Contact: Lisa Alexander, PR Marketing Manager
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
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(Pittsburgh, PA)- Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society is proud to announce its 2014-15 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 will go on sale June 18 for $245.00 plus a $6.00 handling fee and can be purchased by calling the Calliope office at (412) 361-1915
Flex-plans and single tickets will go on sale in July.
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 2014-15
October 18- The Duhks
GRAMMY and Juno Award-winning dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves crowds on their feet.
Danny Schmidt, who is moving quickly from underground cult hero to a widely recognized singer songwriter of generational significance, and indie folk band Darlingside will each perform this night.
November 22—Janis Ian
Legendary singer songwriter whose music and lyrics are all about life experiences, and as her life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple GRAMMY and Dove awards, nominations and commendations.
December 6—John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass.
January 31—Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones & Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
Three talented artists in their own right come together to pay tribute to legendary Lead Belly.
February 28---The Holmes Brothers
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fan base with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country.
March 28—Cathie Ryan Band
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music.
April 11—Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
GRAMMY winner Béla Fleck is considered by many to be the premiere banjo player in the world. Abigail Washburn pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before.
October 18, 2014—The Duhks
Since forming in Winnipeg in 2001, The Duhks have created a dynamic blend of old-timey, French Canadian and Celtic music punched up with shades of blues, soul and driving Afro Cuban rhythms that leaves festival crowds on their feet. Over the course of 4 critically-acclaimed albums, the band has earned Juno and Grammy awards and nominations, and has played a significant role in the neo-folk revival.
November 1, 2014—Danny Schmidt and Darlingside
http://www.dannyschmidt.com/ Named to the Chicago Tribune’s 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has been rapidly ascending from underground cult hero to being widely recognized as an artist of generational significance. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Townes Van Zandt, and Dave Carter, Danny is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane, leading Sing Out Magazine to tag him “Perhaps the best new songwriter we’ve heard in the last 15 years.”
http://www.darlingside.com/With a quartet of distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, Darlingside effortlessly draw audiences into their lush, dynamic musical world. The band’s sound, characterized by classical strings, tight vocal arrangements, bluegrass and rock instrumentation, and smart lyricism, is the product of complete collaboration among the four close friends. The group has no frontman; instead, lead vocals are traded from moment to moment, and each song features a new combination of instruments and textures, pulling heavily from folk, retro-pop, barbershop, and chamber music.
November 22, 2014—Janis Ian
In her fifth decade of writing songs and performing, Janis Ian won her second Grammy Award of nine total
nominations over the years in eight categories! Her 2013 Grammy, presented at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony, is for Best Spoken Word Album for her audio book “Society’s Child” (Audible.com).
Music and lyrics are about life experiences and, as Janis’ life has been full and colorful, so have her songs as evidenced by her multiple awards, Grammy and Dove Award nominations and commendations. Her songs have been recorded by singers as diverse as Cher, John Mellencamp, Celine Dion, Hugh Masakela, Nana Mouskouri, Charlie Daniels and Roberta Flack.
December 6, 2014—John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band
The John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band features four legendary musicians- John Jorgenson on guitar and mandolin, Herb Pedersen on banjo, Jon Randall on guitar, and Mark Fain on bass. Jorgenson and Pederson are founders (with Chris hillman) of the formative country rock band: Desert Rose Band.
January 31, 2015
Josh White Jr., Rev. Robert B. Jones and Radoslav Lorkovic in tribute to Lead Belly
http://www.joshwhitejr.com/Josh White Jr. is a secular, folk/blues, pop, jazz, vocalist, guitarist, songwriter, actor, adult and children’s concert performer and recording artist, teacher and social activist who became a ‘hit’ literally over night at the age of four, by performing with his legendary father JOSH WHITE one night at New York’s famed “Café Society” night club (America’s first integrated nightclub).
http://revrobertjones.com/Reverend Robert Jones, Sr. is an inspirational singer, songwriter, storyteller and self-taught award-winning multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle using folk, blues, spirituals and other American Roots music to champion the history, beauty and power of our shared culture.
http://www.radoslavlorkovic.com/ Drawing from a multitude of influences ranging from elegant classical and jazz styles to the rawest, most basic blues, country and soul, Radoslav Lorkovićhas taken on an unusually broad musical spectrum and refined it into his distinctive piano style.
February 28, 2015—The Holmes Brothers
Over the course of their 30-plus year career, The Holmes Brothers (bassist/vocalist Sherman Holmes, guitarist/pianist/vocalist Wendell Holmes, drummer/vocalist and brother-in-spirit Popsy Dixon) have been feeding the souls of their devoted and ever-growing fanbase with a joyous and moving blend of blues, gospel, soul, R&B, rock ‘n’ roll and country.
March 28, 2015—Cathie Ryan Band
For over twenty-five years, including five solo albums, countless musical collaborations, and multiple awards, Cathie Ryan has been in the vanguard of Irish music. She is blessed with a voice of luminous clarity and a gift for unearthing gems from Irish and American song traditions, creating her own heart-stirring originals, and for showcasing writers whose work deserves wider recognition. Wrap this musical integrity into a consummate entertainer and it is no wonder the Wall Street Journal calls her music, “a revelation.”
April 11, 2015—Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
http://belafleck.com/home-page/ Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.
http://www.abigailwashburn.com/website/ If American old-time music is about taking earlier, simpler ways of life and music-making as one’s model, Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She—a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player—is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local.
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.
Lisa Alexander, MFA
PR Marketing Manager
Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society
6300 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232