the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation in a round-robin-style performance.
March 8—Karan Casey Band
Formerly of Solas and now with 5 solo albums under her belt, Karan Casey has won a wealth of awards with her stellar voice interpreting contemporary and traditional material.
March 29—Jake Shimabukuro
Acclaimed ukulele virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro is a master of controlled emotion, pulling an unimaginable range of sounds impeccably from the instrument and blowing away audiences across the planet.
April 5—The Steel Wheels
A dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival.
|Martha Redbone Roots Project|
April 26—Martha Redbone Roots Project
An award-winning folksinger who blends Native American elements with indie-soul while illuminating her own deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues.
October 26, 2013—Vieux Farka Touré http://www.vieuxfarkatoure.com/
Acclaimed Malian Singer-guitarist, son of legendary Ali Farka and protégé of Ry Cooder, Vieux Farka is an exceptional musician of hypnotizing African blues. Often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara”, Vieux Farka Toure was born in Niafunké, Mali in 1981. He is the son of legendary Malian guitar player Ali Farka Toure, who died in 2006. While remaining true to the roots of his father’s music he uses elements of rock, Latin music, and other African influences.
His live performances are highly energized and Vieux is known for dazzling crowds with his speed and dexterity on the guitar, as well as his palpable charisma and luminous smile, both of which captivate all audiences in spite of any language barriers. With each new project, Vieux expands his horizons, embraces new challenges and further entrenches his reputation as one of the world’s most talented and innovative musicians. A workshop will precede this evenings concert.
This tour engagement of Vieux Farka Touré is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
November 16, 2013—Blue Highway http://bluehighwayband.com/
Grammy-nominated, award-winning contemporary bluegrass artfully balanced between tradition and innovation.Formed in 1994, Blue Highway has, from the start, featured a deep bench of songwriters and lead vocalists, stellar harmonies, dynamic arrangements, and flat-out instrumental virtuosity. Composed of Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro and Weissenborn-style slide guitars), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, guitar), Tim Stafford (guitar), and Wayne Taylor (bass), the group has developed a robust contemporary take on the bluegrass tradition that makes them among the most influential bands in the genre today. Each member is among the most distinguished performers on his instrument, and the band has garnered numerous awards from IBMA and SPBGMA, two Grammy nominations and a Dove Award.
December 7, 2013—Bruce Cockburn http://brucecockburn.com/
Over 35 years, the Ottawa-born musician Bruce Cockburn has recorded almost as many albums while earning respect for his charitable and activist work. He was indicted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2001 and was also made an Officer of the Order of Canada and has been the recipient of honorary degrees in Letters and Music from several North American universities, including Berklee and Toronto’s York University. His many other awards have included the Tenco Award for Lifetime Achievement in Italy and 20 gold and platinum awards in Canada.
As a songwriter, Cockburn is revered by fans and musicians alike. His songs have been covered by such diverse artists as Elbow, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, the Skydiggers, Anne Murray, Third World, Chet Atkins, k.d. lang, Barenaked Ladies, Maria Muldaur and the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. As a guitarist, he is considered among the world’s best. ‘The New York Times’ called Cockburn a “virtuoso on guitar,” while ‘Acoustic Guitar’ magazine placed him in the esteemed company of Andrés Segovia, Bill Frisell and Django Reinhardt.
January 25, 2014
True Blues: Corey Harris, Guy Davis & Alvin Youngblood Hart
Three artists in their own right come together for the first time for a round-robin-style performance. Hosted by Corey Harris, a MacArthur Grant recipient, and featuring renowned roots musician Guy Davis and Alvin Youngblood Hart, True Blues chronicles the extraordinary living culture of the blues in an evening of music and conversation.
Both Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood Hart were featured in Martin Scorcese’s “The Blues: A Musical Journey,” which followed Corey on a roots journey to West Africa. Alvin contributed, as well, to Wim Wenders’ ” The Soul Of a Man” and Denzel Washington’s “The Great Debaters.” Guy has often followed in the Thespian footsteps of his parents, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, most recently in the Broadway revival of “Finian’s Rainbow,” and earlier in “Mulebone” and “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.” A workshop will precede this evening’s concert.
This tour engagement of True Blues is funded through the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
March 8, 2014—Karan Casey Band http://www.karancasey.com/
A legend in her own right, Karan Casey has long been one of the most innovative provocative and imitated voices in Irish traditional and folk music. Her career has spanned twenty years from the early days as a jazz performer in Georges bistro in Dublin to her heady days in New York with the band Solas to her now blossoming solo career she has sold over half a million albums. Karan released her first album with the group Solas, which quickly became the most celebrated Irish band in the U.S., and her four years with the group were pivotal. Following their groundbreaking early releases Casey struck out on her own.
Since embarking on her solo career Karan has released 5 solo albums as well as an album for children and numerous contributions to other artists' projects. She has toured constantly throughout North America, Europe and Japan, performing with her own band as well as with such diverse musicians as Tim O’Brien, Karen Matheson (Capercaille) the Michael McGoldrick Band and Lunasa.
Karan has won awards for “Best Folk Album” and “Best Folk Female” from Irish Music Magazine and been nominated for the BBC Folk Awards and the Danish Grammys and was a key member of Paul Winter’s Grammy-award winning “Celtic Solstice”.
March 29, 2014—Jake Shimabukuro http://jakeshimabukuro.com/home/
"Jake is taking the instrument to a place that I can't see anybody else catching up with." - Eddie Vedder
In his young career, ukulele wizard Jake Shimabukuro has already redefined a heretofore under-the-radar instrument, been declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone, won accolades from the disparate likes of Eddie Vedder, Perez Hilton and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, wowed audiences on TV (Jimmy Kimmel, Conan), earned comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and even played in front of the Queen of England.
With his new record Grand Ukulele, Shimabukuro’s star may burn even brighter. An ambitious follow-up to 2011’s Peace, Love, Ukulele (which debuted at #1 on the Billboard World Charts), the Hawaiian musician’s new record finds him collaborating with legendary producer/engineer Alan Parsons, best known for his work on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles’ Abbey Road and his own highly successful solo project.
April 5, 2014—The Steel Wheels http://www.thesteelwheels.com/fr_home.cfm
Based in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound and lifestyle, generating a truly magnetic revival. The band is renowned for their raw energy and chemistry on stage, where they often cluster tightly around a single microphone to adorn Trent Wagler’s unmistakable tenor with bell-clear four-part harmonies inspired by their shared Mennonite heritage. Add to this Eric Brubaker’s lively and evocative fiddle, Brian Dickel’s grounded yet buoyant upright bass, and Jay Lapp’s signature mandolin style, and it’s no surprise that The Steel Wheels have enthralled the contemporary Americana scene.
The Steel Wheels were nominated for five Independent Music Awards in 2010, with “Nothing You Can’t Lose” taking top honors as Best Country Song. The Steel Wheels continue to take the Americana scene by storm with their latest album, Lay Down, Lay Low, which lingered for 10 weeks on the AMA’s Top 40 Chart. NPR named “Rain in the Valley” their Song of the Day, marveling that
the “heavy hymn […] is sparse and dense all at once.” Already celebrated as the darlings of Merlefest 2012, the band looks forward to further accolades during a phenomenal festival line-up.
April 26, 2014—Martha Redbone Roots Project http://www.martharedbone.com/
Martha Redbone is an award-winning figure in contemporary Native American music. Since the establishment of her career in London and New York City, has humbly and steadfastly earned a solid reputation as a sought-after collaborator – whether in the guise of Warner Chappell-minted songwriter, behind the console guide or earnest guest voice -- amongst her peers. Working with rising comers like Brit Grammy winner Shola Ama or such legends as Redbone’s Ohio Players/P-Funk mentor Walter “Junie” Morrison, she and UK-bred partner Aaron Whitby consistently provide essential direction and soulful support to knit track and artist into an indelible whole.
Redbone’s music flows equally from her own unique, award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues favored by the matriarchy that raised her on a rich sojourn from Clinch Mountain, Virginia to Harlan County, Kentucky and beyond to Brooklyn’s Dodge City-esque mean streets. Indeed, Garden Of Love seamlessly evokes the mid-20th century old timey gold rush when such artists as her fellow Kentuckians Jim Ford and Jackie DeShannon fearlessly infused their down home blues between canyon air ballets and retronuevo cabin essence – before their followers developed newgrass and Redbone’s twangy forebears Buffy Sainte-Marie and Rita Coolidge brought Indigenous concerns to the rock & roll arena in the 1970s.
Founded in 1976, Calliope is a non-profit music organization that organizes and administers a variety of concert series, a folk music school, and educational outreach programs As the premier promoter of roots music in southwestern Pennsylvania, Calliope’s mission is to promote and preserve traditional and contemporary heritage-based music and its allied arts. Calliope programs are supported in part by the A.W. Mellon Education and Charitable Trust Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, J. Robert Izod Memorial Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation, The Allegheny County sales tax revenues awarded by the Allegheny Regional Asset District, The Heinz endowments, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, University of Pittsburgh Library System, and an anonymous donor. Calliope also thanks the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh and Chatham University.